Solar Bankers in Turkey

Solar Bankers Turkey
TURKEY
29.10.2018
SOLAR BANKERS PARTNERSHIP
CHRISTIAN OTT
AUTHOR
Solar Bankers in Turkey
Recently, the Solar Bankers team traveled to Turkey to bring two important milestones of the project forward. On one hand, they wanted to set up a prototype micro-grid installment to test energy trading, on the other hand they aimed to further advance plans to open a local manufacturing facility. But before we dive deeper into their achievements during that trip, let’s take a look at the overall energy consumption in Turkey.

Energy Consumption in Turkey
Turkey has the 17th largest economy in the world.1 With its economy and its population steadily growing, the overall energy demand has risen as well. However, in 2012 nearly 90% of its amount of energy consumed was imported from other countries,2 leading to high electricity prices within the country.3 Moreover, the Turkish energy demand is estimated to increase up to 90% from 2011-2023.4 Accordingly, in late 2014 the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources published an action plan that promotes the further usage of renewable energy. They aim to increase the share of renewable energy in Turkish electricity generation to at least 30% and 127.3 TWh in 2023,5,6 which amounts to 61,000 Megawatt of renewable energy in 2023.7 While a large part of that will be provided by hydropower (34k MW) and wind energy (20k MW), the Turkish government also aims to deploy 5 thousand MW of solar energy,8 which is rather high concerning only 600 MW of solar power were connected to the grid at the end of 2013.9

Cooperation with the Turkish Government
To further facilitate this increase in solar power usage, the Solar Bankers team was recently invited to the Ministry of Renewable Energy as well as the Ministry of Trade, both located in Turkish capital Ankara, to discuss its plans for a local manufacturing project. The Ministry of Renewable Energy granted Solar Bankers full support and labeled it as a strategic investment.10 The Ministry of Trade granted Solar Bankers a credit line of at least 60% of the total costs of their local manufacturing project.11

Micro-Grid Prototype
To fulfill their targets in Turkey, Solar Bankers opened a new branch (Solar Bankers Turkey). Its headquarters are based in the Technopark Izmir,12 a research institute that hosts about 80 R&D companies and is located 40 km away from the city of Izmir.13 Solar Bankers will also implement a prototype for their energy trading/energy exchanging platform in the Technopark, by equipping two buildings with solar devices and connecting them so they can form a micro-grid system. Energy production and consumption will be monitored using smart meters.14

Infographic about the partnership
To further outline Solar Bankers’ pilot project in Turkey, I designed an infographic in a poster format about the partnership, that displays its core elements:
Poster
I also made a downloadable version of the poster displayed in this article, which you are more than welcome to share or print, to spread the word about Solar Bankers. Download it here:

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Sources
1
The International Monetary Fund listed Turkey as the 17th largest economy in the world with a GDP of 0.85 trillion USD in 2017.
International Monetary Fund; Official Website; World Economic Outlook Database; 29.10.2018
2
“Turkey is the 17th largest economy in the world and the 6th largest in Europe. With a growing economy and population, energy demand in Turkey has steeply risen, which has ranked security of supply at the top of the government’s agenda, both for electricity and for other primary energy sources. The Turkish economy is heavily dependent on imported energy supplies, and its primary energy consumption is mainly based on fossil fuels, which was approximately 90% in 2012 where majority of this supply was imported from other countries. In the upcoming years, it is forecasted that Turkey will continue with the major economic development, which will require an increase in the demand of energy supply.”
Republic of Turkey – Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources; National Renewable Energy Action Plan for Turkey; December 2014
3
“Turkey, currently holding the highest wholesale electricity prices in Europe will be the runaway winner of the grid parity race as simulated by Pöyry.”
Andy Colthorpe; pv-tech.org; Solar to beat wind to wholesale grid parity in Europe – report; December 2014
4
“According to current estimates, an increase of around 90% in primary energy demand will take place during the period of 2011-2023. Aside from investments for the creation of new capacity within the field, the source of energy (for instance, the need for local and renewable sources) and maximizing energy efficiency are also critical points for Turkey. In order to both avoid the risks linked to a high level of energy dependency and to develop a sustainable energy model, the Government is committed to promoting alternative solutions based mainly in renewable energy. Therefore, Turkey has initiated a forward-looking and innovative energy policy in which renewable energy plays a significant role.”
Republic of Turkey – Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources; National Renewable Energy Action Plan for Turkey; December 2014
5
“The Government has established very ambitious objectives for 2023 regarding electricity generation based on the high availability of renewable energy resources: hydro, wind, solar irradiation, geothermal, etc., which would increase the share of renewable energy in electricity generation to at least 30% and 127.3 TWh in 2023.”
Republic of Turkey – Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources; National Renewable Energy Action Plan for Turkey; December 2014
6
“Given the targets presented above, the gross electricity generation in 2023 would be 91,800 GWh for hydropower; 50,000 GWh for onshore wind energy; 5,100 GWh for geothermal energy; 8,000 GWh for solar energy; and 4,533 GWh for biomass. All in all, the total gross electricity generation would be 159,433 GWh. This quantity represents 37% of the total forecast consumption in 2023; the commitment of the Government is 30%, 127,324 GWh.”
Republic of Turkey – Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources; National Renewable Energy Action Plan for Turkey; December 2014
7
“By 2023, 61,000 MW of renewable energy will be installed to generate approximately 159 TWh.”
Republic of Turkey – Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources; National Renewable Energy Action Plan for Turkey; December 2014
8
“The objectives for the different technologies are 34,000 MW of hydropower, 20,000 MW of wind energy, 1,000 MW of geothermal energy, 5,000 MW of solar energy (photovoltaic and concentrated solar power) and 1,000 MW of biomass (the biomass target is not yet included in the official documents).”
Republic of Turkey – Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources; National Renewable Energy Action Plan for Turkey; December 2014
9
“TEİAŞ announced a total of 600 MW capacity that can be connected to the grid by December 31, 2013.”
Republic of Turkey – Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources; National Renewable Energy Action Plan for Turkey; December 2014
10
“The Solar Bankers team was invited to the Ministry of Renewable Energy, Ankara, to discuss its manufacturing project. During this meeting, the company was granted full support from the local ministry, being labeled as a strategic investment from the Turkish government.”
Solar Bankers; Official Blog; Update from Turkey; 14.09.2018
11
“The Solar Bankers team was also received by the Ministry of Trade in Ankara. Dr. Maragliano and Mr. Jost presented the company’s manufacturing project in front of a team of experts. After an in-depth technical discussion, Solar Bankers project was deemed eligible to receive an investment certificate, which will grant the company a credit line from state banks for a minimum of 60% of the total project cost.”
Solar Bankers; Official Blog; Update from Turkey; 14.09.2018
12
“Solar Bankers opened a new branch in Izmir, Turkey. The company, Solar Bankers Turkey, has its headquarters at the Technopark, a research institute located 40 km away from the city of Izmir.”
Solar Bankers; Official Blog; Update from Turkey; 14.09.2018
13
“Established on a 218 hectare area in 2002, the facility operates within the İzmir Institute of Technology. The region is 45 km to the İzmir city center via the İzmir – Çeşme Highway and 30 km to the Çeşme Port. Major regions of the city are easily accessible via highway. There are currently 80 R&D companies operating in the region. Among them are global firms such as Accenture and Netsis. Companies in the region can benefit from Computer Application and Research Center, Material Research Center, Environment R&D Application and Research Center, Geothermal Energy Research and Application Center, Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center Research Laboratory and Continuing Education Center. There are two incubation centers in the region. The incubation centers have enough offices and infrastructure to host over 100 entrepreneurs. Located at the centers are Promotion, Patenting and Technology Transfer Office; Shareholders Office; Qualified Social Equipment Area; Technical Training Halls; Meeting Halls; Technical Workshops and Leasable Offices.”
Invest in Izmir; Official Website; Technopark Izmir; 29.10.2018
14
“Two buildings in the Technopark (see below picture) have been successfully connected to form a micro-grid system. Each building will be equipped with a 2.4 kW solar installation and a 10 kWh storage unit (battery pack). Energy production and consumption will be monitored using smart meters. The smart meter database will be integrated with Solar Bankers’ energy trading platform to allow energy trading (exchange) between the two buildings.”
Solar Bankers; Official Blog; Update from Turkey; 14.09.2018

Solar Bankers in Dubai

Solar Bankers Dubai
DUBAI
30.09.2018
SOLAR BANKERS PARTNERSHIP
CHRISTIAN OTT
AUTHOR
Solar Bankers in Dubai
Solar Bankers’ flagship product DPV (deflecting photovoltaic) tackles different inefficiencies of regular photovoltaic devices. Not only does it offer a higher energy production output than regular solar devices while keeping production costs low, it also has a proven durability of over 25 years.1 The innovative approaches behind this technology have led to Solar Bankers’ selection as one of only 3 companies to partner with the Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) in the 2017 cycle of Dubai Future Accelerators,2 a program that uses the city of Dubai as a testbed to develop solutions for local and global challenges.3 Therefore, the company has made an agreement with the DEWA to test Solar Bankers’ devices in a high-temperature environment.4

These tests have started in 2018. In the first half of the year, Solar Bankers tested in how far the performance of regular solar devices can be increased by mounting them on top of an azimuthal tracking system. This tracking system, which is capable to perform 360 degrees rotation as well as 12 different inclinations, is following the sunlight throughout the day to ensure, that the solar devices mounted on top of it are exposed to the sun light in the best possible angle.5 The results of these tests have shown a 46% increase in energy production compared to fixed systems.6 From August on, the performance of Solar Bankers’ own solar devices will be tested, after prototypes of the devices have been manufactured in Lithuania.7,8

Infographic about the partnership
To further outline Solar Bankers’ pilot project in Dubai, I designed an infographic in a poster format about the partnership, that displays its core elements:
Poster
I also made a downloadable version of the poster displayed in this article, which you are more than welcome to share or print, to spread the word about Solar Bankers. Download it here:

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Sources
1
“Solar Bankers’ Holographic Module, also referred to as Deflecting Photovoltaic (DPV), is a solar panel designed for high temperature environments that enables higher performance at a lower cost when compared with standard solar modules. … Solar Bankers’ module is up to 30% more efficient than standard panels at high temperatures; Solar Bankers’ DPV module uses only 25% of the silicon used in standard panels (silicon is the most expensive components in solar modules); Solar Bankers’ module is tested by the Fraunhofer Institute and has a proven durability of over 25 years; Solar Bankers’ module implements a highly hydrophobic film that renders its front surface self-cleaning and thus significantly reduces dust/sand deposition, which usually incurs high maintenance costs.”
Solar Bankers; Official Website; Devices; 15.08.2018
2
“In April of this year, Solar Bankers was awarded a contract with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) for a pilot project to test its core technology. It is one of only three companies selected by DEWA from the 2017 cycle of the Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA) for a partnership that seeks to “provide innovation to transform the utility company’s business model.” Solar Bankers had previously gained admission to this year’s cycle of the DFA – the world’s largest government-backed accelerator program for developers of emergent technologies – and spent 9 weeks in February and March working closely with technology startups from all around the world.”
Solar Bankers; Official Blog; Solar Bankers signs contract with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority; 07.08.2018
3
“Dubai Future Accelerators is an intensive 9-week program forward-thinking public and private sector organizations and start-ups using the city of Dubai as a living testbed to co-create solutions for global and local challenges of tomorrow.”
Dubai Future Accelerators; Official Website; Dubai Future Accelerators Program; 29.09.2018
4
“Solar Bankers is delivering its hologram-based solar concentrator module to DEWA for performance testing in a high-temperature environment. In April, Solar Bankers was selected to participate in the Dubai Future Accelerators program (www.dubaifutureaccelerators.com/en) and spent 9 weeks working closely with other developers of emergent technologies from around the globe. At the end of the program, Solar Bankers signed a contract with DEWA for a test pilot in Dubai. In addition to Solar Bankers’ patented refractive foil, the modules to be tested with DEWA feature a smart tracking system which makes use of a circular pivot to minimize the amount of moving elements required for adjusting module positions. This has particular benefits in desert environments, where dust and sand dispersed in the air quickly accumulate in the joints between moving parts and thus substantially reduce the durability of the tracking system. Solar Bankers is partnering with Mulk Holdings for the integration of the smart tracking system in its panel design.”
Solar Bankers; Official Blog; Solar Bankers kicks off its pilot project with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority; 07.08.2017
5
“Azimuthal tracking system, 360 degrees rotation to follow the sun throughout the day and 12 different inclinations to adapt to seasonal changes … In addition, the tracking system has no exposed mechanical parts. This is done to avoid that sand particles get inside and damage the system”
Solar Bankers; Telegram; Channel: Solar Bankers (SLB); 04.05.2018
6
“The project in Dubai reached an important milestone. The holographic modules will be shipped next week and test will start. In the meanwhile, we tested the azimuthal tracker with standard solar panels. The results were outstanding. Compared to a fixed system, the modules mounted on our tracker produced 46% more energy!”
Solar Bankers; Telegram; Channel: Solar Bankers (SLB); 28.07.2018
7
“The team is traveling today to Vilnius, Lithuania, to verify in person the status of the development of the modules that will be installed in Dubai”
Solar Bankers; Telegram; Channel: Solar Bankers (SLB); 18.04.2018
8
“Update from the Dubai project: the solar modules arrived in the Emirates and installation will start in the coming days.”
Solar Bankers; Telegram; Channel: Solar Bankers (SLB); 06.08.2018

Numbers of Solar Bankers

Numbers of Solar Bankers
NUMBERS OF SLB
23.09.2018
SOLAR BANKERS QUANTIFIED
CHRISTIAN OTT
AUTHOR
From different solar devices, to smart meters, an energy trading app and their own cryptocurrency, Solar Bankers is a multi-faceted project. I wanted to illustrate the project in a poster and therefore broke it down into several quantifiable aspects. Whether it be their number of innovative energy devices, their ambitious pilot projects or percentages showing their competitive advantage, the numbers cover many key areas of Solar Bankers. Concerning the design of the graphic, I chose an approach pairing different bright colors together on a black background, while only elements that belong together were painted in the same color.
Poster
I also made a downloadable version of the poster displayed in this article, which you are more than welcome to share or print, to spread the word about Solar Bankers. Download it here:

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Source – 6 innovative energy devices
1
See my introductory article about Solar Bankers for more details on the six innovative energy devices.
Christian Ott; Official Website; Solar Bankers – Equipping Energy Prosumers; 23.08.2018
Source – 25+ years
2
“Solar Bankers’ module is tested by the Fraunhofer Institute and has a proven durability of over 25 years;”
Solar Bankers; Official Website; Devices; 23.09.2018
Source – 50% less costs
3
“50% less expensive – Solar Bankers’ DPV module uses only 25% of the silicon used in standard panels (silicon is the most expensive components in solar modules).”
Solar Bankers; Official Website; Devices; 23.09.2018
Source – 70,000 households
4
“While the majority of us in the Western developed world live with access to power 24 hours a day, more than half a billion people in Africa live without access to electricity. Now, in an initiative financed by the World Bank, US-based energy firm Solar Bankers is using a Blockchain to power 70,000 Nigerian households. In the sub-Saharan continent of Africa, nearly 600,000 people are without a reliable means of electricity, and more than 55 percent of residents living in outlying rural areas do not have access to an electric grid, according to data compiled by the World Resources Institute.”
Solar Bankers; Official Blog; Solar Bankers, US Blockchain-Based Firm, Powers 70,000 Nigerian Households; 20.07.2018
Source – 600 nodes
5
600 nodes powered by renewable energy will be shipped in the first batch of hardware distribution. See the section about the solar nodes on the Solar Bankers website for more information.
Christian Ott; 23.09.2018
Source – 46% energy production increase
6
“The project in Dubai reached an important milestone. The holographic modules will be shipped next week and test will start. In the meanwhile, we tested the azimuthal tracker with standard solar panels. The results were outstanding. Compared to a fixed system, the modules mounted on our tracker produced 46% more energy!”
Solar Bankers; Telegram; Channel: Solar Bankers (SLB); 28.07.2018
Source – 27.5 watts per hour
7
“the node consumes approximately 5,500 mAh per day, in Wh is ca. 27.5”
Solar Bankers; Telegram; Channel: Solar Bankers (SLB); 19.09.2018

Skycoin Posters

SKYCOIN POSTERS
27.08.2018
CREATED FOR BLOCKCHANCE 2018
CHRISTIAN OTT
AUTHOR
Skycoin Posters
Last weekend (August 24th and August 25th, 2018) the Blockchance conference took place in Hamburg, Germany. Skycoin was the main partner of the conference: The two key notes were about Skycoin, projects based on Skycoin Fiber like Solar Bankers, MDL or GL Brain held brief presentations and a lot of Skycoin merchandise was handed out to visitors. I had the pleasure to design two posters about Skycoin for the conference, which are based on infographics I created in the past. Both posters are held in the DIN A2 format and use the Skycoin font. The first poster divides the Skycoin ecosystem in the three parts Skycoin, Fiber and Skywire.
Skycoin poster about the three parts of Skycoin
The second poster shows Skycoin’s growth in these four different sections: Number of addresses over time, location of nodes in the Skywire testnet, number of Skycoin transactions over time and the logos of apps being built on Skycoin Fiber.
Skycoin poster about the growth of Skycoin
Posters
I also made downloadable versions of the posters displayed in this article, which you are more than welcome to share or print, to spread the word about Skycoin. Download them here:

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Skycoin Infographic Growth 01

SKYCOIN
01.08.2018
A GROWING ECOSYSTEM
CHRISTIAN OTT
AUTHOR
Introduction
Aside from all the price speculation going on with cryptocurrencies, it is actually great to see the userbase of coins increasing and companies adopting the underlying technology. With an analysis of the location of Skywire nodes as well as an analysis of Skycoin’s blockchain I recently published two articles, that showed the growth of Skycoin’s ecosystem. I took the information offered by these articles and placed them together with a list of companies building on top of Skycoin Fiber in one infographic. Enjoy!

Skylo

SKYLO
06.05.2018
DESIGNING A SKYCOIN MASCOT
CHRISTIAN OTT
AUTHOR
HALA GEORGES
ARTIST
Introduction
Parallel blockchains, decentralized consensus algorithm or multi protocol label switching: While these terms might cause nerdgasms among tech-interested people, they might be very boring for everybody else. Let’s face it: Not only the tech behind a cryptocurrency will decide if it becomes popular, the marketing plays an important role as well. So we wanted to put all the technical stuff aside and had the idea to develop something, that makes Skycoin relatable. Something that adds a personality to the project, entertains consumers and generally adds lots of fun. And what would suit better for this task than a mascot that represents Skycoin?

Sketches
The most obvious idea for a Skycoin mascot was to design it in the shape of a kitty. Cats are popular and Skycoin is developing KittyCash, which is a next generation blockchain game, so a great looking kitty would be a perfect fit. Another idea involved a fantasy character in the form of the Skycoin logo. Therefore we took the shape of the logo and drew a nice looking face as well as arms and legs onto it. However, that idea was not as great looking as the kitty, so we decided to go with idea number one. Rough sketches of both ideas can be seen here:
Skylo
That rough sketch of the kitty was the birth of Skylo, our vision of a Skycoin mascot. Since Skylo is representing the most ambitious cryptocurrency project, his facial expression had to be proud and self-confident. Furthermore, Skylo is of course not looking like a regular kitty, he is a serious businessman, since Skycoin is an uprising business with serious technology. Introducing him a little closer, Skylo is a young dude, whose main interest is Skycoin, since he sees the flaws of most cryptocurrency projects and the current internet and wants to be a part of the Skycoin revolution. So without further ado, let me show you two sketches of the process of creating Skylo as well as the final result:
Wrap-up
It was about time for a Skycoin mascot. If used correctly, a mascot could add a personality and fun to the project and make it more relatable. And look at this bad boy! Our man Skylo looks really good and you can see his contagious confidence about Skycoin’s bright future in his eyes. Skylo is here to stay and we are pretty confident, that we will see him more often in the future.

Artworks – Samos Logo

SAMOS LOGO
22.04.2018
DESIGNING A LOGO FOR SAMOS
CHRISTIAN OTT
AUTHOR
Introduction
Recently, the team behind the Skycoin based Fiber token SPO split up into two projects due to different visions.1 Only a few of them stayed with SPO, while most of the former team members founded a new Fiber token Samos.2 Samos was first presented at the Skycoin conference in Shanghai on the 10th of April in 2018.3 Due to Samos being relatively new, it seems like they haven’t developed a logo yet. Since I had some ideas how a logo of the project could look like, I am going to present you two logo designs for Samos in the following.

Logo Design #1
To show appreciation for philosophy and mathematics, the project was named after the birthplace of Greek philosopher Pythagoras, who was born on the Greek island Samos.4 In regard to that, the logo should contain some connection to mathematics or philosophy. I came up with a mixture of Samos’ first letter S and the mathematical constant π (Pi). First, I took a normal S and deleted its upper part. Then, I sharpened its two ends and made the curve thicker. For the upper part, I wanted to use something similar to the upper part of π, which is basically a straight line, that on the left side gets thinner and is slightly falling. I modified it to the extent, that the upper part of the logo is not a straight line, but more a curve, that gets thicker going from left to right. Take a look:
Logo Design #2
Logo design number two is based on a completely different idea. The name Samos resembles the latin word “Semen” or the German word “Samen”, which both mean seed. You can create a nice analogy between a seed and Samos. In botanics, a seed is the initial part of plants or trees. Only after a seed is put in soil, a plant can grow from it. So, how is that related to Samos? Samos will provide a set of services, which will empower applications and users to kick off certain projects, which is kind of a similar role that a seed has in botanics. Speaking about the logo design, I chose a graphic of a plant, that is releasing a seed. The logo shows three different stems, that have three petals on top. I chose the number three, because Samos is dividing its protocol into three different layers, namely ‘Protocol Layer’, ‘Service Layer’ and ‘Application Layer’.5 The plant in the logo releases a seed, that is hovering above the petals. You can see the logo directly below:
Wrap-up
I came up with two ideas for the design of a Samos logo. The first one was a mixture of the letter S and the mathematical constant π with some modifications to make the logo look sharp. The second logo derives from the resemblance of the word Samos to the German word Samen, and shows a plant, that is releasing a seed. Both logos are held in the color green, since the Samos website is using green as its main color. Personally, I prefer the first logo, which in my opinion looks just awesome combined with a dark background.
Sources
1
“On 31st,March 2018, after rounds of inner discussion with Yann of above matters, fewer progress of discussion had been solved. Time couldnt wait. I decided to leave Yann to make his own choice of how he wish the project can be pushed forward. Meanwhile, all work under SPO is under development.”
Han; Telegram; Samos main channel; 13.04.2018
2
“The current Samos devs are the same team of SPO, which also led by me. We will be working on Samos solely until any statement will be made from Yann of how he wish to proceed the SPO vision. I personally leave SPO for now, Samos will maintain open relationship with SPO; previous tech developments made under SPO will be released on Samos.”
Han; Telegram; Samos main channel; 13.04.2018
3
“10th,April, I announced Samos at the Skycoin Shanghai conference giving the fact of no decision had been given from Yann of how he wish to manage SPO and what are the solutions.”
Han; Telegram; Samos main channel; 13.04.2018
4
“Samos is a Greek island in the eastern Aegean Sea, the birthplace of the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras. This project is named as samos,is a respect for philosophy and math.”
Samos; Official Blog; What does Samos mean?; 22.04.2018
5
“The Samos protocol will power an ecosystem of truly decentralized, world-changing services. Application Layer: This enables thousands of truly decentralized apps that help businesses to build blockchain based business. Service Layer: On this layer, lots of services such as storage service,encryption service,text filter service,AI service,certificate service can be built and used by businesses. Protocol Layer: The Samos protocol encourages people to develop services and help to promote service.”
Samos; Official Website; What we can build; 22.04.2018