ENERGYFLEX BE-FAST by Nexans brings solar energy sector one step closer to grid parity

New design allows for easy manual split and realises up to 50% time savings

Brussels, June 21st, 2012 – Nexans, a worldwide leading expert in the cable industry, is now launching its innovative ENERGYFLEX®BE-FAST™ ‘split & plug’ photovoltaic power cable in Belgium. This new cable concept binds together two highly flexible, rubber 1 kV rated cables so that they can be reeled and handled as a single cable – yet still enables them to be simply pulled apart using the fingers alone to split them ready for the connection of PV panels to array boxes or inverters.

Photovoltaic power: Nexans presents its innovative ‘split & plug’ design at Energaia 2011The new ENERGYFLEX®BE-FAST™ cables are the latest addition to Nexans’ comprehensive KEYLIOS™ branded portfolio of cables, solutions and services. This range offers a total connection approach for PV projects, with every high-quality element fully compatible to ensure maximum performance, availability, safety and long service life of PV installations.

‘Split & plug’ design saves installation time

The traditional approach to cabling PV projects is to use either two single-core cables on individual spools, or coextruded single-core cables that need to be separated using a sharp-bladed cutter, with the risk of injury to the installer, damaging the cable insulation or making a poor quality connection, resulting in system failure.

Easily separated with bare fingers, the two flexible rubber PV cables that comprise ENERGYFLEX®BE-FAST™ are assembled with a soft binder for easy handling as a single cable. The cable will not accidentally separate in the middle, but pulls effortlessly apart at the ends, like a smooth-running zip-fastener.
For immediate identification the positive cable is marked with a red stripe.

Extensive field tests carried out by Nexans have shown that the split & plug design reduces installation time by at least 30 percent compared with using two separate cables and over 50 percent compared with twin coextruded single-core cables. Using ENERGYFLEX®BE-FAST™ will also require fewer cable reels for transportation, storage and handling on site.

Photovoltaic power: Nexans presents its innovative ‘split & plug’ design at Energaia 2011Reliability over a long service life

ENERGYFLEX®BE-FAST™ cables can resist extreme temperatures (-40°C to +120°C), as well as exposure to ozone and UV and are zero-halogen for enhanced fire security. They conform with relevant national and international standards, including TÜV, LCIE and IMQ, for two certified individual cables that can be separated without damage.

The ENERGYFLEX®BE-FAST™ cables are optimized for the short DC connections linking PV panels to the array box or inverter. They are ideally suited for large rooftop PV installations such as on industrial, commercial or agricultural buildings as well as ground-installed PV power plants. Thermal simulation tests carried out at the Nexans Research Center (NRC) have demonstrated that they will offer exceptional longevity of over 30 years in this type of application.

"As the costs of the major PV equipment such as solar panels and inverters continues to fall, the Balance of System (BOS) costs, including components, services, foundations, civil works, mounting of structures, labour, engineering and especially cabling now form an increasingly significant element in the overall project cost. That’s why Nexans is focused on the development of innovative, highly-efficient and easy to install cabling solutions such as ENERGYFLEX® BE-FAST that will enable project developers and installers to optimize their BOS costs," says Remy le Fur, Nexans Marketing Manager for Solar. "We believe that adopting new approaches to cabling will be crucial in the drive for grid parity, the point at which alternative energy schemes become as cost-effective as conventional generation."

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With energy at the basis of its development, Nexans, worldwide expert in the cable industry, offers an extensive range of cables and cabling solutions. The Group is a global player in the energy transmission and distribution, industry and building markets. Nexans addresses a wide series of market segments: from energy and telecom networks to energy resources (wind turbines, photovoltaic, oil and gas or mining…) to transportation (shipbuilding, aerospace, automotive and automation, railways...). Nexans is a responsible industrial company that regards sustainable development as integral to its global and operational strategy. Continuous innovation in products, solutions and services, employee development and commitment, customer orientation and the introduction of safe industrial processes with limited environmental impact are among the key initiatives that place Nexans at the core of a sustainable future. With an industrial presence in 40 countries and commercial activities worldwide, Nexans employs 25,000 people and had sales in 2011 of 7 billion euros. Nexans is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris, compartment A. For more information, please consult: www.nexans.com or www.nexans.mobi