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France storage project highlights cost journey facing batteries in Europe

The energy storage installation at the Nice Grid pilot project comprises two Saft Intensium Max lithium-ion batteries.

Nice Grid pilot storage project by EDF's power grid unit ERDF reveals that the economic model of storage technology is not yet viable across most of Europe's main grids.


US: AMS teams up with Shell Energy to install 20 MW of battery storage

Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) and Shell Energy North America have signed a memorandum of understanding under which up to 20 MW of battery storage will be installed across California, the U.S.


Toshiba to deliver MW energy storage system to Finland

Landis+Gyr, a member of Japan's Toshiba Group, will supply Finland with a BESS to be integrated into the Kalasatama district's smart energy system. The goal is to test new opportunities presented by megawatt-scale storage...


Trina confirms 2 GW Indian fab plans

Trina production

Trina Solar has confirmed to pv magazine that it has signed a framework agreement with a partner in Indian to develop a 2 GW solar cell and module manufacturing facility in the country. Details for the plan are yet to be thrashed...


Scotland considers waiving commercial solar rooftop planning permission

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation, which aims to remove planning permission for commercial solar rooftop projects. Unlike England, no cap is expected to be placed on installation size. The move could prompt the...


First Solar selected for 200 MW PV project in Dubai

First Solar Inc. has been selected to supply 200 MW of its thin film solar PV panels to the second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. Plant construction is scheduled for completion in 2017.


Sungrow strengthens Thai solar market presence

Sungrow has secured an order worth 75 MW for its inverters in Thailand. On the back of strong demand in the region, the manufacturer will open an office in the kingdom in July.


BYD: EVA-free solar modules, 3 new energy storage batteries

At this year's Intersolar Europe, BYD introduced a solar PV module without EVA, which promises an extended service life and improved efficiencies. Production is expected to reach up to 500 MW in 2016. It also unveiled a new...


Leading German solar players call for end to minimum price

German flag, dark skies

Wacker, Baywa r.e. and MVV, three major German companies in the energy sector, have called for an end to the minimum price regime applied to Chinese modules. The companies claim the minimum price regulation is standing in the way...


Insolvent storage manufacturer Kolibri Power renamed Colibri Energy

Kolibri Power Systems AG will continue operating under the name Colibri Energy GmbH. Despite ongoing insolvency proceedings, the energy storage company has been processing orders and developing new products.


Oxis to roll out Li-S energy storage batteries next year

Oxis Energy is gearing up to sell its energy storage batteries in 2016. The lithium sulfur (Li-S) battery developer, which unveiled a solar storage technology demonstration project in early June with Proinso, predicts a battery...


Silicor Materials and MT Højgaard to construct 16,000 MT poly plant

Silicon process.

U.S. polysilicon process developer Silicor Materials has signed a contract with MT Højgaard to construct a US$226.5 million dollar, 16,000 metric ton solar silicon plant in Iceland.


ABB picks up substation contract for DEWA solar expansion

The Dubai park model.

Switzerland’s ABB has landed at US$20 million order from the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to extend a substation, to facilitate solar park expansion plans. ABB will conduct works that will allow the phase II of...


Yingli partners with Longi on mono products

Yingli manufacturing.

Chinese companies Yingli and LongiCompanies to cooperate across full monocrystalline value chain, from ingot production to panel assembly.


Solar-Fabrik to discontinue operations

Solar-Fabrik AG will discontinue operations on June 30. Up to 75 of the remaining 90 employees will go to a transfer company.


Japan: Canadian Solar supplies 42.9 MW PV plant

Canadian Solar Inc. has supplied modules to a 42.9 MW solar PV plant in Japan. Commercial operation on the plant is expected to start this August.


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