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Molten salt storage system wins Eureka prize

A team of researchers at the University of South Australia have won the 2015 ANSTO Eureka prize for their molten salt energy storage system. Though the idea of molten salt storage is not new, the team has come up with a different...


Brazil: Concrete auction details emerge

Brazil has announced that it will contract 2-3 GW of solar projects via auctions in the period of 2015 to 2018 as part of its national electricity generation and transmission plan. Meanwhile utility Cemig looks to developing...


China needs 200 GW of solar by 2020, say industry groups

China flag.

Country urged to double solar power goal in order to plug projected nuclear and hydropower shortfalls; currency devaluation could provide boon for solar exports but harm EU.


Japan: First nuclear reactor gets turned back on

Four years after Fukushima, Japan's fifth largest utility Kyushu Electric Power Company brought its Sendai nuclear plant reactor back online on Tuesday.


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Heatwave causes prices to soar in Poland's coal-dominated grid

The current high summer temperatures in Europe have had an adverse effect on the Polish power grid. Planned and unplanned outages kept 7.1 GW offline on Monday. The government had to cut its supply to industries for the first...


Indian solar to hit 75 GW by 2022, says report

Delhi, India.

Analysis by Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis suggests the country will fall short of its ambitious goal of 100 GW by that date, despite $50 billion grid upgrade and raft of installations.


India: Madhya Pradesh sells PV power at lowest Indian price

The central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh is now officially the state with the lowest solar power tariff at INR5.051 (US$0.08) per kWh. Companies that have bid for the projects are willing to sell solar power back to the...


Australia announces tame 2030 emissions reduction target of 26%

Tony Abbott at the World Economic Forum.

The goal, based on 2005 levels of carbon emissions, will be taken to the United Nations climate change meeting in Paris in December; climate campaigners call the target 'pathetically low'.


From the Mag: A selection of stories from the August issue

Belectric has already demonstrated that large-scale solar installation based on 1,500 VDC are no longer a pipe dream.

pv magazine's August edition explores the state of Japan's solar policy, examining whether future installation projections might well be accurate; we look at the growing trend of 1,500 V components at utility scale, and...


The pv magazine weekly news digest

The energy battle is on... and solar is no longer the niche newcomer it once was, much to the chagrin of the pro-coal lobby.

Obama's clean power plan angers the coal industry, Indian auction strikes another low solar price, further cost reductions are on the way, and SolarCity's plans for world domination edge closer to reality.


SunPower targets $1.5bn solar expansion in Chile

Chile Arica y Parinacota desert.

California-based solar power company eyes 1 GW portfolio of solar farms in the country over the next five years as part of its strategic expansion into new emerging markets.


Germany: Record PV and wind grid feed-in for July

According to Fraunhofer ISE's data, the amount of PV and wind generated electricity fed into the grid hit a record high in July in Germany. The PV power generated also matched up to nuclear. Another first.


SolarCity expands into Mexico with $15m purchase of Ilioss

SolarCity installation in progress.

Acquisition marks first time the U.S. solar company has expanded internationally, sees Mexican market as exciting and ideal location for extension of its financing model.


Ideal Power Q2 revenue surpasses expectations

Kaco inverter production.

The U.S power conversion company generated revenue of $1.2 million in Q2 following announcement of partnership with Germany's Kaco. Losses posted at $2.3 million.


ReneSola forms JV with Pristine Sun for 300 MW US solar pipeline

ReneSola cell production.

The Chinese solar module manufacturer has teamed with the San Francisco-based EPC to develop, build and operate a portfolio of 300 MW of solar projects in the U.S., first 150 MW outlined for next year.


Forecast: Steady increase to 92 GW annual solar installations by 2020

Apricum's latest report based on its global market PV model shows continual growth in cumulative installations. Brazil looks set to possibly become the new PV darling.


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