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Storage-linked 5 MW floating PV plant goes online in Portugal

Portuguese utility EDP has switched on a new 5 MW floating solar array at the Alqueva hydropower dam.
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Germany concludes third rooftop PV tender with average price of €0.0853/kWh

Germany's latest solar procurement exercise resulted in final prices of €0.07 ($0.073)/kWh to €0.0891/kWh.
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Small-scale floating PV with pumped hydro storage

Indian scientists have developed a system under which a pumped-hydro facility stores grid electricity during off-peak hours by pumping water to an upper reservoir. During peak hours, the system feeds the load, rather than taking power from the grid.
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Smarter E products at a glance

pv magazine summarizes the products we covered at the recent Smarter E exhibition, in the first of a series of reports on all of the new releases from the annual trade fair in Munich, Germany.
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Heat-storage building material to passively cool PV systems, batteries

German researchers have developed a new shape-stabilized phase change material with the ability to store up to five times more thermal energy than commercially available PCMs.
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BIPV facade for new exhibition space in Switzerland

Switzerland-based Novartis has deployed a 36 kW building-integrated PV facade on its new exhibition center in Basel. The system features 10,680 organic PV modules from France's Asca.
Manufacturing

Photowatt unveils G12 solar modules

Photowatt's new bifacial modules rely on 132 half cells, measuring 210 mm, with power outputs of 600 W to 660 W. The new products will be available from early 2023, with about 40 MW of orders already booked.
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Global solar demand to reach 190 GW this year, says IEA

The International Energy Agency expects solar, wind power, and other renewable energy technologies to achieve triple-digit global growth this year, with new PV additions set to reach almost 200 GW.

Press Releases

New solar solution increases range of electric cargo bikes by up to 20%

Leading custom solar panel manufacturer OPES Solutions has partnered with the green logistics experts from Urban Mobility to equip e-cargo bikes with robust and lightweight solar panels. Developed especially for vehicles, the integrated solar solution provides up to 20% more range in delivery practice if the heavy payload of 250 kg plus driver is fully utilized.

Intersolar Europe 2022—Beny joins hands with partners to support European regional renewable energy goals

During this year’s Intersolar Europe exhibition, Beny appeared at booth B4. 460 with a new solution.

Solarspace’s first public appearance at Intersolar Europe

Solarspace, the world leading Top-3 cell manufacturer, presented at Intersolar Europe 2022 in Munich, Germany, exhibiting its 410W-555W series of PERC modules and launching their brand new N-Type PV module with an efficiency of 21. 83% for the first time, as an astonishing stand out to the PV industry.

Intersolar Europe 2022: BENY joins hands with partners to support European regional renewable energy goals

During this year’s Intersolar Europe exhibition, BENY appeared with a new solution - the BFS series Module level Rapid Shutdown, which is widely used in Europe, and became the most eye-catching module level RSD safety product on site.

Opinion & Analysis

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No end to solar supply/demand imbalance

The solar supply chain problems that began last year with high prices and polysilicon shortages are persisting into 2022. But we are already seeing a stark difference from earlier predictions that prices would decline gradually each quarter this year. PV Infolink’s Alan Tu probes the solar market situation and offers insights.

Three battery energy storage trends for the electrification of everything

As we closed out the first quarter of 2022, the energy storage industry continued to show stunning growth. When scrolling through the news, reading studies, and attending events, one can’t help but notice how critical battery energy storage is to a myriad of markets and industries. As innovative technologies emerge at a breakneck pace, they reveal three key trends in both market priorities and the sector’s current and future direction.

Ukraine: Is there a pessimistic solar scenario? No!

Vitaliy Daviy is the CEO of emerging markets focussed cleantech organization IB Centre Inc. and holds an optimistic view of Ukraine’s sector after the war. According to him, the country has the keys to energy independence and security.

Lithium-ion storage: A much-needed development to support the rise of renewables in the coming decades

On Feb. 10 in Belfort, President Emanuel Macron announced his vision for the French global energy industry to 2050. He reaffirmed France’s desire to massively develop renewable energies as intermittent sources on top of the baseload provided by the nuclear industry whose revitalization has already made headlines since. Macron claimed they are “the only means to meet [our immediate energy needs] in a profitable and competitive way”. By 2050, the capacity of the French solar park should be multiplied by more than 10 to exceed 100GWp, while the onshore wind capacity could double to reach 37GW. Offshore wind power should also experience a real take-off as France aims to develop and build 40GW over the same period.

New report calls for collective action to address forced labor risks in the PV value-chain

As the world woke up to the news of war in Ukraine, the German Bundestag called a special session at which the finance minister, Christian Lindner, announced a package of measures in response to the crisis. A key plank, he said, would be a new focus on renewables.

Women crucial in transition to green energy

This year International Women’s Day focuses on #BreakingTheBias and celebrating women’s achievements and increasing visibility in schools, universities, communities, and workplaces. One of the sectors where the participation of women needs a boost is the energy sector, says Evrydiki Fekka, Head of Lithium Batteries Product Management at Sunlight Group Energy Storage Systems. In this article, she argues that women are key to unlocking a greener future for our energy needs.

Covid-19

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Poland prioritizes renewables in pandemic-recovery plans

It should come as no surprise that clean energy spending is a big chunk of Warsaw's four-year EU grant and loans package, given that the nation's grid-connected solar capacity rose from 3.99 GW at the end of 2020 to 6.3 GW four months ago, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.

Irena fleshes out chilling effect of Covid on off-grid solar

The clean power numbers published annually by the International Renewable Energy Agency provide a snapshot of the global solar market and, this year, a lot of figures were unchanged from the previous dataset, especially in the off-grid segment.

Indebted Chinese developer spells out obligations in unaudited figures

Covid-19 has left Shunfeng International’s accountants unable to publish its official 2021 numbers on time, but its estimated figures announced a net current liability of almost $155 million and a “capital deficiency” of near $140 million.

The sun is still shining on poly makers but solar developers struggling in China

Polysilicon maker Xinte is forging ahead with a huge expansion strategy just as solar developers at the opposite end of the industry continue to bleed cash.

African Development Bank offers local-currency credit to Nigeria’s clean power developers

Lack of locally-denominated finance, and of sufficiently long-term loans, are well established hurdles to the development of photovoltaics in Africa.

Solar helps Bangladesh to universal access to electricity

A decade on from energy rationing, head of state Sheikh Hasina is poised to announce the achievement of an historic goal which has been made possible with the help of off-grid photovoltaics.

Markets & Policy

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At what cost?

Subsidies for PV projects are a divisive topic in European countries. Mistakes of the past hang over fresh decision-making processes. Experts argue that changing market conditions are making even months-old schemes too generous, while missing the real issues.

Emissions-free battery recycling facility will use electricity rather than smelting

ACE Green Recycling has announced plans to build a new plant in Texas to recycle both lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries.

The weekend read: European PV subsidies a divisive topic

Subsidies for PV projects are a divisive topic in European countries. Mistakes of the past hang over fresh decision-making processes. Experts argue that changing market conditions are making even months-old schemes too generous, while missing the real issues.

Smarter E Products: Fox exhibits all-in-one storage system

Intersolar 2022 has provided FoxESS the ideal opportunity to showcase its all-in-one storage system, the sleek and compact design of which allows for advanced performance, ease of installation and suitability to both indoor and outdoor settings.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: JA Solar major winner in solar panel tender with 3.1 GW in bids

Meanwhile, Trina Solar has established a new branch for upstream operations and Longi has a officially changed its company name.

Lebanon issues 11 solar licenses for 165 MW

The Lebanese government has approved 11 licenses for 165 MW of PV capacity. The licenses are part of a 180 MW solar tender that the country initiated in January 2017.

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The dawn of deep green solar

The importance of biodiversity on solar farms is coming into sharper focus, due to the intersecting forces of sustainable finance and the UK Environment Act. These positive influences will likely change the way the industry and the public view solar farms, as they evolve into biodiversity hotspots that lead the recovery of nature. Everoze Partner Ellie van der Heijden discusses how boosting biodiversity can be an opportunity for solar developers and investors to increase their positive impact.

DNV aims to achieve FPV-specific reference standards for floating solar PV

DNV is spearheading two joint industry projects that aim to develop reference standards for the design, development, and operation of floating PV systems. Such standards are still largely lacking, potentially leading to delays and obstacles in permitting and authorization.

The Hydrogen Stream: Carbon-coated nickel anode to solve problems of hydrogen fuel cell without precious metals

A team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cornell University, and Wuhan University have presented a completely precious metal–free alkaline fuel cell with enhanced performance using a carbon-coated nickel anode. Meanwhile, the Port of Rotterdam has offered to supply northwestern Europe with 4.6 million tonnes of hydrogen by 2030. According to RMI, Europe will import green hydrogen between 2024 and 2030. RenewableUK sees room for hydrogen exports from the UK to the EU.

Smarter E Products: Trina Solar showcases G12 solar modules for rooftop applications

All the products rely on the company’s 210 rectangular silicon wafer (G12R) cell technology. The manufacturer claims these new products can increase the installed capacity of residential roofs by 5-7%. The largest panel is a 21.5%-efficient device with a power output of up to 580 W and the smallest features an efficiency of up to 21.3% and a nominal power of up to 425 W.

Smarter E Products: JinkoSolar unveils residential battery

The lithium iron phosphate battery is sold with a storage capacity ranging between 7.1 kWh and 21.31 kWh, a voltage of 192 V to 576 V, and a nominal capacity of 37 Ah.

Aquila Capital confirms 1 GW solar PV pipeline for New Zealand

New Zealand’s transition to renewable energy has received a boost, as German investment manager Aquila Capital is teaming with renewable asset developer Far North Solar Farm to start construction on a 1 GW portfolio of large-scale PV projects.

Technology

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Blocking the big winds

Several manufacturers now offer trackers fitted with blocking mechanisms to increase wind resistance and make trackers behave more like fixed structures. Some companies even retrofit such mechanisms to existing tracker projects. pv magazine Spain’s Pilar Sanchez Molina investigates the efficacy of blocking mechanisms and other strategies to deal with high wind loads.

Intersolar Europe Day 3: Until next year!

Follow pv magazine live for the final day of Intersolar Europe 2022 to make sure you stay abreast of the latest news, analysis, techs and trends.

Meyer Burger CEO Gunter Erfurt talks solar tiles at Intersolar

Meyer Burger CEO Gunter Erfurt spoke with pv magazine at Intersolar 2022 about its paXos-designed solar tile technology, and why the Swiss company won’t make the same mistakes as Tesla when it comes to the European market.

Terracotta solar tiles for historical buildings

Germany’s paXos, whose solar roof tiles were bought by Meyer Burger and unveiled last year, has shown off its new “Beaver Tail” terracotta solar tiles at Intersolar 2022.

Trailblazer tipped to accelerate Australia’s clean energy transition

The University of New South Wales and the University of Newcastle have revealed plans to join forces to develop and commercialize “world-leading” technology in solar, renewable hydrogen, storage and green metals.

Schneider Electric set to acquire AutoGrid

Schneider Electric and AutoGrid are partners on a fully integrated distribution management system and a distributed energy resources management system (DERMS).

Manufacturing

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The great EU solar manufacturing reset

“We need to bring manufacturing back to Europe and the [European] Commission is willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen,” EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson said at the opening of SolarPower Summit 2022. Her words rocketed around the solar community, boosting share prices and invigorating the European solar industrial mission, writes SolarPower Europe CEO Walburga Hemetsberger, as she lays out the actions needed for solar-power EU energy independence.

Hanwha Q Cells to build US solar module factory, expand cell capacity in South Korea

Hanwha Q Cells plans to build a 1.4 GW solar panel factory at an undisclosed location in the United States. It has also announced plans to expand its cell capacity to 5.4 GW in South Korea. CEO Justin Lee spoke to reporters at the Smarter E event about the company’s plans and current supply chain issues.

Intersolar Europe Day 2: Combining solar and wind power in one module.

The pv magazine team spent the first day of Intersolar walking the 132,000 m2 across 12 exhibition halls to meet with the established market leaders, the new kids on the block, and the industry’s analysts to bring you the latest PV and energy storage trends from the ground. Overall, 1,356 exhibitors are showcasing their innovative products, services, and business models, while more than 50,000 visitors are expected at the three-day show.

Smarter E Products: Gamesa Electric presents new central PV inverter

Gamesa Electric’s new Proteus PV inverter represents an upgrade over the previous Gamesa Electric 3X series. It has an output of up to 4,700 kVA and is compatible with DC/ESS interfaces for the connection of storage energy systems.

Smarter E Products: REC showcases G12 residential heterojunction PV module with gapless design

REC’s new heterojunction solar panel series features efficiencies of up to 22.3% and an operating temperature coefficient of -0.26% per degree Celsius.

Intersolar Europe Day 1: The bumpy road facing Europe’s solar manufacturers

As part of The smarter E Europe show, Intersolar Europe 2022 will open its doors to the solar industry between May 11 and 13, in Munich, Germany. Once again, the pv magazine team will be on hand to report on the latest solar PV and energy storage product developments, technological trends, and insider gossip via our live blog. Stay tuned for our updates over the next three days!

Energy Storage

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Diversity, demand blooms, supply crunch looms

A review of the German distributed battery energy storage market reveals healthy demand, a growing portfolio of products, and the ability to readily couple devices within homes and businesses. Cornelia Lichener, from pv magazine Germany, has compiled the “2022 Storage for Home and Small Business” market overview. Consumer demand is high, but component bottlenecks are constraining supply, she reports in the first part of her analysis.

IKEA to offer SunPower residential solar, energy storage in US market

IKEA and SunPower have agreed to launched a new partnership in California in the fall.

Smarter E Products: Stackable dual-voltage battery from Weco

Weco’s new 5.3 kWh battery can be used as a wall solution or in a stackable configuration. Up to 15 modules can be stacked without additional components, thanks to a special casing.

UL releases modeling software for utility-scale energy storage

UL’s new HOMER Front software is designed for standalone use, or hybrid solar and wind-plus-storage applications, with the aim of maximizing revenue streams.

Ingeteam touts Italy’s largest storage system

Spain’s Ingeteam will supply a 70 MW/340 MWh facility based on almost 60 lithium-ion containers to provide storage services to the grid.

Smarter E Products: New residential battery from Pylontech

The IP65-rated battery reportedly has a depth of discharge of 95% and is able to operate for over 6,000 cycles. It measures 578 mm x 165 mm x 395 mm and weighs 45 kg.