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Utility-scale PV cheapest power source in Asia Pacific, says WoodMac

Wood Mackenzie says the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) in the Asia-Pacific region hit an all-time low in 2023, as utility-scale PV beat coal to become the cheapest power source. It predicts a further drop in costs for new-build solar projects, driven by falling module prices and oversupply from China.
Markets & Policy

BayWa, Ampt add solar to wind-flow battery project without own inverters

BayWa re and Ampt, in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT), have developed an innovative and technically challenging hybrid system featuring 690 kWp of rooftop and ground-mounted PV, a 2 MW wind turbine, and a 10 MWh ...
Manufacturing

Polysilicon shipments into China fall to lowest level since 2011

Bernreuter Research says the volume of polysilicon shipments into China dropped 28.5% year on year in 2023 to the lowest level since 2011. It predicts that imports could fall by another 40% this year.
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Serbia to auction at least 400 MW of wind, solar

The Serbian government plans to launch its second renewables auction this year in a bid to procure at least 400 MW of wind and solar power.
Energy Storage

U.S. startup offers solar kit for VIPV applications

Worksport, a U.S. technology company, has announced a protective cover for pickup trucks fitted with solar PV modules. The kit includes a battery and an inverter and is meant to be a portable power source for leisure activities, such as camping, or as a ...
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Solar at ‘twice the natural capacity factor of the sun’

Eland Solar 2 and Skeleton Creek are two high-capacity factor renewable power plants moving through development.
Manufacturing

New method to repair ribbon busbar interruptions in PV panels

A Spanish research team has developed a set of techniques to repair ribbon busbar interruptions in PV panels without resorting to expensive electroluminescence images. The scientists warned that the proposed approach should not be used with modules that ...
Manufacturing

Aerocompact releases new portrait mounting system

Austrian manufacturer Aerocompact has developed the SN2 Q PLUS solar mounting system, which can support PV modules measuring up to 1,310 mm x 2,500 mm. It has an installation angle of between 5 degrees and 10 degrees.

Press Releases

Vattenfall and Wieland enter into solar PPA partnership

The energy supplier Vattenfall and the Wieland Group - a leading supplier of semi-finished products made of copper and copper alloys based in Ulm, Germany - are driving the decarbonization of industrial production. The companies expect a new ten-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to provide investment security, a price guarantee and risk diversification for both parties.

FUJIFILM DIOSYNTH BIOTECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES RENEWABLE ENERGY PPA WITH BETTER ENERGY FOR DENMARK MANUFACTURING SITE

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies, a world-leading contract development and manufacturing organisation for biologics, vaccines, advanced therapies and oncolytic viruses, has entered into a 10-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)1 to offtake 40 GWh of renewable energy annually with Better Energy, an integrated renewable energy company in Northern Europe.

Masdar Arlington Energy breaks ground on two UK sites as part of £1 Billion Battery Energy Storage System Investment

Located in Rochdale and Stockport, the two new plants will have a joint capacity of 55MW Masdar is investing £1 billion in UK BESS, targeting a pipeline of 3GWh of projects

VSUN SOLAR inks polysilicon supply deal with OCI for wafer production in Long-term Contract

On 22nd Feb 2024, TOYO SOLAR, subsidiary solar cell company of VSUN SOLAR, has signed a long-term strategic supply agreement with leading South Korean-owned polysilicon producer OCI Company Ltd. at the Headquarter of TOYO SOLAR in Vietnam.

Opinion & Analysis

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Why the EU should avoid PV protectionism

Rather than pondering the introduction of trade measures against solar imports, Europe should be pragmatic about its short-term reliance on Asian panels while moving now to nurture and incentivize a domestic supply chain of the future.

Hope at the end of turbulence

Growing demand for solar products is colliding with the hesitant shipment strategies of manufacturers, according to pvXchange’s Martin Schachinger.

Saharan dust drops irradiance across Europe

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that Saharan dust carried by Atlantic winds passed over Europe via the Iberian Peninsula. This caused irradiance drop particularly in Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands and Germany.

Solar cell prices hold steady as market weighs feasibility of increasing prices

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, OPIS, a Dow Jones company, provides a quick look at the main price trends in the global PV industry.

PV and prices, the fast uptake of solar in Brazil

In a new monthly column for pv magazine, the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) reports that Brazil currently has more than 85% renewable electricity, mainly hydropower, but with rapidly growing shares of solar and wind power. With 2.3 million rooftop PV systems installed so far and more than 90 million consumer units still available to go solar, favourable energy policies and cheap PV are encouraging the fast uptake of solar in the country.

Demystifying upcoming EU Ecodesign and Energy Label rules for solar PV

Ahead of the upcoming introduction of EU Ecodesign and Energy Label policy measures for solar PV products, SolarPower Europe brings some reflections on the topic, adding insights to the ongoing industry discussions.

Markets & Policy

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India launches 1.2 GW wind-solar hybrid tender

Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI) has started accepting bids to build 1.2 GW of wind-solar hybrid power projects on a build-own-operate basis anywhere in India. The projects must be connected to the interstate transmission system (ISTS). Bidding closes on March 29.

US solar up 52% in 2023 as nation deploys 35.3 GW of capacity

BloombergNEF says US clean energy generation grew by 0.9% in 2023. Wind and hydro generation fell, while solar generation grew by 15.4%.

France hits 20 GW milestone

France added around 3.2 GW of new PV capacity in 2023, with about 955 MW in the fourth quarter alone. The nation hit 20.0 GW of total installed PV capacity at the end of December 2023.

The Hydrogen Stream: First hydrogen coach ready for mass-production

GCK Mobility has secured French government approval for the first homologation of a hydrogen-retrofitted coach for series production, while Forvia and Air Liquide have agreed with FAW Jiefang to equip heavy-duty trucks with liquid hydrogen storage systems in China.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: Canadian Solar, Aiko Solar to build new factories

Canadian Solar says its new 14 GW vertically integrated cell and module factory will require an investment of CNY 9.63 billion ($1.33 billion), while Aiko Solar says it will invest CNY 9.97 billion in a 10 GW facility.

Heat pump sales drop in Europe for first time in a decade

Heat pump sales fell by 5% in 14 European countries last year, reversing the trend of annual sales increases over the last decade.

Installations

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New approach to improve MPPT in partially shaded PV systems operating at high temperatures

The novel methodology is reportedly able to track global maximum power point and reduce power losses in partially shaded PV systems by up to 33%. It uses a backstepping controller (BSC) algorithm to adjust the pulse width modulation signal and a genetic algorithm to compute the BSC gains to achieve an optimal PV system outcome.

CleanMax to develop 45.9 MW of solar, wind under PPA in India

Clean Max Enviro Energy Solutions (CleanMax) says it will build a 45.9 MW solar-wind project under a power purchase agreement (PPA) in Karnataka, India. It will consist of 36 MW of solar and 9.9 MW of wind capacity.

Indonesian government abolishes net metering

The Indonesian government has ended net metering for rooftop solar installations. The Jakarta-based Institute for Essential Services Reform says this could make it harder for the country to meet its solar deployment targets, as PV installations will become more expensive for households and small businesses.

Trina Solar unit releases new version of Vanguard 1P solar tracker

TrinaTracker, a division of China’s Trina Solar, says its new Vanguard 1P tracker system has a maximum length of 140 meters and can be equipped with N-type modules.

EDP Renewables wins Singapore’s largest public solar tender

EDP Renewables has won Phase 8 of Singapore’s SolarNova program, the country’s largest public solar tender to date. The developer will install up to 200 MWp of rooftop PV capacity.

Renewable energy adoption taking off in Rwanda

The European Union has secured a critical raw materials deal with Rwanda, expanding collaboration between the two sides – particularly in the solar sector. A friendly regulatory environment deserves credit for helping to fast-track the adoption of solar, according to local analysts.

Technology

Improving silicon solar cell performance with aluminum-doped polysilicon passivating contacts

An international research group has developed a novel technique enabling the creation of contacts at low temperatures. The novel contact types are reportedly able to enhance cell efficiency by up to 3%.

Longi develops flexible heterojunction solar cell with 26.06% efficiency

The Chinese module manufacturer led an international research team seeking silicon material savings and efficiency gains in the development of heterojunction PV devices. The cell achieved a certified power conversion efficiency of 26.06% with a thickness of 57 μm, with Germany’s Institute for Solar Energy Research confirming the result.

Cadmium telluride solar cell based on indium gallium oxide emitter achieves 17.2%

Developed by the University of Toledo, the cell achived the highest efficiency ever reported for flexible cadmium telluride solar cells to date. The device reached an open-circuit voltage of 861 mV, a short-circuit density of 27.8 mA/cm2, and a fill factor of 71.7%.

New design for photovoltaic-thermal panels mitigates risk of cracking

Researchers in Sweden have developed a new PVT module using an aluminum alloy structure between the thermal absorber and the photovoltac cells. This architecture reportedly reduces thermal expansion by 20%, thus increasing the chances of mitigating cracks in the PV unit.

Global atlas for pumped hydro at mining sites

The researchers that created the atlas considered mining pits, pit lakes and tailings ponds within mining sites and located nearby reservoirs. The selected sites have a potential storage capacity of 30 TWh.

Energy Vault starts building green hydrogen storage project

Energy Vault has begun construction on a 293 MWh green hydrogen and battery storage facility within utility Pacific Gas & Electric’s service territory in northern California.

Manufacturing

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Fraunhofer ISE develops vacuum deposition process for perovksite-silicon tandem solar cells

The German research institute is investigating the use of commercially available vacuum-based evaporation equipment to manufacture perovskite thin films and contacts layers in the fabrication of perovskite-silicon tandem cells.

Korean scientists build semi-transparent perovskite solar cell with record-breaking efficiency of 22.02%

Developed by researchers at the Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER), the novel cell was conceived for applications in bifacial perovskite-silicon tandem PV devices. The academics claim they were able to overcome an intrinsic dopant-induced internal degradation mechanism which leads to undesired lithium-ion diffusion that would have been detrimental to the cell efficiency.

Spanish company offers harmless device protecting solar modules from birds

Prosolarbirds has designed a harmless device to prevent birds from perching on the panels and soiling them with excrement. It is a rotating device, without a motor, that is activated by a slight breeze, and whose movement prevents birds from landing.

Spain announces €750 million incentive scheme for clean-tech manufacturing

Spain’s government has submitted a new incentive scheme to a public consultation. It is designed to support the development of a clean-tech supply chain in the country, including the production of batteries.

India’s Nova Solar expanding PV module capacity to 1.2 GW

Nova Solar (Novasys Greenergy) says it will reach a PV module production capacity of 1.2 GW per year with the commissioning of new stringer machines in the middle of April.

Mine engineers develop air PV for applications in limited spaces

Engineers in Spain have developed a PV system solution that uses steel cables as a mounting structure. They say it is deployable in different scenarios with limited space.

Energy Storage

EDF to develop 3 GWh pumped hydro project in Australia

The Australian arm of French energy giant EDF Group has acquired and agreed to co-develop the proposed 300 MW/3 GWh Dungowan pumped hydro energy storage project in New South Wales, Australia.

PVT-assisted heat pump for residential water heating

A group of scientists in China has designed a residential heat pump system with a potential cofficient of performance of 4.271 at -5 C. The system is reportedly able to adjust the required pressures based on solar irradiance intensity and ambient temperature

Australian state awards permit for 1.3 GW pumped hydro station

Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has secured a contract to develop two large-scale pumped hydro projects on water reservoirs owned by the New South Wales government.

UK installers Stratford Energy, Bannister Ventures merge to strenghten services

The two UK companies are joining forces to consolidate and develop opportunities in the residential and commercial energy solutions market.

SECI unveils India’s largest solar-battery storage project

Solar Energy Corp. of India Ltd (SECI) has installed a battery energy storage system (BESS) with a capacity of 152.325 MWh and a dispatchable capacity of 100 MW AC (155.02 MW peak DC) solar power. The 40 MW/120 MWh BESS is located in Chhattisgarh, India.

US developer secures $1.1 billion for California solar-storage project

Arevon Energy secured the funds for a 374 MW solar project with 150 MW / 600 MWh of co-located energy storage.

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