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Utility-scale hybrid wind, solar in Turkey

Asunim is set to build 42 MW of solar at two sites, paired with existing wind farms in Turkey. The Turkish developer claims that the two projects will achieve a significantly lower levelized cost of energy.
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Perovskite solar cell with copper electrode hits 20.1% efficiency

Chinese researchers have developed a new solar cell with a planar n-i-p structure and an indium tin oxide (ITO) substrate. It also has a tin(IV) oxide (SnO2) buffer layer, a perovskite layer, a hole transport layer (HTL), and a layer made of copper. It w...
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South Africa unveils bids for sixth renewables procurement round

South Africa's Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme Office says that 5.5 GW of solar will compete with 4.1 GW of wind power projects in its latest procurement round.
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Meyer Burger secures $255.2 million to scale up production capacity to 3 GW

Swiss PV manufacturer Meyer Burger says it wants to rapidly expand its production of heterojunction solar cells and modules, following its recent supply agreement with US project developer DESRI.
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Indian state set to build 1.2 GW solar park

Bundelkhand Saur Urja Ltd. has opened bids from project management consultants for the 1.2 GW Jalaun Solar Park, which is now being developed in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
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Neoen completes financing for 100 MW/200 MWh battery in Australia

French renewables developer Neoen has completed the financing for its 100 MW/200 MWh "Capital Battery" in Canberra, Australia. It said the project is now on track to be operational in the first half of 2023.
Technology

Iron-air battery startup nets $450 million investment

Boston-based startup Form Energy has raised $450 million in a new Series E financing round.
Electric Vehicles

Solar-powered synthetic kerosene could be vital bridge to zero-emission flying

A study of the investment and innovation needed to achieve the European Green Deal's aviation ambitions has highlighted the key role that synthetic fuel can play until hydrogen and electric flights become a reality.

Press Releases

Gonvarri Solar Steel and Iberdrola sign a new 1.2 GW+ agreement in Spain and Portugal

Solar Steel, a leading manufacturer of trackers and fixed structures with more than 16GW of trackrecord, has signed with Iberdrola the supply of 289MW of TracSmarT+1V trackers (single- and double-row) as well as 938MW of RackSmarT fixed structures, totalling 1. 227 GW.

Photo Competition – Sungrow is looking for PV Heroes

The leading specialist for photovoltaic and storage system technology Sungrow is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. On the occasion of the company’s anniversary Sungrow has launched a photo competition.

Photovoltaics finances dairy farm’s asbestos roof renovation

In just four weeks, Berlin-based photovoltaic specialists Kintlein & Ose completed an 8500m² roof renovation on an industrial-scale German dairy farm, along with the installation of a 1. 5 MW photovoltaic system using LONGi solar modules.

Above pushes boundaries of autonomous drones in first ever UK solar farm trial

A solar farm managed by Octopus Energy Generation has successfully trialed autonomous drones as means to provide operational and maintenance improvements.

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How O&M can ease the issue of scaling in solar PV

There is a growing trend in the European renewable energy space that will likely give us a great overview of the future of the industry. As the industry scales up, we are seeing more big players emerge, who are investing in and managing multiple solar PV plants.

Solar energy tax credits are a boon to blockchain technology solutions

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), signed into law by US President Joe Biden, represents the single largest investment in clean energy, GHG emissions reduction, and climate resilience in the country’s history by providing around US$370 billion for green energy tax credits and other incentives to spur large-scale development of solar energy technologies to electrify the US’s digitization.

A game-changer for PPA markets

Extreme volatility and high prices recorded on energy markets, coupled with inflation, and soaring interest rates are impacting long term power purchase agreements. Still there is a way to the success and signing of contracts.

Solar power plants with smart batteries: It’s just a matter of time

At the end of 2021, the total capacity of the solar power plants throughout the world was estimated to be 940 GW. According to the forecasts of solar association SolarPower Europe, the total capacity could reach 2 TW by 2025. With the rapidly growing popularity of solar power plants, experts predict that the next breakthrough in this sector will be smart batteries. In the future, solar power plants will not be able to operate without them.

Strengthening consumer protection in the off-grid solar industry

Almost half a billion people are served by the off-grid solar industry, and a growing number of these via Pay-as-you-go (PAYGo) asset financing. For many consumers, not only is the solar product their first access to modern energy but it may also be their first access to finance. The impact of this can be huge – the 60 Decibels Energy Benchmark reveals that 92% of consumers report an improvement in quality of life after purchasing their off-grid solar (OGS) product. On the other hand, consumers of OGS are exposed to product, service, and financial risk that companies must mitigate and balance with sustainable growth objectives. 

Why is green energy infrastructure booming despite global economic woes?

The Covid-19 pandemic and resulting economic fallout have had a variety of impacts on the clean energy transition, with some sectors being more affected than others. Earlier this year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned of slowed progress towards sustainable energy goals due to Covid-19 and reversed progress in many areas crucial in reaching net zero, such as energy efficiency, clean cooking, or access to electricity. There is one sector, however, that has shown remarkable resilience since the beginning of the pandemic and has been able to maintain, and even accelerate, its rapid growth since 2020: green energy infrastructure.

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AfDB announces cheap loans to back off-grid solar in Africa

The African Development Bank has announced that European and US donors will provide $20 million of concessional loans to support pay-as-you-go solar companies in sub-Saharan Africa.

Irena gives latest update on stark chances of electricity access for all by 2030

The International Renewable Energy Agency’s latest annual report on the progress towards UN sustainable development goal seven estimates 670 million people will still lack electricity in 2030, and more than 2 billion will be reliant on unhealthy, polluting cooking methods.

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.

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Asia takes the lead on floating PV

Floating PV is consolidating as a growth segment for PV demand, mainly driven by supportive policies and incentives extended by governments across the world. A major reason for this push is the limited land availability in many markets. Despite higher equipment prices compared to ground-mounted installations, developers see the opportunity to save on land and O&M costs. The output can also be as much as 30% higher than a ground-mount PV plant, depending on the site and technology used.

EU member states could use emergency energy measures to penalize solar

SolarPower Europe has called on EU nations to apply a blanket €0.18 ($0.18)/kWh cap on the revenue generated by low-margin power plants, even though Brussels has given member states the freedom to apply different rates to different types of power plants.

European PPA prices rise to €0.1078/kWh

Pexapark says that around 412 MW of renewable energy projects in Europe secured power purchase agreements in August.

Panasonic brings air-to-water heat pumps to Europe

Panasonic’s new heat pump can supply domestic hot water, heating and cooling from a single, integrated unit. It can also synchronize with the Japanese company’s PV panels and its CZ-NS4P technology printed circuit board technology, while also ensuring smart-grid compatibility.

Puerto Rico launches tender for 1 GW of renewables, 500 MW of storage

Puerto Rico’s latest procurement exercise is the second round of a tender scheme designed to allocate 3.75 GW of renewablesd capacity and 1.5 GW of storage.

Germany deployed 640 MW of PV in August

Germany’s newly installed PV capacity hit 4.8 GW in the first eight months of this year, from just 3.6 GW in the same period of 2021.

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Australia builds big

While the first half of 2022 was one of the busiest periods on record for new wind projects in Australia, with more than 2 GW breaking ground, solar got off to a much slower start with construction on 635 MW of new PV projects getting underway. Rystad Energy’s David Dixon attributes this slowdown to high cost and supply chain challenges and a lack of available power purchase agreements.

Agrivoltaics for vineyards

Developers recently commissioned two different wine-related agrivoltaic projects in Europe.

Australian state of New South Wales launches renewables tender

New South Wales has launched the first in a series of rolling tenders, as part of the Australian state’s plans to develop 12 GW of renewables and 2 GW of storage by 2030.

RWE to acquire Con Edison’s clean energy business

RWE has agreed to buy Con Edison’s renewables business for $6.8 billion. The combined portfolio almost doubles RWE’s operating assets in the United States to 7.2 GW, making it the fourth-largest renewables company and the second-largest US solar operator.

How long do residential energy storage batteries last?

Multiple factors can affect the lifespans of residential battery energy storage systems.

Engie, CBEA to build $60 million of minigrid projects in Nigeria

CrossBoundary EnergyAccess Nigeria has committed to invest $60 million in minigrid projects developed by Engie, in the largest such transaction in Africa. The projects will connect more than 150,000 people to electricity for the first time.

Technology

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Copper is the new silver lining

As the PV industry scales to annual terawatt-level production to rapidly curtail the world’s emissions, it will become more challenging to continue the cost reduction trajectory. Increasing module production from current levels of 200 GW to 300 GW to several terawatts each year will consume significantly more material resources than the industry currently uses. This will require consideration of the additional materials to be sourced, writes Alison Lennon, chief scientist at Sundrive Solar and professor at the UNSW’s School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering.

The Hydrogen Stream: Biotech startup targets hydrogen production from depleted wells at $1/kg

Cemvita claims it can produce hydrogen at the “lowest possible cost,” Deutsche Bahn and Fortescue Future Industries have announced plans to jointly modify diesel engines for locomotives, and the Canadian province of Alberta has started promoting its hydrogen potential in Japan.

Heterojunction solar cell based on new black silicon achieves 7.5% efficiency

Russian researchers have developed a heterojunction device based on a new wide-band black material called “black silicide.” The cell has averaged reflection (AVR) of 15% in the spectral range of 200 nanometers to 1,800 nm and purportedly can reach an efficiency of 10%.

Dutch startup stabilizes Netherlands’ grid with 9 MWh battery-flywheel storage facility

S4 Energy and ABB recently installed a hybrid battery-flywheel storage facility in the Netherlands. The project features a 10 MW battery system and a 3 MW flywheel system and can reportedly offer a levelized cost of storage ranging between €0.020 ($0.020)/kWh and €0.12/kWh.

Premier Energies unveils India’s first M10 bifacial solar cell

Premier Energies has become India’s first solar manufacturer to develop a bifacial monocrystalline silicon PERC solar cell based on the 182 mm format. The cell has an efficiency rating of up to 23.2%.

The Global South’s solar e-waste problem

An international research group has examined the structural barriers to addressing the solar e-waste problem in the Global South. They argue that the focus should be on repairing devices, rather than recycling them.

Manufacturing

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Catalyst for an EU comeback

Plans for Europe’s largest-ever PV cell and module factory are taking shape, with equipment orders placed and a projected start date in mid-2024. Enel Green Power has received €118 million ($116.36 million) in funding from the EU Innovation Fund to support the project, out of a total €600 million investment. The EU is hoping it will catalyze further investment in similar projects, and start a high-tech comeback for European solar manufacturing.

Morningstar unveils DC/AC inverters for off-grid applications

US-based solar controller producer Morningstar has launched a new line of off-grid inverters, featuring six models ranging from 150 W to 2,500 W. Production and deliveries are scheduled to start this year.

French consortium commissions solar module recycling facility

Soren and Envie 2E Aquitaine have inaugurated a new solar module recycling facility in Saint-Loubès, France.

How long do residential solar inverters last?

Multiple factors can affect the productive lifespan of a residential solar inverter. We take a look at solar inverters in the second part of our ongoing series.

DualSun launches 425 W all-black shingled solar panel

DualSun’s new Flash 425 Shingle all-black modules have 425 W of nominal power and a power conversion efficiency of 20.4%.

How long do rooftop residential solar panels last?

Multiple factors affect the productive lifespan of a residential solar panel. In the first part of this series, we look at the solar panels themselves.

Energy Storage

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Cobalt clings on

Cobalt is key for boosting energy density and battery life, but it comes with caveats: expensive, scarce, and linked to unethical mining practices, wild price fluctuations, and a tenuous supply chain. In recent years, battery manufacturers and automakers have intensified efforts to reduce or eliminate cobalt in lithium-ion cathodes. But sometimes, old habits die hard, as pv magazine’s Marija Maisch explains.

The Hydrogen Stream: Plastic Omnium to build Europe’s largest hydrogen vessel factory

Plastic Omnium has secured French state funding support to build Europe’s largest hydrogen vessel factory, while Vancouver-based First Hydrogen said it is considering investments in Europe’s commercial hydrogen vehicle sector.

Saft unveils new modular battery for time-shifting applications

Saft, a unit of TotalEnergies, has launched a new LFP battery storage system that is optimized for time-shifting applications.

China connects world’s largest redox flow battery system to grid

Dalian Rongke Power has connected a 100 MW redox flow battery storage system to the grid in Dalian, China. It will start operating in mid-October and will eventually be scaled up to 200 MW. The vanadium redox flow battery technology was developed by a division of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Ørsted, Energy Dome partner on 20 MW/200 MWh of CO2 batteries in Europe

Energy Dome has entered into a partnership with Ørsted to run a feasibility study on the deployment of at least one 20 MW/200 MWh energy storage facility featuring its carbon dioxide (CO2) battery technology. The first facility will have a 10-hour storage capacity and construction could begin in the second half of 2024.

Verdagy hits LCOH below $3.00/kg with commercial AEM electrolyzer module

Verdagy has reported a levelized cost of green hydrogen (LCOH) below $3.00/kg for its anion exchange membrane (AEM). The California-based company said it can now launch commercial operations.

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