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Hungary: EcoSolifer’s 100 MW HJT cell production line back on track

The vertically integrated Swiss company has announced work on its 100 MWp heterojunction PV cell manufacturing plant in Hungary is back on track, following a successful company restructuring. Originally, it was set to be online in 2016.
Markets & Policy

Trony shares to be wiped from exchange on Thursday

Drawn-out business of the removal of the thin-film manufacturer's stock from the Hong Kong exchange is almost at an end. Trading in the Shenzhen-based company's shares has been suspended for more than six years.
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Danish Energy Agency expects wind to be only winner in wind-solar tenders

In a report on the outlook for the Danish energy market, the agency predicted solar will keep having a minimal share in the country's energy mix as it grows from around 900 MW to just 1.4 GW by 2030.
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Spanish government approves Solarcentury’s 300 MW PV project

The Ministry of the Ecological Transition has given the green light to a solar park near the municipality of Talayuela, in the southern region of Extremadura. Work on the facility may begin this year with completion scheduled for 12 months later.
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Adding businesses to microgrids helps financial viability

Adding energy-intensive industries to microgrids can help refinance system costs and can lower tariffs for residential consumers, a study suggests. To achieve this though, accurate system design and sizing are essential.
Energy Storage

Bosch and Ceres planning fuel cells to power future cities

The Stuttgart-based industrial group wants to work on technology development and production with the British fuel cell manufacturer. Bosch considers highly efficient fuel cells an important step forward in the energy transition.
Markets & Policy

GA Powers ahead with 58 MW of solar in Vietnam

German developer settled on Ha Tinh province after two years assessing several regions of the southeast Asian nation, and stressed the decision was in large part due to the welcome offered international investors.

Press Releases

A BioSolar breakthrough

Proprietary additive can improve all types of silicon anode materials and is scalable because it doesn't have to be tailored to individual electrode designs.

Battery storage plan for Colorado Army base

Lockheed Martin and Aecom have partnered on project to install largest standalone, commercially contracted battery at such a facility.

Zayed Sustainability Prize 2019 submissions increase by record 78%

Following the close of submissions for the 2019 award cycle, the Zayed Sustainability Prize has announced that it has received over 2,100 submissions from 130 countries, marking a 78 per cent increase over the previous year.

Ginlong presents bankable Solis PV string inverters at SPI 2018

Ginlong has recently expanded their annual production capacity to 3. 5 GW to meet an ever-growing global demand for high-quality PV string inverters.

Opinion & Analysis

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World Overshoot Day comes early this year

World Overshoot Day marks the day the world has used up its annual budget of the resources it could have sustainably consumed. Despite efforts in relevant sectors, the date is creeping forward every year. Twenty years ago, it was in late September.

India’s trade war will have global repercussions

India is currently the second largest market in the world for PV module demand. With China’s domestic demand frozen since the 31/5 notification, the country’s total module demand in 2018 will likely only achieve 32-34 GW. This will allow India, which may surpass 10 GW in annual demand, to reach 13% of global PV demand this year. As a result, the future of India’s trade war has become an influential factor in the global PV industry.

Why can’t LID effects be completely removed in PERC cells?

Jay Lin, CEO of PVGuider discusses why the effects of light induced degradation (LID) in PERC cells cannot be completely eliminated. To explain the difficulty, we first need to understand the LID behavior of the cells, he says.

Setting the stage for solar + storage

As more states adopt ambitious renewable power and storage targets, hopes increase for continued market opportunities beyond the ITC. In the mid-term, the overall market opportunity is clear. At IHS Markit, we project 73 GW of solar PV systems will be installed in the United States from 2018 to 2022.

The China effect: Decreasing PV utilization rates, serious oversupply and future strategies

Independent energy analyst, Corinne Lin discusses the fallout of China’s recent solar PV policy decision, including decreasing utilization rates and serious oversupply; and a focus on equipment upgrades, particularly for PERC, SE, half cut and bifiacial technologies. The industry will bounce back in 2019, she concludes.

The impact of energy storage, pumped heat storage on global energy

With the percentage of renewables in the global energy mix increasing, and global energy demand projected to increase by 30% over the next two decades, energy storage is more important now than ever. But what are the main technologies for energy storage, and how will these technologies affect global energy? Gabriel Hurtado González, Energy Solutions Manager at Mitie, and Sasaenia Paul Oluwabunmi, Operations Officer at the OPEC Fund for International Development answer this pertinent question.

Markets & Policy

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What does it have to do with the price of PV in China?

Following China’s announcement to drastically reduce solar PV installations from over 50 GW in 2017 to reach no more than 30 GW in 2018, profound effects reach all markets. pv magazine assembles expert opinion to provide an anaylsis.

Coalition fudge in Australia means a NEGative outcome

Ignoring opposition appeals for cross-party support on clean energy policy ‘because Labor wants to drive up energy prices’ Australia’s ruling coalition will introduce an energy policy that features no emissions reduction targets.

Solar set to make rum taste even sweeter in Guyana

The government of the South American country has changed the designated use of a plot of land near Diamond, for the construction of a solar plant, among other projects. The PV facility is being planned by local rum producer Demerara Distillers Limited.

Pilot brings pv-magazine.com to off-grid Rwandan communities

Wifi hotspots powered by PV will bring internet access to remote communities for the first time under a scheme run by a ‘next generation utility’ which hopes to expand to provide more conventional utility services in future.

Brazil: more plans for big solar parks unveiled

Brazilian conglomerate Grupo Rio Alto is planning to deploy another 210 MW of solar plants in the state of Paraiba, while Korean company KSB is discussing a $1.5 billion solar project with the authorities of Campo Grande, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul.

First utility-scale battery helps relieve stress on UK’s national grid

A 10 MW system in Derbyshire provided power to the grid as part of a virtual power plant in a national first. It should prove a popular development, according to the results of a new survey.

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The caterpillar effect

The solar industry is still debating the extent to which this problem, whereby temperature-related expansions and contractions cause an installed system to move gradually across a rooftop, actually occurs in flat-roof PV systems, and what a practical remedy might look like.

Another large-scale PV plant announced in Vietnam

Hydropower company, Dai Hai Power is working on a 100 MW solar PV plant near Buon Me Thuot City, Vietnam. Sungrow will supply the necessary inverters.

Dutch government launches tender for utility-scale solar noise barrier

The solar project will be built at the A58 Highway, near the municipality of Etten-Leur. More solar noise barriers, relying on bifacial module, are planned for main roads in the Netherlands.

Another 145.5 MW of utility-scale solar gets green light in Portugal

Including the latest three projects, the country’s total approved large-scale solar capacity has surpassed 1 GW. The developer is Escalabis Solar and total investment is expected to reach €81 million.

PV division carries Manz thanks to big CIGS order from China

With capital projects CIGSfab and CIGSlab – according to the PV equipment provider – on schedule, Manz expects big follow-up orders from its Chinese customers as solar provided the highlight of the parent company’s first-half figures.

India set to add almost 60 GW of new solar by 2023

A combination of national, state and public body commitments could see the amount of PV added nationally treble on the last four-year period. But even with a new 7-8 GW added, rooftop solar will still be bringing up the rear.

Technology

More strings to the bow

New developments in inverter architecture suggest that string inverters have charged forwards again to take on the challenge and kick central inverters off the throne in the utility-scale market. Hardware design innovations allowing to cut down BoS capex and improve efficiency of the plants might push string inverters further to take more space in the utility-scale market place.

Fluence to partner with PUC for peak-load shaving in Ontario

PUC Distribution contracted Fluence to install energy management and storage systems that would allow business in a city in Ontario to reduce high peak-load charges. It is hoped this will reduce costs and help Canada hit its strict carbon emissions mandate.

Nissan Brazil and Federal University of Santa Catarina to cooperate on second-life EV battery research

As the global EV market grows, manufacturers are seeking new revenue streams for used EV batteries. Applications in grid and residential storage systems have become popular. The market for second-life EV batteries is expected to reach $4.2 billion by 2025.

How EVs will transform our grids, or the death of the combustion engine

The driving force behind the innovative energy storage system installed at Amsterdam’s John Cruiff ArenA in the Netherlands, The Mobility House (TMH), talks to pv magazine about the death of the combustion engine, and how electric vehicles (EVs) are presenting both strong business cases, and unparalleled levels of flexibility via decentralized intelligence – blockchain technology – for electricity grids around the world.

1.4 GW NordLink interconnector receives €100 million EIB hybrid securities purchase

The project connecting Germany and Norway was first conceived in 2015. The 624 km undersea cable will have a capacity of 1.4 GW, when operational in 2020. The EU is supporting the project and other grid infrastructure projects through its EFSI scheme to interconnect the European energy markets, for better renewable energy integration and improved security of supply.

Renewables body hails introduction of solar to UK capacity market

Solar – and wind – will finally bring an element of environmental consciousness, and value for money, to the system charged with keeping the lights on in Britain. Is PV finally shaking off long-held fears about its intermittent nature?

Manufacturing

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Cells of the future

For solar to survive in a world without feed-in tariffs, further innovation focused on cost reduction is necessary. In this white paper, scientists from Swiss equipment supplier Meyer Burger argue that high efficiency cell concepts, and in particular heterojunction, will be among the best technologies solar can bet on to achieve this.

Enphase boosts confidence, touts technology during analyst day

While the microinverter maker is still the target of an aggressive short, Roth Capital Partners has reiterated its “buy” at $6.50 per share, describing the IQ8 as a “game changer”.

The weekend read: Cells of the future

For solar to survive in a world without feed-in tariffs, further innovation focused on cost reduction is necessary. In this white paper, scientists from Swiss equipment supplier Meyer Burger argue that high efficiency cell concepts, and in particular heterojunction, will be among the best technologies solar can bet on to achieve this.

Solar cell prices decline in reaction to safeguard duties, impending MIP decision

“Significant” price movements in solar PV cells has been observed this week, in reaction to India’s safeguard duties, and the impending MIP decision, says EnergyTrend. Module, wafer and polysilicon prices, however, remain stable. In contrast, prices for li-ion batteries are set to increase by as much as 15% in Q3.

PV Crystalox receives €28 million in compensation

The British wafer manufacturer has reached a settlement agreement on unfulfilled long-term wafer supply contracts with a customer. The unnamed manufacturer has to pay €28.8 million to PV Crystalox.

SunPower borrows $110 million to refinance

The PV manufacturer plans to pay off the high-interest ‘mezzanine loan’ with revenue from its residential lease portfolio.

Energy Storage

Are electric vehicles changing BP’s business model?

Old energy giants are eyeing up big investments and acquisitions in the world of EV charging infrastructure. Delta-ee’s Alex Lewis Jones looks into the way these companies are positioning themselves in the growing landscape of EV adoption.

Italian region of Lombardia allocates another €3 million for solar+storage

After earmarking €4 million last year, Italy’s most dynamic and affleunt region is further supporting solar+storage installations through a rebate scheme.

Another grid-scale battery heads to South Australia

A 25 MW / 52 MWh Tesla energy storage system will be installed at the Lake Bonney Wind Farm, in a state which already houses the world’s largest battery.

Japan’s PV sector should focus on future energy mix target — report

The Japanese PV industry should respond to the government’s recent decision to leave its 2030 energy mix targets unchanged by pushing for a higher share of solar in the next version of the country’s strategic energy plan, according to a new report.

Australia to get first solar-powered crypto mining farm

A data center, which will be used for crypto and Bitcoin mining, will be powered by a combination of solar power generated at an adjacent 20 MW solar PV farm and coal-fired generator.

Australian states harden stance on unambitious national policy as energy bodies take opposing sides 

As the debate heats up before Friday’s meeting between federal, state, territory and local government energy ministers in Australia, the Victoria authority has issued a last-minute call to redraft the proposed National Energy Guarantee, and the Australian Capital Territory has redefined its NEG approval condition with regard to the emissions target. Meanwhile, Australia’s energy bodies have taken separate paths.

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