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Emergency power supply vs. full home backup: your questions answered

Solar battery systems should maintain power supply when the grid goes down. Right? Well, it’s not always that simple. A recent pv magazine Australia webinar, hosted in partnership with SMA, was looking into different homeowner needs and ways to install an emergency power or ‘full home backup’ system. Here are the answers to some of the webinar attendee’s questions.
Markets & Policy

Recom to increase production capacity by 1 GW

The German module manufacturer is planning a further expansion of capacity in Europe. In France and Armenia, new production lines for solar cells and modules are planned to start this year.
Markets & Policy

GCL-Poly: ‘wafer and poly prices have already started recovery’

The world's number one poly maker claims the worst of the fall-out after Beijing's policy change has already occurred, and will press ahead with plans to expand production capacity – but its development business may need to find new sources of funding.
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Installations

Solar driving Singyes – but EPC is dependent on China market

Cheaper modules for its PV development activity boosted profits in the first half but, with no mention made of Beijing's May 31 bombshell, it is notable 98.1% of revenue came from its domestic market.
Events

Quality Roundtable at Intersolar SA: Solar project risks in LatAm markets

At pv magazine's first quality roundtable in Latin America – at Intersolar South America in Sao Paulo – we were joined by international players such as JinkoSolar and DuPont, as well as public and private Latin American entities striving to br...
Highlights

Memo to the EU: ‘India is the largest clean energy market in the world that will operate on market-friendly principles’

The second day of REI in Greater Noida continues to attract large numbers of delegates, with the exhibition halls crowded, and conferences well attended. During an EU-Indian session this morning, India’s CEEW boldly stated that India is the largest cle...
Installations

ADB supports rooftop solar in Sri Lanka with $50 million

The funds will be used to finance the Battle for Solar Power Programme, a loan scheme for households and businesses willing to install rooftop PV under net metering or net accounting mechanisms.
Highlights

US: SunPower’s back-contact technology excluded from Section 201 tariffs

The role of SunPower’s planned purchase of SolarWorld Americas in getting a rare reprieve from the Trump Administration’s bellicose trade actions is unclear.

Press Releases

Massive support for the end of the solar trade measures

Earlier this month the European Commission ended the trade measures on solar panels from China and other Asian countries. In the wake of this decision, a broad group of MEPs, associations and NGOs have expressed their delight for the removal of the trade duties.

Canadian Solar to supply 164 MW of modules to a project in Spain

Canadian Solar Inc. has been awarded a contract to supply 164 MW of photovoltaic (PV) modules to the 350 MWp Escatrón Solar power project owned by COBRA Group, a subsidiary of ACS Group in Spain.

Amtech Announces New N-Type Solar Technology Order

Amtech Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ :ASYS ), a global manufacturer and supplier of advanced thermal processing and polishing equipment and related consumables to the semiconductor / electronics, power IC businesses, solar, and advanced lighting markets, today announced its solar subsidiary, Tempress Systems (Tempress) received an order for its current generation of high-throughput quantum diffusion systems, to be used for high efficiency N‑type technology solar cell production.

Heraeus Photovoltaics celebrates 10 years of PV success in Taiwan

Company will continue to invest in this critical market to continue the advancement of solar energy.

Opinion & Analysis

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Low demand driving consolidation

With the release of second quarter financial results, the rankings of global module shipments in the first half of the year can be confirmed. JinkoSolar shipped 4.8 GW to take first place in this period.

Will Taiwan meet its 20 GW solar goal by 2025?

By 2025, Taiwan aims to reach a cumulative installed solar PV capacity of 20 GW. However, by mid-2018, just 11.2% of this goal had been met. TrendForce analyst, Rhea Tsao, examines the situation and discusses what needs to be done to reach the target.

Degradation control tests for solar PV modules

Module degradation tests are essential not only for effective plant operations, but also to ensure an optimum ROI. However, fixed laboratories, where such tests are usually carried out, involve transportation issues, while it is not always economically feasible to send in mobile laboratories. So how can degradation in these instances be measured? Leonardo Enrique Pérez Abreu, Technical Manager of the Testing & Optimization department at Enertis discusses this issue.

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.

Markets & Policy

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Hanging in the balance

As U.S. President Trump reimposed sanctions on Iran, many solar companies – predominantly from Europe – were in the process of developing massive project pipelines in the country. These are now in jeopardy, even with the blocking statute imposed by the EU. Those seeking to pursue plans demand safe financial channels from the EU in order to continue developing PV projects, and to signal a clear commitment to the Iran Nuclear Deal.

REI 2018 opens its doors with a bang

The 12th Renewable Energy India (REI) Expo opened its doors today; the booming music and bright sunshine mirroring India’s ambitious goals to become the biggest RE market in the world. In the opening conference, the government’s commitment to renewables was underlined, while BNEF said the country will have one of the highest penetrations of solar and wind, globally, by 2050. Companies are also starting to look to India for manufacturing opportunities, although the landscape is still filled with uncertainty.

Poland: Solar sees bidding prices slightly increase in simulated RE tenders

A simulation of Poland’s two upcoming mixed wind/solar auctions held by the Polish wind energy association has shown that wind may prove more competitive than solar, especially in the auction for projects over 1 MW. The real auctions are expected to be launched between November and December.

Marubeni to double global renewables portfolio in shift from coal

Marubeni has revealed plans to halve its 3 GW global coal-fired power portfolio by 2030, and double its holdings of renewable energy within the next five years.

US: 25% tariffs on Chinese inverters to start on January 1

The final order from the U.S. Trade Representative includes an interim tariff rate of 10% set to start on September 24.

Germany launches second wind-solar auction

Bids can be submitted to the German grid authority, Bundesnetzagentur until November 2, 2018. Solar accounted for all winning bids in the first round.

Installations

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EV charging meets Blockchain

There are a number of reasons to be bullish on electric vehicles. Government support is growing, battery prices are falling, and the technology is constantly developing. But, for the prospect of owning an electric car to become even more attractive, existing EV charging infrastructure needs to be enhanced. This is where blockchain comes in.

PVP4Grid examines prosumer concepts across Europe

The EU-funded research project has presented its first results. Its goal is to examine different regulatory frameworks for prosumers with photovoltaic systems in eight European countries.

Another Facebook data center goes solar

The company data center in Singapore will be provided with solar power by Sembcorp Industries under a 20-year PPA. The required electricity will be generated across 900 rooftop PV systems totaling 50 MW.

Juwi to develop solar+storage hybrid project in Australia

German-headquartered project developer juwi Renewable Energy has inked an agreement with the University of Queensland to deliver a solar+storage hybrid power solution at its research station located in the Great Barrier Reef.

Solar is always shinier on the other side of the fence

A new study from the University of New Brunswick confirms that homeowners are more likely to install a residential PV array if they live in areas with a high concentration of rooftop solar power generators. Investments from public entities installling rooftop solar, according to the study’s authors, can indirectly promote renewable energy just by making it more visible to people.

Ghana comissions 20 MW solar park, plans auctions for IPP projects

The solar plant was built by the local IPP, Meinergy Ghana Ltd in Gomoa Onyaadze, in southern Ghana. The country’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said that further IPP projects will be brought online via competitive bidding, and that solar bids will have to be cheaper.

Technology

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Backsheets to the future

As backsheet manufacturers aim to keep up with cost reductions up and down the PV supply chain, new processes and materials are appearing, with claims to offer better performance as a moisture barrier, as well as better acetic acid permeability and higher reflectivity, among other features. pv magazine examines the state of the market for PV backsheets, and takes a look at some of the new material innovations that are gaining ground with module manufacturers.

Interview: GoodWe talks IPOs, policy changes and tripling production capacity

In an interview with pv magazine, vice president of GoodWe, Ron Shen, talks about the company’s plans for Germany, Spain, Africa and India, in addition to its goal to triple production capacity to 15 GW in China. He also discusses the effect of China’s 31/5 policy change, and plans for an initial public offering (IPO).

Deloitte: The case for renewables has never been stronger

Renewable energy sources, notably solar and wind, are reaching price and performance parity on and off the grid, shows a report from accountancy firm Deloitte, highlighting seven trends that are driving this transformation.

Challenges and solutions for anti-LID treatment

In PERC modules, both light and elevated temperature induced degradation (LeTID) and light induced degradation (LID) must be mitigated. What makes this tricky, however, is that the mitigation process of the first, counteracts that of the second, says Karin Krauß, R&D project manager, Rehm Thermal Systems. At the pv magazine Roundtable in Taipei next week, she will discuss possible solutions with cell and module manufacturers, and EPCs.

Battery maker Lithium Werks to open research campus in Twente

The Dutch company provides lithium iron phosphate batteries and employs artificial intelligence solutions for mobility-as-a-service applications. It aims to develop its technology further with the help of the University of Twente.

Scientists add new layer to perovskite

A team led by Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne has developed a low-dimensional perovskite layer it says can be used as a capping layer on perovskite solar cell material, improving stability and water resistance. The team reports a 20% efficient cell incorporating the material.

Manufacturing

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Patchwork of progress

The years 2017 and 2018 have seen a revival of thin film manufacturing plans, most promisingly in China. However, the 31/5 policy changes have led to unstable footing on which to base capacity expansions – a situation lost on none, including reigning thin film giant First Solar.

Hard times for Taiwan’s PV manufacturers

Taiwanese solar cell manufacturer, Motech has announced plans to reduce its workforce by 300 and further adjust production capacity, while Sino-American Silicon’s CEO has revealed the company may exit the wafer business.

‘We are at the dawn of a solar renaissance in Europe’

Head of SolarPower Europe welcomes news of imminent Solarworld sale whilst predicting removal of EU trade barriers on Chinese-made panels will bring dormant market back to life.

SolarWorld halts production in Germany as raw materials run out

According to the company’s insolvency administrator it is unlikely negotiations with potential investors will generate concrete results this month. Module production has been suspended at Freiberg with employees relocated to a transfer company.

Hanwha Q Cells to be merged with Hanwha Advanced Materials

The transaction, expected to be finalized next month, will be made through the purchase by the Advanced Materials business of the holdings of Q Cells’ three main stakeholders. The company told pv magazine the operation is intended to enhance the group’s solar growth strategy.

Flex to manufacture Enphase products in Mexico

The U.S. microinverter maker has said the capacity increase will be made under its partnership with the Flex Group. It will start delivering devices produced in Mexico to the U.S. market, starting in the second quarter of 2019.

Energy Storage

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Hydrogen and PV – soon to be a profitable combination

Hydrogen for the chemicals industry, for large cargo vehicles and as a substitute for natural gas: There are attractive applications for the eternal‘energy source of the future.’ It also creates new marketing opportunities for solar power. After all, the production of green hydrogen needs two things: cheap electricity and water.

Lebanon unveils submissions for 300 MW solar+storage tender

The Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) has published a list of the 75 Expressions of Interest (EoIs) for three 100 MW solar PV plus storage projects. A detailed call for project proposals will be circulated to the 75 consortiums by December 2018.

SMA and Upside Group commission 25 MWh storage system

The two companies joined to build one of Europes largest storage systems. The project will provide grid management services, such as primary control reserve. SMA says it is just one of four others large grid management storage systems it will commission in Germany over the next few months.

Gambia moves forward with first large-scale PV project

The World Bank is helping Gambian utility NAWES find a consultant for the nation’s first large-scale scheme, to be developed under the national Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project. The solar plant may have a capacity of up to 20 MW, and could be linked with a storage system.

Meridiam buys 60% stake in 55 MW/140 MWh hydrogen-based solar-plus-storage in French Guiana

The Centrale électrique de l’Ouest guyanais was started by French hydrogen specialist HDF Energy in May. The $90 million plant, expected to generate 50 GWh per year, is being built near Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni in northwestern French Guiana, and will meet the energy needs of the nearby municipality of Mana.

UK grid sees another 3.75 MWh of energy storage added

Anesco has installed 3.75 MW/3.75 MWh of battery storage at the offices of Philip Dennis Foodservice. The systems are connected directly to the U.K. grid, and will generate revenues of £750,000 over the next 20 months.

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