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Basf to build battery material factory in Finland

As part of a strategic alliance, BASF and Norilsk Nickel aim to meet growing demand for battery materials for electric vehicles.
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Uttar Pradesh prepares to procure another 550 MW of solar

The Indian state has set an electricity price ceiling of INR3.10/kWh and reserved the right to cancel the auction if it doesn't fancy the resulting tariff. Bidders can go for projects ranging in size from 5 MW up to the whole capacity on offer.
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Iran’s operational PV capacity reaches 250 MW

According to new numbers released by Iran’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization (SATBA), renewable energies have reached a combined cumulative capacity of 650 MW, with solar representing a 39% of the total.
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Markets & Policy

Hanergy Thin Film to return to China listing ahead of results of inquiry

The Hong Kong-based thin film manufacturer's parent company may not be able to deliver mammoth panel orders on time, but looks set to arrange a HK$5/share deal to take the troublesome unit back in house and list it on the A-share index, in a move which w...
Technology

Cambodia needs solar to drive down electricity prices

According to the UNDP, a full economic evaluation of the costs and advantages of solar energy in the country is necessary, as Cambodia's government is planning to expand its power system through coal and hydro.
Energy Storage

Poland’s to see its first large-scale solar storage project

Project was developed by Chinese storage system provider and panel manker BYD. The system is linked to a 1 MW solar plant built by the same company.
Manufacturing

Bill Gates to establish €100 million clean energy fund with EU

If plans are realized, the private-public investment vehicle will start investing in companies with green-tech innovations. The fund would be used to pursue technologies which could help the decarbonization of the economy but which have not received enou...

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ANIE Rinnovabili organizes several conferences at the KEY ENERGY fair in Rimini, Italy

The Italian renewable energy association will hold conferences on participation in the dispatching services market through the case histories of aggregators of consumption units, high-efficiency cogeneration units and RES plants, and community solar, among others.

GCL Strengthens Solar Projects Within ‘Belt and Road’ Countries

At the 2018 International Forum on Energy Transitions (the "Forum") in Suzhou, China, Mr. Zhu Gongshan, Chairman of GCL Group (the "Group"), and Mr.

Longi forecasts 1 TW PV market

Zhenguo Li, founder and CEO of the Chinese solar manufacturer told the Future of Energy Summit in London the global PV marketplace would pass the milestone in the near future.

La Laguna (Mexico) enters commercial operations with Axone trackers and SCADA system by PVH

This project has a capacity of 35. 49 MWp, and has recently been completed and connected to the electrical grid.

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Renewables 2.0: Preparing for the new complexity of renewable energy in a post-subsidy world

As the deployment of renewable energy continues to expand around the world, driven by various inputs, such as capital allocation and investment, falling capital costs, competitive LCOE and various policy mechanisms, we are now moving towards a new era for renewable energy. ‘Renewables 2.0’ will have significant, wide-ranging consequences for all market players, as regulators reduce their support and power producers seek new revenue models. In this article, Duncan Ritchie, partner at Apricum – The Cleantech Advisory, will look at the key market developments for renewables, explode the myth of grid parity, highlight the need for flexibility and explain the importance of new financing solutions that are capable of meeting the new complexities brought about by ‘Renewables 2.0’.

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.

Markets & Policy

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Clean energy versus gas

Solar and energy storage, either on their own or as part of clean energy portfolios, are showing that they can compete with natural gas in the United States. But will regulators wake up to this reality before half a trillion dollars worth of future stranded assets are built?

Motech sells factory in Tainan

The transaction is expected to provide the Taiwanese cell maker with around $31.7 million. The buyer is Wistron NeWeb Corporation, a Taiwanese manufacturer of wireless communication products.

Revenue and EBIT increase for Singulus in Q3

Singulus saw improvements to both its sales and profit in the third quarter, and confirms it is on track to meet its forecast figures for the full year.

Scientists propose new recipes for perovskite cell

Researchers from Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania, working with the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, have found an additive commonly used to improve performance in perovskite solar cells speeds up degradation of the material.

Large-scale projects, net metering and solar leasing for Malaysia

Minister announces new-year changes to try and drive further PV adoption in the populous southeast Asian nation.

Hitting 76% of its solar ambition would still be some achievement for India

Analysts are weighing into the debate over the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s big solar plans, but pointing out even a partial victory would set the foundation for future solar triumphs.

Installations

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A factor of 10

Solar power plants not only need to be built, but also operated, monitored, and maintained. Many approaches to digitalization promise to make these plant management processes significantly more efficient – up to a factor of 10.

Enel begins work on 475 MW solar plant in Brazil

Enel will invest around 1,400 million BRL ($390 million) in the construction of the São Gonçalo solar plant, located in the state of Piauí. The 475 MW project is currently the largest PV plant under construction in South America.

Hanergy opens up with details of China’s new Great (Han)Wall

Thin-film manufacturer says its skyscraper product, which can be retrofitted, will open up a new BIPV marketplace – but spokesman sidesteps question of whether Trump’s solar duties will apply in the US.

Belgium’s Flemish government makes first investment in floating PV

The Floating PV NV company has secured €2m for a floating solar plant on a site owned by Belgian raw material provider Sibelco. The funding is part of a €6m plan to support floating PV in Flanders.

Japanese utility KEPCO tests blockchain technology to determine value of surplus solar power

The power supplier is cooperating with the University of Tokyo, Mitsubishi UFJ Bank and Unisys, testing how solar power can be traded between solar prosumers and electricity consumers, while conducting transactions using a blockchain platform.

Fortum, EGPC win tender to build 100 MW solar plant in Montenegro

Montenegro’s Ministry of Economy said the consortium provided the best conditions for the number of newly created jobs and lease payment, and in terms of technical and financial ability to build the plant.

Technology

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Taking the wrap

It’s nothing new, but at this scale and in Europe it represents a significant endeavor. The team from Dutch startup module maker Energyra is currently overseeing the assembly and installation of a hulking multi-stack laminator from SM InnoTech, front-end metalization line, and back-end module assembly equipment at its 100 MW fab in Holland’s Zaanstad region. And beyond bringing module production back to Europe, the Energyra endeavor is notable for its choice of technology: metal wrap through (MWT) PERC.

Use of PV can reduce diesel consumption in energy-intensive cultivation in southern Europe

Italian, Spanish and Portuguese scientists have published a study about energy consumption and the environmental footprint of the use of solar-hybrid irrigation systems in olive plantations in Portugal and Morocco.

Fluorinated electron-acceptor improves yield of organic thin film solar cells

A Japanese research team claims to have tailored an electron-accepting unit, which has been successfully used in an organic semiconductor applied in a solar cell device that showed high PV performance.

2035: The renewable energy tipping point

The tipping point, where the world shifts from oil and gas to renewables, will be the year 2035, says Wood Mackenzie. This is when renewables and electric-based technologies converge, with around 20% of global power needs being met by solar or wind, and roughly 20% of miles traveled by cars, trucks, buses and bikes using electricity. Will the transition come soon enough, however?

Digital Energy Solutions wins tender for 2.19 MWh of storage in Germany

The Munich-based company will receive up to €2 million for a large-scale storage facility in southern Germany. The system will consist of 52 lithium-ion car batteries –which are also used in the BMW i3 – and will be coupled with a wind farm.

‘There is no alternative to a world of 100% renewables’

Electrifying the global energy system with clean energy is the only way to reach the targets set by the Paris agreement on climate change and avoid the catastrophic scenarios outlined by the recent IPCC report. In an interview with pv magazine, Christian Breyer – Professor of Solar Economy at Finland’s Lappeenranta University of Technology – explains a 100% renewables model is not only technically feasible, but also the cheapest and safest option. With solar and storage at its core, the future energy system envisaged by Breyer and his team will not only stop coal, but also nuclear and fossil gas, while seeing solar reach a share of around 70% of power consumption by 2050. By that time, PV technology could cost a third of its current price.

Manufacturing

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Nobody said it was easy

Solar manufacturing industries have shown similar characteristics across Latin America: low to medium technological level (with very few exceptions), relatively small capacities, high dependence on national policy, limited scope of exports, need for more automation, and lack of vertically integrated manufacturing. Here, pv magazine provides a snapshot of manufacturing across the region’s leading markets.

The future is mono: An interview with Longi President Zhenguo Li

In this interview with pv magazine, the president of integrated monocrystalline PV maker Longi Solar gives his perspective on market and policy changes in China, Europe and the United States, as well as giving an update on his company’s very rapid growth.

Bifacial PV and tracking: Q&A with JinkoSolar

On October 25, pv magazine will host a webinar, powered by JinkoSolar, in which the China-based manufacturer will present the case for using bifacial modules in large-scale solar plants, and discuss the influencing factors and their impact on bifacial PV tracking. In the following Q&A, JinkoSolar’s Andrea Viaro, Head of Technical Service Europe, JinkoSolar, and Colin Caufield, VP of Sales North America, Soltec provide a sneak peak into the technology and the advantages tracking can bring to bifacial technology.

Seraphim USA says it will more than triple Mississippi manufacturing to 500 MW

The company has stopped operations, and says that it is installing tools to increase its U.S. module manufacturing to 500 MW per year, while moving to all mono, half-cut cells and five busbars.

Tesla secures 210 acres in Shanghai for its first international Gigafactory

Tesla is planning accelerated development and construction of this new battery and EV plant, which will mark the company’s first soirée into international production.

Toshiba announces new $144 million SCiB battery factory

Toshiba Corporation has announced it will invest JPY 16.2 billion (around US$144 million) in a second Japanese manufacturing facility for its SCiB rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

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.

100 MW power-to-gas project planned in Germany

The project, under development by Gasunie, Tennet and Thyssengas, will convert wind power into green hydrogen. The plant commissioning should take place gradually starting from 2022.

Rural India offers a $50bn opportunity for clean energy innovations

The farming sector alone offers a potential $40bn marketplace, thanks to rice transplanting, pesticide spraying and grain harvesting – says the Council on Energy, Environment and Water thinktank.

EVs could become key to renewables uptake and world’s largest source of battery storage

For renewables to claim a more sizable share of the global energy mix, the adoption of energy storage would need to pick up pace and the rapidly increasing size of the EV fleet will offer a scalable way to ramp up such access, says Fitch Solutions.

Dutch battery maker signs agreement for €1.6bn Chinese gigafactory

Lithium Werks has ambitious plans for a global chain of utility-scale production lines that has secured the backing of the Netherlands government and PM Mark Rutte, as EU leaders contemplate a post-US trade future.

Eguana Technologies recruits new executives

Mercedes Benz execs join Eguana Technologies to help drive Calgary-based business’ global expansion plans.

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