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GPTech to supply 197 MW inverters to PV projects in Malaysia

The Spanish inverter specialist is to supply solar farms being built in Malaysia by Norway’s Scatec Solar, which in turn is working with local ITRAMAS-led consortium on three 21-year PPAs with the country’s largest electricity utility, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).
Installations

El Salvador to launch solar auction in December or January

In the auction, El Salvador’s energy regulator CNE will select large-scale solar and biogas power projects. Meanwhile, PV is bringing down power tariffs in the country.

Technology

KAUST researchers look into lateral heterojunction

A team from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia has published research into heterojunction solar cells using alternative materials to silicon. The researchers hope that the process they developed could simplify the fabrication of solar cells.

Energy Storage

China storage market growing, but electric vehicles still dominate battery demand, says AECEA

Chinese shipments of lithium-ion batteries could jump by 40% year on year in 2017, but demand from the country’s burgeoning electric-vehicle market continues to overshadow the deployment of stationary energy storage systems (ESS), according to a recent report.

Technology

Italian researchers use graphene oxide to increase efficiency of perovskite cells

Scientists of the University of Florence claim that graphene-based electron transport layers (ETL) achieve higher carrier injection with respect to most commonly used ETLs.

Installations

Ellomay buys 9 MW in Israel

Through this transaction, the Israel-based solar company has raised the capacity of its PV plant portfolio to 39.5 MW.

Installations

AustrianSolar begins construction on 98 MW solar park in northern Chile

The PV plant Huatacondo will be located 100 kilometers south of Pozo Almonte, in the Chilean region of Tarapacá.

Energy Storage

CEFC provides debt finance for Australia’s first wind+solar+storage array

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation will provide $94 million as the sole debt financier of Australia’s first co-developed wind, solar and storage array. The 60 MW Kennedy Energy Park is being developed by Windlab and Eurus Energy and will combine 43.2 MW in wind capacity, 15 MW of solar PV, and 2 MWh of battery storage.

Markets & Policy

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Hit the ground running

Taiwan market update: Tumultuous but promising times in Taiwan as ground-mounted activity looks set to begin in earnest, but Taiwanese cell makers continue to struggle despite local demand slowly beginning to pick up.

Senegal issues 100 MW solar tender

Senegalese government issues open tender for solar projects with a combined storage capacity of 100 MW in the Diourbel, Kaoack, and Fatick regions of the country.

EBRD and IFC backing 1.4 GW of Egyptian solar projects

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development has identified 16 new solar projects in Egypt with a cumulative capacity of 750 MW to receive financing, while International Finance Corp will support development of a further 13 solar parks.

Norwegian firm signs 2 GW, $2.9bn solar project deal in Iran

Saga Energy, a part of Taiwan’s Delta Group, has inked a €2.5 billion deal to construct 2 GW of solar PV in Iran, working alongside local partner Amin Energy. Company also hopes to build module fab in the country.

Powin scores financing from Brookfield for 8.8 MW storage project

Powin Energy has secured non-recourse debt financing from Brookfield Renewable for an 8.8 MW/40.8 MWh storage system it plans to install in the Canadian province of Ontario. It did not disclose the terms of the agreement.

DEWA announces new R&D subsidiary

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Company (DEWA) announced that the firm has launched a new wholly owned investment subsidiary. It is called Jumeirah Energy International Silicon Valley Company and, as the name entails, is found in the Silicon Valley in California.

Installations

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Will the tail wag the dog?

Utilities of the future: When you consider all of the changes that are beginning to appear across the energy sector, it is hard to imagine exactly what a utility will end up looking like 10 years from now.

SunPower wins 291 MW PV deal in second round of French tender

The U.S. solar firm, a subsidiary of French energy giant Total, will supply its high-efficiency solar panels to projects awarded in the second round of CRE tender process in France.

Acciona to deploy 150 MW at Egypt’s Benban solar complex

The Spanish company will build three PV plants in a 50/50 joint venture with Saudi developer Swicorp. The facilities will sell power to local utility EETC under a 25-year PPA.

Large-scale solar is not ready for the spot market in Portugal

In an interview with pv magazine, President of the Portuguese renewable energy association Apren, António Sá da Costa, has explained why solar and renewable energy power plants selling electricity to the spot market are still unviable in the country, and has urged the government to introduce auctions.

A2A buys another 17.8 MW of solar in Italy

Through this second operation in the solar sector, the operational PV plants owned by the Italian power and gas provider have reached a combined capacity of 38.4 MW.

Construction begins on 62 MW project in Japan

Pacifico Energy has announced the start of construction on its Toyota Mega Solar Power Plant, located on mountainous land in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture. The plant is expected to be grid connected in December 2019.

Technology

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Step by steppe

Solar in Mongolia: Mongolia takes tentative steps with large-scale solar power plants, but the vast country of steppes and deserts is already the king of distributed solar power.

Solar-powered saloon turns heads in Oz solar race

Dutch solar-powered car, with an average speed of 69 km/h and a carrying capacity of up to five people, has been hailed as the future of solar powered cars after competing in World Solar Challenge.

Interview: JinkoSolar CEO discusses half-cut cell technology

Kangping Chen, the CEO of Chinese solar manufacturer JinkoSolar, speaks to pv magazine about the company’s solar technology development, the efficacy of half-cut solar cells, and the future of the PV industry.

Dutch team Nuon Solar wins Australia solar car race

Since October 8 some 42 cars powered by solar energy raced their way across Australia from Darwin to Adelaide in the 30th World Solar Challenge. Delft University’s Nuon Solar grabbed its seventh win.

MIT researchers develop ‘air breathing’ sulfur flow battery

A team at the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a type of battery which it says could store energy for long durations at a fraction of the cost of current storage technologies.

Wärtsilä to offer energy storage solutions in India

Wärtsilä, one of the largest global supplier of flexible and efficient energy solutions, has announced that it will provide technically and environmentally advanced energy storage solutions to the power markets in India.

Manufacturing

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Shedding light on the latest technologies

Flash testing: As module manufacturing looks increasingly towards high efficiency concepts such as heterojunction as the future of the industry, new challenges arise for the manufacturers of production-line testing equipment. Switzerland-based flash testing specialist Alfartec is ready to meet these challenges. pv magazine recently caught up with Chief Technology Officer Alo Lo to discuss the latest developments in flashing technology and the market for this specialized equipment.

U.S. thin film PV maker Stion to discontinue operations

The Mississippi-based CIGS manufacturer cites “intense” competition from imports.

NPC Incorporated closes fiscal year 2017 with JPY 498 million ($4.4 million) profit

The Japanese equipment provider also reported an increase in sales of 19.2% for fiscal year 2017. In the machinery business, the company said, all of sales of the large-scale deal were booked as planned.

SunPower: Any trade action should apply to everyone but us

The high-efficiency solar maker asks for Section 201 action to include First Solar’s thin film products, but to exclude its back contact crystalline silicon solar as a unique product.

BREAKING: Taiwan solar merger mooted as Gintech, NSP and Solartech to suspend trading on Monday

Three of Taiwan’s largest solar cell and module manufacturers – Gintech, Neo Solar Power and Solartech – will suspend common stock transactions next week, prompting rumors that a merger between the three firms could be on the cards.

Vikram Solar launches new monocrystalline product line SOMERA

SOMERA series uses PERC monocrystalline solar cells reaching module area efficiency up to 19.05% (for 60 cells) and up to 18.45% (for 72 cells).

Energy Storage

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High figures, mixed feelings

Distributed storage in Australia: As installation figures continue to show a strong upward trend of battery penetration, Australia is persistently reaffirming its status as the market to be in for storage providers. Standards Australia’s proposed installation safety guidelines caused a commotion earlier this year, dimming the industry’s high hopes. Amid a lot of hype surrounding the Australian battery storage arena, pv magazine explores whether this promising market is developing as anticipated.

CLEAN invites proposals for storage-backed mini grids in India

The Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN) has requested lithium-ion battery OEMs to demonstrate the efficacy of mini grids in the range of 15-20 kW, based on a lithium-ion battery storage system.

India’s first utility-scale solar storage project realized

Mahindra Susten won the auction for 20 MW/28MWh with the final all-in price of INR 2.99 billion ($46 million).

Leclanché reduces losses, as revenue climbs 84%

Leclanché presented the figures for the first half-year 2017 with a two week delay. The Swiss energy storage provider reports higher sales figures and lower losses as a result of its restructuring.

EU launches battery alliance

“Airbus for batteries”-style alliance announced this week in Brussels aims to expedite European battery cell manufacturing and strengthen continent’s storage value chain in face of Asian and U.S. competition.

sonnenCommunity expands into the United States

A 2,900 home planned development in Arizona will feature electricity trading between a network of PV and battery systems, as a grid-tied microgrid that will also absorb excess power at strategic times for the local grid.

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Press Releases

Robben Island solar microgrid demonstrates power of renewable energy for South African communities

SOLA Future Energy has succeeded in designing and constructing a solar energy microgrid for Robben Island.

Heraeus introduces new front-side silver paste designed for diamondwire cut multicrystaline solar cells at PV Taiwan International Photovoltaic Exhibition

New paste provides greater adhesion and improves conversion efficiency of DWC cells.

Energy Storage Europe cooperates with Peter Sauber Agency to expand hydrogen and fuel cells division

Associations BVES and DWV support collaboration.

Baobab+ and Mobisol are joining hands to bring the PAYG solar revolution to Côte d’Ivoire

Combining Baobab+’s strengths in distribution and customer finance with Mobisol’s high-tech hardware and software solutions, the partnership is set to vastly accelerate electrification rates