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India extends bid deadline for latest attempt to attract solar manufacturers

The deadline for the Solar Energy Corporation of India’s latest attempt to incentivize solar manufacturing, by offering generation capacity, has come and gone. The government body’s attempts to kick-start domestic production have thus far made little headway.
Markets & Policy

Japan could install 150 GW by 2030 — report

Japan’s cumulative installed PV capacity could reach 150 GW by 2030, from roughly 55.5 GW by the end of 2018, according to a new report by Tokyo based research firm RTS Corp.
Energy Storage

Lithium and cobalt prices down 30%; EV’s watershed moment looming?

Against the backdrop of soaring demand, commodity prices for lithium and cobalt have come down 30% since the beginning of the year. This could have a profound effect on the EV industry, bringing price parity in comparison with conventional vehicles much ...
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Batteries stacking up in anticipation of Australia’s May election

Analysis released today by independent energy and consulting firm, Rystad Energy shows an incredible reserve of energy storage has been added to Australia’s ongoing boom in solar and wind projects during the first two months of 2019 — confidence, per...
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The weekend read: Zero energy, maximum support

As Japan’s solar appetite shrinks amid questions over everything from falling FIT rates, through the availability of suitable land, to the revival of nuclear generation, Japan’s Zero Energy Homes policies – which require new buildings to integrate ...
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The influences driving solar carports

pv magazine’s Charles Thurston has written about the potential of solar carports in this month’s, hot-off-the-presses edition of the magazine. As a taster, here’s a few extra points on the topic that came in too late for the print deadline.
Markets & Policy

A 20% solar electricity ambition and 30 million roofs for Europe

The new CEO of SolarPower Europe, Walburga Hemetsberger, explained her goals for the development of the European solar industry in the next 10 years when interviewed by pv magazine during the association’s SolarPower Summit in Brussels.
Markets & Policy

Hogging the limelight – the incredible story of China Solar

Real estate and logistics company owner Cheung Shun Lee is making a third attempt to relist a company whose shares have been suspended for five-and-a-half years, and whose corporate history during that time reads like a soap opera.

Press Releases

LONGi’s Mono Marches in Japan Interview with LONGi Japan at PV Expo Tokyo 2019

During PV Expo in Tokyo, Japan end of February, PV Magazine had a chance to interview with LONGi, talking with their General Manager of LONGi’s Japan branch office, Mr. Qin Chao about the current situation and strategy of LONGi in the important Japanese market.

Hanergy’s thin-film solar panels to aid meteorology research in Antarctic

The world’s largest thin-film solar power solution company, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group has signed an agreement with the Academy of Meteorological Science to supply its revolutionary thin-film solar panels to support meteorology research in Antarctic. As per the agreement, Hanergy’s thin-film solar panels will be utilized in an equipment and observation station in the Antarctic […]

Pfalzsolar builds one of the largest solar parks in the Netherlands

With a capacity of 34 MWp, the Zuyderzon Almere solar park in the Dutch province of Flevoland is one of the largest in the country and again demonstrates the Dutch are in the fast lane to the energy transition. Last year, German project planner and EPC Pfalzsolar prevailed against numerous international competitors in a call for tenders and won the contract for the large-scale project.

European electricity markets panorama: France

France is a country that bases the security of its supply on nuclear production. Just wanting to halve the share of nuclear production in the electricity mix is already a major challenge that will test the country’s energy transition plans.

Opinion & Analysis

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A year for transition: Japan’s move beyond the big scale

For the past few years, Japan’s solar industry insiders have been eyeing 2019 as a year of transition in the residential rooftop market, as the original 10 year feed-in tariffs come to an end. So, what will this post-FIT landscape look like, and how are Japan’s leading PV suppliers preparing for the future? Hanwha Q Cells’ Japan Marketing Manager Junichi Katayama breaks down the main points.

The mainstreaming of mono

In the second half of 2018, monocrystalline silicon technology passed an important milestone: Quarterly production of monocrystalline ingots, wafers, cells, and modules overtook that of multicrystalline for the first time in the mainstream PV era. This milestone was tracked by PV technology and market forecasting firm exawatt. CEO Simon Price sets out how mono’s rapid growth could have been, and was, predicted.

Nothing boring about Japan’s year of the boar

With tenders coming in for large-scale projects, and decade-old generous FIT programs being phased out, new opportunities and challenges are facing Japan’s PV players. Izumi Kaizuka from Tokyo-based analyst RTS Corporation sets out the major market trends for 2019.

Global battery storage pipeline reaches 15 GW

As data drifts in, 2018 is shaping up to have been a record-breaking year for battery energy storage, writes IHS Markit senior analyst Julian Jansen. Especially for front-of-the-meter projects, which experienced rapid growth. This growth was led by significant activity in South Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, and China, which together accounted for 78% of battery energy storage projects commissioned in 2018, according to the Q4 2018 edition of the IHS Markit “Energy Storage Company and Project Database.”

2019: A year for critical adjustments

Since the PV module market has already witnessed intense industrial concentration over the past few years, the top 10 manufacturers didn’t change significantly as 2018 unfolded, writes PV InfoLink Chief Analyst Corrine Lin. On the cell side, the decline of Taiwanese cell makers has Chinese cell makers filling the top three spots this year.

Developing an energy sector vision in Andhra Pradesh – IEEFA India

Situated in south-east India, the state of Andhra Pradesh is a leading producer of renewable energy with 7.2 GW of installed capacity as of December 2018. The state’s share of renewable energy as part of total capacity has trebled in the last four years from 11% in 2014 to 30% in 2018.

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PV’s Polish cold turkey

Considering the remarkable advances made by the solar sector since the Rio ‘Earth Summit’ of 1992, PV was notable by its absence at the Convention of Parties (COP) climate change summit held by the UN in Poland.

Smart meters set to disrupt the arch disrupter solar

In both Belgium and Chile, the planned mandatory installation of smart meters is raising concerns among consumers, residential PV system owners and the solar industry. Although seen as a positive, the early stages of smart meter deployment create issues related to the calculation of net metering tariffs and the management and ownership of consumption data, as well as additional costs for consumers.

Meyer Burger joins the fray over Hanwha patent infringement claims

The Swiss solar equipment maker has endorsed a claim by Chinese solar manufacturer Longi that the technology it uses differs from that at the center of Hanwha Q Cells’ patent infringement complaints.

Shell powers chemical operations with Dutch solar park

A 27 MW solar project will generate energy for the company’s extensive site in Moerdijk, in the south of the country.

Xinyi Solar completes shares issue to finance new glass capacity

The Wuhu-based solar glass maker and PV project developer expects to raise around $167 million to expand operations after diluting stock by issuing shares equivalent to just under 5% of the business.

Saudi Arabia’s 1.5 GW tender attracted more than 250 companies

More than 100 domestic companies are reportedly in the running for a seven-project portfolio that is expected to generate around $1.5 billion of investment – and they will fancy their chances against overseas developers.

Installations

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Towering utility bills drive C&I tracker market

The growing market for tracker-mounted solar within the U.S. commercial and industrial market is being driven squarely by mammoth utility bills that often include time-of-use charges and total demand charges. Single-axis and double-axis systems are being deployed on warehouses, at agricultural facilities, factories, mines, landfills, carports, and other sites, often with a payback of only a few years, equipment sellers say.

Ikea tests rooftop PV and blockchain on miniature wooden village

The Solarville project, by Ikea’s Danish research and design laboratory, has seen the participation of blockchain companies such as Bloc, Blocktech, WeMoveIdeas India and Temporal. It was conceived to help create cooperative community micro-grids to enable homeowners to become clean energy traders.

After a tough 2018, US solar is getting ready for a major boom

Definitive data from analyst Wood Mackenzie and the Solar Energy Industries Association show tariffs taking a bite out of the U.S. market, but also a near-record number of new projects under contract.

Poland’s PV capacity reaches 486.5 MW

With more than 200 MW of newly installed PV, 2018 was a record year for Polish solar. Of the nation’s total PV capacity, 339.5 MW comes from 50 kW or smaller arrays.

Eni uses solar to power oil and gas fields in Pakistan and Tunisia

The Italian energy company has started construction of a 10 MW solar plant at its Bhit gas field in Pakistan and a 5 MW facility at the ADAM oil concession in Tunisia. It has also begun work on a 30 MW solar plant at its industrial site in Sassari, Italy.

Chinese manufacturer Seraphim’s new 1 GW module fab will produce bifacial, half-cut modules

The Changzhou-based company, which has established the Shanxi facility with state-owned rival Shanxi Lu’An Photovoltaics Technology, has not revealed what proportion of the factory’s output will feature the high efficiency technology.

Technology

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Sweet sweep

The amount and nature of desert dust determines whether daily cleaning of solar modules is a favorable option. However, frequent and water-intensive cleaning, as well as the amount of labor required, can be costly in desert installations. But the ingenuity of automation is on its way to help.

Smart electrification 36% cheaper than green hydrogen in Europe

A report commissioned by the European Climate Foundation suggests a fossil fuel-free energy system in Europe by 2050 should largely rely on smart electrification and energy efficiency. Green hydrogen deployment, the report finds, would require prohibitively expensive infrastructure investment.

ITRPV tenth edition: Module prices fell almost a third in 2018

German engineering association the VDMA expects PV system prices to continue to fall, as set out in the latest International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics report. Falling production costs and rising cell and module performance levels will secure long term competitiveness for PV in the energy mix, says the report. VDMA estimates global production capacity for PV modules reached 150 GW last year.

In space, stability of perovskite cells is not an issue

A Chinese research team has tested large-area perovskite solar cells by sending them into near-earth orbit at 35 km, and has discovered the near lack of oxygen and moisture is good for their stability.

The blockchain club

Open-source blockchain platform Energy Web Foundation has revealed the number of its affiliates has risen from 37 to 100 in recent months. New members include EnBW, Total and a unit of the State Grid Corporation of China. The platform was conceived to create an energy-blockchain ecosystem and to accelerate the energy transition.

LID and LeTID: Q&A with JinkoSolar

Our next pv magazine webinar is approaching and has already attracted interest. Is it possible to control LID and LeTID and, if so, how? Here, Andrea Viaro from webinar partner Jinko Solar gives an insight into the manufacturer’s experience.

Manufacturing

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Reflections on a soiled module

Having quickly proven their performance boosting potential and durability, anti-reflective coatings are now found on the majority of modules rolling off the world’s production lines. Today, coating suppliers are looking to tackle losses from soiling as well as reflection, and working to keep up with cost reductions and extended lifetime expectations at module level. Older modules, installed without a coating, could also be set to benefit from their latest innovations.

Poly maker Daqo presents a blockbusting set of figures

Profits and revenues were down in a year which saw average selling prices slump – especially after the turbulence in the Chinese market – but the company’s hell-for-leather dash for production capacity expansion and aggressive cost cutting mitigated the ill effects. And there is more to come in the year ahead.

Hanwha Q-Cells sues Jinko, Longi for patent infringement in Australia

The Korean solar manufacturer has lodged a lawsuit with the Federal Court of Australia against Chinese panel makers Jinko and Longi following similar allegations in the U.S. and Germany.

Manz reports higher sales and positive earnings for 2018

The PV equipment manufacturer said solar sales remained stable. Major CIGS contracts with Chinese partners Shanghai Electric Group and China Energy Investment Corporation dominated the company’s PV business.

BIPV in Europe: More than just a facade

The renowned PV-Lab at Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne today announced that it has taken on the role of coordinator for the EU funded research project ‘Be-Smart’, which aims at developing a European industry for building integrated PV components.

EkoRE breaks ground on 1 GW vertically integrated module factory in Turkey

The facility is in the Bor organized industrial zone of Niğde, in central Anatolia. The factory was backed by incentives provided by the country’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources.

Energy Storage

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A smarter way to charge electric vehicles

It seems that almost every day, there is another big announcement relating to electric vehicles (EVs) and how we are going to charge them. Delta-ee Principal Analyst John Murray examines the ins and outs of different business models proposed for the future of EV charging and its relationship to the energy system.

Portugal’s EDP confirms plans to divest generation assets and invest in renewables

The utility could invest up to €7 billion in renewable energy projects up to 2022.

The hurdles in the way of fulfilling Spain’s rich solar promise

On Thursday, PV conference organizer Solarplaza and Spanish solar association UNEF will host the Solar Market Parity conference in Madrid. pv magazine’s Pilar Sánchez Molina will participate in the Vision of the future: Spain in 2030 panel.

The weekend read: A battery and inverter powerhouse

In December, pv magazine met SolaX Power president Li Xinfu and his team at the company’s headquarters in sprawling Hangzhou, in Zhejiang province. The region is a hotspot for the Chinese PV industry and SolaX belongs to the cutting edge of Chinese inverter and residential battery manufacturers.

India launches national mission on ‘Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage’

Aiming to localize production across the electric vehicle value chain, the government wants to support battery manufacturing at a gigawatt-scale. The initial focus will be on large-scale module and pack assembly plants in the new fiscal year, followed by integrated cell manufacturing by 2021-22.

Tesla borrows $520m from Chinese state-owned lenders for Shanghai Gigafactory

The electric carmaker has signed 12-month credit agreements with three of China’s ‘Big Four’ lenders as well as the development bank for Shanghai as it aims to get its lower-priced Model 3s rolling off the production line by the end of the year.

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