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Scheme’s goal is the reset the Finnish capital’s carbon neutrality target date from to 2035 by ramping up renewable energy use, electric vehicle adoption and energy-efficiency upgrades.
Joint communication between the European Union and the U.S. reveals that Washington has not agreed with suggestions from Brussels that EU solar imports were not causing any serious injury and thus should be subjected to a less penalizing tariff.
Aurora Energy Research report calculates as much as €180 billion renewable investment opportunities in the region through to 2030, of which €64 billion could be for subsidy-free projects.
Module manufacturer Astronergy has announced a series of upgrades contributing to an overall production efficiency increase of 40% at one of its production lines in Frankfurt (Oder), close to Germany’s border with Poland.
Canadian asset management firm Brookfield and Chinese industrial logistics provider GLP will install C&I rooftop solar arrays across China under a new joint venture, eventually building out a 1 GW portfolio.
The Melbourne-headquartered brewer will receive solar energy from a 112 MW solar farm located in the state of Victoria and owned and operated by Germany firm BayWa r.e. The move is part of Carlton’s drive to become 100% renewable.
In an exclusive interview, Adani Green Energy Ltd (AGEL) CEO, Jayant Parimal, tells pv magazine the renewable energy company is looking to to expand both its module and cell manufacturing facility to 2 GW capacity. Moreover, it is also looking to develop floating solar PV projects in its home market, India, in addition to continuing its focus on the utility-scale solar and wind sectors.
On January 26, 2018, the EAC issued a set of regulations to clarify the general conditions for installing and operating solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Cambodia. Kohe Hasan, partner at Reed Smith and director of Resource Law LLC (Singapore), and Kaknika Lin, assistant consultant at KPMG Cambodia Ltd provide a summary of the key regulations, in addition to discussing the country’s investment climate.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that billions of people around the world live in poverty. But does it have to be that way? Today’s technological progress means that tomorrow we will be able to produce more, more efficiently – lifting people above the breadline with accelerated economic growth all around the world. Key to these efforts are smart buildings, argues Hussain Kazmi, a PhD student at KU Leuven and Enervalis.
Svitlana Teush, counsel at Redcliffe Partners law firm in Kyiv, Ukraine, discusses the country’s new electricity market design and what it means for renewables. Currently, she says, the renewable energy sector in Ukraine is an attractive investment prospect and has considerable potential for further growth in the coming years.
Praveen Kathpal, Fluence’s VP of Market Applications, explains how the newly formed company – a collaboration between Siemens and AES – is providing flexible peaking capacity to utilities in Southern California, and hears how Europe offers an opportunitiy for the integration of storage into transmission and distribution planning.
Annual International Roadmap for Photovoltaics, compiled by the German production equipment industrial association (VDMA), reveals slowdown in module price reduction for 2017 in contrast to significant market increase that saw module production capacity rise above 130 GW.
According to Fraunhofer ISE experts, PV’s LCOE currently ranges between €0.0371 and €0.1154 per kWh in Germany. The potential for further cost reduction is vast, the researchers add.
Three of the world’s leading development finance institutions (DFIs) commit $424.5 of investment in green bonds specifically for developing markets.
The analysts forecast further solar growth for this year, with the Spanish market expected to become Europe’s fifth-largest in 2018.
The PPA relates to large-scale PV projects planned to be operational by 2020. The buyer of the power generated by the solar facilities is Spain’s power provider Audax. 495 MW of the capacity will be located in Spain, while the remaining 165 MW will be installed in Portugal.
The two companies have formed a joint holding company which will develop a combination of 50% solar projects with government support and the remaining 50% without subsidies. The current French pipeline includes four PV projects totaling 69 MW.
The Spanish renewable energy company is building three solar facilities at the Benban complex in partnership with Saudi company Swicorp. The installations will rely on solar modules provided by Chinese manufacturer Astronergy and trackers from the Spanish provider STI Norland.
The feasibility study was conducted by France’s Tractebel Engineering SA. The authors of the report concluded that the 1.2 GW solar park is feasible, despite the current radioactive contamination levels in the area.
In a short chat with pv magazine, the head of Eon’s solar business in Germany, Sebastian Eisenberg has described how the German utility is planning to further develop its PV activities after the company’s recent plan to buy a majority stake in Innogy. The deal, in fact, envisages redistributing operations so that RWE focuses on the renewable energy business, while energy networks and customer solutions would be the responsibility of Eon.
Researchers at Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have provided a new understanding of what happens inside a hybrid perovskite material in the first few trillionths of a second after it’s hit with simulated sunlight.
The research team believes that the new technology may resolve technical problems and drastically reduce the manufacturing cost of the lift-off process in the production of thin film monocrystalline solar cells.
U.S. based technology company, Natcore has announced two new processes, which it says could dramatically reduce the production costs of its foil cell, which it has been working to commercialize for the past couple of years.
Power electronics company, SolarEdge has announced the launched of an EV charging inverter in Europe.
Ahead of its upcoming webinar, on March 27, JinkoSolar’s Head of Technical Service Europe, Andrea Viaro, discusses the company’s new Half Cell (HC) Series, the benefits of multi-busbar and bifacial technology, and upcoming innovations, in a Q&A with pv magazine.
The plant will make modules based on 158.75 mm square P-type mono PERC cells, and JinkoSolar plans to begin operation in October.
The production unit of Spain’s 5-year idled solar cell maker Cel Celis was acquired by Bashmor Engineering. The new investor aims to restart manufacturing activities at the factory in Bembimbre, and to double capacity to 70 MW in a year.
The company is noting its substantial investment in U.S. research and development as well as tools, has further hinted that it may establish U.S. manufacturing for its P-Series modules.
Canadian Solar has recorded net income of about $99.6 million for 2017, up sharply from the preceding year, as its full-year PV module shipments jumped by roughly 1.6 GW on the year to 6.8 GW.
Last year, the Chinese polysilicon maker saw robust demand for wafers and polysilicon, paticularly between the second and third quarters. Furthermore, the company said it achieved all its technological upgrade goals, and started construction on its new 20,000 MT polysilicon factory in Xinjiang in December.
German energy storage producer, Varta Storage has entered the Australian market. It is introducing the pulse 3 and pulse 6 models, sized at 3.3 kWh and 6.5 kWh.
Panel discussion at Energy Storage Europe tackled the issue of whether the best way for keeping the lights on as economies around the world grow is to extend the grid network or add energy storage, and found that the best solution lies somewhere in between.
Utility, Hawaiian Electric has announced the start of operations of a pilot project featuring flywheel energy storage technology provided by Amber Kinetics. The project will test the technology’s capability of supporting the grid and allowing further integration of renewable generation.
The power company, which recently placed bids to build the largest battery energy storage project in the world, has connected a 74.5 MW PV project with a 10 MW/40 MWh storage facility, in the United States.
Panasonic’s Chinese factory has started the mass production and global supply of prismatic-type automotive lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. Its Indian subsidiary, Panasonic India, meanwhile has launched a new energy storage solution, CBPS 8000, for telecom towers at the Elecrama 2018 exhibition, currently taking place in India.