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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.
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Germany’s auction for large-scale solar concludes with average price of €0.0469/kWh

The final average price was slightly higher than that of the previous auction of the same kind. Successful bids were between €0.0386/kWh and €0.0515/kWh per kWh. Unlike the parallel wind energy tender, the tendered capacity was significantly oversubs...
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Scatec Solar reports higher revenue, lower profits

The Norwegian developer had 357 MW of PV projects in operation and 1,057 MW under construction at the end of the third quarter of this year.
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Lowest bid in Kazakhstan’s first solar auction reaches $0.05170/kWh

Four PV projects totaling 170 MW were selected in the first of a series of RE auctions to be held this year. Overall, the Kazakh government is planning to assign 290 MW of solar and a total of 1 GW of renewable energy capacity.
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Dubai’s DEWA wants hydrogen at its 1 GW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

The Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) has issued a tender for the construction of a hydrogen plant and associated facilities at the huge solar complex. In June, a pilot storage project based on NGK’s NAS Batteries was also launched at the fa...
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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.
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Brazilian state of Ceará begins tender for up to 45 MW of solar

The state’s Secretary of Resources intends now to conduct feasibility studies for a series of projects of up to 5 MW, which will provide local state-owned utilities Water Resources Management Company and the Water and Sewage Company with electricity.

Press Releases

SOVENTIX realises the largest solar project in Zimbabwe at 22 MWp

SOVENTIX South Africa, a subsidiary of the international solar project developer SOVENTIX GmbH has been awarded the construction of the largest IPP Solar PV project in Zimbabwe.

EBRD boosts green power generation in Kazakhstan

The EBRD is supporting a new solar plant with up to up to 28 MW capacity in southern Kazakhstan, a country which leads in the field of solar power generation in Central Asia.

E.ON: One giant leap for energy efficiency

Using satellite data for everyday life is a given these days – from GPS (think about how often you use Google maps), to monitoring the weather – but what about energy? We’re working with the European Space Agency and Astrosat to capture satellite images to find areas across the UK that need better energy efficiency measures.

CDPQ increases its stake in Azure Power, an Indian leader in solar power, to 40%

La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a long-term institutional investor, today announced it has increased its stake in Azure Power Global Ltd. (Azure Power), a leading player in solar energy, to 40% through a US$100 million contribution to the company’s recent capital raising.

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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?

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?

India to add up to 8.5 GW of RE in FY19

India is likely to add between 8-8.5 GW of renewable energy generation capacity in the current financial year ending March 2019, according to research and rating agency ICRA Limited.

Deloitte sees renewable energy in the fast lane

Solar PV and wind energy are now evolving from established to the preferred energy sources, according to a recent Deloitte study analyzing the global renewable energy market.

Solar, not coal, can stop hike in electricity prices in Poland

Polish research institute IEO released a new analysis showing increasing power prices in the Eastern European country, due to the current energy policy, which still strongly relies on coal power. Replacing coal with solar power, it argues, would likely result in decreasing power prices.

Jamaica’s prime minister calls for 50% renewables by 2030

Jamaica is currently targeting a 30% share of renewables in its energy mix by 2030. However, the nation’s prime minister says, “We can do better.”

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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.

Total Eren seeks to expand Australian PV project to 450 MW

After addressing grid connection challenges, the French energy giant has launched construction on the 256.5 MW Kiamal Solar Farm. It is now looking to add a second stage of up to 194 MW, and is exploring commercial options for the approved 380 MWh of energy storage.

Subsidy payment delays put northwest China PV projects at bankruptcy risk

An investigation by mainland China regulators has found that subsidy payment delays in the northwest region of Ningxia are putting PV projects at risk of bankruptcy.

‘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.

Moldova plans to hold RE auctions in 2019 and 2020

The eastern European nation is being assisted by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development with the creation of tender documentation for renewable energy auctions.

Ukraine’s Naftogaz begins investing in solar power

The nation’s oil and gas provider is building its first small-sized PV projects at facilities operated by Ukrtransgaz, the Ukrainian gas transport system.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Solar panel theoretical efficiency limit increases by 33%

Researchers at the University of Amsterdam have found what they describe conclusive evidence that perovskites feature “efficient carrier multiplication,” effectively increasing the single layer efficiency limit from 33% to 44%.

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.

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.

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.

Prices for monocrystalline solar modules are picking up

Analysts at Taiwan-based EnergyTrend and China’s PV Infolink have reported a further increase in demand for monocrystalline solar cells and modules in recent days. Their respective analyses on multi-crystalline products, however, do not match.

Solar Frontier changes ownership

The CIS thin film solar module maker was taken over, together with its parent company Japan’s oil and gas group, Showa Shell Sekiyu, by Japanese oil refiner Idemitsu.

Chinese market turbulence affects another slew of PV employees in Taiwan

TSEC is planning to cut a fifth of its workforce as it changes focus to produce higher-efficiency PERC cells, against a backdrop of more generic products swamping the market because of a slowdown in the world’s biggest market.

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.

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.

Decentralized solar-plus-storage would fire sub-Saharan Africa

According to a UC Berkeley study, the falling costs of storage technologies will make it possible for Sub-Saharan countries to rely on decentralized systems based mainly on solar-plus-storage, bringing access to electricity to more than 600 million people.

Report eyes alternative battery technologies due to socio-ecological concerns

Lead, sulphuric-acid, nickel, cobalt and rare earth metals are highly toxic and have adverse impacts on the environment and the societies in which they are mined. As the EU is looking to become a world leader in battery production, a report considers new battery technologies – such as sodium-ion – which would have less negative impacts.

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