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Eaton talks business cases for energy storage systems in stadiums, hospitals and data centers

At the end of June, Amsterdam’s Johan Cruijff ArenA inaugurated Europe’s largest energy storage system using new and second-life energy storage batteries in a commercial building, alongside partners Eaton, The Mobility House, Nissan and BAM. pv magazine attended the event and spoke to those involved. Below is the first in a series of three interviews with the partners, looking at their involvement in the project, and what their future plans are.
Energy Storage

Building a battery manufacturing industry in India – Vision Mechatronics interview

Dr Rashi Gupta, Director at Vision Mechatronics discusses the EV landscape in India, particularly focusing on the potential for battery manufacturing. While there are currently many challenges, like a lack of raw materials and infrastructure, the opportu...
Installations

India’s solar rooftop progress still dismal

India’s solar rooftop sector continues to disappoint, with the first quarter of FY 2018-2019 achieving just 155.77 MW against the 1,000 MW EoY target.
Announcements

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Technology

Off-grid solar boosts income by 50% of household GDP in Africa – study

Gogla has released a report showing the positive economic effects of deploying small-scale pay-as-you-go solar systems in off-grid regions. More than half of the survey'srespondents reported having increased economic activity, with many of those starting...
Markets & Policy

Daqo New Energy lowers Q2 forecast

Chinese polysilicon giant Daqo New Energy has revised down its guidance for both polysilicon and wafer sales in the second quarter of 2018. The company states, however, that it remains confident in long-term prospects for the solar industry; and is proce...
Installations

Siemens receives major order for Vietnamese PV park

In what marks another major PV project announcement for Vietnam, the Germany-based company will supply equipment for a 258 MW PV system, and commission it upon its completion, scheduled for mid-2019.
Highlights

The weekend read: China’s global power play

With all the uproar in China about the impact of the May 31“2018 Solar PV Power Generation Notice” issued by China’s National Development and Reform Commission, National Energy Administration, and Ministry of Finance, one could think that China’s...

Press Releases

Formula E s.r.l. received Final Acceptance Certificate from Jolywood (Taizhou) Solar Technology Co. Ltd

The FELIX High Performance Printing & Testing Line from Formula E s. r.

$50 million from CDC and $16 million from Globeleq will bring clean power and jobs to Malindi region

Alongside its partner, Globeleq, CDC announced a $66 million debt investment in Malindi Solar Group, to build a 52MWp solar photovoltaic power plant in South-East Kenya.

Jersey Electricity Seeks Expressions of Interest for Local Solar Power

JE is initially inviting expressions of interest from groups or individuals to participate in one or more pilot projects to generate power from ground-based solar arrays and sell it to Jersey Electricity with the security of a long-term purchase contract under which JE would guarantee to buy all the units generated at an agreed unit price for up to 20 years.

Sococim Industries tasks Urbasolar with the construction of the largest “off-grid tracker” solar plant in Africa

Sococim Industries (Vicat group) entrusts Urbasolar with the construction of a 7 MWp solar power plant destined to supply power to its Rufisque cement works in Senegal. This investment, an industrial first in Africa, is part of the Vicat group’s global carbon footprint reduction program in its factories.

Opinion & Analysis

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Why can’t LID effects be completely removed in PERC cells?

Jay Lin, CEO of PVGuider discusses why the effects of light induced degradation (LID) in PERC cells cannot be completely eliminated. To explain the difficulty, we first need to understand the LID behavior of the cells, he says.

Setting the stage for solar + storage

As more states adopt ambitious renewable power and storage targets, hopes increase for continued market opportunities beyond the ITC. In the mid-term, the overall market opportunity is clear. At IHS Markit, we project 73 GW of solar PV systems will be installed in the United States from 2018 to 2022.

The China effect: Decreasing PV utilization rates, serious oversupply and future strategies

Independent energy analyst, Corinne Lin discusses the fallout of China’s recent solar PV policy decision, including decreasing utilization rates and serious oversupply; and a focus on equipment upgrades, particularly for PERC, SE, half cut and bifiacial technologies. The industry will bounce back in 2019, she concludes.

The impact of energy storage, pumped heat storage on global energy

With the percentage of renewables in the global energy mix increasing, and global energy demand projected to increase by 30% over the next two decades, energy storage is more important now than ever. But what are the main technologies for energy storage, and how will these technologies affect global energy? Gabriel Hurtado González, Energy Solutions Manager at Mitie, and Sasaenia Paul Oluwabunmi, Operations Officer at the OPEC Fund for International Development answer this pertinent question.

“We helped large-scale solar be commercially viable,” says departing Australian Renewable Energy Agency boss

The booming large scale and rooftop PV market in 2018 is providing reasons to be optimistic about the future of solar under the Australian sun. Reflecting on his six-year tenure as CEO at ARENA ahead of his departure in August, Ivor Frischknecht points to the role the agency played in bringing down the costs of large scale solar as ARENA’s greatest achievement.

Hydrogen, don’t give up!

For decades, hydrogen has been sold to us as the energy carrier of the future. You might not want to hear it anymore, because the future never seems to start. But times will change as recent developments in Germany indicate, writes Berlin-based renewable energy consultant, Stephan Franz.

Markets & Policy

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Central Asia’s green horizons

Despite its huge potential in the region, solar PV has hitherto gained little traction in Central Asia. In Kazakhstan, two utility-scale PV projects have been realized, and a few are in the pipeline for Uzbekistan as it begins to attract international investors. But many challenges on the policy level have yet to be overcome.

Pennsylvania lays out a plan for 11 GW of solar by 2030

The state’s environmental department has participated in a study which calls for the state to increase installed solar 36-fold, to reach 10% of all generation by 2030.

460MW in Down Under ready to commence construction

Construction works are expected to start soon on two utility-scale solar PV project in New South Wales with a combined capacity of more than 460 MW, as confirmed by German-based Belectric, which will handle the EPC and O&M duties on both sites.

UK surpasses 1,000 hours without coal this year alone, solar shines

Reflecting the rapidly changing U.K. energy landscape, the U.K. has surpassed 1,000 hours without using coal this year, up from 624 hours in the whole of 2017, and just 210 hours in 2016. Solar PV is also currently a leading energy source in the country.

Next Kraftwerke connects 2 MW battery to its VPP in Belgium

The virtual power plant (VPP) solutions provider connected its product with a 2 MW storage system in Belgium. It will be the country’s first storage system to take part in the grid’s frequency control reserve.

Veolia Foundation supporting a nano-grid project in Madagascar

The project connects four to six households, and lets dwellers pre-purchase daily access to electricity using a mobile app. A successful trial phase has just been finished and the executing association, Nanoé Développement has set new goals to reach in the near future.

Installations

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Hybrid, low cost

This June 27, Amiram Roth-Deblon, juwi’s Head of Global Business Initiatives, will provide details on the economics and applications of renewables hybrids for mines in front of an audience of 300+ senior mining and renewables experts at the 2nd Annual Energy and Mines Summit focused on renewables integration for mines.

South Korea to set new PV construction rules after landslide destroys array

The South Korean government has revealed plans to introduce new environmental guidelines and rules on where PV projects can be built, following a public outcry after a landslide smashed into an operational solar array south of the city of Daegu.

LatAm PV markets see increasing use of green bonds

Colombia’s Celsia is issuing green bonds worth US$145 million to finance its large solar PV project pipeline, while U.K.-based Faro Energy is resorting to clean energy bonds to fund its distributed generation (DG) solar projects across Brazil.

Swiss scientists develop machine learning algorithm to optimize home solar-plus-storage

The research team used real-world energy consumption data from 4,190 Swiss households to analyze how different cost scenarios may influence optimal photovoltaic-battery (PVB) system deployment.

Chad unveils plans for giant solar park

The project, the capacity of which could range between 200-400 MW, is being planned by Dubai-based Almaden Emirates Fortune Power LLC, a joint venture of holding investment company, Emirates Fortune Group and Chinese solar manufacturer, Almaden. If built, the facility will more than double the country’s current power generation capacity, and help reduce energy poverty.

Brazil’s Petrobras enters solar energy business

The Brazilian oil giant has signed a memorandum of understanding with its French strategic ally, Total and its subsidiary, Total Eren to invest in solar and on-shore wind projects in Brazil.

Technology

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Progress continues, without the kerf

Selected by the Technology Highlights independent jury as the Technology to Watch for 2018, 1366 Technologies’ Direct Wafer Process is an innovation that could transform the way silicon wafer is produced, and dramatically reduce its costs. pv magazine caught up with 1366 Technologies CTO Adam Lorenz to discuss latest developments in the process and the company’s efforts to scale up and bring it to the market.

UK calls for innovation in EV charging, $53 million for business development

Following the U.K. government’s announcement to significantly increase EV numbers on its roads, a call for applications was announced. Ramping up EV numbers does necessitate a convenient and low-cost charging infrastructure. To achieve this, public administration offices will fund trial phases of promising concepts. Businesses can apply until August 29.

US researchers achieve breakthrough for graphene-based solar cells

A team of scientists at the University of Kansas has developed a method to boost the lifetime of excited electrons in graphene, a development which the team alleges could lead to the development of highly efficient, ultrathin solar cells.

EPFL Scientists develop 25.2% efficient perovskite/silicon tandem cell

Researchers from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have developed a process for depositing a perovskite layer onto a silicon solar cell, which it says has already resulted in the creation of a 25.2% efficient tandem cell.

New solar water-splitting cell demonstrates 19.3% efficiency, increasing longevity significantly

The cell uses a novel approach that increases its conversion efficiency and longevity at the same time. Researchers claim it is a new world record for this type of application and highlight its importance in storing renewable energy in hydrogen to compensate for output and demand fluctuations.

Amount of silver needed in solar cells to be more than halved by 2028, Silver Institute says

The US-based industry association finds the amount of silver loading may fall from 130 mg per cell in 2016 to approximately 65 mg by 2028. Alternative and cheaper raw materials, such as copper and aluminum, are not expected to replace silver in commercial cell production, at least in the next decade.

Manufacturing

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Made in the USA

US manufacturing: From the Silicon Forest to the Rust Belt to the South, US solar PV manufacturers are expanding once again.

SolarWorld must find an investor by the end of September

At a creditors’ meeting, important decisions have been made regarding the future of the ailing German solar module manufacturer. The creditors have decided to discontinue the loss-making business at the end of September, providing no investor can be found by then.

US: Mixed impact of proposed Section 301 tariffs on inverter makers

GTM Research says the 10% tariffs that the Trump Administration is calling for are “significant”, and some companies and sectors will be affected more than others.

Module prices continue to fall

The latest reports from analysts at PV InfoLink and EnergyTrend show prices continuing to fall, though at a slower rate than was immediately seen after China’s 31/5 announcements. High efficiency mono-PERC modules fell to around US$0.32/W, while multicrystalline module prices held steady at between $0.26 and $0.29/W.

Solar glass: European PV module manufacturers fear being “taken hostage”

Currently, new anti-dumping proceedings against solar glass makers from Malaysia are taking place in the EU. Imports of Chinese solar glass have been subject to high anti-subsidy and anti-dumping duties since 2014. The European module manufacturers fear further massive competitive disadvantages and the danger of an Interfloat monopoly in Europe.

Risen to build 5 GW module line in Zhejiang Province, China

Chinese PV cell and module manufacturer, Risen Energy announced yesterday that it has started the construction of a new module factory in Zhejiang province in eastern China. The factory is set to have a total capacity of 5 GW.

Energy Storage

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They grow so fast – solar PV’s coming of age in the UK

Recently, subsidy-free solar PV plants have generated buzz in the U.K., with some plants commissioned and others planned to be developed outside of any public remuneration scheme. pv magazine examines whether the U.K. solar industry is ready to embrace the trend at scalr in the near future.

Sonnen hits almost €10 million in PV storage sales in June

The German PV home storage provider delivered around 1,500 solar batteries globally last month. At around 75%, most systems went to Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

UK’s decarbonization depends on continued growth of EVs, RE, storage – National Grid

Outlining energy pathways for the next 30 years and beyond, the U.K.’s National Grid has released four different scenarios, considering growing electricity demand and a significant increase in energy infrastructure from new renewable generation and EV charging networks. Only two of them meet the U.K.’s 2050 carbon reduction target on the back of a large growth of renewables and energy storage, and almost completely decarbonized transport.

Distributed energy storage standards project launched in Australia

DNV GL, Deakin University, the CSIRO, and the Smart Energy Council have come together to collaborate on a two-year project to develop a new performance standard for distributed energy storage systems. The work behind the proposed Australian Battery Performance Standard is being funded $1.9 million from ARENA and the Victoria state government.

China’s CATL to invest €240 million in Europe’s first battery cell fab

The Chinese battery manufacturer has said it will establish a fab in Germany’s Thüringen with an annual capacity of 14 GWh. The battery cells will be primarily produced for the electric vehicle (EV) industry. Up to 600 jobs are expected to be created. In related news, BMW has entered a €4 billion long-term partnership with CATL.

Global EV market growing sturdily despite trade dispute setbacks

EnergyTrend recognizes recent tariffs developments will hit the electric vehicle (EV) industry. Despite this, environmental regulations, as well as costs and technological advancement, will prevail and continue to drive EV sales globally.

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