Top News

European 2050 carbon-neutrality plans back on the agenda

Reports about a leaked document suggest that Germany, Italy, Greece and Slovakia have joined a group of EU member states that support a carbon neutrality bill. Germany refused to support such plans in March, but with political support for the German Green Party now skyrocketing, Chancellor Angela Merkel is likely to revise her government's position. With Germany now on the ticket, a plan could be finalized at some point this year.
Energy Storage

SERIS reaffirms TW-scale potential for floating PV as global installations surpass 1.3 GW

More than 1.3 GWp of floating solar capacity has already been built throughout the world, according to a new report, with the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore reaffirming its belief that the global potential for floating PV is in the terawatt...
Markets & Policy

EU publishes directive and regulations for Clean Energy Package

The two documents urge member countries to adopt more favorable legislative frameworks to help improve operation of renewables and distributed generation in relation to other energy networks of gas or heat. The new provisions are also expected to facilit...
Announcements

Quality Roundtable tackles glass-glass issue and underground cabling

Future PV Roundtable looks into subsidy free PV

pv magazine test

The latest batch of energy yield results from the outdoor test field at Xi’an, China are out.

In BayWa r.e.’s new white paper, Grid parity and the solar renaissance, Dr. Benedikt Ortmann, Managing Director, BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH, explains what grid parity means to him, where it’s happened and where it’s going next.

Sponsored
Technology

IEA’s ‘Future of Hydrogen’ report charts a way through fossil-fuelled isles

The G20 meeting of environment and energy ministers on the weekend in Karuizawa, Japan, came out largely in favor of adopting lower-emissions energy technologies. That means cleaner coal, as well as the development of solar- and wind-powered green hydrog...
Markets & Policy

Hevel starts building 100 MW in Kazakhstan, expands pipeline to 178 MW

Hevel Group has started building 100 MW of solar in northern Kazakhstan. The project, which the Russian PV group claims will be one of the largest solar plants in the Commonwealth of Independent States, is part of its 178 MW pipeline in the Central Asian...
Markets & Policy

DEWA issues tender for fifth 900 MW phase of 5 GW solar park

Overall, 64 companies expressed interest in building the new 900 MW phase of the huge Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The completion of the first section of the plant is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2021.
Manufacturing

Copper iodide, another option to stabilize perovskite cells

A research team from Russia’s institutes NUST MISIS and IPCE RAS, and Italy’s University of Rome Tor Vergata, have applied an additional layer of p-type copper iodide semiconductor between perovskite and the hole-transport NiO layer of the cell. Acco...
Markets & Policy

The Pope, big oil and bankers are talking carbon taxes

Pope Francis held a closed door meeting at the Academy of Sciences with the CEOs of oil firms and investment firms to address climate change, with a group committing to support an “economically meaningful” carbon price.
Sponsored

Press Releases

Azelio in collaboration for verification of its energy storage technology also in Sweden

In addition to the planned verification in Morocco at the end of 2019, Azelio is now initiating a collaboration with the Swedish Glava Energy Center (glavaenergycenter. se) for verification of its technology also in Sweden.

Partnership signed between UADH and OLA Energy group to speed up the development in Africa of Eurorepar Car Service, PSA Group’s multibrand network

UADH and the PSA Group have today opened a new chapter in their partnership on the African market

ib vogt completes 166.5 MWp PV plants for Benban solar complex

Adding to the 64,1 MWp project in operation since February 2018, ib vogt began commercial operation for three additional solar power plants totalling 166. 5 MWp.

Enel X and FCA sign partnership agreement to boost e-mobility

Enel X, the Enel Group’s business line dedicated to advanced energy services and products, and multinational automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) signed a partnership agreement to develop new e-mobility solutions to boost the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) and support FCA’s soon-to-be-launched electrified vehicle models.

Opinion & Analysis

Featured

Sharp cell, module distinctions begin to form

The cost effectiveness of solar energy is becoming a top priority in terms of the selection of end market products, writes EnergyTrend’s Lions Shih. The result? A more varied and diverse module landscape alongside mono’s continued rise.

Why solar parks should replace agricultural land

This year’s Earth Overshoot Day falls on Friday, August 2. The current UN report on biodiversity protection does not report anything good. At least two reasons for our children to demonstrate on Fridays so that we not only talk, but act, says Ralf Schnitzler, project developer, solar parks, Bejulo GmbH. He believes that now is the time to take the energy revolution seriously. Below, he lays out his arguments and ideas on how the energy transition and other transformations could be possible with solar parks.

An overview of the world’s largest solar parks

In the second of a series of four blogs, solar pioneer Philip Wolfe lists the world’s largest solar parks. In these articles, a ‘solar park’ is defined as a group of co-located solar power plants.

The sun rises on the bifacial module market

With market penetration exceeding expectations in 2018, bifacial technology is set to account for one third of global solar module production by 2022, writes Edurne Zoco, Research Director at IHS Markit. Bifacial and half-cell technologies are rapidly gaining momentum due to their improvements in power output, along with their low implementation barriers and minimal capex requirements

How corporates are leading the 100% renewable energy transition

An historic new report from Energy Watch shows that we can reach 100% renewable energy in just a few decades, and it’s affordable; making this the clear answer to tackling climate change.

China’s new solar FIT policy

On April 30, China’s National Development and Reform Commission released the “Improving Issues Related to Feed-in Tariffs for Solar Photovoltaic” notice, the first document that confirms the level of FIT payments for solar projects following several consultation papers issued previously this year. The new FIT rates are set to be effective starting July 1.

Markets & Policy

Featured

“We have not yet seen the real age of solar”

As its founding permanent Director General, Adnan Z. Amin has shaped the International Renewable Energy Agency like no other. As he stands aside after a transformational eight years both for the agency and for the renewable energy sector, he reflects on his time at the helm and sends a powerful message to the solar sector.

Limited success for Algeria’s 150 MW PV tender

Only eight of the 93 companies which acquired the technical specifications for the tender have decided to participate in the procurement exercise. Collectively, the submitted project proposals had a combined capacity of 90 MW. Domestic content rules required the use of solar modules assembled in Algeria, as well as locally manufactured mounting structures and cables.

US State Dept issues strategy to diversify clean energy, storage supply chains

The Trump administration is acknowledging global demand for clean energy and energy storage with the US State Department’s new strategy.

Engie commissions 100 MW solar park in Belgium

Construction on the Lommel project started in October. The facility, owned by Flemish investment company Limburgse investeringsmaatschappij, will sell power to a zinc manufacturer and is also entitled to a premium of €0.0479 on top of the market power price.

India’s latest 1.2 GW of solar capacity awarded at $0.036 ahead of safeguarding duty fall

The Solar Energy Corporation of India’s 1.2 GW auction saw four companies – Ayana Renewable, ReNew Power, NYSE-listed Azure Power and Mahindra Susten – secure a combined capacity of 1.15 GW at INR2.54/kWh. Avaada Energy landed the remaining 50 MW, at Rs2.55.

REC Silicon suspension will hinge on G20 meeting between Trump and Jinping

The Norwegian manufacturer has delayed full shutdown of its U.S. polysilicon operation until mid July as President Trump and his Chinese counterpart are scheduled to hold talks in Osaka in two weeks’ time.

Installations

Rating, risk mitigation, and yield improvements

There are various technical reasons why a PV power plant can underperform or completely fail. In such cases, the investors are first in line to suffer financially from underperforming assets. In some cases, writes Thomas Sauer, head of renewable energy consultancy Exxergy, technical performance deteriorations are so severe that even the debt funders are negatively affected, to the extent that significant parts of loan and interest payments can no longer be serviced.

JinkoSolar delivers 258 MW for PV-wind project in Vietnam

The Chinese manufacturer has supplied 258 MW of monocrystalline PERC double glass modules to Trung Nam Group. It claims the project is one of the biggest solar-wind installations in the Southeast Asian country.

MW-sized solar park for 100% self-consumption in Denmark

A 4.8 MW solar park, which is being built by Danish developer Better Energy, will cover 20% of total power demand of a new hospital complex in Odense. The energy produced by the plant will be 100% self-consumed.

Benin approves four PV projects totaling 50 MW

Four projects, planned to be located across several regions, will be developed through private-public partnerships and a development program supported by the United States.

EDF to acquire Energy2market

German power distributor Energy2market intends to develop its international activity under its new French owner. The founding shareholders and Trailstone UK will sell their stock to EDF subsidiary Pulse Croissance.

Seychelles firms up 4 MW floating PV project

The installation will be Africa’s first privately financed, utility scale floating solar installation. A group of pre qualified bidders inspected the site and are expected to submit full technical and financial documentation by September.

Technology

Featured

Hacking PV production, an der Havel

The regional train line from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Brandenburg an der Havel is a far cry from the crowded CalTrain linking San Francisco with Silicon Valley. But as pv magazine discovered as it hopped on board last month, perovskite PV development is reviving hopes for solar manufacturing in the region – hacker style.

The weekend read: Is PERC still bankable?

Light-induced initial degradation in PERC modules is currently a subject of intense discussion, but tests at PI Berlin have shown that the problem is solvable. Founder and CEO Paul Grunow explains the effects, the approach, and the results.

Morocco’s medium voltage PV market will open this year

The nation’s renewable energy legislation will be updated to expand net metering for projects connected to the medium voltage grid, paving the way for a wave of decentralized installations.

Trina Solar begins mass production of 425 W bifacial glass-glass module

The Chinese PV manufacturer uses TOPCon half cells for the modules. The additional rear side yield is estimated by Trina at 5-30%.

IEEFA joins calls for policy clarity about UK’s net zero ambition

An energy finance consultant from the international thinktank has added his voice to demands Theresa May, or her successor, spell out exactly how the decarbonization target will be met, and cited failings on solar as a warning on how not to proceed.

Plug-in hybrid cars have as much longevity as Betamax and MiniDiscs – stick to pure electric

A report on the prospects for a mooted $2.6tn electric vehicle market over the next decade says PHEVs – part electric, part gas-guzzling – are already losing market share rapidly to pure electric rivals, and will be extinct by 2030.

Manufacturing

Featured

Pioneering PV in Saudi Arabia

Nabih Cherradi is Chief Technology Officer of Desert Technologies (DT), a Saudi Arabian solar PV developer, EPC, O&M supplier, and module manufacturer. This is quite a comprehensive portfolio and Cherradi seems most proud of the PV manufacturing facility he has set up in Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The Kingdom finally seems poised to deliver on its exceptional PV promise. Importantly, this applies not only to large-scale installations, but also to rooftop systems and PV manufacturing.

Norwegian wafer maker and US mounting system supplier join the solar gold rush

It is not just the big beasts of Chinese solar that are investing in aggressive expansion as high-efficiency wafer maker NorSun and tracker supplier GameChange Solar make big announcements. The New York company, however, may fall foul of President Trump’s America First trade mantra by opening production lines in the Far East.

Northvolt secures $1bn for battery gigafactory in Sweden

Initially, the company will construct a 16 GWh factory plus a joint venture fab with Volkswagen in Germany, which will also have a throughput of 16 GWh. Both factories could be extended to tap further into the large market for battery cells in Europe.

Bifacial beats Trump’s tariffs

Federal trade authorities have ruled that bifacial solar modules are no longer subject to the Section 201 ruling, which currently apply a 25% tariff to most solar modules imported to the United States.

REC Silicon scraps shares placement because stock is cheaper in open trading

Stock in the polysilicon manufacturer appeared to be recovering in early trading on the Oslo exchange this morning after it cancelled plans for a private placement of as many as 50 million shares.

Shareholder dissent clouds boardroom appointments at GCL-Poly

There was significant opposition to the re-appointment of three executives at today’s AGM, suggesting unease at a strategy that involves loading ever more debt onto the manufacturer as it bids to rapidly outgrow its rivals in terms of production capacity.

Energy Storage

Neighborly energy barter

Everybody has asked their neighbor for milk when the shops were closed. But what about electricity? With new legislation, villages in the EU are setting up systems where this could soon be a reality.

PV industry calls for clarity on UK government’s 2050 emissions target

Representatives of the UK solar industry have praised prime minister Theresa May’s plan to amend the 2008 Climate Change Act with a 2050 net zero emissions target while urging the government to articulate how it will achieve its goal. In particular, the industry has pointed to the need to eliminate barriers that continue to hinder deployment of solar and battery storage systems.

India’s lithium gigafactory ambition raised to 50 GW, tender likely soon

The government is considering financial incentives such as import and export duty waivers to woo battery manufacturers to set up a globally competitive manufacturing base in India.

UK government may step in to impose minimum price for solar power sold to the grid

The launch of the U.K. Smart Export Guarantee regime today failed to include a price floor – as predicted by trade body the STA – but the government did not rule out future intervention. Commercial customers, however, still have no way of securing payment for their excess power.

Green hydrogen airs at G20 meeting of energy ministers this week

Hello hydrogen! A number of factors are floating renewably powered hydrogen to the top of the agenda for worldwide energy ministers. Australia is among the countries most favourably placed to turn hydrogen hype into the biggest source of decarbonized energy the world has yet seen.

Indian state of Telangana pitches for 5 GW lithium-ion battery plant

Following the launch of the Indian government’s 40 GW battery production plan for the states, Telangana has pitched for a 5 GW lithium ion plant by announcing the ready availability of 200 acres of land plus power and water for the fab at a concessional rate.

Subscriptions

Email newsletter

pv magazine offers daily updates of the latest photovoltaics news. Stay informed. Join our newsletter.

  • Hold Ctrl or Cmd to select multiple editions.

Subscribe to our global print magazine

Independent, professional reporting on the latest technological trends and market developments worldwide. 12 issues per year including free worldwide delivery and access to our online archive.

Subscribe

This website uses cookies to anonymously count visitor numbers. View our privacy policy.

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close