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Hanwha Q-Cells moves to enforce recall of rival products which infringed its technology

The Korean manufacturer today announced it wants to enforce the recall of products made by Chinese rivals Jinko Solar, Longi Solar and REC Group which were deemed by the regional court of Düsseldorf in June to have infringed its passivation technology patent. The recall applies to products sold since January last year.
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Fall in off-grid solar sales deprives 5m people of access to clean power

The latest edition of the Global Off-grid Solar Market Report by the World Bank and GOGLA has called for regulatory and financial support to help off-grid distributors create jobs lost to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Indian company tenders globally for supply of 350 MW of modules

State-run hydropower company NHDC is targeting 340-350 MW of generation capacity in a 1.5 GW tender being held in the state of Madhya Pradesh and needs panels to meet any award it secures.
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Australia a key player in new Global Power System Transformation team of 6

This week will see the official launch of a global taskforce that aims to support worldwide uptake and integration of renewables and achieve at least 50% reduction in emissions over the coming decade.
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US solar racking companies are getting acquired in a consolidating market: Who’s next?

The U.S. solar racking market has quiet revenues of billions of dollars and continues to consolidate — driven by equity firms such as Esdec and Tenex. The market segment has become a small hotbed of M&A. Who’s next?
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Scatec to drop the ‘Solar’ with hydro acquisition

The renewables business is set to acquire the SN Power hydropower operator belonging to Norwegian state-owned private equity business Norfund, with the $1.17 billion deal expected to go through in the first half of the new year. Scatec said the transacti...
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The weekend read: Circular innovations

Slowly but surely, environmental concerns are making their way into mainstream thought throughout the PV industry. A look at recycling offers an example of this, with stakeholders trying to get ahead of the high volumes of end-of-life modules already on ...
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Chinese PV Industry Brief: Qinghai switches on 2.2 GW, Yingli starts building 5 GW factory

Huanghe Hydropower Development has commissioned 2.2 GW of PV capacity in China’s remote Qinghai province. Yingli, meanwhile, has started to build a new 5 GW solar module factory in Hebei province.
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Power Electronics led the global energy storage inverter market in 2019

According to IHS Markit Energy Storage Inverter Report 2020 released this September, the company leads the industry, followed by SMA, Sungrow and Tesla.

Sungrow Receives the World’s First DC Arc Detection and Interruption Technical Report for SG110CX from TÜV SÜD

Sungrow has received the world’s first DC arc detection and interruption technical report issued by TÜV SÜD. The report outlines Sungrow SG110CX has been tested according to the newly recognized international standard IEC 63027 ED1 (draft), 82/1636/CDV, underlining the global leading position on product reliability and safety.

Masdar and Miral sign landmark agreement to develop Abu Dhabi’s largest rooftop solar photovoltaic project at Warner Bros

Masdar has signed an agreement with Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading curator of experiences, to develop Abu Dhabi’s largest rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) project to date at Warner Bros.

JA Solar Supplies Modules for the First Floating PV Plants in Spain and Malaysia

JA Solar recently announced that it supplied all photovoltaic (PV) modules for Spain's first grid-connected floating solar plant which is located in the Sierra Brava reservoir in the Extremadura region.

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Hydrogen and lithium-ion: Europe’s key to a green recovery

The promise of hydrogen as the energy source of the future has long been deliberated by manufacturers, climate professionals, and political figures. These discussions have intensified following the European Commission’s economic recovery package, which features a focus on kick-starting a clean hydrogen economy in Europe. Nikolaos Tsiouvaras, R&D director at Systems Sunlight S.A., a Greek manufacturer of industrial and advanced technology batteries for the energy storage industry, explores storage in Europe.

Reshuffle at the top, as new markets arise

A new wave of consolidation and some reshuffling is underway among market leaders in the solar EPC space, writes IHS Markit’s Josefin Berg. In 2019, the 30 largest EPC providers globally installed 28 GW of non-residential PV, representing 26% of the total market. This increase from 21% in 2018 stems mainly from a growing concentration in the Chinese PV market, as well as integrator concentration in rapidly growing markets like Spain and Vietnam.

Mitigating supply chain risks

Rajendra Khandalkar, group head of supply chain management at India-based infrastructure engineering, procurement and construction services company Sterling and Wilson, has spoken to pv magazine India about learning from the Covid-19 crisis and the importance of smart supplier management to bolster company resilience.

Safely meeting demand for renewable energy with innovative material design for health and sustainability

Clean energy is critical to solving our climate crisis. But we need to consider the full environmental and human health impacts of solar energy generation across its entire lifecycle, including mining, manufacturing, use, decommissioning and recycling. This requires us to identify critical stages in the production process, and how choices in materials and chemicals at different stages of production influence each other.

The future of solar PPAs in Turkey

Both the current status, and the future of, solar PPAs in the Turkish market as a key tool for increasing PV capacity has become a widely discussed topic. This is particularly due to the fact that after mid-2021, the future of YEKDEM (Turkey’s local FIT regime) is uncertain. The incentives could be lower than expected, or even unavailable for some technologies. This has raised the question of alternative financing mechanisms with respect to new investments.

Floating solar PV gains global momentum

This article explores the current state of floating solar PV (FPV), briefly highlighting several leading markets, and discussing benefits and advantages in detail alongside common applications and business model considerations. The outlook for FPV is positive and is set to break free of its niche perception. It could well become the third pillar of the solar PV sector in future.

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The state of European energy

The proportion of clean energy consumed in the EU continues to rise but the European Commission's State of the Energy Union report is critical of failings in energy efficiency, low-carbon-R&D spending, and the removal of fossil fuel subsidies.

‘Solar is the new king of energy markets’

The advance of PV has been lauded by the International Energy Agency as it launched the latest edition of a flagship World Energy Outlook 2020 report overshadowed by the Covid-19 crisis and uncertainty over how long the economic recovery could take.

German PV equipment providers still affected by Covid-19 crisis

Orders fell more than 70% in the second quarter but China’s economic recovery is providing the basis for cautious optimism.

US residential solar set for a record-breaking year — despite, and because of, 2020

With folks housebound by Covid-19 restrictions and more conscious of their home energy needs, April proved a banner month for companies generating digital leads through their own accelerated transition to a new way of working.

Another bumper year sees green bonds push through $1tn mark

Sustainability-linked debt financing is experiencing ever increasing popularity and the success of green bonds has driven other products linked to social performance and other sustainability criteria. The total volume of such investments to date passed the $2 trillion point this year.

Off-grid solar funding concentrated in just three companies

With a previous 50-50 split between equity and debt investment funding for the off-grid market lurching to 84% borrowing, and commentators stating most of this year’s backing was agreed before the onset of Covid-19, fears are mounting about the prospects for the sector.

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Starting a new industry

As a business prospect, producing hydrogen via sustainable means remains in its infancy. However, analysts appear increasingly certain that we are seeing the dawn of a vital new industry. In Europe, some countries (such as Germany and Portugal) have already adopted national strategies for the production and use of the fuel. And in July, the European Union also published a comprehensive hydrogen strategy as a central part of a climate-neutral Europe.

Poland added 421 MW of PV in August-September period

The country’s cumulative installed PV power hit 2.68 GW at the end of September. Newly installed capacity for the first 10 months of the year has surpassed 1.3 GW.

GEV to develop compressed hydrogen ship for Australian exports

Global Energy Ventures has revealed new designs for the H2 Ship, a compressed hydrogen ship capable of transporting 2,000 tons of hydrogen from green hydrogen hubs in northern Australia to trading partners such as Singapore, South Korea, China, and Japan.

Tata Power awarded 100 MW of solar capacity at 5 GW Indian mega park

The developer secured the grid-connected solar capacity in a 700 MW auction by state utility Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited which had a tariff ceiling of INR2.92/kWh ($0.04). The Dholera Solar Park, in Gujarat, is set to eventually have a 5 GW footprint.

Vietnam opens 450 MW solar plant

Ho Chi Minh City-based construction company Trungnam Group said its army of laborers took just 45 days to perform site clearance for a project which took shape within 102 days.

Portugal sees 74 MW of utility-scale PV coming online

German group WiNRG completed three of the six projects totaling 205 MW that it is currently building in Portugal.

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Investing in PowerBanks for high returns

Western Australia is soaked in sunshine, and PV uptake is challenging the grid. But small numbers of medium-sized community batteries are taking the heat off the system, while helping more people to reap the dividends of rooftop solar PV.

First mixed PV-wind connection at private substation in France

PV developer Sun’R Power and wind-power specialist Boralex have revealed plans to connect part of the Cambrai-Niergnies solar project and the Seuil du Cambrésis wind farm to a single private substation.

Iberdrola begins construction on 317 MW hybrid wind-solar plant in Australia

The AUD 500 million facility is Iberdrola’s first renewable energy project in the country, which has become one of the great growth region’s for the Spanish company.

Solar+storage replaces US coal plant

The utility plans to replace the San Juan coal-fired station’s 847 MW of capacity with 650 MW of solar generation and 300 MW/1,200 MWh of accompanying energy storage.

German solar PPA market to reach 300 MW in 2020

After the slump caused by the Covid-19 crisis, the demand for subsidy-free photovoltaic projects has again picked up in Germany. By the end of 2022, German consultancy company Enervies sees a maximum potential of up to 3.6 GW for photovoltaic systems that could be implemented outside of the EEG subsidy scheme.

Nobel Prize-winning auction geniuses want to apply their findings to renewables

Stanford professors Paul R. Milgrom and Robert B. Wilson were awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in economics for developing a new auction theory and new auction formats for goods and services. Their findings were already successfully used in the electricity energy sector and may now meet the challenge on how to better shape clean energy procurements.

Technology

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The state of solid-state batteries

Solid-state batteries hold the potential to overcome many of the limitations of today’s lithium-ion storage technologies. Though they have been a research topic for more than 30 years, and more recently have seen billions of dollars poured into their development by leading carmakers and electronics giants, commercial development is still extremely limited. Major roadblocks remain in the way of both device performance and industrial-scale processing. pv magazine recently caught up with solid-state’s research community for a look at where the technology stands.

Swift Solar to push perovskite market forward

Born from an Oxford research group, the startup is looking to make its name by developing all-perovskite tandems – something no other company has done.

Renewable energy education fast changing Nigeria’s employment landscape

Renewable energy training institutes are springing up all over Nigeria, empowering an army of young people with solar technology skills in a country where unemployment is a huge challenge.

Total and Google Cloud develop tool to predict rooftop PV potential

The Solar Mapper uses artificial intelligence algorithms that compile data extracted from satellite images. It can estimate site solar potential and indicate the most suitable technology.

German company scores $9m solar pump order in Bangladesh

Raach Solar and its Power Utility Bangladesh Ltd local partner have landed two contracts to supply more than 700 pumps in the north-western Bogra district, with the Asian Development Bank footing the bill.

New algorithm to identify faults in PV systems

A new algorithm identifies five kinds of faults in PV systems, while also detecting when faults have been resolved to prevent false detections. It is based on the least significant difference test, which is a set of individual t-tests comparing the means of two or more pre-determined groups.

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Coming around

Given the number of batteries (primarily lithium-ion) that are required to decarbonize the power and mobility sectors, the industry is now preparing for a mountain of battery waste. Recycling is technically feasible, but is also subject to sensitive economics. The framework in which recycling companies can achieve the best life-cycle costs for batteries needs to be carefully enabled through policy – and it will likely include a mixture of technologies and business models, in order to allow life-cycle emissions of batteries to be brought down.

SNEC 2020 CEO Series – Interview with Vice President of International Sales – GoodWe

GoodWe is a rapidly expanding inverter manufacturer that recently went public on the Shanghai Stock Market. The company is a major player on the international stage and has increased its market share in every major PV market. What new products and solutions did GoodWe showcase at SNEC 2020 in Shanghai? What is GoodWe’s international marketing strategy? Ron Shen, Vice President of International Sales, addressed these questions during an exclusive interview with PV Magazine.

Benban developers on brink of settling reported $102m cost-sharing deal

Sources connected to developers at the site confirm the figure has been agreed with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company but said it was still subject to change. The utility is seeking raised contributions from renewables companies to cover what it says were rises in building material costs.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: Inner Mongolia set for 5 GW solar-storage-hydrogen complex

The China Energy Investment Corp is planning to invest RMB22 billion in a facility in the autonomous region. The state-owned mining and energy company has signed a framework agreement with the government of the city of Yijin Holo Banner for the project.

Climate change to reduce solar radiation in hot, arid regions

A new Princeton University study shows that PV plants in hot, arid parts of the world, such as the Middle East and the U.S. Southwest, will be particularly affected by climate change.

Trump pulls tariff exemption for bifacial panels – again

The U.S. president issued a proclamation on Oct. 10 that cites the impact of imported bifacial panels on U.S. solar manufacturing, while also raising the scheduled fourth-year tariff rate from 15% to 18%.

Energy Storage

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Long-duration storage advances, but regulators need more time

Lithium-ion batteries can do a great job of load shifting to balance solar’s midday peak, while also providing other stability services to the grid. But when it comes to really balancing an energy system that’s led by intermittent renewables, energy storage for longer durations can give system operators a lot more to work with. pv magazine takes a look at some of the technologies promising to fill this gap.

Wärtsilä’s 9 MW battery storage system reduces demand peaks

An independent power producer, AEP OnSite Partners, will be the first to deploy Wärtsilä’s new storage product.

Off-grid solar solution offer water security for remote communities

Solar and energy storage play a key role in Project Gilghi, an off-grid water security system that could help people who have poor access to potable water and sanitation.

Lithium-ion gigafactory breaks ground in Australia

Less than a year from now, Australia will start producing its own renewables-storing lithium-ion batteries in New South Wales.

Scania develops solar cell-clad trailer

The 18-meter long solar cell-clad trailer is said to enable fuel savings of 5-10% in Sweden. Swedish thin-film manufacturer Midsummer is a partner on the project.

Solar tower for world’s largest pasta producer

The German Aerospace Center is working with partners in Italy to supply Italian pasta maker Barilla with electricity and heat from renewable sources.

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