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Côte d’Ivoire launches tender for 60 MW of solar

The government of Côte d’Ivoire aims to facilitate the development of 60 MW of solar at two sites via a new tender. The projects will be built under the World Bank’s Scaling Solar program.
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Chinese PV Industry Brief: New solar glass factory in Jiangsu, Longi maintains wafer prices unchanged

Triumph Group is planning to build a $1.71 billion PV glass factory in Suqian City, Jiangsu Province. Longi has maintained unchanged the prices of its wafers for July.
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Masdar secures deal to build 2 GW of solar in Iraq

The UAE-based developer wants to build several projects at unspecified locations in central and southern Iraq.
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CO2 pricing may prevent cannibalization effect of wind and solar

According to a new study from a German-Swedish research group, conventional incentives such as renewable portfolio standards, feed-in tariffs or feed-in premium payments may likely lead to a price cannibalisation scenario for wind and solar. CO2 pricing,...
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A crowning achievement for perovskite stability

Scientists in Switzerland demonstrated a new type of nanoscale doping for perovskite solar cells. By both improving stability and reducing the chance of the cells leaking any toxic lead into the environment, the discovery addresses two of the largest rem...
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Huawei’s president of Smart PV on solar digitization and its new PV storage solutions

Huawei launched its All-Scene FusionSolar + Storage Solution at this year’s SNEC Expo 2021. In the following week, it announced a new business unit, Huawei Digital Power Technology. pv magazine spoke with Chen Guoguang, President of Huawei Smart...
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New three-phase hybrid inverter series from Sunways

The new hybrid inverter series has an efficiency of up to 98.2% and a European efficiency of up to 97.4%. The device offers multiple connections with a maximum of 10 units in parallel to expand the AC output power.
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India could add 13.75 GW of PV module capacity by late 2022

The Indian government’s efforts to restrict PV equipment imports and expand domestic manufacturing are starting to bear fruit.

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GoodWe listed as most efficient APAC manufacturer in 2021 SPI tes

The renowned University of Applied Sciences (HTW) in Berlin recently examined the most efficient home storage systems for PV systems.

UGE Signs Nine New Commercial Solar Projects in the Philippines

UGE International Ltd. is pleased to announce nine new projects signed by its UGE Philippines subsidiary, totaling 3MW in rated capacity.

JinkoSolar Was invited to the Inauguration of Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed 50MW Solar Park in Blitta, Togo

JinkoSolar attended the inauguration of Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed 50MW Solar Park in Blitta, Togo - marking the country’s first utility-scale renewable energy project developed by an Independent Power Producer (IPP) as one of the largest solar PV IPP plants in West Africa, with the attendance of the President of Togo, IRENA, AMEA and more international organizations.

Canadian Solar Secures EUR 50 Million from Santander to Support Growth in Project Development in EMEA

Canadian Solar Inc. announced today that it has secured a €50 million bilateral corporate facility with Banco Santander, S.

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Strong growth predicted for Middle Eastern solar PV

The Middle East, and the Gulf in particular, has been home to record low solar tariffs in recent years. Major projects are being awarded via tenders, with prices gradually closing in on a remarkable 1 USDct/kWh. Of course, this is no coincidence due to the region’s favorable solar conditions: availability of cheap and sunny desert land, low labor costs, cheap project financing, supportive tax regimes, large projects benefitting from economies of scale, well designed tender structures, and decreasing PV component prices.

Politicians tend to overpromise, except when it comes to solar

The speed of all transitions is inherently underestimated, and solar PV is no exception. The EU has grossly underestimated its coming of age, as its forecasts for 2020 were off by 67% for the Netherlands and 74% for Germany, writes Rolf Heynen, CEO of Dutch New Energy Research.

Carbon neutrality and solar’s role in ASEAN nations

The Paris Agreement has been signed by all ASEAN nations and almost all members have declared a carbon emissions reduction target. The diversity in ASEAN’s readiness for energy transition is reflected in the wide-ranging nationally determined contribution targets set for reducing greenhouse gases. An immediate quick win for the renewable energy transition is the harnessing of solar power from an abundance of resources in the region.

N-type solar development

This year, PV cell manufacturers will face the challenge of transformation. Apart from adjusting the ratio of production for different-sized cells, some manufacturers are turning to next-generation opportunities, shifting investment from p-PERC to n-type technology. PV InfoLink Analyst Amy Fang discusses the issues facing n-type cell development this year.

PV policy developments in the Baltic states

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have seen uneven development in PV installations to date, and the three Baltic states are still highly dependent on imports from Russia. Estonia needs to replace aging energy infrastructure, and so far it has led the region in PV deployments. Latvia, meanwhile, has a high level of hydro in its energy mix, and less incentive to build PV. IHS Markit analyst Susanne von Aichberger examines the latest policy developments in the Baltic states.

IHSM clean energy insights: High module prices and shipping costs jeopardize 2021 installation outlook

In the first installment of a new monthly blog by IHS Markit, Edurne Zoco, executive director for clean energy technology, writes that high prices and increased freight costs are putting solar PV procurement teams under extreme pressure, particularly those teams with connection deadlines this year that were anticipating a more favorable pricing and logistic environment in the second half of 2021.

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Spain to devote €3.9bn of EU cash to ‘innovative renewables’

The investment has been planned as part of the nation's recovery and resilience plan to access EU funds for its post-Covid economic stimulus package. The spending plans of Portugal and Greece have also been approved by the European Commission in the last 48 hours.

Universal electricity access by 2030 remains a distant dream

Energy efficiency, electrification of heating and transport, and the provision of clean cooking facilities are all going in the wrong direction as the Covid crisis deprived millions in sub-Saharan Africa of electricity use, according to a report by the IEA, IRENA, WHO, World Bank and UN Statistics Division.

Dubai Solar Show will be held as part of World Expo

The trade show will be held from October 5-7 under the auspices of the Covid-delayed global trade fair.

SNEC opens its doors

The 15th edition of the world’s biggest solar exhibition got up and running in Shanghai today and we have exclusive images from the event.

Are oil and gas companies on the run?

Private sector fossil fuel spending on exploration is drying up just as modest rises in clean energy investments are being observed. With stock market investors increasingly embracing renewables, the IEA has observed positive signals in its latest energy investment report, but warned we are still doing far too little to keep global heating at bay.

UK solar body wants annual auctions to help towards 40 GW this decade

Trade organization Solar Energy UK has called for the government to mandate that solar target in a co-ordinated rallying cry issued with two peers. One of them, the Nuclear Industry Association, is a membership body sure to raise hackles in some quarters of the energy transition movement.

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What Asia needs to turn away from coal

Given the rapid decrease of the solar electricity cost, pv magazine explores the drivers and obstacles behind switching off coal and embracing photovoltaics and other renewable energy technology in Asia. The good news: things are moving in the right direction.

Lead halide perovskite cell based on benzodithiophene cation achieves 14.7% efficiency

Swiss researchers sought for the first time to replace phenylethylammonium (PEA) with benzodithiophene (BDT) in cations for perovskite cells. The latter showed improved stability and ensured a power conversion efficiency that was 1% higher than that of its counterpart.

First reactions to Biden’s US ban on solar imports from China’s Xinjiang province

The Biden Administration’s decision to ban solar imports from four Xinjiang-based polysilicon manufacturers has already raised concerns. One analyst warns of a “significant negative impact” across the U.S. solar industry.

Plans unveiled for Netherlands’ largest battery

The 24 MW/48 MWh system is being built by Dutch storage system provider Giga Storage and utility Eneco. The battery will be used by Eneco for forecasting supply-demand errors on the intraday trading market.

‘Low-cost renewable hydrogen may already be in reach’

If the three record-busting low solar price tariffs recorded in the Middle East in the past 18 months are to be believed, renewables-powered hydrogen in prime sites in the region could already compete with gas-plus-CCS production, according to IRENA. Has the Gulf discovered the new petrol?

US government bans products from four Xinjiang-based solar manufacturers

The four manufacturers are Hoshine Silicon, Daqo, East Hope, and GCL New Energy Material.

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The future is female among Egyptian engineers

How do you achieve gender equality among shift-working engineers in a remote location in North Africa? With a clear vision and concrete measures, according to Scatec’s operations and maintenance (O&M) team in Egypt, which has a 30% share of female engineers.

Solar 101: The brains behind the beauty of your solar power system

In addition to converting the output of PV panels from DC to AC, inverters now perform a number of other functions, such as maximizing electricity generation, assessing performance and even shutting down in emergencies.

PV-driven air conditioner coupled with ice thermal storage

Researchers in China have built a PV-powered air conditioner that can store power through ice thermal storage. The performance of the system was evaluated considering operating efficiency and stability and the scientists found that a device relying on a variable-speed compressor and an MPPT controller showed very good ice-making capability.

Climate district relying on solar-powered hydrogen in Germany

A 1 MW electrolyzer in the middle of a residential area in Esslingen, southern Germany, is intended to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of its residents. One of the energy sources used in the project is rooftop PV located in the area.

Repsol commissions 90.5 MW in Spain, Amazon plans another 152 MW

Repsol has switched on 90 MW of PV in Spain and Amazon wants to build another large scale solar facility in the country. Both projects are located in the central region of Castilla-La Mancha.

Unsubsidized 50 MW PV project under development in Serbia

The project is being planned to sell power to the Serbian South East European Power Exchange (SEEPEX) or other off-takers under a power purchase agreement.

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Filling the energy technology, poverty gap

Advanced technology is of little use if it cannot reach those who need it most. Two Indonesian companies – Kopernik, an NGO based in Bali, and Sumba Sustainable Solutions, from the island of Sumba – are trying to bridge the gap between those in need and those with technological solutions. They both focus on the PV electrification of rural areas and brightening Indonesia’s “last mile.”

Tigo unveils rapid shutdown device for high-power solar modules

Called Tigo TS4-A-F RSD, the device can operate with a maximum current of 15 A and a maximum voltage of 90 V.  It measures 138.4 x 139.7 x 22.9mm and weighs 490g.

New perovskite material for 23.5%-efficient solar cell

Researchers in Japan have found a new way to fabricate one of the most promising perovskite materials for PV application — the α-formamidinium lead iodide known as α-FAPbI3. With a pre-synthesized version of this material, they were able to produce a cell with a power conversion efficiency of 23.5% and a lifespan of more than 2,000 hours.

New microinverter from the US

Yotta Energy’s new micro-inverter is claimed to be an ideal solution for commercial rooftop PV systems linked to between 500 kWh and 1 MWh of storage. The device has a peak efficiency of 96.5% and a nominal maximum power point tracking (MPPT) efficiency of 99.5%.

Storing solar power with recycled batteries from Nissan

Acciona is testing four second-life batteries with a combined capacity of 130 kWh at its 1.2 MW experimental solar park in Tudela, in the Spanish region of Navarra.

Solar energy collectors… grown from seeds!

Rice University engineers produced “near-perfect” 2D perovskite crystals for photovoltaic applications, grown from seeds.

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Bifacial adoption spurs rethink on PID

PV systems are unique among electronic devices, as they are expected to survive outdoors for at least 25 to 30 years. This makes module and system quality one of the cornerstones of guaranteed returns on investment. Potential-induced degradation (PID) is a critical failure mode with a potentially high financial impact. New research from imec and Hasselt University looks at the damaging impact that PID can have on bifacial technology, writes Michaël Daenen, a professor at EnergyVille and Hasselt University.

Canberra moves forward with new PV module recycling rules

The Australian federal government’s call for the solar industry to address the issue of PV module waste has coincided with new plans by the Australian Capital Territory government to look at new panel recycling options.

Risen Energy plans 3 GW cell, module factory in Malaysia

China-based Risen Energy is expanding its global footprint with plans to construct a $10 billion production facility in Malaysia.

‘World’s cheapest wafer’ maker plans 2 GW Indian cell and wafer fab

U.S. business 1366 Technologies is looking for Indian module manufacturing partners as it plans to bring its ‘direct wafer’ production technique to the country. The company uses molten silicon to form wafers rather than sawing ingots, thus eliminating dust waste and speeding up the process.

Roundtables Europe video: Sustainability & Made in Europe PV

As Europe’s PV market scales, the security of module supply and other equipment, the sustainability of products and processes, and the equity for citizens and workers grows in importance. Given these dynamics, pv magazine’s Roundtables Europe Sustainability and Made in Europe session explored European PV production, from polysilicon through to cells and modules. The discussion included how a competitive European production industry can be built, with a focus on political, financial, and technological issues. If you missed the session, check out the video, out now.

Trina announces first shipments of 670 W Vertex modules

The panels will be used for the first 100 MW phase of a 1 GW solar park under construction in in Dachaidan, Qinghai, western China.

Energy Storage

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New EU battery rules support a sustainable industry

On Dec. 10, European Internal Market and Environment Commissioners Thierry Breton and Virginijus Sinkevičius, in conjunction with Vice President Maroš Šefčovič, announced a keenly anticipated piece of legislation: the commission’s proposal for modernized EU battery rules. Pia Alina Lange – head of communications for Recharge, the European battery industry association – says that while there are potential pitfalls with the new regulation, it could pave the way to sustainable industry development.

The Hydrogen Stream: Off-grid hydrogen power solution based on alkaline fuel cell from Israel, first green hydrogen production in Russia

Israel-based GenCell has unveiled an off-grid hydrogen power solution based on alkaline fuel cell (AFC) technology. Italian energy giant Enel and Russian technology company Rusnano want to set up Russia’s first green-hydrogen production project at a wind farm in the Murmansk region.

‘New solar will be cheaper than existing conventional power stations in Germany this year’

With forecasters predicting the carbon price will top €100 per ton by 2030, the latest edition of a Fraunhofer ISE study into electricity generation costs has painted the renewables-versus-fossil fuels conundrum as something of a no-brainer.

Italy could become vital hydrogen hub between North Africa and Europe

Italian hydrogen and fuel cells association H2IT is urging the national government to support investment in green hydrogen and ensure medium-long payback periods. The trade body’s goal is to build large-scale electrolyzers (>100 MW) to decrease green hydrogen’s price below €2.0/kg.

Rockefeller and Ikea foundations pledge $1bn for small scale renewables

With ‘shovel-ready’ projects across India, Africa and Latin America in line for a mix of grants, cheap loans, equity investment and financial guarantees from this year, the two bodies hope to trigger $20 billion in total funding and bring reliable power to a billion people.

Malaysian green hydrogen project opts for Perth-based flow batteries

Australia-based TNG Limited has signed an agreement with Malaysian green hydrogen company AGV Energy which will see its vanadium redox flow batteries integrated into the HySustain project to store solar energy for green hydrogen production.

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