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Annual scorecard will rate battery systems for developers

The first annual Battery Performance Scorecard has turned up interesting findings, including the fact high temperatures can help or hinder power output – depending on the product, and seemingly in equal measure.

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What’s in store for storage? $620bn

The rise of batteries will attract that headline figure in investment up to 2040, say analysts, as exponential growth in EV ownership, falling stationery system costs and the needs of the world’s grid-poor regions combine to boost lithium-ion technology.

EV makers announce latest monthly sales figures

BYD’s electric bus business is growing at an healthy rate. Geely’s EVs lag their more traditional counterparts – but are gaining ground.

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Chinese manufacturer prepares to raise $434m through bonds

The polysilicon, PV wafer and module and inverter maker has arranged a second EGM of 2018 to seek permission for two bond issues, as its peers scramble to raise their manufacturing capacities.

Singulus signals 300 MW production equipment order as Chinese dragon roars again

Predictions of the imminent demise of Chinese solar demand due to the reining in of subsidies have not stopped manufacturers ramping up production capacities. German equipment maker Singulus is among the suppliers to benefit from a renewed confidence in the Far East.

Hanergy Thin Film asks for more details about plan to take it private

The Hong Kong-listed unit has asked where its parent will find the cash and shares to complete a $7bn deal to take ownership back in house and then list it on the Chinese A-share index.

Xinyi Solar plans to float PV project operations unit to finance glass production expansion

Parent company hopes to receive a $392m windfall – half of it upfront – by offering shares in its solar farm operations unit and then using the net profits to sell the newly-spun out business its six-project PV portfolio in China.

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Azure Power agrees $0.035 tariff for 300 MW project in India

The developer will supply energy to India’s largest utility under a 25-year PPA and can build the project anywhere in the nation, with construction to finish in early 2021.

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Six takeaways from London’s Energy Live Expo 2018

The government may not fancy solar much, but that won’t stop the sector bouncing back big-time … albeit in two years’ time. Maybe London’s Underground network can help kick-start a desperately needed solar renaissance.

Solar drags on Kyocera figures

The PV business of the Japanese corporation is again the villain, as the conglomerate’s Life and Environment Group posts the only first-half business loss among otherwise impressive figures. The solar division has issued a profit warning.

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