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Scaling up string inverters in Chile

French multinational energy company ENGIE plans to cease all of its coal-fired power generation activities in Latin America by 2025. In Chile, which enjoys some of the highest solar irradiation levels in the world, much of this capacity will be replaced by PV projects – many of which are already in development. pv magazine spoke with ENGIE’s energy efficiency product manager, Francisco Retamal, as well as Senior Project Chief Julio Saintard and Senior Business Developer Cristopher Llanos about their experience working on solar projects in Chile, and the growing role for string inverters like Huawei’s in all market segments.

AE Solar increases Brazilian presence, signs 120 MW distributorship agreement

German solar manufacturer AE Solar has signed a distributorship agreement with Helte Solar for 120 MW of PV installations in Brazil.


Thai solar CEO goes Huawei at home

Cathleen Maleenont has led Thai Solar Energy PCL for more than a decade, steering the company to its position at the forefront of renewables development in the Asia-Pacific region. After selecting Huawei to be its technology partner for what will be Japan’s largest solar plant, Maleenont has quite literally decided to take Huawei’s solutions home with her, by installing them as part of her own personal solar system.

pv magazine Spotlight: A PV mounting systems for bigger format solar modules

Solar module technology has been advancing in both power output and size. With the range of available formats bigger than ever before, the PV industry cannot afford a one-size-fits-all approach. For mounting system manufacturers, demand is high for systems that flexibly adapt to different module dimensions while minimizing the risk of cell damage. In the following interview, IBC Solar discusses its new roof mounting system and the features which make it adaptable to modules with lengths from 1,500 to 2,100 mm and widths from 980 to 1,150 mm.

Sites, market conditions, O&M drive tech decisions

The move by hydropower leader Statkraft to acquire Solarcentury in late 2020 brought solar front and center to its renewables strategy. Christopher West, the head of central engineering for Statkraft’s solar engineering division, says that flexibility and the ability to adapt to specific site and market conditions are dictating project development in Europe.

AE Solar presents 3 solar energy innovations

While Covid-19 has dominated news headlines and government policy for most of 2020-2021, last year was also a landmark one for renewable energy. With many global economies poised to bounce back, governments are looking more closely than ever at how to make the necessary recovery as green as possible. Solar has a key role to play, with record-low prices and timely innovations bringing confidence to its backers.

The importance of energy storage and dispatchable, smart PV power

It takes deep commitment to innovate in PV’s rapidly changing landscape. Huawei has continued the tradition for innovation in solar that it has built over more than a decade with the next frontier – dispatchable, smart PV power. Chen Guoguang, the president of Huawei Smart PV, elaborates on the importance of energy storage and Huawei’s vision in this field.

Huawei’s Global Virtual Summit showcases booming BESS market and Huawei’s new FusionSolar solution for large PV + Energy Storage projects

On July 22, 2021, Huawei brought together experts in the large-scale solar PV and battery storage markets to discuss industry trends, the additional revenue streams created by battery storage systems, and Huawei’s latest FusionSolar All-Scenario PV & Storage Solution.

Next-generation solar power: unique design and energy storage for grid stability

Huawei brings to the market its latest-generation solutions for solar PV architecture, featuring not one but three new devices, which are designed to work together in a rather unique and intelligent fashion. The result is dramatic cost saving on the BoS side and much improved whole-system efficiency.


ARISE IIP issues tender call for 390 MW/200 MWh solar+storage plant in Togo, West Africa

ARISE IIP has issued a call for tenders to develop a 390 MW PV plant coupled with a 200 MWh storage system. Interested companies have until July 20 to register their interest.


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