Energy Management Systems

Potential for PV to snap significant share of $40 billion distributed energy industry in frontier markets – BNEF

There is potential for solar PV and storage to snap a significant share of the distributed energy industry in frontier markets, says BNEF. Both telecoms and agriculture present interesting opportunities; SE Asia is an emerging micro grid hotspot; pay-as-you-go solar is seeing strong growth; and China is recording substantial business.

Australian government to back blockchain PV, water project

The Australian government has agreed to provide AU$2.57 million (US$1.9 million) to support a two-year pilot project that will use blockchain technology to pair utility-scale and commercial rooftop PV with a battery, electric vehicle charging stations and water treatment and capture systems in the state of Western Australia.

China unveils electricity trading pilot scheme

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and National Energy Administration (NEA) have revealed plans to start operating a wholesale market for distributed-generation (DG) electricity on a pilot basis from early February.  

L&T Infotech and GE Digital as IIC members will deploy the Digital Testbed at solar plant in Rajasthan, India

The Digital Solar Plant Testbed evaluates solutions to accurately predict energy generation, improve utilization and reduce maintenance costs. IIC has estimated that 30% reduction in O&M expenses with the help of accurate forecasting will save around $15 million/year for utilities managers.

Panasonic to build PV-powered residential microgrid in western Japan

PanaHome, a unit of Panasonic, has revealed plans to connect 117 homes in western Japan to a solar-powered microgrid system, in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

Smart Energy Hackathon kicks off in Bangkok

More than 80 energy experts, coders and product designers from across Southeast Asia gathered in Bangkok today for the Smart Energy Hackathon, a 30-hour competition that aims to foster the development of new digital energy solutions such as public blockchains for the provision of PV generation data.

European Commission releases dataset of solar generation time series

In order to help policymakers come up with an energy framework that would better reflect the solar power generation potential across Europe, the European Commission’s science and knowledge service Joint Research Center (JRC) has produced a dataset of solar energy production at national, regional and local level, by the hour for the last 30 years, based on the existing PV fleet at the end of 2015.

Itochu to develop 507 kW array with storage in Indonesia

Japanese trading firm Itochu has revealed plans to install 507 kW solar on the roof of a new mall in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

ABB secures $30m renewable integration contract in Germany

The Swiss power electronics giant has been chosen by Dutch-German transmission system operator TenneT to shore-up and stabilize parts of the grid to make them more amenable to intermittent power supply from renewables such as wind and solar.

Panda Green’s H1 PV generation soars 63.9% year on year

Hong Kong-listed PV investor Panda Green Energy’s solar projects in China generated approximately 1,001.9 GWh of electricity in the six months to the end of June, up sharply from 611.2 GWh in the second half of 2016.