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Magazine Archive 03 – 2021

pv magazine test: January 2021 results

We are pleased to present the next batch of energy yield statistics from the outdoor test field in Xi’an, China. In this issue, we look at the January results, along with additional analysis from George Touloupas, the director of technology and quality at CEA.

Nickel and dime batteries to LFP

Lithium-iron phosphate batteries are making a comeback. Thanks to high nickel prices and limited feedstock supply, the EV industry is driving this change. There is no need to fret about the onset of slightly lower energy density, though, as this development has some benefits for the stationary storage market.

BESS standards to secure supply

Extreme weather events are bringing the security of electricity supply into sharp relief in the United States. From wildfires in California to a Texas cold snap, electricity grids are being pushed to their limits. Trimark has delivered hundreds of megawatt-hours of energy storage products in the country, and believes it can apply its know-how to accelerate large-scale battery deployment, says CTO Bora Akyol.

Mixed reaction to draft EU rules for batteries

The European Union is drafting new regulations to address the carbon footprint of batteries, but streamlining and monitoring the new rules across Europe and beyond will be a momentous challenge.

More than just a pipe dream

When coupled to gigawatt-scale solar and wind generation, green hydrogen could be the clean fuel to unlock hard-to-electrify sectors of the economy. But first it must be transported cost-effectively to where it’s needed.

Polish PV in 2021

According to Agencja Rynku Energii S.A., the total capacity of solar PV plants in Poland reached almost 4 GW at the end of December 2020. Once a black spot on the PV map of Europe, Poland ranked fourth in 2020 among EU countries for PV growth, after Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain. In 2020 alone, the country installed almost 2.7 GW of new PV. But there are grid connection headwinds in sight, writes Piotr Mrowiec from Rödl and Partner.

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