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Magazine Archive 09-2017

Spend a little, gain a lot

7th Quality Roundtable: pv magazine’s is bringing its Quality Roundtable format to Renewable Energy India this month to spark informed and engaging discussions about the key quality issues facing the country’s surging solar sector. PI Berlin’s Steven Xuereb will be among those presenting a topic for discussion, and here is a sneak peek at what to expect.

Light in a blackout

Microgrid development: Driven by their ability to operate during blackouts and provide ancillary grid services, microgrids are popping up all over the United States. As more microgrids emerge, clusters of them could transform the centralized grid to a decentralized grid of microgrids powered by renewables.

On the charge

European storage landscape: The European battery storage market is poised for a six-fold increase over the next six years, writes Delta-ee’s principal analyst Scott Dwyer.

Out of the blocks, on to the track

Storage growth: For so long, energy storage has revved impatiently at the traffic lights, promising rapid acceleration but achieving only steady deployment speeds. But will a series of high profile acquisitions and movements within the sector yield the convergence of cash and confidence required to expedite the widespread adoption and cost reduction necessary to take storage into the fast lane?

Off-site, in mind

Corporate PPAs: Power purchase agreements can offer innovative solutions for the growth of off-site solar, which is an area of the PV industry that is ripe for investment, writes Benoy Thanjan from Reneu Energy.

Thinning out the herd

hin film manufacturers ranking: Once again, pv magazine teams up with solar analysts at IHS Markit to present a rundown of the top manufacturers of thin film solar modules based on 2016 production figures, and a look at the state of the market for thin film technologies.

Pathway to solar success in Taiwan

pv magazine Quality Roundtable: To be held in Taiwan during the PV Taiwan exhibition, the 8th Quality Roundtable will focus on quality and reliability of modules and components in humid and sometimes extreme climates.

Method for the modules

Testing methodology: George Touloupas, Director of Technology and Quality at CEA, gives a detailed account of the methodology behind pv magazine test, and explains the results from the first round of testing.

Jolywood JW-D60N module

With its JW-D60N module, Jolywood has implemented several state of the art technologies. The module cells employ n-type wafers, which allows higher efficiency and mitigates light induced degradation during the first 1,000 hours of illumination. This is a risk always present for p type cells, and may cost a few percentage points of energy yield. […]

The new module test

Module reliability: pv magazine’s new module test is kicking off. The first candidate is Jolywood with its bifacial n-Pert module. The test is designed to help investors in their module purchasing process, while at the same time allowing manufacturers to spot problems and improve their production processes.

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