Magazine Archive 09 - 2019

Material concerns

Technological breakthroughs have come thick and fast to the solar and energy storage space in recent years, allowing both sectors to claim an increasing share of the world’s energy infrastructure. As PV pins its hopes on further innovations to push further into the mix, some new technologies will make the leap from laboratory to production and inform the industry’s future, while others will falter or fall along the wayside.

pv magazine test July 2019 results

We are pleased to present the next batch of energy yield results from the outdoor test field at Xi’an, China. The July 2019 results will be presented in this issue, with additional analysis from George Touloupas, director of technology and quality at CEA.

Flow batteries scale up to GW production

Plans for a gigawatt factory in Saudi Arabia, bullet-proof warranties and an international vanadium rental service are propelling a new generation of batteries into the energy storage big league. Pioneers of redox flow technology claim that they can put an end to the degradation and safety issues afflicting lithium-ion batteries. They also expect imminent economies of scale to reduce the cost of bulk energy storage and unlock new markets for solar power.

Gridlock grips Australia’s PV developers

Australia’s large-scale solar boom faces serious constraints in the form of a long and skinny electricity network – making some ideal sites unattractive to project developers. Legacy regulations and a lack of transparency have also caused last-minute roadblocks and costly delays for developers.

The curious case of utility-scale storage in India

India’s transition toward electric vehicles and renewable generation makes a strong case for grid-scale battery storage. And with the government going all out to ensure that demand is met through local manufacturing, ample opportunity is being created for joint ventures – as the country, at present, lacks the requisite experience.

Beyond the PPA

Contract lengths are getting shorter and hedges are replacing PPAs in the Texas solar market. Are we headed toward a future of merchant solar?

On the road with pv magazine

Where we’re going: EU PVSEC 2019 Held this year in the French city of Marseilles, the 36th edition of the European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition is sure to provide a peek behind the curtain at the future of PV technology, alongside high-level discussions on the future of solar power on the continent. Since […]

48 hours in … Salt Lake City

While there will surely be plenty to do at Solar Power International 2019 this month, the conference won’t last all day, leaving you plenty of free time to explore beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah. With that in mind, we at pv magazine have compiled a list of some fun activities to take in while in town.

Final Thought: State-level policy wins

Adam Browning, executive director at Vote Solar

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