Asia

25.17% efficient perovskite solar cell via new photoactive layer

Scientists in South Korea demonstrated a perovskite cell with a certified efficiency of 24.4%. The device is claimed to maintain over 80% of its initial efficiency after 1,300 hours in the dark at 85 degrees Celsius.

The solar development process in Vietnam, its barriers and hurdles

The development process for ground-mounted utility scale solar projects in Vietnam is laborious, time-consuming, expensive and still largely difficult to navigate for foreign developers without entering a strategic partnership, in whatever form, with a local Vietnamese counterpart.

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China set to acquire 820 MW of solar project capacity

The latest, seven-project, 217 MW, $150 million project sell-off announced by the development business of polysilicon producer GCL-Poly means a lot will be at stake in the vote by its shareholders at an extraordinary general meeting in the new year.

India added 438 MW of solar capacity in Q3 2020

The new solar capacity added during the three months ending September includes 283 MW from large-scale installations and 155 MW rooftop.

Why the solar M&A landscape in Vietnam is set to heat up

Vietnam has now effectively overtaken Thailand as the largest solar market in Southeast Asia in terms of installed solar operational capacity, with more than 6,314 MW installed up to September 2020. Many hundreds of MWs of solar projects are also still under construction or development. However, its solar (and other renewable energy) M&A activity has developed very slowly to date. There are many reasons to expect that this is about to change, but before we examine them, let us review the main factors behind this sluggish tempo.

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Chinese PV Industry Brief: Jinko announces 2 GW agrivoltaic project in Heilongjiang Province

Meanwhile, Chinese state-owned energy company State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) has acquired a solar energy developer in Mexico and JA Solar has started construction on the second phase of its 20 GW ingot factory in Yunnan Province.

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India deployed 400 MW of rooftop PV in Q2

India added 399 MW of new rooftop solar capacity in the second quarter (July-Sept) of fiscal 2020-21. By comparison, just 188 MW was installed in the corresponding period last year.

GCL to generate $304m with 430 MW Chinese project sale

The debt-saddled GCL New Energy solar project business of the polysilicon manufacturer is aiming to sell off solar farms to transform into an ‘asset light’ operation.

Canadian Solar flags up polysilicon, glass and EVA shortages

The solar manufacturer’s impressive third-quarter gross margin is set to fall back in the current three-month window because global shortages have seen some material costs double since the world came out of Covid-19 shock.

Trina moves to buy 72,000 tons of Tongwei polysilicon for 210mm operation

The Chinese giant plans to further strengthen the supply chain for solar modules based on 210mm wafers by establishing joint ventures with its rival.