Europe

London: New tool predicts cost effectiveness of electrical energy storage

As costs are driven down by the economies of scale and improvements in manufacturing and deployments, new technologies are finding their way to widespread adoption, as seen in the case of solar modules. In order to facilitate the prediction of costs and outcomes for new energy storage technologies, a team of researchers from Imperial College London has developed a tool to help policy makers and investors make informed decisions.

Meyer Burger receives new equipment order worth CHF 22 million

Swiss PV equipment supplier Meyer Burger has received a further order for its MAiA PERC production platform SiNA cell coating system from an existing customer based in Asia. The combined contract for both technologies amounts to CHF 22 million ($23.2 million).

UK to unveil £246m battery investment strategy

Business and energy secretary Greg Clark to announce on Monday focused strategy designed to modernize the U.K.’s energy sector and bring more renewables into the fold via sustained support for storage technology.

Spain’s Balearic Islands fast-track 20 MW solar project

The Sa Caseta PV plant has received the status of public utility project from the archipelago’s Directorate for Energy and Climate Change.

Belgian region of Flanders plans fiscal incentive for community solar and wind projects

The Minister of Energy of the Flanders hopes that another 6.4 million solar modules can be installed in the region under his mandate until 2020.

Industry reaction: proposed EU solar pricing allows for better enforcement, says EU Prosun

Milan Nitzschke, president of solar manufacturing trade body EU Prosun, believes that the new proposals for MIP by the European Commission’s DG Trade offer a more accurate means of imposing necessary trade tariffs on imported solar cells and modules.

Organic electrode material could boost lithium ion capacity

Researchers at Germany’s Helmholtz Institute have developed a new electrode material which could improve the capacity and charge/discharge speed of lithium-ion technology, as well as reducing for costly cobalt in the batteries.

Belgium: Wallonia’s PV system owners to pay grid-fee starting from 2020

The energy regulator of the Belgian French-speaking region has announced the grid-fee will come into force in 2020, and not in 2019 as previously planned. PV systems operators are expected to pay an annual fee ranging from €330 to €560.

Scatec Solar’s revenue rise in Q2 on growing power production business

The Norwegian developer had a project backlog of 1,143 MW and a project pipeline of 745 MW at the end of the second quarter.

REC Silicon’s polysilicon sales rise 18% sequentially in Q2, net loss increases

The Norwegian polysilicon producer saw its revenue drop slightly Y-o-Y to $61.0 million in the latest quarter. Average solar grade polysilicon prices, on the other hand, dropped by 6.9% from the previous quarter.

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