France

First mixed PV-wind connection at private substation in France

PV developer Sun’R Power and wind-power specialist Boralex have revealed plans to connect part of the Cambrai-Niergnies solar project and the Seuil du Cambrésis wind farm to a single private substation.

Total and Google Cloud develop tool to predict rooftop PV potential

The Solar Mapper uses artificial intelligence algorithms that compile data extracted from satellite images. It can estimate site solar potential and indicate the most suitable technology.

Floating PV deployed at quarry in France

Sorégies has built a 2.7 MW floating PV array at a quarry in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France.

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Schneider Electric launches off-grid-capable solar charge controller

The power electronics company is offering a product which can work on and off the grid and enables the charging of dead batteries using a rooftop solar array.

France’s ‘virtual power line’ takes shape

Nidec has deployed a 12 MW/24MWh storage system for French grid operator RTE. The battery – part of a 72 MWh project to prevent grid congestion in peak demand periods – is in an area with abundant renewables, including wind.

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France raises size limit for solar FITs from 100 kW to 500 kW

The French government has decided to reduce the planned degression rates for feed-in tariffs, in addition to raising the size limit for projects.

EDF buys 29% stake in French microgrid specialist Ecosun

Alsace start-up Ecosun is developing innovative microgrid solutions to provide electricity in isolated areas.

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‘Nuclear power is now the most expensive form of generation, except for gas peaking plants’

The latest edition of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report indicates the stagnation of the sector continues. Just 2.4 GW of net new nuclear generation capacity came online last year, compared to 98 GW of solar. The world’s operational nuclear power capacity had declined by 2.1%, to 362 GW, at the end of June.

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An optimistic – but realistic – perspective for sodium batteries

International researchers have analyzed the potential of sodium-based energy storage and found recent technical advances have arrived faster than those for the lithium-ion batteries which have been studied for three decades. Issues remain, however, before sodium constitutes a complementary option to lithium.

Airbus charts path to zero emission aviation by 2035

At a press conference today, executives at the European airplane manufacturer explained how it will be possible to have market-ready zero-emission planes within 15 years.

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