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Irish Solar Energy Association raises concerns over failure rates in renewables auctions

Conall Bolger, CEO of the Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA), has told pv magazine that while it was ‘good’ news the Irish government favored solar PV projects in the latest renewable auction, less than half of solar PV projects selected in the first tender round of the same program would not ‘reach the finish line.’

Ireland allocates 497 MW of PV in third renewables auction

Ireland’s Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications and network operator EirGrid has revealed the 20 solar projects totaling 497 MW that were provisionally selected in the latest auction round of the country’s onshore Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS). The procurement exercise concluded with an average strike price of €0.10047($0.10596)/kWh.


The Hydrogen Stream: World’s first green hydrogen plant to heat steel

Hitachi Energy has delivered a modular solution to electrify a 20 MW electrolyzer to produce hydrogen to heat steel before rolling, while Enapter has unveiled its AEM electrolyzers for industrial and refuelling pilot projects.

Retrofitting old residential buildings with hybrid heat pumps

New research shows that hybrid heat pumps combining an electric heat pump and a gas boiler represent a technically feasible and economically viable solution to partially decarbonize heat supply in older dwellings. Gas and electricity prices, however, are crucial factors in real scenarios.


Eaton introduces overhead EV fleet charging solution

Eaton, an Irish energy management specialist, has developed EV Charge Busway, an overhead power distribution solution that eliminates cable runs and major modifications to existing parking and conveyor structures.

Recirculate – giving EV batteries a second-life

With the rapid growth in electric vehicle (EV) demand bringing fears of a mountain of EV battery waste piling up further down the line, the EU-Swiss government-funded Recirculate program is planning how to keep batteries in use for much longer before they head to recyclers.


Using shunts to spot PV module degradation

Scientists in Ireland investigated the effect of shunt resistance on a PV cell’s electrical performance. The group says its finding could potentially lead to the development of models for early detection of various forms of cell degradation, allowing for intervention to repair or replace components before major power losses occur.


The Hydrogen Stream: Hydrogen grid could cut Europe’s energy costs by 3.4%

German researchers say gas-grid retrofits for hydrogen transport, combined with power grid expansion, could decarbonize Europe’s economy, while S&P says the global ammonia trade could expand by nearly 10 times by 2050.


Ireland extends solar rebates to commercial, industrial PV

The Irish government has decided to grant rebates ranging from €2,700 ($2,930) to €162,600 for PV projects with capacities ranging from 6 kW to 1 MW under the country’s net-metering scheme.


Sungrow’s James Li discusses liquid cooling for ESS

James Li, director of PV and energy storage systems (ESS) for Sungrow Power Europe, recently spoke with pv magazine about the company’s latest offerings. He noted that the PowerTitan 2.0 ESS, which was unveiled at Intersolar, uses all-liquid cooling technology.


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