Western Europe

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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Ireland’s mitigation plan outlines incremental and permanent decarbonization steps

200-page plan proffers detailed breakdown of Ireland’s pathway towards decarbonization and greater energy efficiency by 2050. Key tenet is transition from centralized, fossil-fuel based electricity system to a low carbon power system. Green campaigners criticize plan’s lack of ambition.

Coal provided just 2% of UK power in H1 2017

Just five years after meeting 40% of U.K.’s electricity supply, data from Imperial College London shows that coal only met 2% of the country’s power needs in the first half of the year.

LONGi Solar first to place order for new Meyer Burger tool

Swiss equipment supplier Meyer Burger today announced the launch of its new MAiA EVO system, and the receipt of the first order for the system from PERC manufacturer LONGi Solar Technology. The tool is set to be delivered in the second half of 2017.

Canary Islands’s utility Disa buys another 7 MW of solar

Including this operation, the installed PV capacity of the power and gas distributor in the archipelago has reached 20 MW.

Greece’s PPC utility targets 550 MW of new solar

Greece’s incumbent utility, the Public Power Corporation (PPC) has announced a target for new solar PV projects. The move, while justified, may come too late to save the PPC, which is trying to reduce its reliance on lignite and avoid bankruptcy.

Belgian region of Flanders sees first MW-sized PV project come online after revision of incentive program in 2013

A 2.2 MW rooftop PV array was installed on Nike’s distribution center in Ham. The facility will cover up to 15% of the building’s energy needs.