Top News

Large scale storage still some way off

Consultancy Bridge to India has looked into its crystal ball to predict India will add 10 GW of solar capacity this year and the same next year before deployment slows to 7 GW per year in 2022 and 2023, dogged by hurdles such as an inexplicable ongoing demand for new coal-fired power plants.
Climate Change

Azure Power posts Q3 loss but continues to expand solar portfolio

The New Delhi-based developer posted a Rs136 crore loss from October to the end of December but has managed to shift current liabilities into the long grass as it aims to continue on an expansionist trail, backed by the Canadian pension fund which holds ...
Energy Storage

Bridging the gap between battery and supercapacitor

By engineering the structure of a hard carbon electrode, scientists at the CIC energIGUNE research center have created an ‘ultrafast battery’ which has been shown to combine the energy density of a lithium device with the fast discharge times normall...
Announcements

Discover the 2020's top Storage innovations in our Special Edition! Now available for Download!

Dowload our new calendar 2020!

Sponsored
Markets & Policy

US based Triton Solar buys stake in startup Ushva Clean, JV to launch electric car

Leveraging Triton Solar’s battery technology and Ushva’s experienced team from IIT Bombay, the strategic alliance aims to develop one-of-a-kind car with the longest travel range on a single charge and unique user experience.
Installations

Indian reservoirs could host 280 GW of floating solar

At 58 GW, the state of Maharashtra has the greatest potential to generate solar energy through floating PV or ‘floatovoltaics,’ according to a study by The Energy and Resources Institute.
Technology

Assam retenders 100 MW grid-connected solar projects

Tariff ceiling is fixed at Rs 4 per unit for ground-mounted, grid-connected solar projects that will come up across four regions of the state. The projects are to be developed on build-own-operate basis for supply of power to Assam Power Distribution Com...
Installations

KPI Global bags 2.66 MW captive solar projects from textile customers

Having bagged 2.250 MW capacity in January, the Gujarat-based power generator has won four more solar projects—900 KW for JPB Fibers, 675 KW for N.J. Textile Industries, 135 KW for N.J. Texturisers and 950 KW for Sailaxmi Tex—aggregating to a capacit...
Installations

3 GW Indian solar projects at risk due to Coronavirus, says CRISIL

Delay in sourcing of PV modules from China can cause project cost and time overruns, inviting penalties for missing the commissioning date.
Sponsored

Markets & Policy

Featured

Bharat Electricals opens tender to procure 12m polycrystalline solar cells

The state-owned engineer has specified the dimensions of the devices required and the bid window will close on Friday.

Startup launches cheapest EV charger, plans to install 100,000 units in a year

Having bagged orders for 470 chargers in pilot stage itself, Bengaluru based electric scooter startup FAE Bikes plans to aggressively expand its IOT enabled EV charging network. The chargers—costing just Rs 10,000—can be set up anywhere including small shops and homes with standard power supply.

Balancing the renewable energy intermittency

Annual renewable energy balancing between resource-surplus and resource-deficit states can help solve DISCOM woes while ensuring their compliance to renewable purchase obligations.

Solar powered portable cold storage, grid monitoring system among winners of Social Alpha Energy Challenge 2.0

The winning startups will receive lab-to-market incubation support at the Clean Energy International Incubation Centre (CEIIC), which has been set up by the not-for-profit platform Social Alpha with support from Government of India and Tata Trusts in Delhi.

A few policy tweaks would boost renewable energy investment, says IEEFA India

Removal of solar trade duties, discom reforms, and better central-state government coordination are prerequisites to increase renewable project development in the country.

Coronavirus could cost Chinese battery makers 26 GWh of output

WoodMac analysts say the amount of new battery manufacturing capacity added in the nation this year could fall by as much as 10% because of the outbreak. With Tesla’s Shanghai gigafactory affected by the extended new-year-holiday shutdown, the analyst warned of potential supply shortages for Australia and the U.S. and U.K.

Installations

Featured

India’s future energy options all add up to coal, agree the experts

Panellists including a government representative and a member of the chief policy thinktank used by Narendra Modi agreed coal will continue as the staple source of Indian power into the mid century and technology should be employed to ‘clean’ it.

Larsen & Toubro wins 20 MW floating solar project for NTPC

The grid-connected solar project shall come up at a reservoir of NTPC’s Auraiya Gas Power Plant in Uttar Pradesh. It is to be developed under Open category, allowing use of solar cells and modules of any origin.

Gujarat tenders 685 MW grid-connected solar capacity

Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd has invited global bids to set up 500 MW of grid-connected solar projects. It shall enter into a 25-year PPA with successful bidders. Tariff ceiling is set as Rs 2.65/unit. Another tender for 185 MW—floated by Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited—seeks to select EPC contractors for plants ranging from 20 MW to 40 MW, which shall come up at various substations of Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation Limited.

94% households with solar home system say quality of life improved: GOGLA Research

Eleven per cent reported an increase in income levels by up to $66 per month on average. The impacts are seen even though a majority of solar home system customers also have grid access, highlighting that, as a complement to the grid, small scale solar still has a key role to play.

Total to buy 50% stake in Adani Group’s 2.1 GW solar portfolio

The French oil and gas giant—which is already a partner in Adani’s natural gas business—will now invest US$ 510 million to buy 50% stake in 2,148 MWac operating solar power projects owned by Adani Green Energy Limited.

UK designers launch freestanding curved panel

Product development company the Cambridge Design Partnership, working with compatriot solar business Solivus, has developed a curved solar module featuring an organic thin film. The design is based on Solivus’ desire to “create a product so attractive that people would be happy to have one in their garden”.

Technology

Featured

Healing the cracks for a more stable perovskite

Scientists in the United States have demonstrated simple methods for ‘healing’ the cracks that form in perovskite solar cells. While it is far from clear how the approach could be applied commercially, the work suggests possibilities for maintaining the performance of perovskite cells in long-term operation.

Energy density advances and faster charging would unlock EV revolution

With electric vehicles making up only 3% of the global car market last year, analyst WoodMac says battery packs need to be cheaper and lighter and range anxiety must be addressed to change the habits of drivers.

Recycling heat for a ‘385% efficient’ solar desalinator

MIT scientists have developed a solar desalinator which transports heat from the sun through a ten-stage process of evaporation and condensation. The group estimates a $100 device employing their innovation could provide the daily drinking water needs of a family.

EVs: India lacks authorized Lithium-ion battery recycling facilities

Any proponent can install such facility in the country, said Minister of State for Environment, Forest And Climate Change, noting that technologies are available for complete recycling of lithium batteries to recover valuable metals.

MIT researchers say PV innovations should be deployed in niche markets first

Solar module manufacturers should begin testing new technologies in higher-value niche markets, say scientists at the U.S. institution. For example, bringing perovskite technology directly to the mainstream market remains prohibitive in terms of initial investment but segments such as building-integrated PV or microelectronics devices may offer better routes to commercial maturity.

GE T&D India to augment solar power evacuation in Rajasthan

The company has won an order from Power Grid Corporation of India Limited to install 765 KV gas-insulated substation bays at Phagi in Jaipur district. With this installation, the state will be able to evacuate around 1 GW of additional renewable energy from three solar parks at Bhadla, Fatehpur and Bikaner to various beneficiaries.

Manufacturing

Featured

India’s lithium-ion battery imports increase fourfold in two years

China, Hong Kong and Vietnam are the top three nations exporting batteries to India. Chinese imports were worth $773 million in the last fiscal year with Hong Kong shipping $267 million worth and Vietnam $114 million, according to the Ministry of Commerce.

Coronavirus could cause solar panel price spike

The coronavirus outbreak in China could raise solar module prices in the near term as manufacturers have already begun experiencing wafer and solar glass shortages. Production rates are also being affected by an extended new year holiday introduced by the authorities as a measure to deal with the virus, and the requirement workers from infected areas quarantine themselves for two weeks.

IndianOil buys stake in Israel’s Phinergy for manufacturing of aluminium-air batteries

The joint venture will set up a factory in India to manufacture Al-Air batteries for electric vehicles and stationary applications and facilitate development of eco-system for Al-Air technology.

The long read: Is fair lithium from Chile possible?

Batteries, and the raw materials that make them, are a frequent target of public criticism. The high water consumption required for lithium extraction is speeding up the desertification process around the salt lakes of Latin America’s so-called “lithium triangle”, for example. The mining debate highlights general problems with the extraction of raw materials, including copper, crude oil, and lithium, but international companies can still influence extraction methods – and there are plenty of different approaches.

EVs could become cheaper than combustion vehicles within three years: NITI Aayog CEO

A 50% fall in the price of Lithium-ion battery packs—to $76/KWh from $156/KWh today—will make the capital cost of electric vehicles lower than combustion vehicles. However, to realise the full benefits of EVs, it is important to charge them with clean power and not fossil power.

Raising the efficiency of polycrystalline cells with new luminescent EVA film

Chinese researchers have developed a pure EVA film, which they claim can enhance the conversion efficiency of conventional crystalline solar cells by around 0.50%. The film is able to convert UV light into strong visible light.

Energy Storage

Featured

The long read: Go big, go with the flow

While lithium batteries have taken center stage for energy storage, vanadium redox flow batteries could gain considerable traction in 2020. In previous years, vanadium battery installations around the world have done little more than provide proof of concept and a test bed for manufacturers, argues David Gillam from Mastermines. He looks at what may have changed since then and why a surge in batteries utilizing vanadium may be closer than many believe, with China taking the lead.

The best battery for grid level energy storage

A new paper published by researchers at China’s Tianjin University examines the state of the art in grid level energy storage, outlining the pros and cons of various battery technologies being deployed on grids around the world, and remaining challenges that could be overcome if research is pushed in the right direction.

SECI invites global bids for 14 MW solar with 42 MWh battery storage in Ladakh

The project will be awarded to the bidder who quotes the lowest viability gap funding requirement. The upper limit for VGF to be quoted by a bidder is kept at Rs 130 million for 1 MW solar PV project with battery storage of 3 MWh.

SECI concludes world’s largest renewables-plus-storage tender at Rs4.04/kWh

Pumped hydro and battery projects, coupled with renewables, offer the world’s lowest peak clean electricity tariff. The tender, which received bids for for 1.62 GW of capacity against the 1.2 GW sought, saw Greenko secure 900 MW of pumped storage capacity and Renew Power 300 MW of battery storage.

REIL invites EOI for installation of over 1000 EV charging stations

February 1 is the last date to submit applications for setting up the electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in 70 plus cities across the country. The selected company shall also provide operation and maintenance support.

EESL, BHEL partner on EV charging infrastructure for highways

BHEL’s scope of work includes complete engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) solutions from concept to commissioning of EV charging stations. EESL, on the other hand, will make the entire upfront investment on services, along with the operation and maintenance of the infrastructure.

Opinion & Analysis

Featured

Highly conducive tax, policy environment is solarizing India’s digital economy

India is fostering a digital future via Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ initiative – a national blockchain strategy that includes quantum computing, machine learning and artificial intelligence, as digital technologies become the primary platform for economic activity and growth.

Energy Storage: Top 5 Li-ion battery trends to watch out for

The Internet of Things, cloud analytics and artificial intelligence will find their way into battery management too, enabling OEMs to precisely measure and improve the life of their deployed assets. Lower battery costs and increased adoption in high-power commercial electric vehicles and grid support are the other trends shaping the market.

2020 Solar Match: Chasing the Target

While openers like SRISTI scheme for rooftop solar and KUSUM for farmland solar are likely to give a promising start, their implementation on the ground will determine our winning trajectory this year. Simply going by the connotation of 6 balls an over in the game of Cricket, this article looks at 6 factors that will push India to achieve its 2022 solar target.

After much criticism, Maharashtra issues final regulations restoring net-metering for rooftop solar

Net metering benefits are now allowed across categories, including commercial and industrial consumers. Further, under net metering mechanism, consumption limit of 300 units for the residential category has been removed. This will help consumers set off their entire consumption against their system’s self-generation, benefiting them greatly.

Emissions, EVs and renewable energy: Reflections and outlook for India

India, one of the most diversified energy markets in the world, has recently become the lowest-cost producer of solar power. This reflects a steady and encouraging shift toward renewable power—a shift that’s in line with the targets set by the government. At the Climate Action Summit that was held earlier this year, Prime Minister Narendra […]

Urban Mobility: Focus on last-mile solutions

There will be plenty of opportunity for electric three-wheeler penetration in the Indian market through the model of battery swapping as well as local charging points available at delivery hubs.

Subscriptions

Keep up to date

pv magazine India offers weekly updates of the latest photovoltaics news. Stay informed. Join our newsletter.
  • Hold Ctrl or Cmd to select multiple editions.

Subscribe to our global print magazine

Independent, professional reporting on the latest technological trends and market developments worldwide. 12 issues per year including free worldwide delivery and access to our online archive.

Subscribe

Press Releases

Vikram Solar appoints renewable energy veteran Saibaba Vutukuri as new CEO

Gyanesh Chaudhary to remain MD, focus on diversification, new ventures, key corporate initiatives

Wipro and Smart Energy Water (SEW) form global strategic alliance to accelerate digital transformation for enterprises

This partnership aims to develop and deliver joint solutions, which will accelerate digital transformation for enterprise clients in the utilities space globally.

PMI report highlights project opportunities in global climate change, infrastructure overhaul and more

Report details six key global takeaways, including challenges and opportunities, and what they mean for project leaders and the world

India will continue to lead the Global Sustainable Energy Agenda, says Petroleum minister

Delivering the key note address at the TERI’s World Sustainable Development Summit 2020, the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Dhamendra Pradhan said the right mix of enablers is being put in place to ensure that India's energy transition is secure, affordable, reliable and sustainable.

This website uses cookies to anonymously count visitor numbers. To find out more, please see our Data Protection Policy.

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close