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The long read: Battery recycling is possible

A gloomy atmosphere currently hangs over the lithium-ion supply chain. Stationary battery storage equipment and electromobility offer tremendous opportunities. Yet many experts have concerns about the raw material supply and recycling situation. Christian Hagelüken, the Director of EU government affairs at Umicore, a major recycler and supplier of cobalt, explains his view of the situation.
Energy Storage

Lead-acid battery market primed for growth with EVs?

"Lead-acid batteries are comparatively cheaper than other battery types such as Ni-MH and Li-ion. Moreover, these have the highest recyclability percentage of any product, and are therefore likely to find more takers owing to their reduced cost of produc...
Markets & Policy

“Let’s compete on quality and innovation”: Vikram Solar CFO

With India losing major solar markets to stiffer competition from cheaper products, it’s high time to change the game by playing on quality and innovation—according to Vikram Solar Chief Financial Officer Rajendra Kumar Parakh, who spoke to pv magazi...
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SECI amends 2 GW solar tender for state-run power generators

Micro and mini grid-connected projects will also be considered. Further, SECI has notified waiver of ISTS charges and losses and 6-month extension in the commissioning date.
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CEL invites EoI for battery energy storage system projects

Government-owned Central Electronics Limited has invited Expression of Interest for executing battery energy storage system projects on turnkey basis in India. The deadline for submission is July 31, 2019.
Markets & Policy

Solar panel demand expected to reach 125.5 GW in 2019, TrendForce says

According to the Taiwanese market research company, PV panel demand will increase by 16% over 2018 shipments. TrendForce also believes this growth trend will continue in 2020.
Climate Change

FAME II: Proposals invited for deployment of 1000 EV charging stations

The charging stations should preferably be connected with grid-connected solar power plants of required capacity as per MNRE guidelines. The deadline for submission of the proposals is August 20.
Installations

Frontline to set up 100 MW solar plant in Himachal Pradesh

The pact with the diversified business group comes close on the heels of Renew Power’s proposal for 200 MW power projects in the state.
Installations

Tata Power to set up 50 MW solar project for NTT Com-Netmagic

The power generated from the captive project in Solapur city of Maharashtra will be supplied to NTT Com-Netmagic’s data centres across the state.
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Madhya Pradesh tenders 32 MW rooftop solar projects

Bids are invited to set up more than 32 MWp of 'RESCO mode' grid-connected projects for sale of solar power to the Mandideep industrial area in the state. Bidding closes on August 13.

Vakrangee to set up EV charging infrastructure across India

The Mumbai-headquartered rural banking services provider will set up the electric vehicle charging infrastructure across its huge network of Nextgen outlets, which it plans to increase from current 3504 to 300,000 by FY 2024-25.

Lithium-ion recycling rates far higher than some statistics suggest

While it is often stated only 5% of lithium-ion batteries are recycled, a review of research into the second life and recycling of lithium-ion batteries suggests that is a gross understatement. A new study found almost 100,000 tons of waste batteries were recycled last year – about half of what reached end-of-life.

Central Electronics tenders 50 MW solar projects in Maharashtra

State-owned Central Electronics Limited (CEL) has invited bids to set up a cumulative 50 MW capacity of grid-tied, ground-mounted solar plants at various locations in the state of Maharashtra. The plants, in capacities of 500 KWp to 10 MWp, are to be set up in turnkey mode. Bidding closes on July 24.

BHEL wins NTPC order for 25 MW floating solar project

Having won a 100 MW floating solar project last month, state-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited has added another 25 MW from NTPC to emerge as the largest EPC player in India’s floating solar segment.

Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments tenders 5W solar cells

Jaipur-based Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Limited has invited bids to supply 5000 quantities of 5W crystalline silicon solar cells. Bidding will close on July 17.

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Singaporean Sembcorp will invest Rs 5169 million in India arm to push renewables growth

After Singapore, India is the second largest revenue generator for the integrated energy player. In year 2018, it earned overall revenues of S$11,634 million (Rs 587 billion), of which S$1685 million (Rs 85 billion) came from power business of Sembcorp Energy India Limited.

Guntakal railway station installs canopies to harness solar energy and rainwater

The ‘inverted umbrella’ shaped canopies use monocrystalline flexible solar panels on top to generate electricity for functions like mobile and laptop charging, and lighting.

India added 1,836 MW of rooftop solar in last fiscal year

Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu were the top five states by annual installation, accounting for 60% of the new capacity.

NLC India commissions 63 MW solar capacity in Tamil Nadu

The state-owned power generator has commissioned 63 MW capacity out of the 100 MW solar PV power plant in Tirunelveli district, with Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) as the beneficiary.

EDEN Renewables seals power supply agreements for 716 MW of new solar capacity

The deals will pave the way for four new solar parks that are set to be commissioned towards the end of next year.

Rajasthan Electronics tenders for supply of solar modules

Jaipur’s Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Limited has invited bids from Indian manufacturers for the supply of 75 Wp solar modules based on crystalline silicon technology. Bidding will close on July 19.

Technology

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Andhra Pradesh cancels energy storage proposal

The move is the latest attempt by the newly-elected state government to reverse renewable energy commitments made under the previous administration.

Energy storage and EVs clear winners in union budget 2019: IESA

The new budget aims to seize the opportunity in energy storage and EVs through a range of incentives. However, alongside demand, production and export, the government also needs to focus on e-waste management and Li-ion battery recycling to sustain raw material supply and minimize environmental impact.

PPA revisit in Andhra Pradesh will impact solar investment: India Ratings

The high-level committee formed by Andhra Pradesh government to review and renegotiate the signed power purchase agreements with wind and solar power developers has the potential to impair the cash flows of projects in the sector.

KPI Global gets GETCO nod to enhance solar power evacuation

Independent power producer KPI Global Infrastructure has received Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation’s approval to enhance solar power evacuation from 30 MW to 70 MW (30 MW existing + 40 MW additional capacity) at 66 KV Amod Substation of district Bharuch in Gujarat.

Delhi Police buildings will soon have rooftop solar systems

Under an MoU signed with Solar Energy Corporation of India, grid-connected rooftop solar systems totaling 3-4 MW capacity will be installed on more than 200 police establishments across the capital.

Gujarat targets 30 GW of renewable capacity by 2022

Long regarded as a solar pioneer, the state has now announced grand plans to shoulder the burden of 17% of the nation’s clean energy ambition as India races to install 175 GW of clean energy capacity in just three-and-a-half years.

Manufacturing

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Li-ion battery manufacturing cluster coming up at Gujarat’s Dholera, Tata first to invest

The Dholera Special Investment Region—known for the upcoming 5 GW solar park—has secured the first Lithium battery investment from Tata Chemicals, which has committed Rs 4000 crore to set up 10 GW capacity.

Has solar lost its sheen for India’s EV push?

While India’s recent union budget announced steps to create an electric vehicle market, the solar sector still has issues that have not been addressed.

The long read: Explosion of cell and module technology

With half-cut, bifacial, shingle cell, and heterojunction designs being deployed at the scale of hundreds of megawatts, it is an exciting time to be in solar cell and module technology.

Economic Survey calls for $330 billion investment in renewables

The annual report has placed EVs at the heart of India’s decarbonization and called for an Indian answer to the U.S. ‘Motor City’ of Detroit, where electric vehicles and the batteries to run them could be manufactured.

Budget 2019: GST on EVs reduced to 5%, tax incentives on loan

To boost electric vehicle adoption in the country, the government has reduced goods and services tax on electric vehicles to 5% from 12%. Further, it will provide additional income tax deduction of Rs 1.5 lakh on interest paid on loans taken to purchase electric vehicles.

‘Anti-dumping duty on coated steel will impede solar growth’

Citing the risk to solar projects, lobby group the National Solar Energy Federation Of India has asked the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to exclude flat steel products coated with alloy of aluminum and zinc from anti-dumping duty.

Energy Storage

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The long read: The dawn of megastorage

Plummeting costs, industry maturity, and the ever-increasing penetration of global renewables are expanding the use cases for battery storage technology. Over the past year and a half, storage projects are increasing significantly in both scope and capacity.

Four solar based EV charging projects funded under FAME scheme

Proposals by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited and Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments, Jaipur to set up solar-based EV charging infrastructure have received funding under the government’s FAME India scheme. These projects will come up at Delhi NCR, Udyog Bhwan, and Delhi-Jaipur-Delhi, Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai as well as Delhi-Chandigarh-Delhi highways.

Battery maker CATL ramps up investment in German gigafab to €1.8 billion

Previously, a mere €240 million (Rs1,870 crore) was set to flow into the giga-factory. The corporation’s management reasoned new demand for its battery cells made more investment necessary.

Carmaker MG partners with Fortum to set up DC fast-charging EV stations in India

The Finnish clean energy major will install public charging stations for electric vehicles across MG’s showrooms in 5 cities including Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad by September this year.

Battery scientists make a cracking observation

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the U.S. used x-ray imaging to observe cracks forming in a solid state lithium battery, a discovery they say changes the understanding of performance of solid state batteries and which could lead to more durable systems.

Thinktank gives manufacturers two weeks for EV adaptation blueprint

Central government has thrown down the gauntlet to the nation’s largest motorbike and scooter manufacturers after they resisted a proposal to ban non-electric sales from 2025 onwards.

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Policy can spell success or failure for EVs in Europe

Since 2017, several European governments have announced bans on sales of conventional gasoline and diesel vehicles. Countries like France and the United Kingdom have set bans to come into force by 2040, while Norway has set a more ambitious goal of 2025. Raquel Soat, Research Analyst at Navigant, looks at how policy might affect European electric vehicle markets over the coming years.

An overview of the world’s largest solar parks

Solar pioneer Philip Wolfe lists the world’s largest solar parks. In these articles, a ‘solar park’ is defined as a group of co-located solar power plants.

Andhra Pradesh pulls back on open access solar

The state has decided to withdraw almost all incentives available to open access solar, including exemption from electricity duty and distribution losses for projects injecting power at 33 kV or below. The policy reversal—clearly to appease state discoms—is likely to impact capacity addition.

Manufacturing the Manufacturing Policy for Indian Solar Modules

India needs a manufacturing policy that is scalable, secure, strategical and supportive and promotes both the growth and spread of solar while protecting the interests of domestic manufacturers.

Developing an energy sector vision in Andhra Pradesh – IEEFA India

Situated in south-east India, the state of Andhra Pradesh is a leading producer of renewable energy with 7.2 GW of installed capacity as of December 2018. The state’s share of renewable energy as part of total capacity has trebled in the last four years from 11% in 2014 to 30% in 2018.

Solar in India: The 10 Year Challenge

The last 10 years have seen India emerge as a solar superpower, setting an example from which many emerging countries in Africa and Southeast Asia are eager to learn.

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NSEFI Chairman highlights India’s solar export potential to Vietnam

At a roundtable with Vietnam Ambassador H. E Pham Sanh Chau, National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) Chairman Pranav Mehta highlighted the export potential of Indian solar industry in EPC, rooftop sector and in developing solar projects.

Sungrow reaches 4 GW milestone in Indian market

The global leading inverter solution supplier for renewables has crossed 4 GW sales in India, including roughly 3. 5 GW utility-scale and 0.

Azure Power appoints a chief executive officer and a president

Ranjit Gupta and Murali Subramanian bring deep experience and fresh leadership to India's top solar development platform.

Growatt Launched New Single-Phase Inverter in India

Growatt and 3S Solutions held a conference in Telangana of India on July 5 with a large crowd of installers, EPCs and system integrators from across the region. Mr.