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NTPC tenders BOS package with land for 300 MW of solar projects

Bidders have until March 4 to lodge their interest for the solar projects to be developed anywhere in India.  
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NTPC renewable arm tenders 500 MW/3,000 MWh energy storage projects

Global bids are invited to develop a cumulative 500 MW of energy storage system facilities on a ‘build-own-operate’ basis anywhere in India. The proposed plants can be set up in sizes ranging from 100 MW rising to 500 MW, with the capacity to store a...
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SJVN’s 200 MW Bihar solar project approved by electricity regulator

The State-owned hydropower producer will set up grid-connected solar power plants in the state and sell the electricity generated at an INR 3.11/kWh tariff under a 25-year PPA with the State Discoms.
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Avaada commissions 21 MW captive solar plant for Airtel

The solar plant, located in Maharashtra, uses 65,000 PV panels covering an area of 80 acres. It will supply clean energy to telecom operator Airtel’s Nxtra data centers and switching centers in the State.
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New hybrid inverter for rooftop PV arrays from SMA

SMA’s new hybrid inverter reaches a maximum efficiency of 98.2% and a maximum European efficiency of 97.5%. It is compatible with DC-coupled high-voltage lithium-ion batteries from leading suppliers, according to the manufacturer.
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Making cheaper H2

The hype surrounding green hydrogen is real, but does the cost-reduction outlook for its production technologies live up to it? Christian Roselund looks at the technology, transportation, application and enabling policies behind the promising green energ...
Manufacturing

RenewSys expands solar encapsulant capacity to 3 GW, aims for 11 GW

The Indian solar manufacturer has expanded the overall encapsulant capacity to 3 GW with the addition of a new line at its Bengaluru facility. The latest addition is capable of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) and polyolefin elastomer (POE) sheets. The manuf...
Electric Vehicles

Priority-sector lending can help unlock US$5-billion EV financing market by 2025

A new report indicates that electric two-wheelers, three-wheelers, and commercial four-wheelers are early segments to prioritize under priority-sector lending.

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Exide infuses US$2.68 million into lithium battery JV with Leclanché

Exide Leclanche Energy Private Limited, the joint venture with Swiss energy storage specialist Leclanché, has a lithium battery pack and module assembly factory in Gujarat.

Sodium-ion battery tech gets commercial testing in UK

Harwell Campus will provide a testbed for energy storage technologies coming from three U.K.-based innovative businesses, bringing their solutions one step closer to the market.

The long read: Slow progress toward a big rooftop PV goal

A vibrant industry across the Middle East – including manufacturers, wholesalers, and a large number of EPCs and installers – supplies decarbonized electricity to meet growing air-conditioning demand, tapping the region’s abundant sunshine. However, progress toward this vision of a distributed-generation solar market segment and industry in the Gulf region has been slow, according to the president of the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA), Ahmed Nada.

Solar water pumps redefining farmers’ lives 

With solar water pumps, farmers have access to high-quality power available for irrigation. These systems are portable and can be assembled at any preferred location. With the growing utilization of these systems, the costs have decreased substantially, making them an efficient, convenient, and cost-effective solution for grid-isolated rural areas. 

Apollo Tyres Ltd raises 27.2% stake in captive solar plant

The captive solar plant, being developed by Cleantech Solar arm CSE Deccan Solar, will supply 40 million units of electricity per annum to the tyre manufacturer’s Chennai facility. 

India’s solar module manufacturing capacity on track to soar 400% in four years

Ratings agency Crisil analysts estimate India will have 38-43GW of annual solar module manufacturing capacity by the end of March 2025. Production capacity will be driven by strong domestic demand, favorable government policy, raised module conversion efficiency, and price competitiveness, according to the ratings agency.

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Ayana Renewable surpasses 1 GW (AC) of operational capacity

The Bengaluru-based renewable energy developer, with the total management and developmental portfolio of over 3 GW (AC) across India, aims to achieve a portfolio mix of 10 GW (AC) by 2025. 

Best fire safety practices for rooftop PV systems

Compiled by an international research group, the best practices were collected from all available guidelines published by national agencies, regulatory bodies, and trade associations.

Floating PV could reach 4.8 GW globally by 2026

Global Industry Analysts has predicted the rapid rise of floatovoltaics, a market that is expected to serve areas with land-use concerns.

Discover Battery unveils lithium ferro-phosphate battery for off-grid solar, tiny homes

At Intersolar North America in California, Canada-based Discover Battery has launched the Helios energy storage system, an LFP battery designed to operate in remote conditions.

NTPC invites bids to build 900MW of solar parks in Cuba

The state-owned power company, a partner of the International Solar Alliance, will help the Cuban government with developer selection and the signing of project agreements and will oversee solar plant implementation up to commissioning.

NTPC arm tenders 3.5 MW (AC) solar at four airports 

The solar plants are to be set upon the land available at four airport sites in the States of Delhi (2 MW), Madhya Pradesh (0.5 MW+0.5 MW), and Rajasthan (0.5 MW) under net metering.

Technology

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TOPCon vs PERC

TOPCon solar cells are on their way to fully compete with PERC solar products, according to recent research from Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE. Efficiency gains for the TOPCon concept, however, are necessary to help it capture more market share, as production costs remain higher than those for PERC tech. A series of cost-driven strategies to make TOPCon modules advance were outlined in the study.

REIL seeks 200,000 silicon solar cells

Bids are invited from Indian manufacturers to supply five-busbar mono-/multi-crystalline silicon solar cells rated for minimum of 4.62 watts. Bidding closes on January 27.

Ohmium partners IIT Madras on PEM electrolyzer R&D

The USA-headquartered green hydrogen generator developer has entered into an R&D partnership with IIT Madras Research Park (IITMRP) to improve the performance and lower the cost of its polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolyzers.

Spraying water system for solar module cooling

A British-Indian research group has developed an active cooling technique that is claimed to improve a PV system’s yield by around 0.5%. The system could be used in residential solar arrays and the water heated by the PV modules may be fed into a solar water heating system.

Vikram Solar launches M10 modules

The Indian manufacturer has unveiled Series 10 monocrystalline PERC solar modules featuring 144 half-cells based on M10 wafer. The modules are available in monofacial and bifacial versions with a maximum efficiency of 21.33% and 21.13%, respectively.

Green hydrogen could disrupt global trade, bilateral energy relations

While there are still many uncertainties as to the way in which hydrogen trade might evolve and change economic ties and political dynamics between countries, experts agree that green hydrogen can bring winds of change to the global energy arena. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, significant geoeconomic and geopolitical shifts are just around the corner.

Manufacturing

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PLI Scheme for battery cell manufacturing receives bids for 130 GWh of capacity

The production-linked incentives scheme for advance-chemistry battery cell manufacturing received an encouraging response with bids received for 2.6 times the 50 GWh manufacturing capacity to be awarded.

Panasonic unveils 410 W solar panel with 22.2% efficiency

The new heterojunction module series is compatible with Panasonic’s Evervolt battery and has a power output ranging from 400 to 410 W. It also features a temperature coefficient of -0.26% per degree Celsius.

Reliance Industries commits over US$75 billion for green energy projects in Gujarat

The Mukesh Ambani-led diversified business conglomerate has agreed to invest INR 5 lakh crore (US$67.6 billion) in building 100 GW of renewable energy capacity and green hydrogen eco-system in the State. It will also invest INR 60,000 crore (US$8.1 billion) in setting up manufacturing facilities for new and renewable energy equipment including solar modules, electrolyzers, energy-storage batteries, and fuel cells.

Asia Pacific solar supply chain trouble to ease this year, according to analyst

Wood Mackenzie has predicted solar equipment cost increases will ease back after last year saw the average cost of solar electricity rise for the first time in the Asia-Pacific region.

Daily news roundup: Mecwin and KVG Bank partner on solar pump finance, Adani’s new energy arm

Bengaluru-based Mecwin Technologies Ltd and Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank (KVGB) have partnered to finance solar pump-sets for farmers. Adani has formed a new energy arm called Adani New Industries Limited (ANIL).

The long read: Finding PV faults faster

PV cell and module manufacturers are increasingly turning to artificial intelligence to monitor production lines and the products coming off them in minute detail. As inline monitoring and testing equipment become more sophisticated, cell and module makers must be prepared to manage the enormous amounts of data and pull out the points that will save them time and money. pv magazine examines the software solutions backing state-of-the-art PV production.

Energy Storage

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Fluence, ReNew to set up energy storage joint venture

The Fluence and ReNew Power joint venture will serve a diversified customer base in India by localizing and integrating Fluence’s energy storage products and packages for the local market. ReNew will become its first customer by procuring a 150 MWh battery-based energy storage system for its 300 MW peak power project in Karnataka.

Japanese consortium builds lithium-air battery with energy density of 500 Wh/kg

A Japanese group has developed a storage system with potential applications in residential storage, electric vehicles, drones and Internet-of-Things devices.

Green mobility: IREDA launches scheme to finance battery storage, green hydrogen and fuel cell technologies

The State-controlled renewable energy and energy efficiency lender has launched a scheme to finance new and emerging technologies that promote and increase the usage of renewable energy in the transport sector. 

LG Energy Solution IPO attracts $80bn in bids

LG Chem’s energy storage and battery division’s $10.7 billion initial public offering received a staggering response from institutional investors, Reuters has reported.

Residential building fully reliant on hydrogen for space heating, hot water

The campus of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands is currently hosting a retrofitted existing building provided with heating by an H2 heating boiler in the attic. The boiler is linked to an underground hydrogen system.

Philippines’ SMC to start operation of 690MW of batteries

Filipino conglomerate San Miguel Corp aims to complete 1GW of battery storage projects this year to make way for the integration of some 3GW of intermittent renewable energy generation.

Opinion & Analysis

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India’s energy transition: Opportunities in power transmission, monitoring and storage  

As India ramps up renewable capacity, there will be a higher requirement for substations, transmission corridors as well as battery energy storage. There is tremendous potential in technology localization in areas such as remote power monitoring, predictive maintenance, EV charging, green hydrogen, and energy storage.

Green Energy push for future sustainability in India

The core objective of renewable energy deployment in India is to promote economic growth, enhance energy security, increase energy access, and reduce climate change. Sustainable development is possible by the use of clean energy and by ensuring access to affordable and reliable energy for every citizen.

How round-the-clock renewables point to optimum use of energy generation and infrastructure

Amid the troubles of the coal-dominated grid, variable renewable energy has a place in ensuring reliable supply

Microgrids make sense for Indian cities

Microgrids that use on-site renewables such as rooftop solar can help relieve peak demand on the grid during afternoons, and later in the evenings through battery storage. This can help power distribution companies (discoms) avoid buying expensive power to meet peak demand.

India’s clean power target will double electricity supply economically if low-cost storage is deployed

Berkeley Lab report finds historic lows in clean energy prices position India to transform electric system

Looking past PERC solar cells

While the adoption of large-format wafers has driven a wave of capacity expansion for PERC, existing manufacturers and new entrants continue to evaluate TOPCon and HJT. An increasing number of HJT pilot lines and gigawatt-scale capacity expansion projects are appearing, as manufacturers see the advantages of fewer process steps, higher efficiency ratings, and better yield rates. The localization of equipment is also a driving factor. PV InfoLink’s Derek Zhao offers an update on the latest developments and process routes for HJT.

Press Releases

Sterlite Technologies wins INR 170-crore unified network management contract for PGCIL

Leveraging its software-defined networking solution, STL will deliver a customised Unified Network Management System (UNMS) offering advanced automation, programmable configuration and actionable insights.

Power minister reviews progress of Solar Roof Top Scheme; directs to simplify scheme

The minister has directed that henceforth, it will not be necessary for any household to get the roof top solar installed by any of the listed vendors.   The households may also install the roof top by themselves or get the roof top installed by any vendor of their choice, and inform the distribution company about the installation alongwith a photograph of the system which has been installed.

Torrent Power Limited wins prestigious “Sword of Honour” and “Globe of Honour” awards from British Safety Council

Torrent Power is one of just 5 organizations (of which 2 including Torrent Power are electric utilities) worldwide to receive both these prestigious recognitions in 2021.

Amp Energy secures $350 million cross-jurisdictional portfolio financing

Amp Energy (“Amp”), a global Energy Transition Platform and renewable energy developer, announced today the closing of an innovative $350 million cross-jurisdictional credit facility with a consortium of leading institutional investors including Brookfield Asset Management, a leading sovereign wealth fund, and Nomura Securities.