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IIT Kanpur invites EoI for solar-plus-storage smart grid pilots

A total of three smart grid field pilots are to be set up—two inside the IIT Kanpur campus and one at two village hamlets in Kanpur—under a U.S.-India collaborative project on smart distribution system with storage. The deadline for EoI submission is August 30.
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pv magazine test: Latest results

pv magazine test is a cooperative module testing procedure involving pv magazine, CEA and Gsolar. All tests are carried out at Gsolar’s test laboratory in Xi’an, China. CEA supervises them and designed both the indoor and outdoor testi...
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IndianOil to invest $3.7bn in green energy projects

The fossil fuel giant announced the plan in its latest annual results. The company envisages rolling out electric vehicle chargers at its petrol and diesel stations.
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Nanowire mesh offers better cell performance and lower costs

A new method of creating an ordered mesh of nanowires, developed by scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the United States, could lead to the creation of more efficient transparent electrode layers in solar cells – and the elimin...
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NTPC reveals plan to build 5 GW in Gujarat, opens global bids for 1.2 GW

The utility has revealed plans to invest roughly $3 billion in the construction of a 5 GW solar park across two to three locations in Gujarat’s Kutch region. In a separate announcement, the New Delhi-based group opened global bidding to build 1.2 GW of...
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MNRE opens renewables innovation challenge to startups

Startups and individuals are invited to submit their innovative ideas to solve some of the key challenges through application of renewable energy. The innovation should at least be in prototype stage and feasible for deployment. The winner will receive a...
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Kerala invites EoI for setting up 64 EV charging stations

The charging stations will come up in Ernakulam, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram districts of the state, mostly on Kerala State Electricity Board or government land. The last date for submission of expression of interest is October 4.
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Gujarat targets 2 lakh solar rooftop consumers by April

New incentive scheme will see state government offering up to 40% subsidy towards cost of residential solar systems with the aim of adding 8 lakh of new arrays by 2022.
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The long read: Does ALD live up to assembly line expectations?

As demand for atomic layer deposition equipment spreads among Chinese solar cell manufacturers, experts throughout the industry are sharing their insight on the merits of this emerging manufacturing technology. The numbers they crunch reveal tough compet...
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India presents a $500-700 billion opportunity in renewables: IEEFA

The ambitious renewable energy target of 523 GW by 2030, coupled with conducive government policies announced recently, will pave the way for increased renewable investment in the coming decade.

UK university to research solar-powered cold chains for Indian agriculture

The University of Birmingham is a research partner on the Solar Cooling Initiative of International Solar Alliance that aims to spread the use of solar and solar-hybrid energy in agriculture.

Commercial solar at grid parity in China but a hard line is needed on soft costs

Deploying commercial and industrial PV in China without subsidy is already profitable in some areas, according to a new study, but prohibitive soft costs and cheap electricity are the main barriers for such installations in areas where grid parity remains out of reach.

Lithium-ion batteries still set for US tariffs on September 1

The energy storage market is set to be the latest affected by Trump’s trade war as lithium-ion batteries were excluded from the group of Chinese imports for which the U.S. president announced tariffs would be delayed until December 15.

Thinktank says India must prioritize a vertically integrated solar supply chain

To develop cost-competitive solar modules the nation must adopt a phased program and set up 15 GW of silicon-ingot-to-solar-module manufacturing capacity by 2024, according to The Energy and Resources Institute.

Corporate clean energy PPAs to smash last year’s record: BloombergNEF

Power purchase agreements for 8.6 GW of clean energy have been signed in 2019 till July—up from 7.2 GW at the same time last year—with USA alone accounting for up to 70% of the deals. India continues to lead the Asia Pacific region despite registering a slowdown in the activity.

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BHEL tenders for supply of grid-connected power conditioning units

Bids are invited for supply, installation and commissioning of eight 1250kW 3-phase grid-connected power conditioning units for a 10 MW (AC) solar power plant in Charanka Solar Park of Gujarat. Bids will open on August 26.

5595 electric buses sanctioned under FAME II Scheme

Of these, 5095 e-buses have been allocated to 64 cities for intracity operation, 400 for inter-city operation and 100 for last-mile connectivity to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.

The long read: Tracking in the wind

Extreme wind events are the biggest cause of failure and insurance claims for any PV plant, according to Thorsten Kray, Head of the Building Aerodynamics Department at Institut für Industrieaerodynamik GmbH, Aachen. For structural reasons, single-axis trackers are more prone to the issues than fixed-tilt structures. In this two-part series, pv magazine will examine the ways that wind impacts trackers and what EPCs and investors need to look out for, in addition to outlining a range of approaches from big tracker suppliers that were designed to mitigate wind-related damage.

NLC commissions 100 MW solar plant in Tamil Nadu

The plant—located at Maranthai and Pudur Villages in Tirunelveli District of Tamil Nadu—is part of 709 MW solar power projects awarded by utility Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation.

No bidders for NTPC’s 1.2 GW solar project despite deadline extensions

National Thermal Power Corp. (NTPC), India’s largest energy conglomerate, has suffered a serious blow to its reputation after it failed to attract bids for its 1.2 GW solar project, despite multiple deadline extensions.

3rd International Electric Vehicle Conclave to kick off tomorrow at Manesar

Jointly organised by India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) and The International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT), the conclave on EV and charging infrastructure will take place on August 9, 2019 at ICAT’s Manesar Campus in Gurugram with over a hundred participating companies.

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Stitching together the grid of the future

A vision of a decentralized, renewable-powered electricity grid is being brought a step closer by scientists at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Their project, Autonomous Energy Grids, aims to take an overarching look at the solutions that will power this grid of the future, and to fill any gaps that appear between them.

A close look at nature could lead to cheaper hydrogen

Scientists at the Australia National University have observed a key stage in the process of photosynthesis which could be copied to greatly increase the efficiency of sunlight-powered water splitting processes used to produce hydrogen.

MNRE invites solar research proposals

The ministry has invited proposals for high-efficiency perovskite solar cells, solar panel recycling, hybrid inverters and new applications that combine solar and storage, among others.

Vikram Solar commissions 5 MW solar plant for state-owned Bharat Dynamics Limited

The plant was conceived under viability gap funding scheme for Ministry of Defence establishment to set up 300 MW of grid-connected and off-grid solar power projects at their locations.

SECI tenders 1.2 GW ISTS-connected renewable energy projects with storage

The projects — solar, wind or a combination thereof — are expected to supply power for a minimum of six hours per day during periods of peak demand. The last date for bids is Sept. 17.

NTPC opens global bids for 20 MW floating solar project in Uttar Pradesh

The winning developer will be able to use solar modules and cells of any origin for the plant, which will be built in Auraiya district, Uttar Pradesh. Bidding closes on Sept. 5.

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India to hike import tariff on solar equipment: Power minister

Tariffs will be hiked down the value chain in order to encourage domestic solar manufacturing, which currently stands at just 3.2 GW for solar cells and 8.5 GW for solar modules.

The long read: Change to the cast

Few in the industry predicted the speed at which monocrystalline technology would develop, or the impressive cost reductions it would achieve by 2019. This has left producers of multicrystalline products facing rapidly shrinking market share and struggling to compete on a cost per watt basis. Many are now turning to cast mono processes, essentially creating a monocrystalline, or ‘mono-like’ silicon ingot in a multicrystalline furnace, to reach higher efficiencies and extend equipment lifetimes.

SECI tenders 1.5 GW solar with VGF support for state-run power generators

Micro and mini grid-connected projects will also be considered. The projects—to be developed on ‘build-own-operate’ basis—can be set up anywhere in India for self-use or use by government entities at maximum fixed tariffs of Rs 3.50/kWh. Bidding will close on August 23.

NALCO, HCL and MECL sign JV agreement to secure lithium and cobalt

The joint venture company—Khanij Bidesh India Limited (KABIL)—will help India to secure strategic minerals from abroad for manufacturing of solar energy storage and EV batteries.

Energy storage installations to grow 122-fold by 2040; India among top 3

The global installed capacity will grow from a modest 9 GW/17 GWh as of 2018 to 1,095 GW/2,850 GWh in the next two decades. Just 10 countries will account for almost 75% of the overall gigawatt market, with China, USA, India and Germany leading the pack.

Megapack marks Tesla’s new play for utility scale storage market

The Palo Alto company says it has improved its large scale battery offering with the new product in the wake of the success of its Powerpack-driven big battery in Australia. The Megapack can be deployed at a 250 MW/1 GWh clean energy plant four times faster than a fossil fuel alternative, claimed the business in a blogpost.

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Visaka’s solar roofing to power Air India SATS’ walkways

Air India SATS has introduced new aircraft-boarding walkways that use integrated solar roofing panels from Visaka Industries to run two air-conditioners for up to six hours.

Tata Power partners Tata Motors to install 300 EV charging stations across India

The charging stations—to be installed in five metro cities—will come up at strategic locations frequented by potential electric vehicle owners such as Tata Motors dealerships, certain Tata Group retail outlets and other public locations.

India’s renewable power generation cost the lowest in Asia Pacific

The cost of solar power generation in India has fallen to half the level seen in many other markets in the region due to extensive solar resource, market scale and competition.

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.

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 production,” according to industry participants at the International Lead Conference held in Spain.

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.

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A window to the ‘inclusive’ green energy economy

India needs special institutional structures within leading public financial institutions to cater to market segments that do not attract commercial capital at competitive terms.

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.

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BloombergNEF awards Sungrow a 100% bankability rating

Sungrow, the global inverter solution supplier for renewables, has been rated '100% bankable' by BloombergNEF among inverter firms in its latest survey, demonstrating that projects using Sungrow inverters are more likely to obtain non-recourse debt financing from banks than other competitors.

Tata Power-DDL and CEEW collaborate to accelerate renewable power integration and micro-grids in Delhi

Collaboration will focus on an implementable plan to meet a portion of the future power needs using solar and distributed energy resource technologies, demand response, energy efficiency, grid-level storage, peak load shifting, etc.

UNIDO and National Institute of Solar Energy to partner for skill development program

The program will engage national and international experts to bring the best practices in solar thermal energy sector by developing specialized training material.

Tata Power commissions 70 kW solar rooftop at India International Centre, New Delhi

Annually, the project will offset 63 tonnes of carbon and save Rs 10 lakh on the electricity bill.