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Indian Scientists develops a next generation clean energy technology

A supercritical carbon dioxide Brayton test loop facility has been developed at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. Scientists claim that the technology has the potential to replace nuclear and thermal power plants. The loop technology could vastly reduce the water consumption, with less emissions of greenhouse gases.
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UP receives INR 22 billion investment from Amplus Solar to set up 500 MW solar capacity

During the recent Uttar Pradesh Investors summit, amplus solar signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state government for the investment of INR 22 billion over the next 5 years.

Installations

Tata Power proposes solar roof top projects in member countries of ISA

On the sixth meeting of ISA’s International Steering Committee (ISC), Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd made a presentation showcasing their offerings to install solar rooftop projects and key service terms proposing to reach 1 MW capacity in each country.

Installations

Southern states dominate India’s 2017 record solar installs

India’s southern states have emerged as leaders in solar, dominating installations in 2017, according to the latest figures from Mercom Capital Group. Overall, the company says 9.6 GW of solar PV were installed across the country last year. Despite this, 2018 will see a decline, it says.

Markets & Policy

India: Shell may acquire majority stake in Fourth Partner Energy

Shell is rumored to be interested in acquiring a majority stake in Fourth Partner Energy, a rooftop solar power firm based in Hyderabad, India.

Markets & Policy

Government issues penalty for violating DCR under MNRE solar projects

India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) will penalize parties found in violation of the MNRE’s Domestic Content Requirement (DCR) rules for solar projects, which the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has approved for DCR use.

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Avaada Power to develop 1.6 GW of solar in Uttar Pradesh

Avaada Power Pvt Ltd has committed US$1.55 billion to develop solar PV projects in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Installations

Telangana government releases solar rooftop tender up to 1,000 kW

A tender for 1 kW to 1,000 kW grid-connected rooftop solar power plants at various locations in Telangana state has been released by Telangana Renewable Energy Development Corporation Ltd (TSREDCO).

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Solar to lead global renewables growth for next five years — KPMG

Investors throughout the world made 406 investments in large-scale renewables in 2017, collectively valued at roughly €40.1 billion (US$49.5 billion), but solar is set to grow more in terms of capacity than any other clean-energy technology over the next half-decade, according to a new report. Battery storage will play a crucial role in this, it found.

Government makes surprising u-turn on electric vehicle policy

Minister for road transport Nitin Gadkari drops plans to introduce national policy to support growth of electric vehicles in surprising reversal on earlier ambitions.

Energy Access Summit 2018 highlights

The India Energy access summit held in India on February 12-13, 2018 in New Delhi, saw discussions on the decentralized renewable energy sector from various organizations and institutions, including few announcements.

Rockefeller Foundation, Ckers Finance partner to develop India’s decentralized renewable energy sector

U.S.-based Rockefeller Foundation has partnered with cKers Finance, a New-Delhi based finance company, to help develop the decentralized renewable energy (DRE) sector in India. cKers will invest $50 million across DRE and sustainable energy portfolio in the near term.

The weekend read: Foggy days ahead for Indian solar

India is planning to impose a safeguard duty this year to protect its domestic solar manufacturing sector. Many in the industry earnestly believe that if such duties were to be imposed, then a slowing down in market growth would be inevitable. However, the Indian Solar Manufacturers Association (ISMA) believes this will not be the case. Either way, this duty has created unwanted uncertainty in the market.

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West Bengal: WBPDCL plans 10 MW floating solar power plant

West Bengal Power Development Corporation Ltd (WBPDCL) has tendered a 5 MW floating solar power plant at Sagardighi thermal power plant in the first phase.

Philips, Orb Energy lighten Barefoot College in Rajasthan

New 116 kW solar off-grid system will power the old Tilonia campus of the Barefoot College – working in various fields, including women empowerment, for the advance of rural communities through solar power.

Gujarat: GUVNL tenders 500 MW solar project

Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL) has announced a 500 MW grid-connected solar PV power project to be set up in the state of Gujarat. The project can be extended to 1 GW with an additional 500 MW under the ‘Greenshoe’ option.

India’s Sterling and Wilson to build 54.3 MW solar plant in Zambia

The PV plant will be the nation’s largest once complete, and will be implemented under the International Finance Corporation’s Scaling Solar program.

Azure Power announces results for fiscal third quarter 2018

As of December 31, 2017, Azure power has 1,580 MW operating & committed capacity, an increase of 48% over December end 2016. Revenue for the third quarter was INR 1,739.9 million ($27.3 million), an increase of 83% over the quarter ended December 31, 2016. The company’s adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was INR 1,226.9 million (US$19.2 million), an increase of approximately 76% over the fiscal third quarter 2017.

Technology

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China’s Trina Solar hits new efficiency record for IBC cell

Trina Solar has set a new record of 25.04% total area efficiency for an n-type interdigitated back contact (IBC) solar cell. The record has been independently verified by Japan Electric Safety and Environmental Technology Laboratory.

U.S. researchers develop new redox flow compound

A team of scientists from the U.S. University of Rochester has developed a compound which it says could double the effectiveness of redox flow batteries, and ‘transform the energy storage landscape’.

Interview: Combining umbrella with solar

In an interview with pv magazine, Thinkphi founder Samit Choksi discusses the company’s expansion into sustainable product development and how solar energy is being harvested through it.

ACME Cleantech plans 2-3 GWh lithium-ion battery manufacturing by 2020

Clean energy solution provider ACME Cleantech is planning to expand its current li-ion production capacity of 350 MWh to as much as 3 GWh by 2020. The company has also designed a charging plus swapping station for li-ion batteries to provide clean transport solutions.

Germany’s ISFH announces 26.1% efficiency for p-type crystalline cells

The Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH) and the Leibniz Universität Hannover claim that this result is a world record for p-type silicon material, as well as a European record for crystalline silicon.

Manufacturing

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An arm and a leg

Topaz Solar plans 1.2 GW solar module, 500 MW cell manufacturing fab in Odisha

As a first phase, Topaz Solar Private Limited has said it will set up a 500 MW solar PV module manufacturing facility in India’s northeastern state of Odisha. It will seek to increase this capacity by another 700 MW, and add 500 MW of cell manufacturing under a second phase.

China’s LONGi doubles Indian solar manufacturing plans to 2 GW

LONGi Solar has upgraded its Indian project, and now the solar manufacturer will set up 1 GW each for monocrystalline cell and module manufacturing capacity at the fab in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Tata Power unveils $2.25 million smart energy incubation hub

Delhi DISCOM, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) is planning to launch the Tata smart energy incubation hub. The Tata trust will provide INR 150 million ($2.25 million), while the Indian government’s Science & Technology department will pay out an undisclosed sum. The company is also planning the installation of a 10 MW Battery Energy Storage System (BESS).

China’s Longi Solar confirms 1 GW Indian manufacturing facility

Longi Solar will set up a 1 GW solar PV manufacturing facility in India’s Andhra Pradesh. It will manufacture 500 MW of cells and 500 MW of modules, a spokesperson tells pv magazine. The facility is expected to be commissioned by Q1 2019 at the latest, and will seek to take advantage of India’s exemption from the recent U.S. solar tariffs, imposed by President Trump last week.

SECI postpones 2 GW tender and extends solar manufacturing EoI deadline

The Solar Energy Corporation of India has postponed the 2 GW PV project tender until further notice. The company has also extended the deadline for expression of interest for setting up the solar manufacturing plant in India until January 29.

Energy Storage

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Global storage growth of 4.6% in 2017 reflects patchy state of sector, finds BNEF

Despite hitting a record 1.17 GW of new grid-scale storage capacity in 2017, growth was a mere 4.6% on 2016 having surged 61% the year prior. Industry’s reliance on policy support means foundations for growth remain uneven, report finds. Average costs, however, fell by 24% last year.

ISA drafts program for scaling solar E-Mobility & Storage to be launched at ISA Solar Summit, India

ISA is seeking recommendations for their ISA program 5: ‘Scaling Solar E-mobility & Storage.’ The program will be launched on March 11, 2018, during the ISA solar summit.

Exicom to deploy 1 GWh energy storage solutions by 2018-19

Gurugram-based company EXICOM Tele-Systems Ltd has aimed to install 1 GWh of battery energy storage systems by 2018-19. The company has already deployed 125 charging stations for electric vehicles in Delhi-NCR.

Guyana, Papua New Guinea and Togo ratify ISA framework

With three new countries, the Republic of Guyana, Papua New Guinea and Togo, the number of nations to have ratified the International Solar Alliance (ISA) framework agreement has reached 22. ISA will host 6th International Steering Committee (ISC) meeting on February 20.

Decentralized RE systems lack government support, finds IISD and Power for All

New data released by IISD and Power for All finds that Indian government support for clean, decentralized renewable energy (DRE) access solutions is woefully lacking, and is less than 1%  compared to fossil fuel, centralized options. DRE solutions receive a negligible share of electricity subsidy in India.

NTPC sets 32 GW renewables target by 2032

To date, the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Ltd has installed roughly 1 GW of renewables in India. NTPC is planning several projects including floating solar and battery storage projects nationwide.

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Press Releases

SolarMaxx CEO Saurabh Bhandari speaks at the India conference, Harvard Business School, Boston, USA

The India Conference is one of the largest student-run conferences focusing on India in the USA. It is hosted at the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School by the graduate students of Harvard University.

R.K. Singh inaugurates ‘International R&D Conclave’- Emerging Opportunities and Challenges of R&D in Indian Power Sector

Power Minister stressed upon the need of a dedicated R&D department in CEA to coordinate the research in the power sector.

Exicom installs first electric vehicle charging station at UN office

The unveiling ceremony was led by Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Culture, Mahesh Sharma, the UN Executive Director, Erik Solheim, Secretary, MoEF&CC, C. K Mishra, and other dignitaries.

Exicom installs electric vehicle fast charger station at NITI Aayog

The unveiling ceremony was led by Shri Nitin Gadkari, Indian Minister for Highways and Transportation at the NITI Aayog's premises in the presence of Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog and other dignitaries.