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JSW’s steel production dips as it prioritizes medical oxygen supply

The company’s capacity utilization was 5% lower than in March as it prioritized medical oxygen supply over augmenting steel production.
Technology

Tesla shifts battery chem for its Megapack energy storage system

The US electric car manufacturer is reportedly shifting to cobalt-free lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries for its utility-scale battery.
Markets & Policy

States must plan now for utility-scale battery storage

A new report says the Indian States must develop plans to incentivize investments into the deployment of utility-scale battery storage—just as they did for solar. 
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New tech to identify best locations for floating PV

Norway’s Glint Solar and the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute have developed an algorithm that is able to automatically calculate wave heights and wind directions at potential locations for floating PV arrays. It considers the geometry of the water sur...
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Maharashtra Discom tenders for purchase of 500 MW of wind-solar power

The selected bidders shall set up wind-solar hybrid power projects to supply the generated power under a 25-year PPA. Bidding closes on June 8.
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Bidding extended for 75 MW solar project in Uttar Pradesh

Developers now have until May 18 to bid for setting up the capacity in the Uttar Pradesh Solar Park. Technical bid shall be opened on May 19.
Markets & Policy

India ranked third most attractive country for solar investment

India ranks behind the United States and China in IHS Markit’s latest rankings of most attractive solar markets.
Energy Storage

Recycling rare-earth elements from dead lithium batteries

American Resources Corporation is developing a process to separate pure rare earth metals from lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles or power plants based on renewable energy. The technique is described as a two-zone ligand-assisted displacemen...

Markets & Policy

Virescent Infrastructure acquires 76 MW of operating solar assets in India

US investor KKR-backed Virescent Infrastructure has acquired Singapore-based Sindicatum Group’s operating solar assets in three Indian states. The acquired PV projects benefit from long-term power purchase agreements with government counterparties.

Maharashtra discom tenders for purchase of 500 MW solar power 

Solar power generators have until June 4 to bid for supplying the power from their proposed or existing PV projects under a 25-year PPA. 

Developing climate-resilient decentralized solar solutions 

A new report states decentralized solar installations in climate-vulnerable regions of Assam, Jharkhand, and Rajasthan lacked design to deal with future climate risks. The report authors, based on their study, outline considerations for policymakers, implementing agencies, vendors, and funding agencies to build resilient structures.

IREDA to launch call for applications under the production-linked solar incentive scheme soon

Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd (IREDA), the implementing agency for the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme, would soon issue the selection document for solar manufacturers who wish to apply for state cash to set up production lines in India.

Dutch LPG major acquires majority stake in SunSource Energy

SHV Energy, a Netherlands-headquartered global distributor of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), has invested in India’s SunSource Energy as it seeks to realize new opportunities within distributed renewable energy. The investment also enables SunSource to expand its distributed solar portfolio.

Bolivia launches call for lithium extraction

Bolivia has launched a second international call, after a first attempt failed in 2019, to seek potential investors for its huge lithium resources.

Installations

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Solar 101: Working the angles to maximize your solar system’s output

Using Normal, Illinois, as a … well, normal … case study, we look at how a roof’s latitude, pitch, and azimuth affect energy output.

Rising Sun Energy seeking EPC partners for its 190 MW Rajasthan solar project 

The developer has issued a tender to select EPC partners for the grid-connected solar capacity in Nokh Solar Park of Rajasthan. Bidding closes on May 12. 

SECI extends bidding for 50 MW solar in Tamil Nadu

EPC contractors now have until May 19 to lodge their interest in setting up the grid-connected solar capacity—including 40 MW conventional ground-based and 10 MW agrivoltaics. The PV projects shall come up in Cuddalore and Tiruvannamalai districts.

Tata Power wins Maharashtra’s 250 MW solar auction with bid of INR 2.51/kWh

The solar project, spread over a 499.27 hectare area, is scheduled to be commissioned within 15 months from the power purchase agreement (PPA) date.

Government to finance 100 MW Bangladeshi solar plant

The federal government will provide INR968 crore of soft loans for a INR1307 crore, 100 MW solar park near the Jamuna river in Bangladesh’s Jamalpur district, where a second park of a similar size is being planned by Dhaka and a Chinese partner.

Meyer Burger unveils 400 W heterojunction solar module

The solar module will be available in three versions – white, black, and glass-glass. The products have an output of up to 400 W, but when the bifacial effect is optimally used, the output of the glass-glass module can reach up to 430 W. Both the white and black modules weigh less than 20 kg.

Technology

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Indian firm designs solar sculpture to produce 300 MWh of electricity annually

Called Solar Mountain, the permanent installation should be built in Nevada with modular design elements of recycled wood and other environmentally friendly materials.

Lithium saturation to make old batteries new

Scientists investigating the aging mechanisms affecting today’s lithium-ion batteries observed that the loss of lithium over time is one of the main causes of performance loss. With this in mind, they developed and tested a “relithiation” process that promises to eliminate much of the cost and complexity from recycling battery components and materials.

Gautam Solar doubles capacity with new production line

Gautam Mohanka, managing director of New Delhi-headquartered Gautam Solar, told pv magazine its Haridwar module factory, now scaled up to 250 MW, is producing panels with a power output of up to 400 W, using mono PERC and polycrystalline cells.

Solar 101: Attaching your PV system to your roof

A solar racking system’s strength is determined in part by the metal racking, but it also depends on the roof’s underlying structure. Rafters and any supporting structures must be strong enough to withstand your region’s maximum wind and snow loads.

Graphene aluminum ion batteries with ultra-fast charging

The “graphene revolution” is almost here. Australian scientists specializing in aluminum-ion batteries are now working with Brisbane-based Graphene Manufacturing Group to commercialize a technology that could transform energy storage.

Fraunhofer ISE achieves 35.9% efficiency for III-V triple-junction solar cell based on silicon

The cell, which looks externally like a device with a two-terminal architecture, was built with III-V semiconductor layers that were connected to the silicon sub-cell on the atomic level. The cell may be used in electrically powered aircraft and drones.

Manufacturing

Industry reacts to production-linked solar incentive scheme

Solar manufacturers have welcomed the bidding criteria which apply to the incentives offered for setting up gigawatt scale, high-efficiency PV production lines but would like a bigger budget, to finance significant capacity build-up.

India installed 3.2 GW of solar in 2020

In large-scale solar, Adani was the largest developer by capacity, and Sterling & Wilson the preferred EPC partner. Tata Power Solar led in rooftop solar installations.

Goldi Solar supplies 24+ MW modules to a textile client

The Surat-based solar manufacturer has completed the supply of an aggregate 71,690 quantity of 335Wp polycrystalline solar panels to a textile company LS Mills.

The long read: A deeper understanding of LeTID

Australia’s University of New South Wales (UNSW) has built a reputation for strong collaboration with the PV industry, from cell passivation through to the causes of degradation. Malcolm Abbott, a senior research fellow, directs one of the UNSW teams that is continuing its work into light and elevated temperature-induced degradation (LeTID). He recently spoke with pv magazine to provide an update.

Solar kit for gardens and balconies, from France

French start-up Ekwateur is offering a solar kit consisting of a 330 W panel, a micro-inverter, a metallic structure, a monitoring sensor, and a few cables.

MNRE spells out the rules for its production-linked incentive scheme

Solar manufacturers who wish to apply for state cash to set up production lines must meet minimum requirements for manufacturing scale and module efficiency, and must produce at least solar cells and modules to be shortlisted. They will then bid for the amount of incentives they want over a five-year period, with extra weight given to applicants who will manufacture more of the supply chain, from polysilicon downwards.

Energy Storage

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The long read: The ‘other side’ of batteries

Graphite’s pivotal role in electric-vehicle battery technology is coming under increasing scrutiny. Graphite is almost exclusively produced in China, and while the processing of the mineral poses serious environmental issues, the alternatives appear costly. Ian Morse looks at what’s next for critical graphite supplies.

Leclanché unveils modular, plug-and-play solution for utility scale storage

The proposed solution is claimed to be able to mitigate potential fire risk, improve logistics and reduce costs. It consists of a series of interchangeable wide blocks that are said to be easily movable for simplified transportation.

US-based EverGreen Power to assess feasibility of 300MW wind-solar-storage project in Gujarat

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is funding the 300MW wind-solar-storage project as part of its mission to promote sustainable infrastructure projects in partner countries like India.

Ola to provide 100,000 charging points for electric two-wheelers

Ola has announced it will set up a Hypercharger Network for its electric two-wheeler customers. The company claims the charging network would be the world’s largest and densest, spread over 400 cities with more than 100,000 charging points.

Indian firm purchases American hydrogen cylinder maker Catalina Composites

New Delhi-headquartered Uttam Group of Companies has purchased California-based Catalina Composites as it sees a surge in demand for clean energy solutions, including hydrogen. The company will invest at least $20 million in staff, equipment, and research and development of high-pressure cylinder production for hydrogen and compressed natural gas.

The long read: Battery testing builds certainty

Owners and operators of energy storage systems, as well as investors, need transparent ways to evaluate battery performance. They need certainty that the selected batteries for their ESS projects will perform reliably, have predictable life expectancies, and meet projected revenue and contractual obligations over their lifetimes. The economic viability of entire projects depend on this confidence, writes Michael Kleinberg of DNV.

Opinion & Analysis

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Green taxonomy first step towards building a resilient society

The second wave of Covid-19 reminds us to build a resilient society. Climate Change, not unlike Covid-19, will deliver devastating effects to our planet and disrupt our way of life. So, in this climate decade, India must channel investments into sustainable activities. The first step is to construct a robust "green taxonomy" - a green list of sustainable activities. 

Gujarat is progressing towards its solar PV rooftop target 2021-22

Gujarat tops the list of Indian states with respect to installed solar rooftop capacity, as it has already achieved around 40 percent of its allotted target. The persisting pandemic has slowed down the pace of capacity addition but policy incentives like SURYA- Gujarat are paving way towards Gujarat’s clean energy transition.

Could India establish itself as the global leader in energy storage?

In India, the lack of suitable fiscal incentives and relevant experience, combined with high upfront capital costs, has hindered the adoption of battery energy storage systems (BESS) in comparison to other developed countries. However, there is potential for the country to take the lead.

Drones playing a critical role in India’s solar boom

Drones, in combination with artificial intelligence, are helping to drive powerful insights, allowing teams to make better-informed decisions throughout the solar project development lifecycle.

Indian solar developers must capitalize on advances in resource risk management

For developers to close the emerging gap as the market becomes more competitive – and, crucially, build projects that perform to investors’ expectations in the long term – they need to not only develop better understanding of the factors influencing project performance but also take steps to adopt advances made in other established solar markets worldwide in the use of solar data.

Rooftop solar: How to mitigate the impact of a new net metering limit

A net feed-in tariff could offer a solution for consumers, developers, and distribution companies.

Press Releases

The OPEC Fund boosts renewable energy and access to finance in Nepal

OPEC Fund’s US$15 million loan to NMB Bank will provide financing for micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and renewable energy projects.

Restrictions led by second Covid-19 wave could impact energy demand growth recovery

The lockdowns on account of an increase in Covid 19 cases in various states could impact all-India energy demand growth recovery in 1QFY22.

Best Power Equipments supplied 2000 number of UPS amidst Covid

Amidst the crisis, BPE was able to deliver UPS to large hospitals, Covid testing centres, telecom, paper mills, government undertaking and airport across the country.

Power market trades 7707 MU in April, achieving 90.2% YoY growth

Green Market picks up momentum with 186 MU volume, seeing 262% month-on-month growth.