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Deepak Thakur joins Mahindra Susten as CEO

Deepak Thakur, the former chief of Sterling and Wilson's hybrid and energy storage business, has joined solar EPC contractor Mahindra Susten.
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Huge opportunity for module-level power electronics

A new report form analysts at IHS Markit notes that the market for module-level power electronics (MLPE) grew by 33% between 2019 and 2021, with around one-third of new residential solar installations now taking advantage of MLPE’s promise of improved ...
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Monitoring degradation for 13 module types

In a study that began in 2016, US scientists purchased 834 PV modules, representing seven manufacturers and 13 module types, and installed them in various climate conditions to observe their performance over time. The results show that, while plenty of o...
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Residential battery energy storage systems: Use cases and best practices for sizing

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What ultra-powerful string inverters mean for utility-scale and EPCs

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Tecnología TOPCon de alta eficiencia para distintas latitudes en América Latina

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New off-grid launch: DC/AC inverters and high-end DC charging system

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The long read: Open opportunity for PERC solar cell laser processing

Laser contact opening (LCO), a standard process in PERC cell production, has seen little market development in the past few years. Stiff competition from equipment suppliers in Asia, combined with the fact that most new n-type manufacturing doesn’t mak...
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Gujarat opens bidding for 500 MW/1 GWh of standalone battery storage

Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd. has started accepting bids to develop 1,000 MWh (500 MW x two hours) of grid-connected battery energy storage systems in Gujarat.
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Greenko to develop 400 MW of wind, solar for Hindalco’s aluminum smelter

Renewables major Greenko will develop 375 MW to 400 MW of solar and wind capacity to power Hindalco's aluminum smeltering operations in Odisha. It will back the renewables generation with hydro pump storage capacity in Andhra Pradesh to ensure 100 MW of ...
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REC to showcase new Alpha Pure-R solar panels at REI

REC, a Norwegian solar panel specialist, will exhibit the latest module in its award-winning REC Alpha line at the Renewable Energy India (REI) exhibition in September. It will also join forces with its new owner, Reliance Industries Ltd., to recruit new...
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JSW Energy to acquire 1.7 GW of operational renewables from Mytrah Energy

JSW Energy, a private-sector power producer, has revealed that its green energy arm has signed an agreement to acquire 1.33 GW of wind and 422 MW of solar assets from Mytrah Energy. The assets are spread across nine states in India.

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Shell completes acquisition of Sprng Energy

Shell has completed the $1.55 billion acquisition of Solenergi Power, an Actis company holding 100% of Indian renewables developer Sprng Energy.

Adani Solar, Roofsol partner on retail distribution in Maharashtra

Adani Solar, which has 3.5 GW of PV cell and module production capacity, has selected Roofsol Energy as a partner for the retail distribution of its solar panels in Maharashtra. 

Adani Enterprises, Israel Innovation Authority sign agreement to develop cutting-edge tech solutions

Adani has partnered with Israel Innovation Authority to leverage the broad Israeli technology ecosystem for its diverse businesses in renewable energy, logistics, and more. The partnership provides Israeli companies a unique opportunity to codevelop, pilot, and scale up innovative technologies by utilizing Adani’s extensive industrial asset base.

Gensol to make affordable personal mobility and cargo electric vehicles

The Ahmedabad-headquartered renewable energy solution provider will establish a plant in Pune, Maharashtra, to produce personal mobility and cargo electric vehicles priced at INR 5-6 lac ($6,292-$7,550). Production will likely start in October.

Global energy storage deployment may hit 500 GW by 2031

Wood Mackenzie said it expects the United States and China to represent 75% of global energy storage demand in a highly consolidated market.

US to extend Investment Tax Credit for solar at 30% to 2032

As written in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, the tax credit will begin at 30% and step down to 26% in 2033 and 22% in 2034.

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Rays Power Infra switches on 150 MW solar plant in Karnataka

Rajasthan-headquartered Rays Power Infra has commissioned a 150 MW (DC) solar plant in Raichur and Koppal, Karnataka.

Study finds 100% renewables would pay off within 6 years

New research from Stanford University researcher Mark Jacobson outlines how 145 countries could meet 100% of their business-as-usual energy needs with wind, water, solar and energy storage. The study finds that in all the countries considered, lower-cost energy and other benefits mean the required investment for transition is paid off within six years. The study also estimates that worldwide, such a transition would create 28 million more jobs than it lost.

World could install 250 GW of solar this year, claims Bloomberg analyst

Rob Barnett, a senior clean energy analyst for Bloomberg, forecasts a 30% increase in global PV deployment this year, and double-digit growth through 2025.

India installed 8.4 GW of solar in H1

India is expected to install 20 GW of new solar capacity in 2022, according to JMK Research.

Amp Energy signs PPA for 100 MW of Omkareshwar floating solar plant

Renewables developer Amp Energy India will develop a floating solar project on a build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) basis and supply the electricity over a period of 25 years under a fixed tariff.

The long read: Farming the southern sun

Sunfarming is taking the lead when it comes to agriPV project development and investment in Germany. And in South Africa, Sunfarming’s Food and Energy and the Food Education Energy Development (FEED) program has developed two unique concepts through which it can share its agriPV expertise. pv magazine sat down with Sunfarming director of international projects, Edith Brasche, to talk about the company’s South African projects.

Technology

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State-run oil majors spearheading R&D on hydrogen

India’s national hydrogen mission includes the development of hydrogen as a fuel for transportation. Toward that objective, state-run oil and gas companies are engaged in a number of projects, including the blending of hydrogen with compressed natural gas for use as a transportation fuel, and the use of green hydrogen for fuel-cell-based mobility. 

Australian solar park could generate hydrogen for less than $2/kg

A new study shows that hydrogen could be produced for as little as AUD 2.85 ($1.98) per kilogram, supporting Frontier Energy’s plans to make green hydrogen from a 500 MW solar project it is developing in Western Australia.

Photovoltaic micro-inverter based on gallium nitride transistors

Scientists from France’s CEA-Ines developed a 400 W micro-inverter with a power density of 1.1 kW/L and an efficiency of 97%. The device utilizes GaN 600V diodes and power transistors developed by CEA’s electronic branch CEA-Leti.

Using p-type wafers in heterojunction solar cells, not a lost battle

An international research group has reconstructed the trajectory of p-type wafers in the heterojunction solar cell segment and has identified the lack of knowledge about boron-oxygen related light-induced degradation (BO-LID) as the main cause for the limited adoption of these wafers and the success of their n-type counterparts. According to the scientists, however, there is still big room for improvement for p-type technologies in heterojunction cells.

Metastable opens innovation center for metal extraction from dead lithium batteries

The urban mining startup has set up an R&D and innovation center focused on improving the efficiency and yield of its chemical-free technology for extracting valuable materials from dead lithium batteries. It will ramp up the facility to double it up as a fully operational metal extraction unit by the end of December.

TERI, REMC sign MoU on renewables

Under the agreement, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) will provide research and technical know-how to support Indian Railways in its renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects.

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Sunora Solar unveils mono PERC module with 21.03% efficiency

Sunora Solar's new 144-cell solar module is available with power outputs ranging from 520 W to 550 W and a power conversion efficiency of 20.18% to 21.03%.

Central Electronics Ltd seeks 3 million multi-crystalline solar cells

Manufacturers have until August 16 to submit bids for the supply of 3 million multi-crystalline silicon solar cells featuring five bus bars. The cells are required in the peak power rating of 4.68 W and 4.63 W.

Visaka’s solar roof to power Climate Lab of Anant University

Visaka Industries’ patented Atum solar roof will cover a 4,200 sq.ft area and produce 70 kW of power to run the lab at Anant University’s Ahmedabad campus.

Enphase surpasses 5 million shipments of microinverters produced in India

USA-headquartered Enphase manufactures microinverters in India from Finnish company Salcomp’s plant in Chennai.  

Rajesh Exports to set up 5 GWh lithion-ion cell factory

The Bengaluru-headquartered gold refiner will set up a 5 GWh lithium-ion cell manufacturing facility under the government’s production-linked incentive scheme for battery storage.

India’s solar report card for FY 2021-22

India installed 12.3 GW of solar in the twelve months ending March 31, 2022. The nation is expected to add a record 20 GW in the current fiscal.

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Ohmium and Spirare collaborate with NTPC for green hydrogen project

NTPC, India’s largest power utility, will use Ohmium’s PEM electrolyzer for green hydrogen generation at its NETRA campus. Delhi-based Spirare Energy will provide EPC services for the plant.

World’s largest underground hydrogen storage project

Mitsubishi Power Americas and Magnum Development are set to begin construction on a 300 GWh underground storage facility in the US state of Utah. It will consist of two caverns with capacities of 150 GWh, to store hydrogen generated by an adjacent 840 MW hydrogen-capable gas turbine combined cycle power plant.

Reliance, Ola, Rajesh Exports sign agreement to make batteries under PLI Scheme

The three companies will receive incentives under the government’s production-linked incentives scheme for battery storage. The scheme has an overall budgetary outlay of INR 18,100 crore (around US$ 2,284 million).

India may fall behind its 2030 EV sales forecast

A new report says India will have only 50 million electric vehicles (EVs) on road by 2030 despite a ramp-up in domestic manufacturing, falling behind by 40% on the cumulative sales projections by NITI Aayog. It also recommends policy measures to improve India’s chances of realizing 80 million EV sales by 2030.

NTPC launches tender for 1.15 GW solar, 150 MW/150 MWh battery storage in Cuba

NTPC, as a project management consultant to Unión Eléctrica de Cuba (UNE), has launched bids to develop 1.15 GW of grid-connected solar and 150 MW/150 MWh battery storage projects in Cuba. The prospective developer will execute the project on a ‘build-own-operate-transfer’ basis and transfer to UNE after 25 years.

TERI draws up roadmap to India’s 2030 renewable energy goal

A new report by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) examines the challenges before India in achieving its ambitious target of having 500 GW non-fossil fuel capacity and meeting 50% of its energy requirements from renewables by 2030. It also discusses feasible pathways for achieving these.

Opinion & Analysis

Flasher for a solar PV lab

Sun simulator is considered to be the heart of a testing or a calibration lab used to test solar PV panels, indoor under controlled and repeatable conditions. There are various parameters to be considered while selecting one.

Perovskite: The disruptive element

Perovskite solar cells have the potential to produce more energy at significantly lower costs than conventional silicon PV cells. Efforts are underway to speed up their commercialization by addressing issues such as limited stability.

Technologies revolutionizing solar energy

Advanced solar panels, inverters, batteries and plant monitoring technologies are revolutionizing the solar sector.

Higher solar module prices: rainy days ahead for developers?

CareEdge Ratings has analyzed the key drivers of rising PV module prices and the impact on projects in India. It has also assessed the tariffs expected in upcoming bids, to ensure that developers get the same returns they were previously getting. 

No end to solar supply/demand imbalance

The solar supply chain problems that began last year with high prices and polysilicon shortages are persisting into 2022. But we are already seeing a stark difference from earlier predictions that prices would decline gradually each quarter this year. PV Infolink’s Alan Tu probes the solar market situation and offers insights.

Transforming the energy storage market

Ensuring pragmatic energy storage transformation is proportional to tweaking the current battery storage chemistry. Zinc battery technology is gaining traction, changing the prevailing energy storage dynamics.

Press Releases

ReNew Power goes all for ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign from flag on wind turbine to festooned solar parks

Employee on 80-meter-high wind turbine to wave tricolour to showcase India’s historic renewable energy push. Flags to be placed around solar panels to highlight India’s drive towards 2030 and 2070 climate goals.

Schneider Electric makes steady progress toward 2025 sustainability targets

Schneider Electric provided +1. 1 million people with access to green electricity in Q2 2022, bringing it to +6.

IREDA registers highest ever profit in FY 2021-22

IREDA has reported a historic all-time high annual Profit Before Tax (PBT) of Rs. 833.

Tata Power to set up EV charging points across JP Infra’s residential projects in Mumbai

Residents with electric vehicles will have access to a 24x7 charging facility and can connect through the Tata Power EZ mobile application for all services, including remote vehicle charging monitoring and e-payments.

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