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3 GW Indian solar projects at risk due to Coronavirus, says CRISIL

Delay in sourcing of PV modules from China can cause project cost and time overruns, inviting penalties for missing the commissioning date.
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Startup launches cheapest EV charger, plans to install 100,000 units in a year

Having bagged orders for 470 chargers in pilot stage itself, Bengaluru based electric scooter startup FAE Bikes plans to aggressively expand its IOT enabled EV charging network. The chargers—costing just Rs 10,000—can be set up anywhere including sm...
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Global bids invited for supply of 12 million quantities of multicrystalline silicon solar cells

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has invited bids for supply of minimum 4.62Wp solar cells with five busbars and efficiency of minimum 18.8%. The cells are to be delivered by April 24. Bidding closes on February 21.
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The long read: Go big, go with the flow

While lithium batteries have taken center stage for energy storage, vanadium redox flow batteries could gain considerable traction in 2020. In previous years, vanadium battery installations around the world have done little more than provide proof of con...
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Healing the cracks for a more stable perovskite

Scientists in the United States have demonstrated simple methods for ‘healing’ the cracks that form in perovskite solar cells. While it is far from clear how the approach could be applied commercially, the work suggests possibilities for maintaining ...
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Solar powered portable cold storage, grid monitoring system among winners of Social Alpha Energy Challenge 2.0

The winning startups will receive lab-to-market incubation support at the Clean Energy International Incubation Centre (CEIIC), which has been set up by the not-for-profit platform Social Alpha with support from Government of India and Tata Trusts in Del...
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A few policy tweaks would boost renewable energy investment, says IEEFA India

Removal of solar trade duties, discom reforms, and better central-state government coordination are prerequisites to increase renewable project development in the country.
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Coronavirus could cost Chinese battery makers 26 GWh of output

WoodMac analysts say the amount of new battery manufacturing capacity added in the nation this year could fall by as much as 10% because of the outbreak. With Tesla’s Shanghai gigafactory affected by the extended new-year-holiday shutdown, the analyst ...
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Balancing the renewable energy intermittency

Annual renewable energy balancing between resource-surplus and resource-deficit states can help solve DISCOM woes while ensuring their compliance to renewable purchase obligations.

India’s future energy options all add up to coal, agree the experts

Panellists including a government representative and a member of the chief policy thinktank used by Narendra Modi agreed coal will continue as the staple source of Indian power into the mid century and technology should be employed to ‘clean’ it.

Energy density advances and faster charging would unlock EV revolution

With electric vehicles making up only 3% of the global car market last year, analyst WoodMac says battery packs need to be cheaper and lighter and range anxiety must be addressed to change the habits of drivers.

MNRE opens facilitation centre for renewable energy investors

The Centre will work as a fast-track mechanism in resolving the investors’ issues and taking the ease-of-doing business ranking to a notch higher.

EVs: India lacks authorized Lithium-ion battery recycling facilities

Any proponent can install such facility in the country, said Minister of State for Environment, Forest And Climate Change, noting that technologies are available for complete recycling of lithium batteries to recover valuable metals.

Qatar Investment Authority buys 25.1% stake in Adani Electricity Mumbai

The total QIA investment in AEML is Rs 3220 crore (US$ 452 million), which includes equity consideration of Rs 1210 crore (US$ 170 million) and shareholder subordinated debt of Rs 2010 crore (US$ 282 million).

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Larsen & Toubro wins 20 MW floating solar project for NTPC

The grid-connected solar project shall come up at a reservoir of NTPC's Auraiya Gas Power Plant in Uttar Pradesh. It is to be developed under Open category, allowing use of solar cells and modules of any origin.

Gujarat tenders 685 MW grid-connected solar capacity

Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd has invited global bids to set up 500 MW of grid-connected solar projects. It shall enter into a 25-year PPA with successful bidders. Tariff ceiling is set as Rs 2.65/unit. Another tender for 185 MW—floated by Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited—seeks to select EPC contractors for plants ranging from 20 MW to 40 MW, which shall come up at various substations of Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation Limited.

94% households with solar home system say quality of life improved: GOGLA Research

Eleven per cent reported an increase in income levels by up to $66 per month on average. The impacts are seen even though a majority of solar home system customers also have grid access, highlighting that, as a complement to the grid, small scale solar still has a key role to play.

Total to buy 50% stake in Adani Group’s 2.1 GW solar portfolio

The French oil and gas giant—which is already a partner in Adani’s natural gas business—will now invest US$ 510 million to buy 50% stake in 2,148 MWac operating solar power projects owned by Adani Green Energy Limited.

UK designers launch freestanding curved panel

Product development company the Cambridge Design Partnership, working with compatriot solar business Solivus, has developed a curved solar module featuring an organic thin film. The design is based on Solivus’ desire to “create a product so attractive that people would be happy to have one in their garden”.

SunAlpha Energy to solarise Flair Group’s manufacturing plant in Daman

The 150 KW rooftop solar plant in Daman will cover an area of 1858 square metre (20,000 square feet) and generate 210,000 units of electricity per annum.

Technology

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Recycling heat for a ‘385% efficient’ solar desalinator

MIT scientists have developed a solar desalinator which transports heat from the sun through a ten-stage process of evaporation and condensation. The group estimates a $100 device employing their innovation could provide the daily drinking water needs of a family.

MIT researchers say PV innovations should be deployed in niche markets first

Solar module manufacturers should begin testing new technologies in higher-value niche markets, say scientists at the U.S. institution. For example, bringing perovskite technology directly to the mainstream market remains prohibitive in terms of initial investment but segments such as building-integrated PV or microelectronics devices may offer better routes to commercial maturity.

GE T&D India to augment solar power evacuation in Rajasthan

The company has won an order from Power Grid Corporation of India Limited to install 765 KV gas-insulated substation bays at Phagi in Jaipur district. With this installation, the state will be able to evacuate around 1 GW of additional renewable energy from three solar parks at Bhadla, Fatehpur and Bikaner to various beneficiaries.

SECI invites global bids for 14 MW solar with 42 MWh battery storage in Ladakh

The project will be awarded to the bidder who quotes the lowest viability gap funding requirement. The upper limit for VGF to be quoted by a bidder is kept at Rs 130 million for 1 MW solar PV project with battery storage of 3 MWh.

Chennai Metro tenders for renewable power purchase from group captive projects

The Chennai Metro Rail Limited seeks to procure 90 million units/annum of solar or solar-wind hybrid power, or 72 million units/annum of wind power through tariff based competitive bidding. Tariff ceiling is fixed at Rs 3.50/KWh for 25 years. Bidding closes on February 13.

Indian researchers develop a mathematical method to choose the best PV technology in hot, dry areas

The proposed model is said to perform better at energy prediction than software tools such as PVWatts, PVSyst or RetScreen. The approach was validated on two 5 MW PV plants in the same district of the Indian state of Rajasthan.

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India’s lithium-ion battery imports increase fourfold in two years

China, Hong Kong and Vietnam are the top three nations exporting batteries to India. Chinese imports were worth $773 million in the last fiscal year with Hong Kong shipping $267 million worth and Vietnam $114 million, according to the Ministry of Commerce.

Coronavirus could cause solar panel price spike

The coronavirus outbreak in China could raise solar module prices in the near term as manufacturers have already begun experiencing wafer and solar glass shortages. Production rates are also being affected by an extended new year holiday introduced by the authorities as a measure to deal with the virus, and the requirement workers from infected areas quarantine themselves for two weeks.

IndianOil buys stake in Israel’s Phinergy for manufacturing of aluminium-air batteries

The joint venture will set up a factory in India to manufacture Al-Air batteries for electric vehicles and stationary applications and facilitate development of eco-system for Al-Air technology.

The long read: Is fair lithium from Chile possible?

Batteries, and the raw materials that make them, are a frequent target of public criticism. The high water consumption required for lithium extraction is speeding up the desertification process around the salt lakes of Latin America’s so-called “lithium triangle”, for example. The mining debate highlights general problems with the extraction of raw materials, including copper, crude oil, and lithium, but international companies can still influence extraction methods – and there are plenty of different approaches.

EVs could become cheaper than combustion vehicles within three years: NITI Aayog CEO

A 50% fall in the price of Lithium-ion battery packs—to $76/KWh from $156/KWh today—will make the capital cost of electric vehicles lower than combustion vehicles. However, to realise the full benefits of EVs, it is important to charge them with clean power and not fossil power.

Raising the efficiency of polycrystalline cells with new luminescent EVA film

Chinese researchers have developed a pure EVA film, which they claim can enhance the conversion efficiency of conventional crystalline solar cells by around 0.50%. The film is able to convert UV light into strong visible light.

Energy Storage

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The best battery for grid level energy storage

A new paper published by researchers at China’s Tianjin University examines the state of the art in grid level energy storage, outlining the pros and cons of various battery technologies being deployed on grids around the world, and remaining challenges that could be overcome if research is pushed in the right direction.

SECI concludes world’s largest renewables-plus-storage tender at Rs4.04/kWh

Pumped hydro and battery projects, coupled with renewables, offer the world’s lowest peak clean electricity tariff. The tender, which received bids for for 1.62 GW of capacity against the 1.2 GW sought, saw Greenko secure 900 MW of pumped storage capacity and Renew Power 300 MW of battery storage.

REIL invites EOI for installation of over 1000 EV charging stations

February 1 is the last date to submit applications for setting up the electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in 70 plus cities across the country. The selected company shall also provide operation and maintenance support.

EESL, BHEL partner on EV charging infrastructure for highways

BHEL’s scope of work includes complete engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) solutions from concept to commissioning of EV charging stations. EESL, on the other hand, will make the entire upfront investment on services, along with the operation and maintenance of the infrastructure.

Green hydrogen costs projected to decrease by up to 60% by 2030

A new report from Hydrogen Council predicts that the cost of renewable hydrogen production will fall drastically by up to 60% over the coming decade due to the declining costs of renewable electricity generation and the scaling up of electrolyzer manufacturing. Thanks to its optimal renewable resources, Australia will be among the countries most favorably placed to contribute to the development of the hydrogen economy.

Li-ion Gigafactories: Niti Aayog seeks cabinet nod for Rs 7 billion annual subsidy proposal

Already approved by the finance ministry, the proposal aims to woo investors into setting up manufacturing units in India and lower battery costs with indigenization of technology. An aggregate manufacturing capacity of 50 GWh is planned to be set up over a period of 10 years, which would require investments worth Rs 355 billion.

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Highly conducive tax, policy environment is solarizing India’s digital economy

India is fostering a digital future via Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ initiative – a national blockchain strategy that includes quantum computing, machine learning and artificial intelligence, as digital technologies become the primary platform for economic activity and growth.

Energy Storage: Top 5 Li-ion battery trends to watch out for

The Internet of Things, cloud analytics and artificial intelligence will find their way into battery management too, enabling OEMs to precisely measure and improve the life of their deployed assets. Lower battery costs and increased adoption in high-power commercial electric vehicles and grid support are the other trends shaping the market.

2020 Solar Match: Chasing the Target

While openers like SRISTI scheme for rooftop solar and KUSUM for farmland solar are likely to give a promising start, their implementation on the ground will determine our winning trajectory this year. Simply going by the connotation of 6 balls an over in the game of Cricket, this article looks at 6 factors that will push India to achieve its 2022 solar target.

After much criticism, Maharashtra issues final regulations restoring net-metering for rooftop solar

Net metering benefits are now allowed across categories, including commercial and industrial consumers. Further, under net metering mechanism, consumption limit of 300 units for the residential category has been removed. This will help consumers set off their entire consumption against their system’s self-generation, benefiting them greatly.

Emissions, EVs and renewable energy: Reflections and outlook for India

India, one of the most diversified energy markets in the world, has recently become the lowest-cost producer of solar power. This reflects a steady and encouraging shift toward renewable power—a shift that’s in line with the targets set by the government. At the Climate Action Summit that was held earlier this year, Prime Minister Narendra […]

Urban Mobility: Focus on last-mile solutions

There will be plenty of opportunity for electric three-wheeler penetration in the Indian market through the model of battery swapping as well as local charging points available at delivery hubs.

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