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Reliance offers INR 375/share to raise 25.9% stake in Sterling and Wilson Solar

The new energy arm of Reliance Industries Limited has made an open offer to acquire 4,91,37,420 shares from Sterling and Wilson Solar’ public shareholders at a price of INR 375 per share.
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India added 8.8 GW of solar in the first nine months of 2021

The solar capacity addition for the calendar year 2021 is expected to touch 14 GW (11 GW utility scale and 3 GW rooftop) if the third Covid wave does not strike between November and December.
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Tender launched for 50 GWh battery cell manufacturing with subsidy support

Global bids are invited to set up giga-scale advanced-chemistry battery cell manufacturing units in India under the government’s production-linked incentive scheme. To be eligible for the government subsidy, the bidder would have to commit to setting u...
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Australian prefabricated solar array manufacturer launches new modular solution

Sydney-based 5B has taken the wraps off a new generation of its re-deployable modular Maverick solar technology which it says is not only quicker and easier to install than the previous model but 30% more powerful.
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Microgrid-forming PV microinverter from Enphase

The 97%-efficient device is said to be the most powerful PV microinverter developed by the company to date and is capable of forming a microgrid during a power outage. The U.S. manufacturer expects to ship the first products in December.
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Solar tariffs could rise to INR2.60/kWh in the next fiscal year

The recent increase in the goods and services tax applied to solar cells and modules, from 5% to 12%, coupled with a planned 40% customs duty on panel imports, is set to increase project costs for developers.
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Gujarat tenders 60 MW of solar EPC work

Bids are invited to install 60 MW of grid-connected solar projects around various substations of the Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation Limited in the Kachchh district.
Energy Storage

SolarEdge launches residential battery and inverter

The DC-coupled battery has 94.5% round-trip efficiency and the inverter offers up to 11.4 kW power and 10.3 kW backup power.

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Jindal India Solar, Shirdi Sai, Reliance and Adani the lowest bidders in production-linked solar tender

The four companies will each have half of their planned 4 GW annual production of polysilicon-to-module output subsidized by public funds.

Larsen & Toubro targets carbon neutrality by 2040 

The Indian multinational EPC contractor will increase the share of renewable energy in the electricity mix across its campuses and project sites as part of efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

Siemens raises 26% stake in solar plant for self-consumption

The captive solar plant in Mumbai is being developed by Cleantech through a special purpose vehicle called Sunsole Renewables. The solar electricity generated will power manufacturing operations at Siemens’ Kalwa factory in Maharashtra.

Most significant roadblocks to India’s solar energy goals

India needs to install an average of 25 GW solar capacity every year to reach its renewable energy target of ‘450 GW by 2030’ with over 60% (280 GW) from solar. The nation must build enough manufacturing capacity back home to be ready on the supply side to support the new installations. 

International Solar Alliance launches programs on solar and battery waste management, green hydrogen

The International Solar Alliance (ISA), which aims to mobilize more than $1 trillion of solar power investment by 2030 in its member countries, expanded its scope of work by launching programs on solar panel and battery waste management and solar-powered hydrogen production in its fourth assembly held recently.

Enabling the transition to electric mobility

Parity in the total cost of ownership already exists for electric two-wheelers and three-wheelers (with subsidy) vis-à-vis their internal combustion engine counterparts. Policy impetus, coupled with the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme for batteries and auto components (exclusively covering EVs), is likely to further reduce costs and accelerate the transition to electric vehicles (EVs). The transition will also open up the market for new-age companies and innovators across the value chain.

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GAIL to build 4.5 tpd green hydrogen plant

India’s largest state-owned natural gas company is looking to buy a 10 MW electrolyzer to produce 4.5 tons of green hydrogen daily.

LG launches hybrid inverter for residential battery range

South Korean battery manufacturer LG Energy Solution has launched a new inverter in the Australian market, adding a 5 kW hybrid inverter to its Residential Energy Storage Unit (RESU) Home battery energy storage range.

Solar farms prove to bee hives of economic activity

A new study from researchers at the universities of Lancaster and Reading in the UK has managed to quantify the economic boost provided by the symbiotic relationship between solar farms and honeybee hives.

India offers lowest LCOE for rooftop PV, third-best generation potential

The levelized cost of solar electricity generation from a given rooftop area is the lowest in India (US$66/MWh) and China ($68/MWh), with the USA ($238/MWh) and UK ($251/MWh) representing some of the costliest countries, according to an international study based on data available as of 2018. The study also finds China (4.3 PWh/year), USA (4.2 PWh/year), and India (1.7 PWh/year) have the highest yearly potential of rooftop solar energy generation.

ReNew Power expects to commission 3 MW floating solar project before December 

The floating solar plant, located at Meghadrigedda reservoir in Visakhapatnam, occupies 0.005 sq. km out of 5 sq.km of the reservoir area.  

Consultant sought for 250 MW DC floating solar project in Telangana

State-owned coal miner The Singareni Collieries Company Limited has invited bids from project management consultants for its 250 MWp DC floating solar power plant in Telangana. The selection will be made through domestic competitive bidding followed by reverse auction.

Technology

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Growing advantage for off-grid storage in grid-tied applications

Swiss-based Studer Innotec is launching a battery inverter which brings the advantages of the off-grid space to grid-tied installations in Europe. In this interview, Pierre-Olivier Moix, chief technology officer and board member at Studer Innotec, explains the differences to a standard energy home system, and some possible applications.

Green lending criteria could improve the performance of power discoms in India 

A new report finds the current credit rating mechanism for power distribution companies in India is highly linked to their operational and financial performance. The report highlights the need to revise discom ratings to reflect their green mandates, decarbonization plans, and tariff implications to resolve the challenges of payables (and receivables).

JinkoSolar sets new record for n-type solar cell efficiency

Manufacturing giant JinkoSolar has set another world record for n-type solar cell efficiencies with its TOPCon technology, this time pushing to 25.4%. The new world record was confirmed by JET laboratories in Japan, and surpasses JinkoSolar’s previous record of 25.25% set back in May.

Danish electrolyzer firm Stiesdal next in Reliance new energy plans 

Reliance New Energy Solar has signed an agreement with Danish firm Stiesdal A/S to develop and manufacture Stiesdal HydroGen electrolyzers for green hydrogen production in India.  

Supply shortages likely to hit utility energy storage as EV demand grows, IHS Markit says

Cell manufacturers are expected to prioritize larger customers in the automotive industry over relatively small energy storage system integrators.

India and Australia’s richest race to net-zero by 2030

Today, both Reliance and Fortescue are realizing the huge investment, employment, import replacement and export opportunities in zero emissions industries of the future, both for India and Australia. And they look to be leading the way, fully supported by global financial institutions increasingly seeking to deploy trillions of patient capital in low volatility, non-commodity price exposed zero-emissions energy sources of the future.

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The long read: PV backsheets – replace or repair?

Backsheet chalking, especially of polyamide backsheet films, doesn’t take long to lead to cracks and then safety shutdowns. Sometimes, though, the period may be much longer or shorter than expected. Assessing the risk and whether on-site repairs offer a long-term solution is currently a topic of strong debate within the PV industry, as Cornelia Lichner from the pv magazine Germany team reports.

Grid-scale battery storage and green hydrogen market shaping up in India

India has seen substantial activity in the domestic battery storage and green hydrogen markets, from the entry of Reliance and Acme Solar in green hydrogen to gigawatt-scale battery storage tenders by NTPC and the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). There are more private ventures in the offing, indicating the government’s policy push is in the right direction.  

Big modules head for standardization

PV manufacturing giant Trina Solar says it has agreed with other industry players on a set of standard dimensions and other technical specifications for PV modules utilizing 210mm wafers – the largest currently available on the market. The manufacturer says it expects the China Photovoltaic Industry Association to formally release the standard before the end of October.

Co-located hubs key to battery industry competitiveness

A report from Australia’s Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre which analysed the development of battery hubs in the U.S., Germany and Japan, has found that co-location and cooperation between industry and government were key to their success. For Australia to play the same game, it will have to leverage its wealth of resources, and clean up its act along the way.

NTPC renewables arm invites proposals for 15 GW of solar modules

The renewable energy arm of NTPC seeks to enter into sourcing partnerships with Indian manufacturers for 15 GW of solar modules over the next five years. Manufacturers planning to set up their facilities in the next six months under the production-linked incentive (PLI) Scheme of the government of India are also eligible to apply.

Jakson unveils lithium battery backup solution with a sub-5 ms response time

The EnerPack from Indian manufacturer Jakson consists of a hybrid inverter, lithium ferro phosphate batteries, and an intelligent energy management system that can smartly combine grid power, solar power, wind power, and even diesel generator power supply to maximize the use of renewable energy.

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Driving carbon neutrality in the telecom industry

The information and communication technology (ICT) and telecom industry is now equipped with a sophisticated range of solutions to meet the enhanced demand for high-speed data and digital services in a green and energy-efficient manner.

SECI invites proposals for 1 GWh of battery energy storage systems

The draft guidelines and the draft tender document inviting bids for setting up standalone battery energy storage systems in India have been uploaded on the SECI site. The final tender document will be issued based on the comments and discussions with the prospective bidders on the draft guidelines and draft tender documents.

Magenta to deploy EV charging solutions in Delhi

Magenta, in collaboration with State power discom BSES, will deploy innovative EV charging solutions in the discom’s service area in Delhi. It will undertake the installation, operations and maintenance of EV charging solutions under the ChargeGrid brand.

All-renewables power system with 76% solar share could halve electricity costs and drive net-zero by 2050

A power system modeling study, jointly carried out by Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (LUT) and Wärtsilä, explores the feasibility of a net-zero-emissions power system in India by 2050. It shows that an all-renewables power system, when paired with flexible generation technologies (thermal balancing power plants and energy storage), can improve the affordability of electricity while ensuring the reliability of system operations.

Panasonic launches 5 kW fuel cell system for commercial applications

The system has dimensions of 834×417×1,766 mm and weighs 205 kg including the design panel. It achieves an electrical efficiency of 56% and can be connected with a hot water storage unit.

bp invests in electric mobility startup BluSmart

The venture capital arm of British energy company bp has invested $13 million in BluSmart in a $25 million Series A funding round. The investment will help BluSmart bring its electric vehicles and charging stations to five major cities.

Opinion & Analysis

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Turbocharging rural entrepreneurship through distributed renewable energy

A robust distributed renewable energy ecosystem with a strong domestic industry will help provide good-quality, reliable electricity to rural households and enterprises and thus turbocharge green entrepreneurship—paving the way for a self-reliant India.

Large clusters of solar power stations

Solar pioneer Philip Wolfe looks at areas where solar generating stations are clustered together, without the coordination of organised solar parks.

Emerging trends in the Indian solar power sector

The Indian solar power sector is undergoing a technology-backed transformation at every stage from manufacturing to installation to improve cost and performance efficiency.

Silicon metal and aluminum industries hit by China power shortages

A combination of booming demand for coal-fired power and a shortage of the black stuff – exacerbated by a political row with Australia – have forced up prices to the extent fossil fuel generators are making a loss on every unit of electricity they produce. pv magazine‘s Vincent Shaw considers the potential solutions.

Transmission system expansion, digitalization critical to Southeast Asia’s grid modernization

To achieve its sustainability targets, Southeast Asia will require integrated strategy and execution across generation, transmission, and distribution, as well as planning that balances both capital and operational expenditures. The regional power industry will need partners who can merge data analytics with engineering expertise to deliver timely and actionable insights that realize the full potential of assets and facilities.

An open letter to power minister on Draft Electricity Rules, 2021

The current proposed draft policy has the potential to act as a game-changer for the renewable energy industry. However, the government needs to relook at certain elements.

Press Releases

HPL Electric & Power secure INR 178.9 crore order for smart meters

HPL Electric & Power Ltd will provide different types of smart energy meters and related services for the project.

Greaves Cotton’s electric mobility business records 111% revenue growth in second quarter

The company’s e-mobility business has recorded a 111% revenue growth in Q2 FY22 when compared with Q2 FY21. It now has over 100,000 EV consumers and has emerged as one of the fast-growing EV brands in the country.

Lowsoot aims to reverse climate change

The startup has launched a unique beta calculator to calculate the carbon footprints of individuals and organisations and helps them become carbon neutral by funded verified green initiatives around the world.

Tata Power collaborates with IIT Delhi to work on smart grid technologies, startups and innovation

Tata Power and IIT Delhi have signed the MoU to together to identify projects that can be transformed from R&D to pilot and commercialization stage. Projects will focus on EV infrastructure, artificial intelligence, machine learning, hydrogen technologies, energy storage systems, monitoring and sensing solutions, microgrids, et al.