Car industry copper demand to surge 250% due to EVs

By considering use of the metal in charging infrastructure, analyst Wood Mackenzie has found higher demand from the mobility sector than is the case if only the volume of the material required for vehicle construction is examined.

The long read: Tracking in the wind

Extreme wind events are the biggest cause of failure and insurance claims for any PV plant, according to Thorsten Kray, Head of the Building Aerodynamics Department at Institut für Industrieaerodynamik GmbH, Aachen. For structural reasons, single-axis trackers are more prone to the issues than fixed-tilt structures. In this two-part series, pv magazine will examine the ways that wind impacts trackers and what EPCs and investors need to look out for, in addition to outlining a range of approaches from big tracker suppliers that were designed to mitigate wind-related damage.

Global PV market: 114 GW to be installed in 2019, with continued growth onwards

According to the latest market forecast published by Wood Mackenzie, it seems that global PV installation figures will rise to 125 GW per year from 2020. Continued global capacity expansion will come in through a growing gigawatts-club.

The long read: Floating PV’s watershed moment

With PV’s cost declines, the growing question is: where to put it all, particularly in densely populated areas. Ingenuity to the rescue – a technology that took its first steps in 2007 is entering full market maturity. And its potential is rather impressive.

Analysis: Siemens’ move for Kaco unlikely to threaten Indian jobs

The German giant – which manufactures central inverters near Mumbai – announced plans last week to acquire Kaco and start a new smart infrastructure business from April 1. In light of those moves, pv magazine spoke to IHS Markit’s Cormac Gilligan about the new kid, albeit huge, on the block.

Schneider Electric pulls out of utility-scale PV business

The French power electronics specialist is pulling out of the utility-scale segment to strengthen its profile in the residential and C&I space.

The long read: Sweet sweep

The amount and nature of desert dust determines whether daily cleaning of solar modules is a favorable option. However, frequent and water-intensive cleaning, as well as the amount of labor required, can be costly in desert installations. But the ingenuity of automation is on its way to help.

Researchers upcycle plastic waste into battery anodes

A new approach could extract carbon from polyethylenes in a cost-competitive way, that could be scaled up. Researchers have also performed electric testing with the extracted carbon and found it suitable for use as anodes in Li-ion batteries, among multiple other uses.

The long read: Delaying derating

High solar irradiance and few cloudy days are ideal for solar. Fine dust and extreme heat is not – particularly when it comes to power electronics. As the distributed generation market segment emerges across hot climates, extreme conditions are a challenge inverter suppliers are grappling with.

Azure commissions 95 MW in Gujarat 5 months ahead of schedule

The 95 MW project is part of a broader 260 MW generation capacity allocation the IPP received from Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd. Generated electricity will be sold through a PPA between Azure Power and Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd., at a rate of INR 2.67, for a 25-year duration.

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