The rising popularity of “baseload” power purchase agreements (PPAs) has posed questions to solar electricity suppliers in the German market. How can projects that do not generate at night, and with wide seasonal output variation, effectively supply constant power to consumers? More importantly, who shoulders the price risk?
In preparation for the Asset Management Session of pv magazine’s Virtual Roundtables Europe in June, we took a close look at how much yield is lost due to quality issues, and discussed with a group of experts when it makes financial sense to take appropriate measures to address these issues.
In its Inverter Scorecard, PV Evolution Labs examines thermal derating, a long-known problem among experts. With the data the lab collects, it provides insights as to how different devices behave when exposed to high temperatures.
A gloomy atmosphere currently hangs over the lithium-ion supply chain. Stationary battery storage equipment and electromobility offer tremendous opportunities. Yet many experts have concerns about the raw material supply and recycling situation. Christian Hagelüken, the Director of EU government affairs at Umicore, a major recycler and supplier of cobalt, explains his view of the situation.
Kaco is launching a mass-produced string inverter with silicon carbide switches onto the market following 10 years of discussion about the technology within the industry. In the 100 kilowatt plus segment, the technology produces small, lightweight devices with few components.
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