Bids for bankrupt Moser Baer Solar expected this week

Expressions of interest (EoI) for the assets of bankrupt Moser Baer Solar are likely to be invited this week, resolution professional Arvind Garg announced. The company owes over Rs 1,000 crore to a number of lenders.

Bangladesh to buy 2 GW of solar power from India

Bangladesh will buy at least 2 GW of solar power from India, which will be mostly produced from large PV power projects in the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan, according to reports.

IRENA: Renewables can account for up to two-thirds of total energy use, and 85% of power generation by 2050

In the latest edition of its long-term renewable energy outlook, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) calls for at least six-fold deployment of renewables by 2050, compared to the levels set out in current plans. Investment in low-carbon technologies needs to increase by around 30% to $120 trillion to enable the energy transition and avoid escalating stranded assets, the report finds.

Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE announces 33% efficiency for multi-junction solar cell

Together with Austrian equipment manufacturer EVG, Fraunhofer ISE has achieved an efficiency of 33.3% on a multi-junction solar cell. The highlight of the cell is the ultra-thin II-V semiconductor layer. However, it will be a few years before mass production is possible.

US researchers mull zinc oxide as solar cell manufacturing alternative to titanium dioxide

The group of scientists has identified a new process by which holes get trapped in nanoparticles made of zinc oxide.

Municipal bonds may help India get close to its 40 GW rooftop solar target

Although the development of rooftop solar is not progressing in India as planned by the government, a group of international experts is suggesting to use municipal financing to raise debt availability, and to reduce PV system costs.

Researchers demonstrate feasibility of bio-photovoltaic cells to generate electricity

Using water as the source of electrons, microbial bio-photovoltaic (BPV) cells have the capacity to exploit the ability of cyanobacteria and microalgae to convert light energy into electrical current.

Public sector investment crowding out private investors

Since 2014, around 29 GW of utility scale solar tenders have been issued in India. Most of this capacity (81%, 23.5 GW) has been tendered by NTPC, SECI, DISCOMs and other public sector entities for project development by the private sector. But there is also a sizeable 19% (5.5 GW) tendered in the form of […]

Indian Solar Powered Rail Coaches

The Indian Railways, being one of the largest railway networks in the world, operates around 12,000 trains per day. It is also one of the largest consumers of diesel in the country, with an annual consumption of 2.7 billion liters, which includes traction requirement as well as the use of coach lights, fans, AC, etc. […]

Over the Rooftop: The Impact of Grid Infrastructure on Residential PV Adoption

The Government of India has set a target of installing 40 GW of rooftop solar PV electricity generation capacity in the country by 2022. At the end of 2016, only a little over 1 GW had been installed – 1,247 MW, to be exact. In the month of April, the National Institution for Transforming India […]

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