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New solar-powered hydrogen tech from Japan

Moreover, two big Russian corporations have unveiled plans to produce hydrogen and Portuguese utility EDP said it wants to set up a a pilot project for a green hydrogen plant in Brazil.

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Minimum solar panel row distance crucial for good soil, vegetation conditions, in solar parks

A Dutch research group has shown that south-oriented solar parks offer better environmental conditions for soil and vegetation than east-west oriented facilities. According to their findings, a distance between panel rows of at least 1.5 times panel height is crucial to favor ideal plant growth and soil functioning.

New solar addition may generate 21 kilotonnes of PV module waste by 2030

India’s solar capacity growth up to 2030 also means the generation of a significant mass of PV module waste due to early failures or damages during transportation, installation, and operation. The waste generation could be 21 kilotonnes assuming India’s cumulative installed PV capacity grows to 287.4 GW by 2030 from 40 GW in 2020. This doesn’t include end-of-life panel waste as PV systems installed between 2020-30 are assumed to have at least 30 years of lifetime.

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Hybrid wind-solar for highways

Switzerland-based Energy Pier has developed a new concept for hybrid-wind solar projects located along highways. The proposed solution combines a rooftop PV system with small scale wind generators that are installed on both sides of the supporting pillars of the system.

GSECL tenders EPC work for 35 MW/57 MWh solar-plus-storage

Bidders have until September 29 to lodge their interest to set up the solar-plus-storage system at Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited’ Kutch Lignite Thermal Power Station in the Kutch district of Gujarat.

Responsible land-use for solar, wind plants could smooth the path for India’s energy transition

India will require large swaths of land for the huge expansion of renewable energy capacity over the coming decades. The energy transition requires planning for proper siting of these plants and solutions like agrivoltaics, distributed energy systems, and offshore wind to reduce land-use conflicts.

JinkoSolar was biggest module supplier for India’s Q2 PV installations

JinkoSolar modules accounted for 20% (528 MW) of India’s 2,662 MW DC of solar deployment in the April-May-June period of 2021. 

Storing wind, solar power with silica sands

NREL researchers developed a system that uses heated silica particles for thermal energy storage. The baseline technology is designed for a storage capacity of up to 26,000 MWh and is claimed to have a cost of of between $2 and $4 per kWh.

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UK to invest $1.2 billion in green energy projects in India

UK’s development finance institution CDC will invest $1 billion in green projects in India between 2022-26. Besides, UK has committed a new $200-million private and multilateral investment into the joint UK-India Green Growth Equity Fund that invests in Indian renewable energy.

Tata Power awarded 330 MW solar project in Madhya Pradesh 

The company’s arm TP Saurya Limited has received the letter of award to build an aggregate 330 MW PV capacity in the 500MW Neemuch Solar Park. 

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