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The long read: New consensus in cybersecurity

As power systems integrate more digital and inverter-based devices, the guidelines and technical standards for these resources are evolving, and none as quickly and urgently as cybersecurity standards. New approaches to cyber defense are now needed to protect more interconnected systems with diverse owners, manufacturers, and system architectures. However, current cybersecurity standards for energy devices are still patchy. Upcoming efforts are aimed at changing that, reports NREL’s Connor O’Neil.

JSW Energy to re-organize renewable and thermal businesses

The private-sector power producer will group its renewable energy business under wholly-owned arm JSW Neo Energy as it targets growth in renewable energy generation, energy storage, and green hydrogen business. 

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Automation in solar O&M delivering plant ROI

Data analytics and digital process support in solar plant operation and maintenance delivers unmatched improvement in efficiency, while modern technology drives down development costs. It also helps service providers in ensuring sustained energy generation, long-term performance, and plant’s return on investment.

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UK business claims to offer ‘world’s most sustainable lithium-ion battery’

English manufacturer Aceleron claims every component of its devices can be accessed for replacement, repair or recycling, with the business’ co-founder stating the aim is to ensure ‘100% of the materials in our batteries will continue to be used for as long as possible – preferably forever.’

Renew Power wants to set up 50 kiloton green hydrogen plant in Madhya Pradesh

The renewable energy developer is ready to invest INR 18,000 crore (US$ 2414.29 million) in setting up a 50 kilotonne per annum green hydrogen production plant in the State. 

The long read: Getting smart about solar

As solar PV increases its share in the world’s energy mix, it is becoming increasingly clear how valuable the data gathered from renewable energy generators is in informing important decisions about operation, maintenance and grid integration. Yazeed Al Mousa examines the latest applications for artificial intelligence in PV project development and operation.

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India will require over US$ 10 trillion to achieve net-zero by 2070

Out of this, investments totaling US$ 8.4 trillion would be needed by the power sector alone to significantly scale up generation from renewable energy and associated integration, distribution and transmission infrastructure. Another US$ 1.5 trillion would have to be invested in the industrial sector for setting up green hydrogen production capacity to advance the sector’s decarbonization. Investment needed for the mobility infrastructure would be US$ 198 billion.

Indian Oil floats global tender for green hydrogen generation units

The State-owned oil and gas major has invited bids to set up green hydrogen generation units at its Mathura and Panipat refineries with per-annum capacities of 5,000 MT and 2,000 MT, respectively. The plants are to be installed on a build-own-operate basis. Bidding is open until December 8.

Fire risks for rooftop solar

A recent study by Clean Energy Associates showed that 90% of inspected rooftops had significant safety and fire risks. Here’s how to protect your solar asset.

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Hydrophobic anti-soiling coating for solar modules

A U.K. research group is developing an anti-soiling solution produced via a chemical process compatible with glass manufacturing. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is providing $1.6 million of funding for the project.