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Perovskites meet the stability standard

European research group Solliance says its perovskite modules have passed three key industry standard reliability tests: Light soaking, damp heat and thermal cycling. The group said it is the first time perovskite modules of that size have achieved such results and represents a milestone in the technology’s move toward commercialization.

KPI bags EPC order for 2.25 MW captive solar projects

The Gujarat-based power generator, which aspires to cross 100 MW capacity milestone in 2019-20, has touched 40.75 MW as an independent power producer and close to 4 MW as captive power producer.

GE T&D India wins a Jammu & Kashmir project to help deliver 24/7 power

Under the order worth around Rs 1730 crore, the power transmission and distribution player’s latest supervisory control and data acquisition and advanced distribution management solution technology will help deliver 24×7 reliable power to the people of the twin cities of Jammu and Kashmir.

Tripura tenders solarization of 1300 agriculture pumps under KUSUM

Bidding closes on February 10 for the solar systems that are to be set up on turnkey basis. Completion period is eight months from the award of contract.

Longi claims 22.38% efficiency world record for PERC mono panel

The Chinese manufacturer said the result was confirmed by Germany’s TÜV Rheinland. The achievement beats the company’s previous record of 21.65%, set last month.

Delta Electronics launches 22KW AC EV charger and 125KW string PV inverter

The wall-mount charger with a high power output of 22 KW AC maximum reduces electric vehicle charging time by up to 70% in comparison to common 7KW AC chargers. The 125 KW string inverter—a cloud-connected three-phase solution—enables cost-efficient decentralized photovoltaic systems for both ground-mounted and large commercial applications.

The long read: Back to the drawing board

The combined use of trackers and bifacial modules can result in significant power gains, but they are not distributed equally. For single-axis tracking R&D teams, the process of optimizing the output from arrays that use bifacial modules requires experimentation and a steep learning curve in terms of what is going on underneath the module.

Energy Storage: Top 5 Li-ion battery trends to watch out for

The Internet of Things, cloud analytics and artificial intelligence will find their way into battery management too, enabling OEMs to precisely measure and improve the life of their deployed assets. Lower battery costs and increased adoption in high-power commercial electric vehicles and grid support are the other trends shaping the market.

Stretching exercises for crystalline silicon solar cells

Researchers from Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology have created flexible solar cells made of crystalline silicon. They claim to have stretched a crystalline silicon cell’s surface by around 95% while maintaining conversion efficiency of around 19%.

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SECI tenders 1.2 GW wind-solar hybrid, 4 MW floating solar plus storage

Developers have until February 25 to bid for ISTS connected wind-solar hybrid projects to be set up anywhere in India at the location of their choice. Bidding for 4 MW of grid-connected floating solar project with 2 MW/1 MWh battery energy storage system—to be set up in Andaman & Nicobar Islands—closes on February 13.

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