Technology and R&D

Subsidies alone will not scale-up solar pumps, says CEEW

India’s Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW), which is actively working with the Indian government to update the country’s solar target, says increasing solar pump installations in India requires more than just subsidies.

Agfa upbeat for new mono-backsheet

Module technology: Agfa has developed a backsheet that consists of a single layer – an innovation that could well prove advantageous in the field, offering further opportunities to reduce delamination, lower LCOE, and result in boosted efficiency thanks to higher reflectivity.

Interview: Importance of proper forecasting and monitoring of PV plants

Silvia Blumenschein, Vice President – Sales at Solare Datensysteme GmbH, speaks to pv magazine about the importance of scheduling, forecasting and monitoring for the efficient functioning of PV plants. She also discusses the Gateway product launched at REI India in September by Solar-Log c/o Solare Datensysteme GmbH, including its compatibility with inverter suppliers.

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.

Enphase Energy enters Indian market with R&D facility and 1 MW installation

US company has entered India’s solar market with creation of R&D center and microinverter supply deal for 1 MW solar installation in Bengaluru in partnership with RenXSOl Ecotech.

Interview: Digitalizing Indian solar operations to enhance returns

Eric Daniel, Head of India at QOS Energy, speaks to pv magazine about his views on the Indian market, specifically how a fully digitalized solar O&M and asset management helps enhance asset profitability.

PI Berlin creates subsidiary in India

The Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin (PI Berlin) has created a new subsidiary based in Delhi to help local manufacturers provide quality assurance and consultancy relating to the planning, construction and operation of solar power plants.

L&T Infotech and GE Digital as IIC members will deploy the Digital Testbed at solar plant in Rajasthan

The Digital Solar Plant Testbed evaluates solutions to accurately predict energy generation, improve utilization and reduce maintenance costs. IIC has estimated that 30% reduction in O&M expenses with the help of accurate forecasting will save around $15 million/year for utilities managers.

SunPedal rides again, this time in U.S.

The SunPedal ride – a solar energy awareness initiative from India Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) alumni, made 1321 km journey from San Francisco to San Diego on a solar e-bike.

Solar-powered saloon turns heads in Oz solar race

Dutch solar-powered car, with an average speed of 69 km/h and a carrying capacity of up to five people, has been hailed as the future of solar powered cars after competing in World Solar Challenge.