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NTPC’s 56 MW Kawas solar project now fully operational

This is NTPC’s third solar project going fully online this month after 296 MW Fatehgarh and 250 MW Kolyat PV parks in Rajasthan.

Deepak Thakur joins Mahindra Susten as CEO

Deepak Thakur, the former chief of Sterling and Wilson’s hybrid and energy storage business, has joined Mahindra Group’s cleantech arm Mahindra Susten.

Huge opportunity for module-level power electronics

A new report form analysts at IHS Markit notes that the market for module-level power electronics (MLPE) grew by 33% between 2019 and 2021, with around one-third of new residential solar installations now taking advantage of MLPE’s promise of improved safety, energy yield and fault detection. And with smaller, distributed generation systems expected to represent 43% of global PV installations between now and 2025, the opportunity for MLPE will only get larger.

Monitoring degradation for 13 module types

In a study that began in 2016, US scientists purchased 834 PV modules, representing seven manufacturers and 13 module types, and installed them in various climate conditions to observe their performance over time. The results show that, while plenty of opportunities still exist to extend module lifetimes and reduce performance loss in the field, reductions in the manufacturing cost of PV have not come with an increase in their degradation rate.

The long read: Open opportunity for PERC solar cell laser processing

Laser contact opening (LCO), a standard process in PERC cell production, has seen little market development in the past few years. Stiff competition from equipment suppliers in Asia, combined with the fact that most new n-type manufacturing doesn’t make use of LCO, has kept the level of interest here quite low. However, as the PV research community increases its focus on reducing silver consumption, new approaches to cell contacting and metallization provide impetus for a second look at laser processing.

Gujarat opens bidding for 500 MW/1 GWh of standalone battery storage

Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd. has started accepting bids to develop 1,000 MWh (500 MW x two hours) of grid-connected battery energy storage systems in Gujarat.

Greenko to develop 400 MW of wind, solar for Hindalco’s aluminum smelter

Renewables major Greenko will develop 375 MW to 400 MW of solar and wind capacity to power Hindalco’s aluminum smeltering operations in Odisha. It will back the renewables generation with hydro pump storage capacity in Andhra Pradesh to ensure 100 MW of round-the-clock supply to Hindalco.

REC to showcase new Alpha Pure-R solar panels at REI

REC, a Norwegian solar panel specialist, will exhibit the latest module in its award-winning REC Alpha line at the Renewable Energy India (REI) exhibition in September. It will also join forces with its new owner, Reliance Industries Ltd., to recruit new talent for a planned solar gigafactory in India.

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JSW Energy to acquire 1.7 GW of operational renewables from Mytrah Energy

JSW Energy, a private-sector power producer, has revealed that its green energy arm has signed an agreement to acquire 1.33 GW of wind and 422 MW of solar assets from Mytrah Energy. The assets are spread across nine states in India.

Rays Power Infra switches on 150 MW solar plant in Karnataka

Rajasthan-headquartered Rays Power Infra has commissioned a 150 MW (DC) solar plant in Raichur and Koppal, Karnataka.

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