Renewables and geopolitics: The United States
An accelerated transition to renewables could go either way, regarding the United States’ unique geopolitical strength. According to Indra Overland – head of the Center for Energy Research at the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs – the U.S. could surrender a major advantage if it abandons fossil fuel. The nation could, however, remain dominant in the global energy sector if it continues to lead on innovation and clean energy tech-related intellectual property.
Oct 2, 2019 // Policy, USA, China, Trump, Asia, Israel, Africa, Egypt, North America, Indra Overland, Norwegian Institute for International Affairs
Argentina stakes claim to Latin American PV crown with 300MW launch
Argentina has staked a claim to Latin American solar records after wrapping up the extension of a complex that could reach gigawatt-scale proportions within 10 years.
Oct 2, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, China, Argentina, South america, Asia, cauchari, jujuy, jemse, shanghai electric, power china, Gerardo Morales, Eduardo Macri
ADB finances Vietnam’s first large-scale floating solar plant
Vietnamese firm Da Nhim–Ham Thuan–Da Mi (DHD), a subsidiary of national utility EVN, has bagged a US$37 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for a 47.5MW floating solar project that is claimed to be the first and largest such project in the Southeast Asian nation.
Oct 2, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Floating PV, ADB, Asia, solar-plus-storage, Singapore, Vietnam, floating, fpv, evn, dhd, sorsea, Christopher Thieme, Ramesh Subramaniam
Storage omission in Vietnam solar FiT draft a ‘serious mistake’
Vietnam plans to reduce feed-in tariff (FiT) rates for ground-mount and floating PV after solar capacity deployment exceeded expectations under the original subsidy by a factor of five.
Oct 2, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Grids, Rooftop PV, Floating PV, FiT, Asia, rooftop solar, Vietnam, Floating solar, dragon capital, moit, Gavin Smith, Nguyễn Đức Cường
China firms complete building Argentina's largest solar farm: Xinhua
Chinese companies have built a 300-megawatt solar farm in the highlands of northern Argentina, the largest of its kind in the South American nation, China’s state news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday.
Oct 2, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, China, tender, Argentina, South america, Asia, Xinhua, Shanghai Electric Power Construction Co. Ltd
Why Solar Energy Stocks Are Dropping Like a Rock
Investors are afraid of solar energy right now, but the long-term prospects of the industry are improving.
Oct 2, 2019 // Inverters, USA, SunPower, China, First Solar, Enphase Energy, Europe, JinkoSolar, Asia, solaredge technologies, North America
Sunseap to supply Singapore’s largest rooftop solar project
Sunseap Group has won the tender for one of Singapore’s largest solar projects. The SolarNova 4 project will require the installation of more than 170,000 solar panels on rooftops of Housing & Development Board (HDB) blocks.
Oct 2, 2019 // Rooftop PV, Asia, rooftop PV, Singapore, Sunseap Group, Frank Phuan, Lawrence Wu
Belt and Road to bring 1 GW of solar to Italy
Chinese state-owned PV manufacturer Jetion Solar says it has signed a deal with Italian government-owned oil and gas major Eni to develop a slew of new solar projects across five regions in the next three years in a deal worth €2 billion.
Oct 1, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, Italy, China, Europe, Asia, Jetion Solar, Eni
Solar Cell Efficiency Increased With Innovative Two-Dimensional Materials
Scientists from NUST MISIS (Russia) and University of Rome Tor Vergata found out that a microscopic quantity of two-dimensional titanium carbide called MXene significantly improves collection of electrical charges in a perovskite solar cell, increasing the final efficiency above 20%. The results of the research were published in Nature Materials on September 9, 2019.
Sep 30, 2019 // Technology, Europe, Asia, Russia, Aldo di Carlo, Danila Saranin, NUST MISIS, University of Rome Tor Vergata, MXene, L.A.S.E., Anna Pazniak
Who has won contract for Indonesia’s controversial floating PV project?
The government was forced to hold a tender for the 200 MW Cirata Dam scheme after originally awarding the deal to UAE developer Masdar. With August 19 named as the date to announce the auction results, nobody is any the wiser as yet.
Sep 30, 2019 // Floating PV, Masdar, tender, Asia, Indonesia, Marlistya Citraningrum, UAE, Cirata Dam, Perusahaan Listrik Negara, Archandra Tahar
Solar panels bring light to Amazon communities
Residents of the Verde Para Sempre extractivist reserve in the Brazilian Amazon protested as loudly as they could about the Tucuruí transmission line.
Sep 30, 2019 // Plants, Residential, Markets & Finance News, China, Amazon, South america, Brazil, Asia, Jinko, BYD, Trina, Angelo Mallet, José Pancrace, Liane Lima, JÁ Solar, Margarida Ribeiro da Silva
How will China’s electricity price reform affect solar?
The nation’s plan for grid-parity solar – brought forward to ease a mounting public PV subsidy debt burden – could be left in ruins by a newly-announced scheme to part liberalize the electricity price, itself motivated by a need to bail out financially stricken state-owned power companies.
Sep 30, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Policy, China, Asia, China Central Television, NDRC, Song Jie Cao
Longi unveils results of bifacial module test
The exercise, conducted on Longi PERC bifacial modules by Germany’s TÜV SÜD at a test field in China, showed surprisingly higher gains in panels getting light reflection from painted-surface and grassland albedo. It also showed, Longi claimed, bifacial panels operate at lower temperatures than single-sided alternatives.
Sep 30, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Germany, China, Europe, Asia, LONGi, TÜV SÜD, PERC bifacial modules
Saudi Arabia to back clean energy makers, developers via new loan scheme
Saudi Arabia is expanding the reach of its 105 billion riyal (US$28 billion) industrial fund to spur renewables through loans to component manufacturers, to independent power projects and to projects spearheaded by firms in other industries.
Sep 30, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Saudi Arabia, tender, Asia, auction, green loan, Mohammad bin Salman
Is This The Next Big Thing In Solar?
Solar power installations out in the open are a common sight in many parts of the world, but how about household solar generators? A team of Swedish and Chinese scientists recently reported this might become part of our future after they successfully converted indoor light to electricity using organic photovoltaic cells.
Sep 27, 2019 // Technology, Sweden, China, Europe, Asia, Jianhui Hou, OPV cells, Jonas Bergqvist
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