EBRD to bankroll Kazakhstan’s new clean energy push after PV build-out
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is to spearhead the multi-million-euro new phase of Kazakhstan’s renewable programme, now set to progress from a PV-only first phase.
Sep 17, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, EBRD, Asia, kazakhstan
India’s SECI to supply 1.3 GW of clean power through recent deals
With India’s power minister hinting that a new renewable energy tariff policy could be in the works, the federal agency responsible for solar has started boasting about the volume of clean power it has in the pipeline.
Sep 16, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Tariffs, Policy, Floating PV, India, SECI, Asia, Floating solar, Rajasthan Urja Vikas Nigam, Rihand Dam, Kerala State Electricity Board, Raj Kumar Singh
Silicon and perovskites should stick together, say Korean scientists
Researchers from the Ulsan Institute of Science and Technology have demonstrated a new method of fabricating perovskite-on-silicon tandem devices, using a transparent conductive adhesive to combine the two cells. The scientists have developed devices with demonstrated efficiencies of 19.4%, and propose strategies to bring that above 24% using existing technology.
Sep 13, 2019 // Technology, South Korea, Asia, silicon, Ulsan Institute of Science and Technology, Young Choi
Five takeaways from EU PVSEC 2019
This week, pv magazine headed to Marseille for the 36th edition of the EU PVSEC conference and exhibition. During the week-long show, leading universities and research institutes presented their latest results to the industry and public. As the conference heads into its final afternoon, we’ve put together five key takeaways from this year’s event.
Sep 13, 2019 // Solar, France, China, Europe, Asia, recycling, EU PVSEC 2019, thermal and UV drone
Bangladesh’s first state-owned solar plant comes online
The new generation facility was financed by the Asian Development Bank and built by Chinese company ZTE Corp. The project will sell power to the grid for $0.065/kWh, a record low for solar in the country.
Sep 13, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Floating PV, China, Bangladesh, Asia, rooftop solar, Asian Development Bank, ZTE Corp, Floating solar
Value of local manufacturing demonstrated, utilization up but still a long way to go
Indian module manufacturers are gearing up for an end-of-year surge in solar project procurement and hoping their investments in incorporating global manufacturing benchmarks will translate into enhanced sales.
Sep 12, 2019 // Manufacturing News, India, Asia, South Asia, Rajaram Pai, DuPont Photovoltaic Solution, Module Accelerated Sequential Testing
The energy transition is easily affordable but all hope of 1.5C warming will vanish in 2028
Technical consultancy DNV GL has published its Energy Transition Outlook 2019. While the electric vehicle, storage and renewable energy industries are likely to see significant rises in demand, the sobering conclusion is the world will miss carbon reduction targets by a long shot.
Sep 12, 2019 // Solar, storage, India, China, Asia, DNV GL
ROUND-UP: UBS and Tetra Pak trumpet solar, World’s largest hospital PV project
UBS Singapore has signed a 10-year agreement with Singapore-headquartered energy, marine and utility company Sembcorp Industries to provide solar power for the bank’s offices.
Sep 12, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Amman, Jordan, Argentina, South america, Asia, Singapore, round-up, tetra pak, ubsi singapore, philadelphia solar, baywa r.e, sembcorp industries
Rajasthan issues tender for 113.5MW of small-scale solar
The Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation (RRECL) has issued a competitive tender for 113.5MW of small grid-connected solar projects in the desert state.
Sep 12, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, India, Asia, Rajasthan, tenders, rajasthan renewable energy corporation
Enertis bags engineer contract for oil-backed 100MW plant in Oman
Enertis has stepped up its involvement with a solar project in the Middle East, said to be the world’s first utility-scale scheme to be wholly sponsored by an oil and gas major.
Sep 12, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, pv power plants, tender, Asia, Oman, opwp, Enertis
Solar pioneer Pierre Verlinden: The big problem is apathy
On the first day of this year’s EU PVSEC conference, veteran solar researcher Pierre J Verlinden won the Becquerel Prize for Outstanding Merits in Photovoltaics. The award recognized more than 40 years as a leading PV researcher in academia and at leading companies including Sunpower and Trina Solar. Its recipient spoke to pv magazine about what is needed from solar to stave off catastrophic climate change.
Sep 11, 2019 // Opinions, SunPower, China, Europe, Asia, wafers, Trina Solar, PERC, eu pvsec, Pierre Verlinden
Can solar power shake up the energy market?
The classical Greek philosopher Socrates believed the ideal house should be warm in winter and cool in summer. With clarity of thought like that, it's easy to see how the great man got his reputation.
Sep 11, 2019 // Solar, USA, BATTERIES, China, Asia, North America, Socrates, Golden Thread, Edmond Becquerel, Charles Fritts, Albert Einstein, Vanguard 1, silicon PV cells
Have your say on NSEFI best practice guidelines for utility scale PV
The National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) is continuing to step up its efforts to ensure the quality of large scale solar projects. The body is now looking for stakeholder input into its new best practice guidelines for PV power plant projects, as a part of its ongoing Quality Taskforce initiative.
Sep 10, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Grids, Solar, India, Asia, SolarPower Europe, NSEFI, Subrahmanyam Pulipaka
Singulus lowers outlook after delayed CNBM order
The German PV equipment provider will not achieve the sales and earnings targets set for this year. CNBM is not expected to place orders for the expansion of its CIGS thin-film production operations in China until the fourth quarter.
Sep 10, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, China, Asia, CNBM, Singulus, thin-film module, Avancis
Eric Luo: China will see just 20-25 GW of solar per year through 2025
The GCL System chief executive made comments that fly in the face of an expected solar gold rush in China that analysts predict will start this month. Though rising overseas demand will address overcapacity fears, according to Luo, the soundbite is sure to chill PV boardrooms across the world’s biggest solar market.
Sep 10, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, China, Asia, GCL, Eric Luo, Roth Capital Partners
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