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Large-scale storage systems at ees Europe 2017

2017-05-16 |

With their capacity to uncouple the generation of clean power from consumption and ease the burden on grids, large-scale storage systems will play a central role in the energy supply of the future. This is because they allow flexible coordination of energy supply and demand. From May 31–June 2, 2017 in Munich, ees Europe, Europe’s largest and most visited exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems, offers an overview of the versatile applications for large-scale storage systems. Read more...

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HH Sheikha Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, during the closing ceremony

Dubai Future Accelerators concludes 2nd round including solar-powered seawater desalination


The Dubai Future Foundation (DFF, UAE) concluded the second round of the Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA) with 28 Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) signed between Dubai government departments and innovative companies from around the world. Read more...

The sinking cost of PV components is bringing down system prices for large installations

Intersolar Europe reveals markets, opportunities and challenges for large-scale PV power plants


Large-scale photovoltaic (PV) power plants are an important driver for global solar growth. A growing number of large-scale PV projects are being implemented and connected to the grid around the world. In the dynamically expanding markets – especially the largest market, China – multi-megawatt power plants account for most of the deployment. Intersolar Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners, and the accompanying Intersolar Europe Conference are taking an in-depth look at large-scale power plants and the opportunities and challenges they bring, including operation and maintenance (O&M), financing and the impact of sinking prices on PV components. Read more...

"Divisa Solar" PV farm, Panama

Solarcentury acquires PV projects totaling 400 MW in Latin America


Four new solar industry professionals have joined Solarcentury’s (London, UK) Latin American business, from private equity investor ECOSolar. Enhancing the LatAm team strengthens Solarcentury’s ambition to become the leading developer in the region. The 400MW of utility-scale pipeline acquired from ECOSolar includes solar photovoltaic (PV) projects that are a mix of ready to build and partially developed sites across Mexico, and Central and South America. Read more...

Midway II is expected to generate enough electricity to meet the needs of over 6,500 homes

Solar Frontier Americas completes the sale of a 40 MW PV project to Dominion


Solar Frontier Americas, U.S. subsidiary of the world's largest CIS solar energy solutions provider, Solar Frontier (Tokyo, Japan), on April 11th, 2017 announced it has sold its 40 MW Midway II solar PV plant to a subsidiary of Dominion Energy Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dominion Resources, Inc., one of the leading energy suppliers in the country. Read more...

Solar Corporate Funding Q1 2016 – Q1 2017

Mercom Capital Group: Total corporate funding in solar sector rises to USD 3.2 billion in Q1, 2017


Mercom Capital Group (Austin, TX, U.S.) on April 10th, 2017 released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector in the first quarter of 2017. Total corporate funding (including venture capital funding, public market and debt financing) into the solar sector in Q1, 2017 doubled with USD 3.2 billion compared to USD 1.6 billion in Q4, 2016. Read more...

Cross section of the PV inverter model

Project “PV Pack”: Solar inverter with highly integrated concept promises lower costs


Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (Freiburg, Germany) and its project partners have teamed up to investigate what a new generation of solar PV inverters aimed at reducing costs could look like. Assembly, cooling and packaging technologies were identified as key areas where adjustments could be made. The aim of the project is clear from its name: “PV Pack: Optimized cooling, packaging and assembly technologies for efficient, fast-switching and highly integrated PV inverters in the 10 to 40 kW power range.” Read more...

Installation of an 8.79-megawatt SunPower solar energy system is underway at Toyota Motor North America’s new headquarters in Plano, Texas.

8.79 MW SunPower solar PV installation underway at New Toyota North America's headquarters


SunPower Corporation (San Jose, CA, U.S.) on April 10th, 2017 announced that construction has begun on an 8.79 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Toyota Motor North America's new headquarters in Plano, Texas, which the auto maker plans to occupy this year. Read more...

KACO new energy’s order books are well-stocked, the company emphasizes

PV inverter manufacturer KACO new energy significantly upgrades its forecast for 2017


As of the end of March 2017, KACO new energy (Neckarsulm, Germany) had booked in orders for inverter capacity totaling 600 megawatts, the company announced on April 7th, 2017. According to KACO, the main reason for this excellent start to the year is the market launch of a new technology driver in the field of inverter technology, the blueplanet 50.0 TL3 INT, which has led to significant growth in the Middle East, Turkey and India. Read more...

TEP is evaluating proposals for a new 100 MW solar facility

TEP plans more renewables, new technologies to meet future energy needs


Tucson Electric Power (TEP, Tucson, Ariz., U.S,) on April 5th, 2017 announced to invest in efficient, innovative technologies, expanding renewable energy and exploring new ways to reduce reliance on coal-fired generating resources. TEP will continue to diversify its generation portfolio by expanding solar and wind generation with a goal of delivering at least 30 percent of its power from renewable resources by 2030 – twice the level required by 2025 under Arizona’s Renewable Energy Standard. Read more...

ET Energy reference PV plant

ET Energy starts construction of a 19 MW solar PV project for Astronergy in Turkey


ET Solutions AG (Munich, Germany), a subsidiary of ET Energy, announced that it had started the construction of a 19 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Turkey for Astronergy (Hangzhou, China), a PV module and smart energy provider. Situated in Kahramanmaras, Osmaniye and Ankara, Turkey, 71,064 Astronergy PV modules will be installed on 29 hectares. Read more...

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