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Technology - Solar News

ABB to install a solar-diesel micro-grid in South Africa with battery-based stabilizer to provide power back-up

2015-09-04 |

ABB (Zurich, Switzerland) on September 3rd, 2015 announced that it will install an integrated solar-diesel micro-grid at its Longmeadow premises in Johannesburg, South Africa. The 96,000 square meter facility houses the company’s country headquarters as well as medium voltage switchgear manufacturing and protection panel assembly facilities, with around 1,000 employees. Read more...

 
Solar Report

2012 solar PV year in review: A complex picture of a changing market

2013-01-24 |

The difficulties that the global solar industry experienced in 2012 were both clear and expected. Continuing excess solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing capacity spurred a collapse in prices across the PV value chain, creating consistently negative margins and negative profitability for upstream PV manufacturers. This led to a large number of bankruptcies, insolvencies and acquisitions, but also trade wars between the United States and China, the EU and China, and between India and everyone else. Read more...

Solar Interviews

Solar Interview on desert challenges: O&M in China’s solar market

2014-12-16 |

There is growing discussion around the effects of harsh climatic conditions on the O&M of PV plants. It’s not just an issue for China, is it? No, definitely not. With cumulative global PV capacities reaching ~180 GW this year, the O&M market for solar PV installations worldwide is already substantial. Out of this total, more and more PV installations are operating under demanding climatic conditions, such as in deserts or in highly polluted areas, and this will increase in the future, especially in emerging markets. These challenging environments require module manufacturers and power generators to adapt their module design and O&M strategies accordingly, which is vital for plant profitability. Read more...

Solar Point of View

Vlatko Vlatković: Solar power is hot on the heels of conventional energy generation

2015-06-23 |

Vlatko Vlatković is CEO of the GE Power Conversion business. He is responsible for fulfillment and new technology development in all areas of high power conversion systems, power electronics and electric machines. In this Solar point of view, he looks at the technologies behind the future of solar and how they are particularly well adapted to present market trends. Read more...