Andy Colthorpe and Liam Stoker are back reviewing the pivotal clean energy headlines from around the globe. Liam reports back from the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi where the future of the Middle East’s power grid was up for debate before the discussion moves on to Australia’s bush fires, the nation’s relationship with coal and what ‘Scotty from marketing’ might be able to learn from Germany.
Countries in the Persian Gulf are coming to terms with the realities of greater proliferation of renewable energy, eyeing secondary reserve, flexible generation and grid management to cater for an expected explosion of solar capacity in the region.
Solar PV will play a critical role in the energy transition in Abu Dhabi and the wider Emirates, government figures tell this year's World Future Energy Summit.
German EPC ib vogt has announced the sale and commencement of construction of a 180MWp solar farm near Badajoz in Spain, teeing itself up for a slew of other subsidy-free developments in Southern Europe.
A new joint venture between a UK-based asset manager and a Danish renewables investor has been signed to fund a 500MW solar and storage pipeline in the UK.
Inverter manufacturer SolarEdge is introducing a range of new features to its PV Designer tool, aimed at helping installers take advantage of the growing appetite for C&I rooftop solar systems.
UK solar developer Solarcentury has landed a €54.8 million finance facility to construct 500MW of solar farms in Spain.
SunPower has appointed a new chief financial officer to the leadership team of its planned manufacturing spin-off, Maxeon Solar Technologies.
Leading module manufacturer JinkoSolar is to supply 150MW worth of its high-efficiency Cheetah solar panels for projects in Cambodia.
‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member JA Solar has unveiled plans to bolster its output with a new cell manufacturing facility and module production plant.
Multinational utility Iberdrola has completed the giant 500MW Núñez de Balboa solar farm in Spain’s Extremadura region, claiming it to be Europe’s largest completed solar project.
US solar firm SunPower is to cut up to 160 jobs as part of a restructuring plan following the spin off of its manufacturing operations.
In arid regions soiling can greatly impact the energy yield of PV systems and drive up their O&M costs. Benjamin Figgis, Amir Abdallah, Maulid Kivambe, Brahim Aissa, Kamran Ali, Cédric Broussillou and Veronica Bermudez of the Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute and Klemens Ilse of the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics review the main challenges associated with soiling of PV plants globally, and the most promising techniques for dust prevention and cleaning in dry climates, drawing on research results from six years of PV performance and soiling studies at the QEERI’s Outdoor Test Facility in Doha
The PV Tech editorial team will now be taking a short break over the holiday season.
Liam Stoker and Andy Colthorpe reflect on the biggest news in energy storage this year, while also gazing into their crystal balls and predicting what the energy transition may hold in store for the year ahead.