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October 24, 2016
The combination of rapidly evolving technologies and the trend towards decentralisation is demanding increasingly sophisticated commercial models. Simon Göß looks at some of the emerging solutions and considers the place of blockchain technology in tomorrow’s energy system.
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October 24, 2016
Cutthroat pricing in India’s booming solar market is causing headaches for developers. Tom Kenning reports on some of the looming pinch points for solar finance in a country where the cost of capital remains persistently high.
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September 14, 2016
Highlights in this issue include an in-depth piece from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory on how the market is understanding and dealing with the issue of potential-induced degredation modules. We also feature an exclusive paper from the EU-funded Solar Bankability Project on its work to develop a methodology for assessing the economic impact of technical failures in PV power plants.
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June 2, 2016
This issue turns the focus on energy storage with guides on the top 20 technologies, understanding the costs involved and the how Germany is integrating it as part of its energy transition. We also look at the threat of cyber-attacks on solar plants, why there are still reasons to be cheerful about the large-scale European market and how one link of the US supply chain has clubbed together for a greater say in policy-making. Our regular technical papers cover climate stress on module degradation and the quest for accurate irradiance measurements and we get under the skin of West Africa's first utility-scale solar plant.
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June 1, 2016
Our PV Tech Special Report: Scaling up solar in Sub-Saharan Africa, is a comprehensive guide to the off-grid, micro-grid and large-scale sectors and the financial models that can underpin their successful growth. The comprehensive guide is available to download for all our PV Tech members.
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February 19, 2016
Deploying battery storage at grid level is relatively uncharted territory, but a number of pioneers projects are now in the ground. Patrick Leslie and colleagues at RES, which built some of the first wave of storage projects, teases out the key technology, finance and regulatory lessons the industry can learn from these early experiences.
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February 19, 2016
Datasets from multiple sources allow PV power plants to be monitored more closely than ever before, but how best to use this data is another ball game. Edmée Kelsey and Gwendalyn Bender look at how data should best be stored, managed and mined for effective solar asset management.
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February 19, 2016
With either newly built PV plants or plants in operation for a couple of years, an O&M contractor may face a series of issues related to the plant’s design and construction, the quality of the equipment and parts, and warranty claims. Vicente Parra and Gorka Oña highlight some of these issues and recommend how O&M contractors can address them.
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February 19, 2016
The renewable energy market is currently booming, with large numbers of PV systems being installed throughout the world. However, a primary objective of any PV power system is to ensure that the system operates continuously and reliably. As Vicente Salas from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) explains, this aspect takes on special relevance in the case of utility-scale PV projects.
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February 19, 2016
PV modules are subjected to various loads during installation handling. Research teams from the Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH) and Hanwha Q CELLS attended the installations of PV modules in order to develop various test sequences for quantifying the effects of handling loads on the modules. As a result of these observations, lab tests have been designed to evaluate the impact of module-handling loads on cell cracking in the modules. Some rules for module handling are subsequently proposed.

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