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PV Tech Power Volume 13

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Issue 13 of PV Tech Power is finally here. This volume includes a three-part inverter special report, insight from First Solar about how its recycling procedures impact a project’s lifecycle costs, and must-read material from our colleagues at Energy-Storage.News. Alternative views on the role of blockchain in a modern power grid are revealed, and we bring you an exclusive report from the U.K.’s first unsubsidised, large-scale solar plant. A clean power investor offers his inside look at clean energy finance, energy storage as a replacement for traditional grid infrastructure is explored and so much more.

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In this issue...

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Abu Dhabi’s giant 1.2GW Sweihan PV plant made headlines last year for achieving a record low bid price. With construction well underway, Tom Kenning and John Parnell look at how the project is being executed.
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Clean energy entrepreneur Jigar Shah, one of the pioneers of solar finance, is turning his attentions to other low-carbon energy technologies such as storage. He tells Andy Colthorpe about his latest equity round and the freedom he enjoys to back projects he thinks will have greatest impact
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Blockchain technology is being touted as the next big step forward in the digitalisation of the energy system. But storage and storage management software are the critical pieces of the puzzle needed to maximise its potential, writes Carsten Reincke-Collon.
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New storage and renewable energy technologies offer a potentially disruptive alternative to costly, unpopular investment in grid infrastructure improvements. Alex Eller looks at the opportunities for non-wire alternatives to maintaining transmission and distribution networks
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As inverter technology advances in step with the development of the smart grid, so too are testing and certification regimes. Tim Zgonena of UL looks at how standards are evolving to ensure inverters are keeping up with the demands of a rapidly modernising power network.
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Southeast Asia’s PV markets are entering a post-subsidy phase, creating numerous policy and regulatory challenges for developers. But, as Tom Kenning heard at November’s Solar and Off-Grid Renewable Southeast Asia event in Bangkok, there are still plenty of opportunities.
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Many mature solar markets are seeing strong investor interest in acquiring operating solar assets. But as the lessons from Italy show, transactions in the secondary PV market come with numerous legal risks attached, necessitating thorough due diligence, write Arturo Sferruzza and Ginevra Biadico of Norton Rose Fulbright
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A working group of the international PV Quality Assurance Task Force has been undertaking research and testing initiatives aimed at improving the design and long-term reliability of module junction boxes and bypass diodes. Vivek Gade and Narendra Shiradkar, who are active leaders of this work, report on efforts to shine a light on a hitherto poorly understood aspect of module reliability.
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Curtailment of PV generation is an increasingly common phenomenon in India as the country’s solar capacity expansion outstrips the grid’s ability to accommodate it. Tom Kenning reports on efforts being made to address the problem and the role storage could play in providing a solution.
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One argument frequently used against building-integrated PV is its high cost relative to normal building materials. But as Laura Maturi and Jennifer Adami argue, evidence gathered from real-life BIPV projects. suggests otherwise
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Last year Sungrow became the first to market with both a string and central inverter at 1,500V. Geng Tian, director of product and engineering of Sungrow North America, tells Ben Willis how the evolution of inverter technology will help propel the next leap forward in PV plant design.
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The digitalisation and distribution of the energy system is creating potentially more points of vulnerability for hackers to exploit. Catherine Early looks at how the PV industry is responding to ensure plants are kept safe from attack.
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Project Briefing - Project name: Clay Hill Solar Farm Location: Flitwick, Bedfordshire, England Project capacity: 10MW Storage capacity: 6MW/6MWh
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Understanding the impact of soiling on PV modules and thus the most appropriate cleaning regime, is critical to preventing losses in module power and plant yield. The Fraunhofer CSP team describes a statistical method they have developed for accurately characterising the losses from soiling in desert conditions
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From sandstorms to extreme heat, solar installations in the Middle East face some unique operational and technical challenges. Experts from Jordan-based developer and O&M specialist MASE describe some of the innovative solutions emerging to keep plants running in the harshest conditions.
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The end-of-life handling of PV equipment is becoming an important element in the total life cycle costs of PV generation assets. First Solar looks at the growing importance of PV recycling.
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Inverters are the subject of intensive ongoing innovation as the range of roles they are expected to play in PV power plant operation continues to grow. Liese scopes out some of the key areas for further technological advancement in the next generation of solar inverters.
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PV plant data reported to stakeholders has hitherto lacked consistency. Our authors report on efforts by the IECRE to harmonise the information being reported to investors, regulators and others over a project’s lifecycle

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