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PV Tech Power Volume 14

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Welcome to the first 2018 edition of PV Tech Power. The focus of our cover story is an area that has been exciting the editorial team here at PV Tech Towers for some time. Floating solar presents an entirely new pillar of solar deployment, as discussed at length by the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS). In our Market Watch section we have expert coverage from Apricum of the booming Chinese market, exploring how the country’s vast demand, the so-called ‘hungry dragon’, will be satisfied in 2018 and beyond. With PV Expo returning to Tokyo this quarter, Japan’s RTS consultancy provides an update on a market that, despite its challenges in recent years, continues to represent a multi-GW opportunity and so much more.

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In this issue...

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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
2017 was tet another record-breaking year for energy storage. Riding high on expectation, the industry is braced for challenges and successes in equal measure this year too. We canvassed opinions from some of the world’s leading trade associations and representative bodies on the year just gone and what 2018 could bring
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Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
As Europe and other hot PV markets transition to low- or no-subsidy environments, could a different direction help improve solar economics? Liam Stoker looks at why east-west orientated projects are increasing in popularity
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
Ben Willis looks at the latest trends from some of the world’s most promising emerging PV markets. This issue features Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan and South Korea
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Cover Story, PV Tech Power Papers
Singapore operates the world’s largest testbed for floating PV, comparatively testing and evaluating 10 different floating PV installations from around the world, and held the first floating solar conference globally in October 2017. Writing exclusively for PV Tech Power, Thomas Reindl of the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) reports on a form of solar power whose huge potential is starting to be realised
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
After the frenzied highs of several year ago, Japan’s PV market has quietened down somewhat. But As Izumi Kaizuka writes, ongoing policy and market reforms and the evolution of new technologies look set to ensure strong continued growth for the foreseeable future
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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
The commercial and industrial segment is one of the most promising sub-sectors of the energy storage space. Julian Jansen of IHS Markit describes recent efforts to model the US C&I storage landscape and what it reveals about this dynamic emerging market. As told to Andy Colthorpe
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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
Islands are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of natural disasters such as hurricanes. John Merritt looks at some of the emerging solutions to building more resilient energy systems through the deployment of microgrids that combine multiple energy generation and storage technologies
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
In 2017 China’s domestic PV market surpassed 50GW. Meishi Tan asks whether such astonishing levels of deployment can be sustained and, if so, what the future drivers of growth will be
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Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
Australia’s large-scale PV segment has been one of the star performers of the past year. Vincent Dwyer and Jacqueline Fetchet look at the past and future drivers for this dynamic market and ask whether recent momentum can be maintained
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Plant Performance, PV Tech Power Papers
Examining a PV power plant to ascertain its health is a key measure when warranties for components expire. Romain Elsair and Marcos Blanco of Greensolver outline some of the main steps involved in effective end of warranty inspections
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Plant Performance, PV Tech Power Papers
In April an international working group will publish a bundle of standardised contracts aimed at aiding the rollout of PV worldwide. Sara Verbruggen previews the template contract for solar O&M and assesses its impact in streamlining this aspect of the business
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PV Tech Power Papers, System Integration
Bifaciality is a complex area of PV technology and currently there is some confusion over what bifacial gains can be expected and how these transfer to system cost reductions. Radovan Kopecek and Joris Libal describe how bifacial gains are defined, what bifacial gains can be expected and what this means for real applications
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Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
When estimating the expected yield of a PV plant for financial risk assessment purposes, understanding the uncertainties of any model is crucial. Mauricio Richter of 3E investigates some of the emerging practices for obtaining and interpreting data to ensure the most accurate results
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Plant Performance, PV Tech Power Papers
With India going all out to achieve its target of 100GW of PV by the year 2022, the quality of equipment used in installations is becoming increasingly important. Satish Pandey and Abhishek Sharma of Mahindra Susten explore the role of on-site testing in quality control, based on the early results from India’s first mobile PV lab
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Plant Performance, PV Tech Power Papers
In a four-year project sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, a consortium of German experts assessed the quality of actual PV power installations. The researchers now report on how the effects of several common module failures on module and string performance highlight the importance of consistent quality assurance to prevent risks to financial success
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Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
A spate of extreme natural disasters in 2017 have highlighted the vulnerability of PV power plants to damage. Becky Nace-Grover looks at how the PV and insurance industries should ready themselves for a future where such events are likely to become more frequent

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