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PV Tech Power Volume 16

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In the sixteenth edition PV Tech Power we examine the ever complex module technology market and the best routes to ensuring module quality for your project from manufacture to in the field performance. We also examine the bifacial plus tracker options available, review India’s latest policy challenges (and opportunities) as well as virtual power plants, flow batteries, solar contract standardisation and much more.

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In this issue...

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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
Smoothing and firming are often discussed to make renewables appear more like conventional generation to the grid operator, but how smooth and how firm does that generation need to be? How can the attributes and operations of energy storage be appropriately measured relative to cost? Andres Cortes and Ben Kaun of the Electric Power Research Institute discuss recent work addressing these issues
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
Trade tariffs, technology changes, new suppliers and shifting timelines. US developers and EPCs are riding out challenging times. John Parnell looks at the scale of the upheaval and how module pricing and module technology changes are feeding into the day-to-day work of deploying megawatts
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Cover Story, PV Tech Power Papers
With so many options open to them, EPCs and developers are faced with confusing choices to make over the right PV module technologies. Finlay Colville and Mark Osborne explore the importance of stringent third-party testing in avoiding asset underperformance
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Cover Story, PV Tech Power Papers
Developers and investors must be proactive to ensure the quality of modules they purchase is as high as possible. Vicente Parra and Ruperto Gomez detail some of the practices they can follow to mitigate module quality risks during the manufacturing process
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Cover Story, PV Tech Power Papers
The value of warranties attached to PV modules is coming under increasing scrutiny as plants age and more is understood about the degradation of modules in the field. Gustaf Schuler discusses the ins and outs of PV warranties and the best methods for mitigating risks
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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
Cloud-aggregated virtual power plants using residential or C&I battery storage as part of a smart energy management system can benefit the grid, integrate renewables and EVs and hopefully add a powerful long-term value proposition for home storage. Andy Colthorpe and David Pratt report on how some of the UK’s first VPP projects are proving the concept
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
The Indian solar juggernaut shows few signs of slowing down en route to its huge target of 100GW by 2022. But, as Tom Kenning, recent policy developments could create a few bumps in the road along the way
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PV Tech Power Papers, System Integration
As described in the previous pages, tracking and bifacial technologies combined offer the prospect of higher energy outputs. Javier Guerrero, R&D manager at Soltec, one of the pioneers of bifacial tracking, explains some of the lessons the company has learned about optimising tracker design for bifacial modules
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Plant Performance, PV Tech Power Papers
The term “big data” has recently become something of a buzzword in PV circles. But how are companies using this data and is it generating useful intelligence or merely information overload? Catherine Early reports
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
Ben Willis look at the latest developments in some of the most promising emerging PV markets worldwide. This issue features Ukraine, Zambia and Ethiopia
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PV Tech Power Papers, System Integration
Bifacial technology promises significant reductions in the levelised cost of electricity for PV systems, and almost all major PV suppliers are already producing or planning bifacial modules. Hartmut Nussbaumer, Markus Klenk, Andreas Halm & Andreas Schneider give an overview of the currently available bifacial modules and cell technologies and adapted mounting solutions
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Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
Community solar is the fastest growing segment in the US. Ben Willis looks at some of the legal and financing drivers helping propel the sector forward, and the ongoing challenges it faces in fulfilling its potential
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Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
With floating solar on lakes and reservoirs well on the way to becoming a mainstream concept, attention is now turning to the possibilities offered by offshore systems. Børge Bjørneklett describes some of the pioneering R&D work being undertaken in the race to take solar to the open seas
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
UK solar has defied a retraction of subsidies by finding ever more innovate routes to market. Liam Stoker analyses some of the most interesting business models to take hold as the UK emerges as a post-subsidy solar destination
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Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
Storage has an important role to play in the UK’s future energy system, but the challenge for investors and developers is to select the right business models and combination of technologies. Maria Connolly and Stuart Urquhart at UK law firm TLT look at how some of the new regulatory and policy developments are helping enhance the bankability of storage
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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
First developed by NASA, flow batteries are a potential answer to storing solar – and wind – for eight to 10 hours, far beyond what is commonly achieved today with lithium-ion. In the second of a two-part special report, Andy Colthorpe dives deeper into questions of bankability, market segmentation and manufacturing strategies
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Project Briefing, PV Tech Power Papers, System Integration
In April of this year, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, drew scorn when he announced that every village across India had access to electricity. The reality that ‘electrification’ in government terminology meant that a mere 10% of households in any one village had power, was not made clear in the initial announcements.
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Cover Story, PV Tech Power Papers
Going into 2019 the availability of higher performance, lower cost PV modules will significantly complicate the question of module choice for utility-scale solar projects. Finlay Colville, head of solar intelligence, Solar Media, explores what this will mean for EPCs and developers
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Plant Performance, PV Tech Power Papers
Temperature coefficient has a well-known bearing on the performance of PV modules. Based on analysis of field data gathered from operational modules in India, Satish Pandey, Rajesh Dhuriya, Gaurav Mishra and Rakshita Mhatre reveal how in actual operating conditions the temperature coefficient of modules is deviating from values provided in manufacturer datasheets, potentially impacting on project financial modelling.

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