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PV Tech Power Volume 17

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The solar industry endured an eventful 2018 with the US establishing its trade tariffs on module imports and China hitting the brakes on deployment, yet, through sheer determination, everyone ended the year feeling fairly optimistic. There is lots of cause for hope in 2019. Module prices are down for the timebeing, seeding subsidy-free markets. We are on the cusp of technological gains that can tilt that balance even further in solar’s favour. Traction with energy storage is clearing up grid headaches and creating new sources of revenue. Our ultimate 2019 briefing addresses all this and more. Our regular Storage and Smart Power section, meanwhile, includes an in-depth look at California’s vibrant market as decrees turn into deployment.

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In this issue...

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Cover Story, PV Tech Power Papers
After weathering some major upheavals in 2018, the global solar industry looks in decent shape to take on the year ahead. Our team of reporters scope out the big themes for 2019, exploring the technology and market trends that will set the agenda over the next 12 months and beyond.
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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
This year’s Solar Power International trade show dedicated what seemed like almost as much space to energy storage as solar. As Andy Colthorpe reports, this is likely a strong indication of the way the world is adopting renewable energy, particularly California, where storage looks set to play a key role in helping the Golden State realise its green ambitions
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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
Andy Colthorpe speaks to Janice Lin of the California Energy Storage Alliance on what sort of role energy storage will play in reaching the ‘100% carbon-free retail electricity’ goal of the state’s SB100 legislation
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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
Energy storage projects often fail to deliver value because of economic miscalculations. These computational issues, however, can now be mitigated by applying software, analytics and machine learning, write Enrico Ladendorf and Bryce Evans
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Plant Performance, PV Tech Power Papers
Solar farm operators are coming under growing pressure to help maintain network stability by providing accurate generation forecasts. As Dr. Nick Engerer (CTO of Solcast) writes, innovations in short-term solar forecasting are providing operators with new options for making this task less of a distraction from their core business.
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Plant Performance, PV Tech Power Papers
Cell cracks have been identified as a major cause of defects in PV modules, but their effect on performance is less well understood. Researchers Claudia Buerhop-Lutz, Thilo Winkler, Jens Hauch, Christian Camus and Christoph J. Brabec describe the results of ongoing investigations into how the electrical power of PV modules is impacted by cracking
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Plant Performance, PV Tech Power Papers
Technologies purporting to alleviate performance losses in PV modules due to soiling from dust and other airborne particles are becoming more widely available. But do they work? Elisabeth Klimm and Karl-Anders Weiß of Fraunhofer ISE investigate
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Project Briefing, PV Tech Power Papers, System Integration
Amid reports of logistical and bureaucratic difficulties, Germany’s IB Vogt earlier this year became the first company to complete and energise one of the multiple projects that will eventually make up Benban, Egypt’s gargantuan solar park in the western desert governorate of Aswan.
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PV Tech Power Papers, System Integration
PV systems incorporating bifacial modules require careful design and integration to maximise the additional yield they offer. Drawing on extensive field studies, researchers from LONGi Solar describe the optimum design of bifacial systems in the desert conditions of the Middle East, to which bifacial technology is especially well suited
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PV Tech Power Papers, System Integration
Bifacial technology is seen by many as the shape of things to come for the solar industry. But how is it regarded by those on the frontline of choosing equipment that will result in the most profitable projects? Jenya Meydbray, VP of solar technology at Cypress Creek Renewables, offers an insider’s view
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Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
Accurate irradiance data is key for assessing the feasibility, profitability, and performance of solar energy assets. 3E and Kipp & Zonen investigate the benefits of combining pyranometer and satellite-based irradiance data for optimal planning and operation of PV plants
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Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
Two years ago, 1,500 volt PV systems were predicted to become the industry standard in the utility-scale segment. Patrick Fetzer of 1,500V pioneer GE looks at how far the technology has come and what further innovations could lie around the corner
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Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
A major new study published by the World Bank has underlined the scale of the opportunity represented by floating solar systems, but highlighted issues of cost, bankability and regulation still facing this emerging branch of the solar industry. Sara Verbruggen reports on the first serious piece of heavyweight analysis of the prospects for floating solar
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Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
Substantial flows of investment into renewables have brought about significant reductions in the cost of delivered energy, while simultaneously increasing the penetration of renewables in most markets. These developments herald the rise of Renewables ‘2.0’, a post-subsidy world for investment in renewable energy. Duncan Ritchie and Kornelia Stycz of Apricum explore the opportunities in corporate PPAs and hybrid renewable energy systems in the context of the Renewables 2.0 energy transition
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Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
For PV to continue competing with alternative energy sources, the cost of financing solar projects must fall. David Feldman, Rebecca Jones-Albertus and Robert Margolis of the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory explore ways in which research and development can boost PV competitiveness
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
Following years of frantic consolidation, the UK’s secondary solar market has begun to slow. Liam Stoker analyses what the future holds in store for the once-thriving market, and what’s next for long-term asset holders
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
Solar in the Middle East and North Africa continues to flourish, with utility projects leading the way. As Paul Mansouri and Angela Croker of Norton Rose Fulbright write, the development of battery storage technology and a growing interest among large corporates in solar as an energy source will help the market to continue growing
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
Concerns over Vietnam’s power purchase agreement have not prevented a huge number of project deals being signed. Tom Kenning weighs up what progress is being made in putting one of Southeast Asia’s most promising solar markets on the map

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