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PV Tech Power Volume 19

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Intersolar Europe returns after a notably buoyant edition last year. Since then the continent has seen solar winning out in German tenders, France continue its own deployment schedule and both Spain and Portugal building up an impressive pipeline. Our correspondent in Shanghai, Carrie Xiao, provides an update on China’s latest policy reorganisation. Our Storage & Smart Power section, produced with our colleagues from Energy-Storage.News, includes a superb read on the impact of a recent spate of M&A activity. Andy Colthorpe speaks to Sonnen, Younicos and Greensmith about life under the ownership of Shell, Aggreko and Wartsilla respectively. Testing and certification has received a lot of attention in the solar sector but investors must be as rigorous when investing in energy storage. DNV GL provides some pointers on the criteria that should be assessed before choosing a partner.

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In this issue...

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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
The UK’s energy retail market is witnessing an exodus of customers leaving the so-called Big Six for independent suppliers, who are attracting them with home solar systems and a battery to match. Liam Stoker uncovers what’s behind the trend for new energy suppliers taking to domestic PV.
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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
The growth potential of energy storage has drawn interest from some of the biggest names in the power business and beyond. With the trend set to continue, Andy Colthorpe explores how three of the recent targets are faring under new ownership.
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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
As the building blocks of energy storage systems, batteries have a key role in influencing system design and economics. Davion Hill of DNV GL explores the importance of testing the performance of individual battery cells in minimising the exposure of battery buyers to technical risks.
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Plant Performance, PV Tech Power Papers
Asset management practices must mature and standardise to keep pace with the rapidly accelerating deployment of solar. Ypatios Moysiadis, vice-chair of an industry group tasked with drawing up new best practice guidelines, explains how.
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Plant Performance, PV Tech Power Papers
Anti-reflective coatings have been a standard technology on solar modules for some time, but several companies are now targeting the market for older solar farms. Sara Verbruggen reports on the promising early results from trials of these performance-boosting technologies.
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Project Briefing, PV Tech Power Papers
It is ironic that Spain, whose government is infamous for its history of damaging PV policy U-turns, is also now home to the figurehead project of large-scale solar’s return in Europe after years of hiatus. The Don Rodrigo project in the southern region of Andalusia is the first mega-scale PV system to go without subsidies on the continent, standing at 175MW capacity.
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PV Tech Power Papers, System Integration
Having suffered from a chicken and egg status, bifacial solar is making ground and the advent of single-glass modules could lower costs and tip the odds in 2019. John Parnell reports.
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PV Tech Power Papers, System Integration
Ensuring the stability of solar tracking systems and modules during wind events is one of the top concerns of solar site owners, project developers and EPC contractors. A poorly designed single-axis tracker can result in damage to solar trackers and modules, leading to costly downtime, insurance claims, or even possible injury. Todd Andersen outlines the innovative methods that engineers at Array Technologies have uncovered and use to address this major potential setback for solar projects.
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Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
Hurricane-strength winds are a clear threat to solar installations in island nations, where PV is becoming an increasingly popular solution to climate change-related issues. Joseph Goodman and Frank Oudheusden, co-authors of a recent study on designing hurricane-ready solar systems, offer an insider’s view of how the challenge is being met.
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Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
A little more time and money spent upfront on properly understanding site drainage and soil conditions and designing solar projects accordingly can avoid much larger profit losses and reputational damage further down the line. HDR’s Gretchen Dolson looks at some of the methods for ensuring PV sites stay afloat.
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Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
Recent signs suggest that after several quiet years, large-scale solar is once again showing strong growth in Europe in spite of the steady withdrawal of subsidies. PV Tech Power caught up with six energy finance experts from the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright for the their take on some of the market and financing trends that will shape European solar in the years to come.
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Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
How best to bridge the gap between the production of renewables such as solar and demand is the subject of much debate. Marc Perez, Richard Perez, Karl R. Rabago and Morgan Putnam argue the case for curtailment combined with storage as a cost-effective solution.
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Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
Development and private capital is fuelling a solar boom across the Earth’s four corners, from India to South Africa and Mexico. Five finance heavyweights walk José Rojo through their learnings so far and their future plans to tap into an industry they see as key to a better world.
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
Bogotá seems ready to kickstart its dormant renewable sector to bolster a hydroreliant power mix but auction delays suggest the road may be bumpy. José Rojo explores the factors behind the country’s slower PV awakening as Brazil, Mexico and other neighbours surged ahead.
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
The UK’s small-scale feed-in tariff closed to new applicants earlier this year, forcing policy makers and installers alike to run the rule over new models and legislation. Liam Stoker takes a look at the government’s Smart Export Guarantee and what it might mean for UK solar.
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
Slowly but surely, China’s solar policy void is being filled with a 30GW auction at the heart of it. Carrie Xiao digs into the details as the draft proposals take the first steps towards official status.
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
Despite its coming of age from the days of state support, European PV remains at the mercy of regulatory whims. José Rojo examines how bureaucracy, grid bottlenecks and other pitfalls of government action can cripple solar as it becomes the driving force of a clean EU energy system.
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Cover Story, PV Tech Power Papers
As outlined on the previous pages, although still relatively embryonic in the solar industry, big data-based analytics innovations are already being deployed. Representatives from Enel Green Power, Aquila Capital and Pöyry discuss where their digitalisation efforts have so far been focused.
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Cover Story, PV Tech Power Papers
Big data-based predictive analytics techniques using artificial intelligence technologies offer exciting new possibilities in the field of solar operations and maintenance. Alessandro Betti, Fabrizio Ruffini, Lorenzo Gigoni and Antonio Piazzi examine how the power of data can be harnessed to safeguard the technical and economic performance of the PV fleet.
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Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
The advent of distributed generation and renewable energy sources is requiring a swathe of new regulatory standards to ensure safety and grid stability. Scott Picco, Laurie Florence and Tim Zgonena of UL look at some of the latest and upcoming codes designed to addressing the proliferation of battery storage systems and distributed energy resources.

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