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PV Tech Power Volume 22

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Welcome to volume 22 of PV Tech Power, the first volume of a new decade. Solar starts the 2020s riding the crest of a wave, having last year witnessed record low prices in tenders spanning multiple continents. The technology is being utilised in more applications than ever before and embracing merchant-based business models in markets years ahead of expectation.

It’s become increasingly clear that as an asset class, solar continues to evolve and adapt to the application it finds itself in, driven predominantly by its financiers, developers and innovators. If the 2010s saw solar find its feet, the 2020s will be the decade it sets new standards for clean power generation. So, here’s to another decade of roaring solar.

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In this issue...

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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
With Japanese companies keen to learn from their counterparts in deregulated energy markets such as the UK, the Japan Energy Challenge provided the ideal forum for exchanging ideas. Andy Colthorpe reports.
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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
Ensuring battery systems used in conjunction with solar perform safely and optimally is essential in ensuring the continued roll-out of storage technology. Robert Puto and Gerhard Klein of TÜV SÜD examine independent technical assessments that must be undertaken before a storage system is built.
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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
Last year saw large-scale storage come of age in the USA and Canada, with some heavyweight storage portfolios starting to take shape. Speaking to four leading North American developers, Andy Colthorpe takes the pulse of a market poised for growth.
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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
Paul Verrill, director of energy data analyst EnAppSys, explains how renewable energy generation and the integration of smart grid technologies and efficient energy storage systems can create a sustainable power system for the future.
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Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
On 1 January this year, the solar investment tax credit, responsible for fuelling the rapid growth of the US market, began its decline. Cecilia Keating assesses what impact it will have.
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Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
As utility-scale PV projects continue to spread across the United States, Mark Bolinger, Joachim Seel, and Dana Robson of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory cover key technology and market trends in this synopsis of their annual “Utility-Scale Solar” report series.
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Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
Micro-grids can offer a resilient and secure alternative for both rural and city communities. Molly Lempriere looks at some of the micro-grids around the world that are transforming the way neighbourhoods produce and consume electricity.
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Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
Mini-grids offer a quick route to electrification in parts of the world where grid extensions are unfeasible. Baptiste Possémé looks at the some of the technological and regulatory trends influencing the deployment of mini-grids in Africa and Asia.
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Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
Solar engineering, procurement and construction contractors have a central role in ensuring the long-term performance and profitability of PV power plants. Ben Willis speaks to Adele Ara and Ralph Gottschalg of SolarPower Europe’s O&M and Asset Management Task Force, which is drawing up the industry’s first best practice guidelines for EPC companies.
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Plant Performance, PV Tech Power Papers
Potential-induced degradation (PID) is still one of the main reasons for unpredictable power losses in PV power plants. Volker Naumann, Otwin Breitenstein, Klemens Ilse, Matthias Pander, Kai Sporleder and Christian Hagendorf of Fraunhofer CSP examine how the PID susceptibility of PV modules is influenced by environmental stress. It is found that PID may develop in originally PID-resistant modules after a period of one to three years of unsuspicious operation, depending on climatic conditions.
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Plant Performance, PV Tech Power Papers
The services and skills offered by asset managers have a central role to play in boosting the value of solar PV investments. Adele Ara, Máté Heisz, Magda Martins, Diego Molina and Paul Norrish outline the key recommendations in the solar industry’s first set of best practice guidelines for asset managers.
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Project Briefing, PV Tech Power Papers, System Integration
In August 2019, a team at BayWa r.e. began construction of its 14.5MWp Sekdoornfloating solar project near the town of Zwolle in the Netherlands. Just eight weeks later, it was complete, 40,000 solar panels afloat on the former sandpit.
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PV Tech Power Papers, System Integration
As the deployment of bifacial solar projects worldwide accelerates, so too is the industry’s understanding of how to design and build systems that play to the technology’s main strengths. Drawing on recent experiences in the field, Beth Copanas and James Willett from RES outline some of the technical lessons learned on realising bifacial’s full potential.
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
A late rally boosted China’s domestic solar installations in 2019 to a better-than-expected 30.22GW. But Frank Haugwitz asks whether a renewed interest in locally available coal and an economic slowdown could conspire to slow recent momentum in China’s energy transition, in which solar has played a central role.
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
It has always been anticipated that by the early 2020s, the feed-in tariff would have tapered away in Japan’s booming solar market. Andy Colthorpe speaks with analyst Izumi Kaizuka at RTS Corporation to learn more about what the future holds for post-subsidy solar in Japan.
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
New stats show Turkish solar has swiftly boomed to 6GW despite the national chaos after the 2016 coup attempt. Can the country continue to dodge volatility as it vies to become a 1GW-a-year PV market via a mix of large-scale and net-metering policies? José Rojo investigates.
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
India’s government insists that its target of 100GW solar by 2022 is still on track. But after 2019 proved another disappointing year, will the sector’s barriers be overcome in time? Catherine Early reports.
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Cover Story, PV Tech Power Papers
Realising the theoretical promise of solar-wind-storage hybrids is far from straightforward, with individual projects likely to vary considerably. Ben Willis examines some of the technical complexities of combining different technologies into a single, profitable entity.
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Cover Story, PV Tech Power Papers
With industry heavyweights eyeing up developments of solar-wind-storage projects, Liam Stoker uncovers what’s really driving hybrid power plants, and the regulatory and financing hurdles that must be surpassed to deliver them.

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