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PV Tech Power Volume 24

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108 pages/16 technical papers written by well known industry authors

This volume features insight into a broad array of the downstream industry’s hottest trends and topics as it approaches a critical juncture. The cover feature of this edition explores the introduction of 550W+ panels and the technologies driving them as they look poised to shake up utility-scale solar deployment.

Other features in this issue include:

  • Behind the rise of US utility-driven solar
    How public utilities in the US are taking matters into their own hands in the absence of federal policy
  • PV ModuleTech Bankability Ratings
    Exclusive insight from Finlay Colville as he explores the strengths and weaknesses of module suppliers within our Bankability Ratings
  • Challenges and solutions for ensuring the long-term health of solar power plants
    By Máté Heisz, SolarPower Europe; Ralph Gottschalg, Fraunhofer CSP,; Martin Lütgens, ABO Wind AG; Nicolas Bogdanski, TÜV Rheinland AG; César Hidalgo, DNV GL
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In this issue...

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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
Although lithium-ion is currently the market leading battery technology in energy storage, this status cannot be guaranteed in perpetuity. Three leading figures from the lithium-ion battery industry give Andy Colthorpe their views how the technology can continue to prosper.
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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
One of the planet’s most abundant elements, hydrogen has the capacity to be a game-changer in decarbonising the global energy system, writes Janice Lin, founder and president of the Green Hydrogen Coalition.
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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
Energy storage systems were historically used for grid balancing purposes within Europe, limiting their use to such applications or to be considered as “auxiliaries” to renewable generation assets. However, as market prices evolve and new revenue streams emerge, stakeholders must discover the diverse applications that such systems can tap into, writes Naim El Chami.
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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
Ensuring high quality levels in the manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries is critical to preventing underperformance and even safety risks. Benjamin Sternkopf, Ian Greory and David Prince of PI Berlin examine the prerequisites for finding the ‘sweet spot’ between a battery’s cost, performance and lifetime.
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Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
A string of high-profile cyberattacks on energy infrastructure highlights the vulnerability of solar farms as they become increasingly reliant on digital systems. Alice Grundy looks at the rising threat of cyberattacks and the measures asset owners can take to mitigate the risks.
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Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
Finlay Colville, head of market research at PV Tech Power publisher Solar Media, discusses what’s inside the Q3 2020 update of the PV ModuleTech Bankability Ratings report and how it details a module supplier’s strengths and weaknesses.
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Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
As larger floating solar projects become a more common sight around the world, bankability is increasingly coming to the fore to satisfy the demands of financiers. Jeremy Ong, Ken Tay and Harald Hammer look at some of the areas where careful due diligence is vital to managing and mitigating technical risks for lenders.
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Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
Alongside the recent rapid boom in bifacial solar deployment, extensive work has been underway to fine-tune the yield modelling of bifacial systems. Drawing on case studies from the ATAMOSTEC test site in Chile, researchers involved in the collaborative venture describe how it is helping improve understanding of bifacial yield and laying the foundations for a set of new rules to inform system design and installation.
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Plant Performance, PV Tech Power Papers
Mark Osborne analyses the sixth instalment of PV Evolution Labs’ annual module rankings and the insights it offers into the state of PV reliability and performance as technological change continues apace.
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Plant Performance, PV Tech Power Papers
Despite the importance of reliability to the cost competitiveness of PV, large data sets enabling high-level investigation of the technology’s performance in the field are relatively scarce. Dirk C. Jordan, Chris Deline, Bill Marion and Teresa Barnes of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Mark Bolinger of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory study a unique data set of 100,000 PV systems in the US, drawing out tips for better reliability that have relevance to other parts of the world.
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PV Tech Power Papers, System Integration
Later this year, a new set of industry guidelines will for the first time codify a set of best practices for EPC contractors. Ahead of publication, members of Solar Power Europe’s O&M task force look at some of the critical areas of PV system integration where high-quality EPC work can most effectively influence a project’s lifetime performance.
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A comprehensive understanding of the global performance and extra gain offered by a bifacial module remains an elusive goal for PV owners and EPCs due to variations arising from different design, manufacturing and testing methods. Vicente Parra, Ruperto J. Gómez, José C. Vázquez and Francisco Álvarez of Enertis review the main sources of variability and outstanding uncertainties that must be addressed as the industry seeks to define standard rules for reliably selecting, purchasing and deploying bifacial PV modules.
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
Travel restrictions imposed by countries in response to the coronavirus pandemic have contribution to a slowdown in investment in rural electrification projects. Thomas Hillig examines the extent of the investment freeze and possible solutions to get capital flowing into much needed projects again.
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The European Union has pinned its hopes for an economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic on green and digital technologies. Molly Lempriere looks at the part solar could play as details are fleshed out.
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With federal support for renewables having been depleted in recent years, utilities in the US have taken a leading role in the deployment of solar and energy storage. Jules Scully examines how integrated resource plans are driving solar deployment.
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Cover Story, PV Tech Power Papers
The rapid evolution of photovoltaic technology has continued, as modules with peak power outputs in excess of 550W are emerging fast. Driven by a thirst for more power and increasingly larger cells, developers and EPCs now face tougher procurement decisions than ever before. But is the industry ready for such a jump?

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