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PV Tech Power Volume 28

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96 pages

Highlights in this edition include:

  • Photovolatility: What’s caused the surging price of PV modules?
    After a year of unfettered material and shipping cost increases, Sean Rai-Roche details the causes
  • Outside of the ‘Big Three’, which states are driving US solar forward?
    Outside of California, Texas and Florida, where is solar finding a home in the US? Molly Lempriere reports
  • Inside PV CAMPER: A global research collaborative to advance photovoltaic performance across a range of operating climates
    By PV CAMPER representatives
  • PV ModuleTech Bankability Ratings: perspectives on reporting accuracy two years after the initial release
    By Finlay Colville, head of market research, PV Tech Research
  • Discovery and invention: How the vanadium flow battery story began
    Maria Skyllas-Kazacos tells Andy Colthorpe about the origins of the vanadium flow battery
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In this issue...

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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
The phrase ‘game changer’ is used often, sometimes in hope rather than expectation. Lithium batteries have definitely changed the game for the energy transition, but require smart technologies and strategies to optimise them — which can be equally important — writes Sebastian Becker of TWAICE, a predictive analytics software provider.
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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
In the US, there is a growing trend for battery storage systems to be directly paired with onsite wind and solar generation, creating hybrid resources. Will Gorman from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory looks at when and where this configuration makes sense — and why sometimes it doesn’t.
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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
Andy Colthorpe speaks to Maria Skyllas-Kazacos, one of the original inventors of the vanadium redox flow battery, about the origins of the technology and its progression.
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Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
Power purchase agreements are a constantly evolving sector, with new structures and styles emerging as the solar sector matures. Pexapark’s PPA transaction manager Amanda Niklaus takes a look at how these agreements are being tailors to fit the “new world”.
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Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
Finlay Colville, head of research at PV Tech, reviews the PV ModuleTech Bankability Ratings two years after their initial launch, reflects on those manufacturers to have moved up and down the ratings hierarchy since its launch and ponders how the rankings will evolve in the coming quarters.
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Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
Toni Weigl, head of product management for floating PV at BayWa r.e., explores the current trends for designing and developing floating solar projects and poses the question, where next for floating PV?
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Plant Performance, PV Tech Power Papers
The 2021 edition of PV Evolutions Labs’ Module Scorecard saw a record number of module manufacturers recognised, but equally highlighted a growing incidence of module failure rates. Liam Stoker unpicks some of the key trends from this year’s edition of the scorecard.
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Plant Performance, PV Tech Power Papers
Pressures on PV plant performance have led the solar industry to be more demanding and forensic of the data operational projects generate, as well as the power. Jules Scully explores the growing role software is playing in the utility-scale solar arena and how it must evolve further still to meet expectations.
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Plant Performance, PV Tech Power Papers
As solar finds itself installed in further flung climes, so it must operate in harsher conditions. PV CAMPER, a collaborative effort including some of the world’s leading academic and research institutes, has set itself the aim of uncovering data to help drive the industry forward. Here, members of PV CAMPER discuss some of their preliminary findings.
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PV Tech Power Papers, System Integration
Spencer Jansen, head of new technology solutions at developers Hive Energy and Ethical Power, assesses how the introduction of large-format solar modules has had repercussions throughout the solar design and procurement process.
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
For years California, Texas and Florida have dominated the US solar market, but backed by the investment tax credit, strong state-specific renewables standards and falling costs, new states are coming to the fore. Molly Lempriere takes a look at what is driving them, and the hurdles they face if they are to challenge the ‘Big Three’.
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
As several large investors exit Australia, Alice Grundy takes a look at how transmission infrastructure and future policies are denting investor confidence while initiatives like the Renewable Energy Zones are creating new potential.
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Cover Story, PV Tech Power Papers
While the supply chain has recoiled from surging materials prices, component shortages and unprecedented volatility in shipping and freight costs, national policies and regulations have also emerged as a sizeable hurdle to frictionless solar trade. Here PV Tech Power recaps the policies to watch in the coming months.
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Cover Story, PV Tech Power Papers
As prices rise and component availability remains tight, both solar’s upstream and downstream are rallying behind the common cause of ensuring which projects can go ahead, do go ahead in a timely fashion. Liam Stoker assesses the industry’s efforts to keep the supply chain moving forward.
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Cover Story, PV Tech Power Papers
Several factors have overseen an increase in the price of modules. Some of them look sure to ease, while others may be more persistent. Sean Rai-Roche delineates the events behind the rise and speaks to industry experts about what businesses can expect moving forward.

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