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QUARTERLY EDITION: FEBRUARY 2022

88 pages

Highlights in this edition include:

  • Bridging the solar skills gap
    Jules Scully explores the industry’s efforts to build a workforce fit for surging solar installations
  • Inside Brazil’s rise to be Latin America’s hottest market
    Exploring the key drivers behind Brazil’s solar boom
  • Lightsource bp reveals how it will develop 25GW by 2025
    Liam Stoker gets the inside track on Lightsource bp’s growth strategy
  • Identifying the causes of US solar asset underperformance
    By Sarath Srinivasan, kWh Analytics
  • Establishing an energy storage manufacturing base in Europe
    By Emad Zand, Northvolt Systems
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In this issue...

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Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
Known globally for its university, Oxford is now making a name for itself as a testing ground for the largest hybrid battery energy storage system (BESS) of its kind anywhere in the world.
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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
By now, everyone’s heard of Northvolt, the Sweden-headquartered startup founded by former Tesla exec Peter Carlsson, building 150GWh of lithium-ion battery factories in Europe. But while investments and off-take deals from the automotive industry have rightly been a major focus of attention, its stationary energy storage division Northvolt Systems has a story to tell too. By Emad Zand, president, Northvolt Systems.
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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
Insurance is a cornerstone of de-risking financing and investment into energy storage. Data and analytics-driven decision making is not only for the operation and optimisation of batteries, it’s also vital for peace of mind and cementing the long-term success of the industry, Charley Grimston, co-founder of specialist insurer Altelium writes.
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Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
As energy systems the world over embrace renewables en masse, flexibility is quickly outpacing generation as the most valuable provision an asset has. Alexa Capital CEO Bruce Huber examines the rise of flexibility and the major economic opportunity it poses for the energy sector.
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Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
In September 2021 Lightsource bp set itself the target of reaching financial close on 25GW of solar by the end of 2025. Liam Stoker spoke to the developer’s leadership team to discover how it is expanding into new markets, securing financing deals and assembling a workforce capable of reaching that target.
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Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
Ryan D. Quint, senior manager at North American Electric Reliability Corporation take a look at the key considerations – and difficult balance – of managing grid connection from a transmission operators point of view.
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Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
Jan Vedde, senior project manager for European Energy, takes a look at the key technological trends in the solar PV market, from changes to silicon cell manufacturing to the benefits of bifaciality.
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Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
Floating solar has grown at a slower pace than its land-based counterpart but technological developments, efficiency gains and land constraints are making it an increasingly appealing option for developers. Shauna Ng, content executive at Sunseap, examines the technology, its benefits and where the sector is headed.
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Plant Performance, PV Tech Power Papers
With solar operations and maintenance experiencing significant price pressure, adequate fault detection that occurs as quickly as possible has become increasingly important for asset operators. Here, 3E’s Julien Deckx explores early fault detection strategies for solar PV plants.
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Plant Performance, PV Tech Power Papers
Last year analysis by renewables performance aggregator and insurance provider kWh Analytics highlighted the extent of solar asset underperformance against P50 estimates in the US. Here, the company’s Sarath Srinivasan details some of the reasons behind that underperformance.
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PV Tech Power Papers, System Integration
While still nascent, green hydrogen can take off as a fuel source and energy storage system if it is afforded the support, regulatory environment and financial backing it deserves, Hive Energy’s Shirvine Zhang tells Sean Rai-Roche.
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PV Tech Power Papers, System Integration
Floating solar applications continue to grow both in terms of project size and geographical reach, however there remains some uncertainty around the demands placed on balance of system components away from the module, such as floats, clamps, cabling and other electrical equipment. TÜV Rheinland’s Jörg Althaus details the factors that may influence purchasing decisions when it comes to FPV projects.
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
Alice Grundy explores the success of South Africa’s renewables auctions and the challenges that still remain for the development of PV in the country.
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
After years of not living up to its solar potential, Brazil is on the cusp of a solar boom. A confluence of factors has led to rapid investment and deployment in the country, but a few hurdles still need to be overcome, writes Sean Rai-Roche.
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Cover Story, PV Tech Power Papers
Women still make up just 32% of the renewables workforce worldwide, but initiatives are emerging with the aim of improving gender diversity at all levels. Molly Lempriere takes a look at the current state of play, and how companies are looking to attract a more gender diverse workforce.
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Cover Story, PV Tech Power Papers
As demand for solar grows, so too must its international workforce. But there are concerns that a shortage of skilled workers could stymie deployment just as it’s needed to accelerate. Jules Scully assesses where the solar skills gap is looming and industry efforts to ease it.

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