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QUARTERLY EDITION: MAY 2022

104 pages

Highlights in this edition include:

  • A greener PV
    Jules Scully charts the solar industry’s efforts in decarbonising itself for the future.
  • Hitting the accelerator: Germany’s race to 215GW
    Jules Scully explores how Germany can reach its ambitious aim of 215GW of installed capacity by 2030.
  • Accelerating solar through robotics
    By Ashley Smith, chief technology & innovation officer; Deise Yumi Asami, solar transformational designs director and Alvaro Creixell, solar construction innovation project manager, at AES.
  • Module supply to the PV industry in 2022: factors driving changes across manufacturing and supply-chains
    By Finlay Colville, head of research at PV Tech.
  • When solar meets storage
    Solar and energy storage were described by Elon Musk as going together “like peanut butter and jelly”. Andy Colthorpe meets some of the players creating this winning combination in the US.
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In this issue...

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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
The rising demand for lithium-ion batteries far outstrips the available supply, even as investments into materials extraction and manufacturing ramp up like never before. But what does the situation really look like and when will it ease up? Andy Colthorpe investigates.
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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
Solar and energy storage were described by Elon Musk as going together “like peanut butter and jelly”. Andy Colthorpe meets some of the players creating this winning combination in the US.
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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
With a handful of leading regions deploying grid-scale storage at a faster rate than ever, what sort of impact are these additions having so far on the problems they are intended to solve? Cameron Murray investigates.
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Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
With Europe’s energy crisis showing no sign of abating, Charlie Ward, head of renewables at New Stream Renewables, assesses the contributing factors to price volatility and PPA strategies for renewables moving forward.
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Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
In the midst of an energy crisis, both generators and offtakers are considering their next moves. Sean Rai-Roche speaks with analysts and experts across the continent to decipher what is expected to happen to prices and what that means for companies’ operations.
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Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
Identifying reliable module supply has become a huge challenge in the PV industry over the past couple of years. Moving forward, the industry needs to create a more globallydiversified manufacturing footprint, thereby avoiding any unexpected trade-related barriers that could be enforced. Understanding which module suppliers are going to prevail in this landscape will become of key importance over the next 12-18 months, Finlay Colville explains.
Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
Solar project sites with meaningful terrain variance are becoming the norm. Nextracker’s latest innovation in single-axis tracking mitigates the cost and schedule risk associated with deploying projects on challenging terrain.
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Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
More than ever before, solar developers are implementing measures to support animal habitats and improve the biodiversity of their sites. Alice Grundy explores how this cohabitation can be encouraged - and the challenges left to tackle.
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Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
Late last year AES Corportation unveiled the Atlas, an automated solar deployment robot the company claimed to be a first of its kind. Here, AES gives PV Tech Power the full story of its development.
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Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
An industry consistently making losses and dropping its rates for years is now riding a wave of sky-high prices. Upcoming events look set to reduce prices, but shipping companies will be having a field day well into 2023, writes Sean Rai-Roche.
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Plant Performance, PV Tech Power Papers
With PV cleaning robots posing significant advantages for solar O&M, Ben Figgis of the Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute of Hamad bin Khalifa University, explores recent developments of standards in the field.
PV Tech Power Papers, System Integration
Solar PV connectors provider Stäubli discusses the risks of cross-mating PV connectors, examines the pitfalls of individual testing and details the international standards all solar PV professionals should know.
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PV Tech Power Papers, System Integration
Standardising PV modules will help reduce developer uncertainty, while at the same time, larger more efficient modules help reduce the size of photovoltaic plants, which continues to be one of the industry’s biggest challenges, writes Victor Navarrete, grid connection manager at Atlas Renewable Energy.
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PV Tech Power Papers, System Integration
The race for green hydrogen dominance is on, with global markets ramping up the scale of their ambition in terms of deployment. But this too is causing a further fight for market share among the three core electrolysis technologies, as Jonathan Tourino Jacobo learns.
PV Tech Power Papers
As rooftop solar proliferates, energy storage is perfectly placed to put more control into the hands of consumers. SOFARSOLAR has launched its modular energy storage solution, the SOFAR PowerAll, to achieve just that.
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
Having witnessed its utility-scale solar boom peak in 2015, the UK is primed for a return to large-scale solar buildout. Liam Stoker explores the pipeline, the drivers and the role of the country’s new energy security strategy in driving new solar deployment.
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
Italy’s solar sector is a market in flux, with moves by the government to ease development clashing with a clawback of solar profits hampering international investor confidence. Molly Lempriere takes a look at what the new market potential for Italy is and where it goes from here?
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
Germany‘s new rainbow coalition has hit the accelerator on solar deployment in the country, setting the ambitious aim of reaching 215GW of installed capacity by 2030. Jules Scully speaks to policy makers and developers alike to discover just how the market can reach that goal.
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Cover Story, PV Tech Power Papers
The solar industry’s manufacturing footprint, and indeed the projects themselves, are becoming ever larger, with more panels and other associated equipment being packaged and shipped globally. Now, as Emilie Oxel O’Leary, CEO at Green Clean Solar explains, the industry is getting serious on its end of life obligations and establishing a true circular economy.
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Cover Story, PV Tech Power Papers
As the world leans on solar PV to decarbonise its power supply, so must the solar industry clean up its act. Jules Scully charts the industry-wide efforts for a greener solar PV industry.
PV Tech Power Papers
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