Offshore floating solar – a technical perspective

By Børge Bjørneklett

With floating solar on lakes and reservoirs well on the way to becoming a mainstream concept, attention is now turning to the possibilities offered by offshore systems. Børge Bjørneklett describes some of the pioneering R&D work being undertaken in the race to take solar to the open seas

The ‘coming of age’ of UK Solar

By Liam Stoker, Solar Media

UK solar has defied a retraction of subsidies by finding ever more innovate routes to market. Liam Stoker analyses some of the most interesting business models to take hold as the UK emerges as a post-subsidy solar destination

A tipping point for financing large-scale storage?

By Maria Connolly; Stuart Urquhart

Storage has an important role to play in the UK’s future energy system, but the challenge for investors and developers is to select the right business models and combination of technologies. Maria Connolly and Stuart Urquhart at UK law firm TLT look at how some of the new regulatory and policy developments are helping enhance the bankability of storage

Long time coming: Part 2

By Andy Colthorpe, Solar Media

First developed by NASA, flow batteries are a potential answer to storing solar – and wind – for eight to 10 hours, far beyond what is commonly achieved today with lithium-ion. In the second of a two-part special report, Andy Colthorpe dives deeper into questions of bankability, market segmentation and manufacturing strategies

Project briefing

By Tom Kenning, Solar Media

In April of this year, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, drew scorn when he announced that every village across India had access to electricity. The reality that ‘electrification’ in government terminology meant that a mere 10% of households in any one village had power, was not made clear in the initial announcements.

Study on measurement of temperature coefficient of different types of PV modules in outdoor operating conditions in India

By Rajesh Kumar; Gaurav Mishra; Rakshita Mhatre; Satish Pandey

Temperature coefficient has a well-known bearing on the performance of PV modules. Based on analysis of field data gathered from operational modules in India, Satish Pandey, Rajesh Dhuriya, Gaurav Mishra and Rakshita Mhatre reveal how in actual operating conditions the temperature coefficient of modules is deviating from values provided in manufacturer datasheets, potentially impacting on project financial modelling.

Long time coming

By Andy Colthorpe

First developed by NASA, flow batteries are a potential answer to storing solar – and wind – for eight to 10 hours, far beyond what is commonly achieved today with lithium-ion. In the first of a two-part special report, Andy Colthorpe learns what the flow battery industry faces in the fight for commercialisation.

Emerging market briefing

By Tom Kenning; Ben Willis

Tom Kenning and Ben Willis look at the latest developments in some of the most promising emerging PV markets worldwide. This issue features Pakistan, Tunisia and Uzbekistan.

Black to gold: The oil & gas majors plotting a solar revolution

By Liam Stoker

The global decarbonisation agenda and still-tumbling costs are sending oil and gas giants and traditional energy majors into the PV market, and in a big way. Liam Stoker investigates what that means for the international solar market.

Advancing BIPV in Europe

By Dr. Maider Machado; Jose M. Vega de Seoane; Dr. Francoise Burgun; Dr. Ya Brigitte Assoa; Simon Challet

The EU-funded PVSITES project is working on a number of initiatives aimed at accelerating the roll-out of building-integrated PV across the continent. Members involved in the initiative outline some of the efforts being made to unleash BIPV’s as-yet untapped potential.

Project briefing - Hero Launches India’s First Solar-Wind Hybrid Project

By Tom Kenning, Solar Media

Delhi-headquartered renewable energy firm Hero Future Energies has completed India’s first largescale solar and wind energy hybrid project in the state of Karnataka. The project at Kavithal, Raichur District, which included an existing 50MW wind farm, now has a neighbouring 28.8MW solar PV site to form a hybrid system.