In all the commotion about falling module prices, the subject of cell efficiency is sometimes overlooked. Fraunhofer ISE, which is based in Freiburg, has put the topic back in the spotlight by announcing a new world record for efficiency with multicrystalline cells: 21.9 %.
In Malindi one of Kenya’s largest solar hybrid systems has started operation. The SMA Fuel Save Controller smartly integrates the PV system including 34 Sunny Tripower inverters to the public grid and the diesel generators. With an annual output of 1.6 MWh the system is expected to reduce the electricity costs of Krystalline Salt Ltd by 25 %.
The substation for the Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park has been successfully energized. ABB was responsible for the design, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning of the gas-infused switchgear substation. The project is an essential element of the vision to reach a renewable share of 7 % of Dubai’s energy consumption.
Johannes Bernreuter from the market research company Bernreuter Research has published a new study. Like previous studies, it examines the polysilicon market, this time providing an overview through the year 2020. The data that was used for the study – and there is quite a lot of it – is from November 2016. This means the data is very current. It is unlikely that anyone has a more up-to-date study. A more thorough market study probably does not exist either.
The TPedge concept reduces the material and production costs of PV modules, since encapsulation foils and the lamination process are no longer needed. At the same time, the aging stability of the PV module increases appreciably. In cooperation with its partners the Fraunhofer ISE has developed processes so that the innovative PV modules can be manufactured on an industrial scale.
European countries installed around 6.9 GW of solar power systems in 2016 - a 20 % decrease compared to the 8.6 GW that was grid-connected in 2015, according to SolarPower Europe. In the same period, the global on-grid solar power market grew by about 49 % to around 76.1 GW in 2016, from about 51.2 GW in 2015.
The World Wind Energy Association WWEA and Intersolar Europe have agreed to co-host World Small Wind Conference together. Small and medium wind stakeholders as well as the solar PV and energy storage industry are welcome to participate in the event, taking plac in Munich on 1st and 2nd June 2017 in parallel with the Intersolar Europe exhibition 2017 (31 May - 2 June).