Photovoltaic

Switzerland: Strong Heat Pump and PV Competition

(Source: Swissolar)

There couldn’t be a starker contrast between the market development of two renewable heat segments: Whereas Swiss heat pump sales remained at around 18,400 units per year from 2014 to 2016, collector sales dropped significantly from 117,634 m² in 2014 to 66,699 m² last year. Market volume is now below where it was ten years ago and solar water heaters are facing strong competition from heat pumps and photovoltaics. The annual solar thermal symposium on 8 November in Dübendorf near Zurich will provide an opportunity to discuss alternative applications and technologies.

10.10.2017

ABB and Northvolt partner for Europe’s largest battery factory

ABB and Northvolt have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a wide-ranging supply and technology partnership. Based on ABB’s technology and know how Northvolt can push forward the plan of Europe’s largest battery factory a great deal.

28.09.2017

Asunim and SolarLog™ strengthen cooperation in Turkey

20 MW pv project in Akhisar/Turkey

The project developer, EPC and O&M company Asunim Turkey has selected SolarLog™ to monitor two solar PV plants currently under construction in Akhisar and Kula. Asunim Turkey and Solare Datensysteme GmbH (SDS) have been cooperating now for several years and SolarLog™ monitoring is already deployed for a number of Asunim’s PV projects.

21.09.2017

Ingeteam to supply 1.17 GW of inverters for PV project in Abu Dhabi

Ingeteam’s central inverter solution will be installed in the Sweihan PV project. (Photo: Ingeteam)

The Spanish manufacturer Ingeteam Power Technology has been awarded to supply inverters for a PV plant with a total capacity of 1.177 GW in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). The project will be built by Sterling and Wilson, a global solar EPC company.

12.09.2017

SMA plans new subsidiary in Mexico

Aura Solar I is using SMA inverters for a portion of the project. (Photo: Photo Courtesy of Gauss Energía)

In SMA’s growth plans, Mexico plays an important role. Due to this fact, SMA Solar Technology plans to open a new subsidiary in Mexico by the end of 2017. The facility will support sales and service efforts in the country.

07.09.2017

Goundbreaking for two new PPA-Projects in California

At the ceremony (from left to right): Petaluma Councilmember Dave King, Coldwell Solar's EVP of Construction Kevin Webb, Property Owner Josephine Lavio, Supervisor David Rabbit, and Sonoma Clean Power's CEO Geof Syphers. (Photo: Coldwell Solar / SCP)

When solar integrator Coldwell Solar and not-for-profit electricity provider Sonoma Clean Power broke ground for a combined 2 MW of solar energy facility it marked the next step in the journey to a clean energy future for the Californian Sonoma and Mendocino counties. The plant is the first of two new projects that involve PPAs. Under the agreements, Coldwell Solar developed the projects and will build, operate and maintain the solar plants and deliver an agreed-upon amount of solar generated electricity to SCP.

01.09.2017

A 150MW solar thermal power plant will be built in South Australia by global company SolarReserve.

The Aurora Solar Energy Project located in Port Augusta, about 300 km north of the South Australian capital Adelaide, will incorporate eight hours of storage or 1100 MWh, allowing it to operate like a conventional coal or gas power station. The AU-$ 650 million plant – the biggest of its kind in the world – will have a capacity of about 135MW under normal operating conditions with the ability to increase that output in favourable conditions. It will be situated about 150km northwest of Jamestown, where Elon Musk will install the world’s largest Lithium-ion battery at Hornsdale Wind Farm

14.08.2017

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