Leading global solar inverter manufacturer Sineng Electric made headway with the launch of a new central distributed inverter for bifacial solar modules recently in Beijing. The new product drew wide attention from industry watchers, customers and media organizations.

Bifacial Solar modules not only collect sunlight on the side facing the light source, but they also collect light on the back side that is reflected from the surface beneath the solar panel and from the environment. Bifacial modules can generate an additional yield between 10 to 30 percent, compared with monofacial modules. However, due to the increased current of each string and seriously string mismatch, bifacial modules do not always perform perfectly due to the limited of traditional inverters when light conditions are optimal. In a move that not only resolves these issues but also facilitates technological progress across the sector, Sineng Electric has created and released a new central distributed inverter compatible with bifacial solar modules.

"Bifacial modules will become a leading force in the industry due to significant improvement in energy yields and reduction in cost. The inverter is the first of its kind, a combination of the extensive expertise we gained as the result of the acquisition of a global top 500 firm, our rich experience in the operation of inverters, and our dedicated efforts in research and development. The solution is compatible with leading P-type PREC and N-type bifacial modules available in the market," said Sineng Electric General Manager of Products, Wang Yuelin, at the forum.

With the higher yields and lower system costs, Sineng Electric's central distributed inverter system (with multi MPPT inputs) has been widely applied in various scenarios. The new central distributed inverter comes equipped with the MPPT combination box designed specially for bifacial modules, capable of supporting an increase in the maximum operating current up to 12.5A and a current gain of over 30 percent on the back side of the panel. The string-level MPPT technology solves issues related to string mismatch caused by an uneven exposure to light on the back side, despite the complex conditions of the surface beneath the solar panel. The power-capacity ratio on the DC side supports extensive and flexible configurations and adapts to the change in capacity (0.9 - 1.3) on the DC side, which is caused by the difference in current gain on the back side. The unit is capable of operating at full capacity at 55 degrees C and addresses the issues related to the high current gain on the back side. In addition, the ability to handle long periods of 1.1X and short periods of 1.2X overload capability evenly matches the overload capabilities of the AC-side transformer and boost circuit. The power supply for the tracking bracket integrated with the delivery system delivers a cost-effective combination of a tracking bracket and bifacial solar modules.

With years of experience in innovation and development, Sineng Electric has been named one of the top three inverter manufacturers in China. The company has also achieved several key technological breakthroughs in the inverter field and built its leading position in terms of research and development, thanks to the development platform and technologies it gained as the result of the acquisition of a global top 500 firm. Looking forward, Sineng Electric plans to continue increasing its investments in research and development, improving its technologies and driving solar to grid parity.

Dr. Rahul Walawalkar, Executive Director, India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA)
Honourable Finance minister has made a welcomed move by stressing on building a strong infrastructure both for Roadways, Railways and Smart Cities. Which we are sure will include Electric Transportation and optimal electrification of the railways. As part of the Smart Cities, Energy Storage and microgrids will play a vital role. Improving power quality and reliability is the backbone for effective implementation.
Govt. increased the allocation money under FAME scheme but its non-ambitious goals of 100% EV’s by 2030 is minimal. We are looking forward for the National Energy Storage mission which should lay out more specifics about EV’s. This is a good start, but we expect lot more clarity & initiatives from Govt for 100% electrification targets.
The continued support for Make In India in areas including defense will create additional opportunities for the sector. We can see lot of opportunities in storage integration like for diesel cost minimization, armed forces & similar opportunities can help the government to save more money by adopting these technologies.
On the other hand,  increased custom duty on electronic items is a matter of concern. IESA’s priority right now is on increasing domestic demand where the upfront cost is definitely a concern as number of products the domestic manufacturing is not available. Detailed studies are in progress to see the implications pertaining to storage sector although the budget don’t mentioned of additional custom duties. Increase in custom duty will create hurdle in market adaption.

NTPC invites bids for Agro Residue based fuel as part of environment friendly drive in NCR Encouraging participation from start-ups

08th Feb, 2018

New Delhi, February 08 – NTPC ,India’s biggest power producer has invited bid for procuring 1,000 metric tonnes per day of agro residue based fuel for its 2,650 MW Dadri power plant in the National Capital Region as part of initiatives to help clean air and provide farmers with an alternate to burning crop residues, a major contributor to pollution.

After completing the initial phases of test firing of biomass based pellets, NTPC has invited bids to supply 1,000 metric tonnes per day of agro residue based fuel (500 metric tonnes per day of agro residue pellets and 500 metric tonnes per day of torrefied agro residue based pellets or briquettes),” a company spokesperson said .

The tender will be for two years for 1,000 metric tonnes a day with “a capping price of Rs 5,500 per metric tonne has been kept for agro residue based pellets and Rs 6,600 per tonne for pellets or briquettes of torrefied agro residue.

India has some of the highest levels of outdoor air pollution in the world. Multiple air pollution sources present a significant health burden attributable to ambient air pollution in India today. They also pose major challenges for air quality management and for the reduction of air pollution-related health burden in the future. Open burning of biomass has been identified as one of the major cause of poor air quality in Northern India, especially in and around Delhi.

Understanding the gravity of the problem, NTPC initiated a programme to consume agro residue based fuel for firing in their power plants along with coal. Subsequently, the government has also come with an advisory to fire five to ten per cent of agro residue based fuel in thermal power plants.

A recognised technology to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), firing agro reside based pellets along with coal is more economical and efficient than dedicated biomass plant and also avoids risk of loss of generation due to alternate fuel availability. As against solar and wind, biomass power can be scheduled as per load demand, eliminating indirect costs to handle variability of variable renewables, contributing to affordable power to all.

To attract start-ups and greater participation, NTPC has allowed participation of bidders without any prior experience. Companies/state or central PSUs/individuals/partnership firms/ NGOs/trusts/co-operatives/welfare societies/ limited liability partnership (LLP) having GSTIN and PAN can participate in the bidding process.

Sufficient lead time is also being provided to establish new manufacturing capacity as the successful bidders will be required to deliver the material from September 2018. Further, NTPC has broken up the total demand into smaller lots of 20 metric tonnes per day. A bidder can bid for any number of lots but not exceeding 12 lots to encourage wider participation.

If NTPC is able to attract sufficient bidders for the quantity required, it can open doors for using agro residue in power plants across the country. This can dramatically increase the share of renewable energy in the country, reducing carbon footprint of thermal power plants. The initiative would not only discourage infield crop burning abating pollution, but also create large scale rural employment opportunities in agro residue supply chain and its processing.

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  • DiptiDipti Swain, General Counsel, Azure Power
Azure Power (NYSE: AZRE), a leading independent solar power producer in India, announced the appointment of Dipti Swain as the General Counsel of Azure Power.

Mr. Swain comes on board with 12 years of diversified work experience across multiple sectors and functions. Most recently he was a partner with Luthra & Luthra law firm covering securities law, mergers and acquisitions, capital market transactions and other corporate law matters for leading Indian and overseas corporations. He has provided legal advisory for transactions over US$ 33 billion for foreign as well as Indian investors and corporations. Dipti has a number of publications to his credit in various national and international journals and is visiting faculty at law schools.
Speaking on this occasion, Inderpreet Wadhwa, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Azure Power said, "We are pleased to welcome Dipti as the General Counsel of Azure Power. Given his proven track record as a well-established and respected legal professional in corporate and securities law in India, we are confident that his contributions will further strengthen the Company’s strong governance, enhance our efforts to bring in the right expertise, and help Azure Power remain on the forefront of best practices.”

Commenting on the appointment, Dipti Swain said, “Azure Power, being an established leader in the solar power industry in India, is at the forefront of energy transformation through renewables in the country. I look forward to leading effective risk and change management as part of Azure Power’s growth plans.”

About Azure Power

Azure Power (NYSE: AZRE) is a leading independent solar power producer with a pan-Indian portfolio of over 1,600 MWs. With its in-house engineering, procurement and construction expertise and advanced in-house operations and maintenance capability, Azure Power provides low-cost and reliable solar power solutions to customers throughout India. It has developed, constructed and operated solar projects of varying sizes, from utility scale to rooftop, since its inception in 2008. Highlights include the construction of India’s first private utility scale solar PV power plant in 2009 and the implementation of the first MW scale rooftop project under the smart city initiative in 2013.
For more information, visit: www.azurepower.com

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Jakson Group, India’s leading energy and engineering solutions company with presence in Powergen & Distribution, Solar, EPC and Defence industries, announced a strategic partnership with Al Naboodah Electrics, part of UAE’s oldest and most respected family conglomerates, Al Naboodah Group Enterprises (ANGE) to distribute its wide range of solar products including solar modules in the Middle-East market. 
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Prakash Tiwari New Director (Operations) NTPC

31st Jan, 2018

Shri Prakash Tiwari has taken over the charge as Director (Operations), NTPC with effect from 31st January 2018. Prior to elevation to the post of Director (Operations), he was working as ED (Operations) & was looking after all activities related to operation of NTPC power plants.

Shri Prakash Tiwari, Director (Operations) NTPC, is a Mechanical Engineering Graduate from NIT Raipur. He joined NTPC as 6th batch Executive Trainee in 1981. He has an illustrious career spanning over 37 years of outstanding contribution in management of large size plants in the area of power plant operation & maintenance and in project construction as a Professional Manager, Strategic Planner and a Business Leader. He has led several initiatives for achieving operational excellence of Plants.

Shri Tiwari’s experience in power sector includes more than 7 years at senior management level as a “Business Unit Head” of NTPC Stations i.e Unchahar, Korba and Solapur.

Shri Tiwari is also Part-Time Director on the Board of NTPC Tamil Nadu Energy Company Ltd. (NTECL) and Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam Ltd. (KBUNL).

As Director (Operations), NTPC, he shall be responsible for overall planning for smooth & safe operation of all NTPC power generating stations of more than 51000 MW capacity and also for fuel security & environment compliance of all Power Plants.

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Prasant Kumar Mohapatra, New Director(Technical ) NTPC

31st Jan, 2018

Shri Prasant Kumar Mohapatra has taken over the charge as Director (Technical), NTPC with effect from 31st January 2018. Prior to joining the board, he worked as Executive Director(Technical) at the NTPC -Corporate Centre.

Shri Prasant Kumar Mohapatra graduated in Mechanical Engineering from REC Rourkela in the year 1980. He joined NTPC in 1980 as an Executive Trainee and has more than 37 years of experience from concept to commissioning of power plants.

Shri Mohapatra started his career with Corporate Engineering Department and later moved to Talcher Super Thermal Plant where he served in Mechanical Erection and Turbine Maintenance. As Head of Maintenance and later on as head of O&M, he spearheaded several critical R&M activities at Talcher Thermal Power Plant. As head of O&M at Vindhyachal (3260MW), he was responsible for commissioning of new units as well as R&M of 200MW units.

Shri Mohapatra served as Business Unit Head at Kawas Gas Project, Sipat, Kahalgaon and Ramagundam. It was under his leadership that the first three 660MW super-critical units of NTPC were commissioned and declared commercial within a short span of 10 months. He had also headed Western Region –II of NTPC where he handled large portfolio of coal based and solar based plants both under construction and operation stages.

As Director (Technical), Shri Mohapatra shall be responsible for investment approval of projects, complete engineering during the development of the project, engineering support during O&M phase of the station and engineering for R&M of NTPC’s aged power stations for enhancing life and efficiency of power plant, for the entire portfolio of NTPC i.e Thermal, Hydro, Renewable. He shall also be responsible for R & D activities through NETRA (NTPC Energy Technology and Research Alliance), information technology function and Enterprise Resource Planning.

Shri Mohapatra is also Part-Time Director on the Board of Madhya Pradesh Power Generating Company Limited and Patratu Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited.

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