• To generate over 1 million kWh of solar power per year at GE’s six key manufacturing and maintenance sites in India.
  • To curb emission of over 13,000 kg of CO2 per day.

Tata Power Renewable Energy, India's largest renewable energy company and Tata Power's wholly-owned subsidiary, has entered into a Power Purchase Agreement with GE to provide solar rooftop solutions for six manufacturing and services sites in India. Tata Power will install solar rooftop projects at manufacturing sites located at Durgapur in West Bengal, Pallavaram and Hosur in Tamil Nadu, multi-modal manufacturing site at Pune and upcoming factory at Marhowra in Bihar and maintenance facility at Roza in Uttar Pradesh. The project would be executed on build-own-operate basis.

Read more: Tata Power renewables signs PPA with GE for 5MW...

Nexant, a global provider of technology enabled solutions to the Utility and Energy industries, announced today that it has successfully completed the six-year bilateral Partnership to Advance Clean Energy – Deployment Technical Assistance Program funded by the United States Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of State. The PACE-D TA Program focused on deploying and scaling up energy efficiency, renewable energy, and cleaner fossil technologies through enabling policy and regulatory frameworks, institutional strengthening, pilot projects, business models, and capacity building of key stakeholders.

Read more: Nexant Successfully Completes USAID Technical...

OPES Solutions, a leading supplier of off-grid solar modules, will deliver over 100,000 special modules for rental bikes in May and June this year. With the help of the independent power supply provided by the OPES modules, the bikes are able to communicate actively with the lender at all times. As a result, maintenance and logistics concepts can be successfully implemented.

Read more: OPES Solutions supplies solar modules for over...

This 54 megawatt (MW) solar project consists of three major work sites:

  • the site includes: the solar panels, racking, direct current electrical collection system, alternating current electrical system, inverters and associated infrastructure, access roads and perimeter fence
  • the connection line includes: overhead and underground electrical line circuits
  • the substation includes: electrical substation transformer, communication lines and related electrical infrastructure to connect the project to the transmission system.
Read more: Loyalist Solar: Major construction work underway

The commercial storage system manufacturer Tesvolt has been nominated for the renowned German Entrepreneur Award. The panel of judges has named the Wittenberg-based company as one of the top three finalists in the Rising Star category, rating it as being among the most successful start-ups in Germany of recent years. The German Entrepreneur Award is presented by ZDF, stern, Sparkasse and Porsche.

First fully automated storage system production facility

“We are delighted to have been nominated. Since being founded, Tesvolt has achieved an excellent rate of growth. We would never have imagined that our storage systems would have taken off so quickly around the world,” comments Daniel Hannemann, Managing Director of Tesvolt, who established the company with Simon Schandert in 2014. The two engineers started out by using their own savings to develop their very first prototype storage solution. “The demand was there and we both had a large network of connections in the photovoltaics industry,” recalls Hannemann.

The company soon found strong partners in the form of SMA and Samsung SDI. SMA Solar Technology supplies the powerful inverters used in Tesvolt’s storage systems, while Samsung provides the lithium-based prismatic high-efficiency cells of the kind used in state-of-the-art electric cars. “Our next venture is to develop a German gigafactory by planning the first fully automated and digitalised battery production plant in Germany,” says Hannemann. Tesvolt is continuing to grow and the number of staff members it employs in Wittenberg is expected to increase to 50 by the end of the year.

Battery management paved the way for the company’s success

“Our proprietary battery management system is the ultimate reason behind Tesvolt’s success,” says Simon Schandert, Director of Engineering at Tesvolt. “It makes Tesvolt storage systems especially durable and economical, both of which are essential criteria for anyone looking to invest in a large storage solution. While other storage units on the market fall short when it comes to cost efficiency, Tesvolt’s products pay for themselves within a few years – even without subsidies.”

The battery management system ensures that the battery cells are always charged and discharged in an ideal way. The active cell balancing is not only limited to the cells within a battery module, but the different battery modules are also optimised to fit with each other. This design is unique in the world. The Active Battery Optimizer monitors the temperature, voltage and state of charge of each individual cell or battery module, significantly boosting the cells’ lifespan. This gives Tesvolt storage systems a service life of up to 30 years, which is the equivalent of around 8,000 complete charge cycles with a depth of discharge (DoD) of 100 percent. At 92 percent, Tesvolt storage systems also achieve the highest efficiency rating found in the market.

Over 1,000 international projects

More than 1,000 customers are already using Tesvolt storage solutions worldwide. For example, in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, Tesvolt storage units help to ensure that the city’s exhibition centre has a secure power supply. In Rwanda, meanwhile, battery power is used to supply one of the largest water pump projects in the world and in Mali Tesvolt storage systems provide 250,000 people with solar power.

Borealis and Borouge, leading providers of innovative, value-creating plastics solutions, announce the introduction of two new encapsulant film types based on two new Quentys™ polyolefin grades. The companies launched Quentys in 2017 as the umbrella brand for solar grades and products. Borealis Quentys PO encapsulant film now improves the operational reliability of photovoltaic modules throughout product lifetime, offering  better cost efficiency and a sustainable solution for PV modules.

Read more: Borealis and Borouge launch solar encapsulant...

EuPD is a neutral research institution, which enjoys a high reputation in European PV industry, committed to providing authoritative market intelligence on sustainable industries and provides. Its Top Brand PV represents a brand’s success in Europe. This award is through multi-levels polls and scientific analysis of installers and middlemen which are from European PV stations and mainstream market countries, to select one manufacturing enterprises which has high performance on brand satisfaction, brand loyalty, product quality, promotion efficiency and other indicators.

Read more: Ginlong awarded TOP Brand PV inverters by EuPD...

The solar module manufacturer Astronergy is profiting from the favourable market conditions in the wholesale sector. The company has won over a majority of electrical and photovoltaics wholesale customers who previously obtained their modules from SolarWorld. Astronergy’s solar modules are produced in one of the world’s most cutting-edge factories at its Frankfurt (Oder) site, Germany, and are sold via wholesale partners.

Read more: Astronergy wins further wholesale market shares

Enphase Energy Inc, a global energy technology company and the world’s leading supplier of solar microinverters, has announced Eric Branderiz has been appointed vice president and chief financial officer, effective today. Mr. Branderiz succeeds Bert Garcia, who will support an orderly transition of duties.

Read more: Enphase Energy appoints new CFO

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