Monday, September 22, 2014

First GW of installed PV capacity and thousands of jobs created in PV sector today in Netherlands

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS: The 29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC 2014) started on Monday 22 September, with more than 1,500 contributions from 71 countries in all areas of PV technologies, applications, markets and policies.

The conference will be combined with a top PV industry Exhibition to showcase new products and technical innovations from all over the world and from all areas of PV. This 29th conference will address not only the technical progress in research and deployment, but will also highlight the impact that the growth of PV will have on our overall energy system.

The Netherland’s Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp, opened the conference. Just this month, the Netherlands celebrated its first GW of installed PV capacity.

Teun P. Bokhoven, Conference General chairman and president of the Dutch Renewable Energy Federation says: “With the geo-political tension in the world today and Europe’s urgent need to become more energy independent, PV can strongly contribute toward a more sustainable energy future in Europe”.

“This period may be a turning point for Europe,” says Bokhoven. “Europe’s PV manufacturing capacity decreased strongly over the past years. Despite this with a strong European market and export potential, new opportunities arise for the upstream side of PV manufacturing, using the latest state of the art of Europe’s technology in producing PV at higher efficiencies and lower cost. The distribution and storage of solar energy will become as important as producing it. New challenges arise. Focus has been in the past on the production of solar energy. Today we need to look far more downstream and address the challenges of energy distribution and storage as well."

Arnulf Jaeger-Waldau, Conference Technical Programme chairman, says, “The conference in Amsterdam is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness that the declining trend of the PV industry both in manufacturing and implementation can be revised with the right political framework to exploit Europe’s innovation potential and revitalize manufacturers and installers”.

Monday’s scientific opening provided presentations on recent research advancements and new technologies.

Yingli Solar to supply over 24 MW of PV modules to Pavana solar power plant

BAODING, CHINA: Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd, the largest vertically integrated photovoltaic module manufacturer in the world, known as "Yingli Solar," announced that it will supply over 24 megawatts (MW) of solar PV modules for the Pavana Solar Park, which is the largest solar power plant to break ground in Honduras.

The project is owned by Energia Basica S.A., a Honduran energy company. Sybac Solar, a leading global solar integrator based in the United States, will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services.

Located in the city of Choluteca in southern Honduras, the Pavana Solar power plant is expected to be the largest solar project to connect to the country's national utility grid. Yingli will deliver nearly 80,000 large-format YGE 72 Cell Series modules to the project site from October through November 2014, and interconnection is expected to take place during the first quarter of 2015.

Forecasts indicate that the system will generate approximately 40,000 megawatt-hours annually, which is equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of about 61,000 Honduran citizens.

ZSW's new best mark in thin-film solar performance with 21.7 percent efficiency

STUTTGART, GERMANY: The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-W├╝rttemberg (ZSW) has set a new world record in thin-film photovoltaics.

Scientists in Stuttgart achieved 21.7 percent efficiency with a solar cell made of copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS). ZSW succeeded in bringing the record back to the institute with this cell's performance.

Swedish researchers achieved a new best mark in June, which has now been surpassed by 0.7 percentage points. The progress underway in the southwest of Germany is helping to make solar power more affordable.

EHT completes 108 KW solar energy installation under Ontario Fit program

TORONTO, CANADA: EnerDynamic Hybrid Technologies Corp. (formerly MCM Capital One Inc.) is pleased to announce that it has completed the installation of the 108 Kilowatt St. Etienne Project under the Ontario Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program.

The project includes approximately 520 Jinko solar panels, Schletter racking and Santerno Inverters. It is 25 percent owned and operated by EHT over the 20 year PPA and produces approximately 130,000 Kilowatt hours per annum and earns a rate of 71.3 cents per Kilowatt hour.

"While not material to our overall business, the Project was installed using our new rapid deployment installation system which includes a 30 percent reduction in labor costs and standardization of our supply chain," says John Gamble, CEO. "The know-how, including efficiencies and cost savings, derived from this project will drive enhanced profitability for future large scale EHT owned solar projects."

Under the Ontario Feed-in Tariff program, administered by the Ontario Power Authority, the project is backed by a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). In total, over the next 20 years, the project will provide in excess of 2.5 million hours of clean electricity for the Province of Ontario.

29th EU PVSEC starts in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS: Henk Kamp, The Netherland’s Minister of Economic Affairs opened the 29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC 2014) on Monday, 22 September 2014, 10:00.

Opening addresses are followed by Ms Marie Donnelly, European Commission, Director in DG Energy, Directorate Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency, and Fokko Pentinga, President of Amtech Systems, Member of the select Top Team Energy, the Netherlands.

The Opening Ceremony is chaired by Vladimir Sucha, Director General JRC, European Commission, and by Teun Bokhoven, Conference General Chair of the EU PVSEC 2014 and President of the Dutch Renewable Energy Federation.

Following the Opening Addresses / Political Opening, a round table of distinguished international personalities will discuss on Europe’s role in globalized PV Research, Industry and Markets.

HyperSolar sees market opportunity for fuel cell vehicles with Toyota FCV

SANTA BARBARA, USA: HyperSolar Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and water, commented today on the recent debut of the 2015 Toyota FCV, a sedan which runs on hydrogen power, and is expected to reach dealerships in the middle of next year.

The vehicle, chronicled in a recent USA Today story, is expected to possess an approximate 300-mile range, and cost around $50-$60 to refuel. The highly anticipated automobile will join other hydrogen-powered vehicles including the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell and Honda FCX Clarity, as auto manufacturers continue to develop fuel cell powered vehicles.

Toyota also commented on the scalability of hydrogen fuel cell technologies, citing the need for large vehicles such as buses and trucking fleets to become more energy efficient.

The product rollouts are rapidly growing, as manufacturers seek to leverage market opportunities, such as in the state of California where approximately 50 stations are expected to be operating by the end of 2016. Toyota highlighted the importance of fueling infrastructure and production, as a spokesperson for the company referenced the state's approximately $200 million in funding from the California Energy Commission, as well as Toyota's "undisclosed investment in hydrogen producer FirstElement Fuel."

This expansion of fueling stations has increased the need for actual hydrogen fuel production, for which HyperSolar seeks to apply its hydrogen fuel produced from renewable resources such as wind or solar, known as "green hydrogen," as opposed to "brown hydrogen" produced from natural gas, a fossil fuel.

The market for renewable hydrogen production is anticipated to grow as according to a 2014 Union of Concerned Scientists article at least 33 percent of the hydrogen provided at a company's California filling stations must come from renewable sources to meet the standard.

Abengoa announces first asset sale to Abengoa Yield

WASHINGTON, USA: Abengoa, the company that develops innovative technology solutions for sustainable development in the energy and environment sectors, has entered into a definitive agreement with Abengoa Yield, subject to the closing of financing, to sell three renewable facilities for a total amount of $323 million.

The transaction has been approved by both Abengoa Yield's and Abengoa's boards of directors.

The renewable assets sold consist of:
* Solacor and PS, Concentrating Solar Power assets with a combined capacity of 131 MW located in Spain,
* Cadonal, a 50 MW wind farm located in Uruguay.

The closing of the operation is scheduled to be formalized before the end of the year and is framed within the Right Of First Refusal agreement signed by both companies.