• Severe Drought in Europe Affects Solar Power Production

    Severe Drought in Europe Affects Solar Power Production

    Sep 16, 2022

    High temperatures and severe drought in Europe this summer have affected hydro, nuclear and solar power generation. Statistics from the Norwegian consulting firm Rystad Energy show that in the first seven months of this year, Europe's hydropower generation decreased by 20% compared with the same period last year, and nuclear power generation decreased by 12%. High temperatures lead to increased evaporation in rivers, lakes and reservoirs, lowering water levels, and hydropower bearing the brunt. In Italy, for example, hydropower accounts for 20% of the country's total electricity production, but the country's hydropower production has plummeted by 40% in the past 12 months. Hydropower production in Spain also plunged by 44%. Energy analyst Fabien Langningen said that although hydropower production fluctuates widely, the 40% drop is "very extreme", not only in local areas, but all European hydropower majors have not been spared. Energy exporter Norway has warned that it may have to stop exporting energy to countries such as the UK if the country's reservoirs fail to recover. Insufficient investment in hydropower infrastructure and aging transmission lines are also reasons for the decline in hydropower production, some hydropower industry experts say. Eddie Ritchie, an expert at the International Hydropower Association, said: "We are going to have (power) problems this winter. This should be a wake-up call for us to invest more in infrastructure in the next few years." The drought has also affected nuclear power, with France being particularly affected. Several nuclear power plants of EDF have cut production in recent days, because the water temperature in natural waters is currently high, affecting the water used for cooling reactors in nuclear power plants. Sonia Senaviratner, a professor at ETH Zurich, explained that if the water level in the river is too low and the water temperature is too high, the cooling of the reactor can only be stopped, otherwise the discharged water will endanger the life in the river. The French government on the 5th of this month instructed a crisis response working group to coordinate the work of various departments to deal with the drought. "This is the worst drought ever recorded in France," the French prime minister's office said in a statement. High temperature weather is also not conducive to solar power generation, because photovoltaic power generation panels are "afraid of the sun", and high temperature will lead to power loss of power generation panels and shortened service life. Kathryn Porter, a consultant at energy consultancy Watt-Logic, said that when temperatures exceed 25 degrees Celsius, the output of photovoltaic panels drops significantly, and "everything works worse when the temperature is high".

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  • How to get to 100% emissions-free electricity

    How to get to 100% emissions-free electricity

    Sep 08, 2022

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is exploring different paths to 100% emissions-free electricity in the United States. From pv magazine USA There are many paths to reach 100% emissions-free electricity. The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released “Examining Supply-Side Options to Achieve 100% Clean Electricity by 2035,” which looks at multiple scenarios. NREL concludes that a 90% clean grid will have a low incremental cost, and that it can be built primarily with new wind, solar, storage, and transmission. However, the last 10% will present financial challenges, requiring research and new technologies. The lab points to four “critical hurdles” to reach 100%: 1.Dramatic acceleration of electrification and increased efficiency in demand 2.New energy infrastructure installed rapidly throughout the country 3.Expanded clean energy manufacturing and supply chains 4.Continued research, development, demonstration, and deployment support to bring emerging technologies to the market (the last 10% challenge) Across all of their main scenarios, the lowest cost electricity mix is dominated by wind and solar, which provide most of the generation (60% to 80%). By the end of this decade, solar will require additions of 40 GWac to 90 GWac per year, and wind will require additions of 70 GW to 150 GW per year. By 2035, the United States will need to have added 2 TW of wind and solar combined. Other accomplishments that must also happen by 2035 include the deployment of 5 GW to 8 GW of new hydropower, 3 GW to 5 GW of geothermal, and 120 GW to 350 GW of diurnal storage. Hitting these targets will require $330 billion to $740 billion in overall capital. Another complex issue is that the models require between 1,400 and 10,100 miles of new high-capacity lines each year. NREL says this will triple the deployment volume rate being installed today. Solar in the United States will need to massively increase deployment, with installation rates two to eight times that of the 15 GW of capacity that was added in 2020. These future annual installation volumes will be 25% to 110% of the entire capacity installed throughout the world in 2020.

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  • Photovoltaic developer SPNEC plans to invest in 4GW photovoltaic projects in the Philippines

    Photovoltaic developer SPNEC plans to invest in 4GW photovoltaic projects in the Philippines

    Aug 25, 2022

    The listed subsidiary of PV project developer Solar Philippines plans to build an additional 3.5GW solar plant on the basis of a 500MW system under construction on the northern island of Luzon in the Philippines. Solar Philippines claims this will make it the largest PV project in the world. The cumulative capacity of the planned project is 4GW, which will surpass the current largest solar project in the world, the Bhadla solar power plant in Rajasthan, India, which has a capacity of more than 2,245MW. UISOLAR is also experienced in designing solar power plants. We have completed many projects around the world Since 2016, Solar Philippines has been able to plan a project of this scale through efforts to acquire land and permits. This batch of projects will help the company to take advantage of the basic transmission facilities built for the initial 500MW plant. The solar power station will stretch for 60 kilometers and reach Metro Manila, one of the world's largest metropolises.

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  • Global Storage Expected to Reach 500GW by 2031

    Global Storage Expected to Reach 500GW by 2031

    Aug 05, 2022

    Wood Mackenzie, a U.K.-based data provider,released its Global Energy Storage Outlook recently. According to the report, global cumulative energy storage deployments are expected to reach 500 GW by 2031 with the United States and China representing 75% of worldwide demand. Wood Mackenzie said it sees the U.S. becoming a 27 GW per year market by 2031, and 83 percent of that figure will be utility-scale storage. The EU energy storage sector is set to grow as a result of the European Commission's REPowerEU initiative, which drives a greater share of renewable energy supply in EU member states. Especially Germany's energy storage business is expanding and is expected to surpass the U.S. and China to become the third largest energy storage market by 2030. China released a five-year plan for energy storage this year that calls for a large-scale development supply chain by 2025, in which the country aims to reduce system costs by 30 percent through improved technology performance. UISOLAR is also committed to making a cleaner world by providing solar mounting structures all over the world. We have developed many different solar mounting solutions for specific project conditions. The general categories are solar ground mounting, solar roof mounting, solar carport mounting, etc. Customized is acceptable, even under severe conditions, and we hope to contribute to environmental protection by spreading our products around the world.

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  • Battery capacity will be 1.5TWh in Europe in 2030

    Battery capacity will be 1.5TWh in Europe in 2030

    Jul 27, 2022

    According to Solarzoom, With European battery capacity expected to reach 124GWh by 2022, major Asian battery producers will expand their presence in the region and invest in many new European giga factories. The Fraunhofer ISI Institute predicts that battery production will quadruple in the next three years to more than 500GWh; by 2030, it will reach 1.5TWh. The latest figures show that Europe is likely to accommodate about a quarter of the world's battery capacity by the end of the century, with battery factories currently announced to cover at least 15 European countries. Fraunhofer ISI forecasts that by the end of the decade, new battery production plants in Germany will contribute the highest share of Europe's 400GWh battery capacity. Battery-electric drives have become a focus of the global automotive industry as they help reduce massive greenhouse gas emissions. Sustainable power storage solutions are also battery based. The growing demand for batteries requires the rapid construction of manufacturing plants that can meet the needs of different industries. Fraunhofer ISI researcher Lukas Weymann said: "The rapid development of battery production in Europe is mainly driven by European companies such as Northvolt, Volkswagen (VW) and the Automotive Cells Company (ACC). ." Northvolt is actively implementing an expansion strategy across Europe. Northvolt is targeting a maximum battery capacity of 40GWh when the company's five factories are completed. Overall, more than 40 battery makers, including non-European battery makers such as China's CATL and Tesla, have announced plans to build battery plants in Europe. These manufacturers all plan to build factories in Germany. With their Eastern European plants, South Korean battery producers LG Energy Solution and Samsung SDI will also have a very high share of European battery capacity. ACC has announced the construction of gigafactories in Germany, France and Italy. ACC will gradually build battery factories in these three countries. ACC benefits from the support provided by the European Union's Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI). Automakers Mercedes-Benz, Stellantis and French battery maker Saft are all shareholders in ACC, and they will also share investment in the construction of the battery plant. India has also witnessed a sharp rise in battery demand as sales of electric vehicles increase. According to a joint report by NITI Aayog and Rocky Mountain Institute, India's annual battery market could exceed $15 billion (approximately INR 1.12 trillion) by 2030, and battery demand will was pushed up to 260GWh.

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  • China's PV module exports in May increased by 95% year-on-year to 14.4GW

    China's PV module exports in May increased by 95% year-on-year to 14.4GW

    Jul 14, 2022

    Although the price of photovoltaic supply chain has continued to be strong due to the high price of raw materials since 2022, the global demand for photovoltaic and other renewable energy has continued to rise under the energy supply shortage caused by the wave of energy transformation and international conflicts. According to PV InfoLink's analysis of China's customs export data, China's PV module exports in May reached 14.4GW, a year-on-year increase of 95%; the cumulative module exports from January to May reached 63.4GW, a year-on-year increase of 102%, and demand grew Pretty strong. From the perspective of geographical divisions, China's module exports from January to May in each of the major regional markets have grown quite strongly, with an increase of more than 40% compared to the same period last year. On the whole, except for the Asia-Pacific market, which has fluctuated greatly after India imposed BCD tariffs in April, the demand for Chinese modules in other regional markets is relatively stable, and the European market is growing month by month. European market As of May, seven countries have imported more than 1GW of PV modules from China. Among them, the Netherlands, the largest importer and a major European transshipment port, has even imported 16.5GW of modules, a year-on-year increase of 100%. The Netherlands is expected to this year. There will be a 4GW component requirement. This year, Germany and Spain, which are the top two in terms of module demand in the European market, imported 2.1 and 4.7GW of modules in total, and the year-on-year growth has more than doubled. Germany and Spain are expected to have a module demand of 7.0 GW this year. Other countries with estimated module demand exceeding 1GW, such as Poland, Greece, Portugal and France, have also imported more than 1GW of Chinese modules. The European market will still be the region with the highest demand for photovoltaic products outside China this year. As the renewable energy policies of European countries become clearer, for example, Germany proposed a new Renewable Energy Act (EEG) bill on 4/8, planning to achieve a cumulative photovoltaic installation of 215GW before 2030, and the annual installation volume before 2025 will gradually increase To 18GW, the annual installed capacity in the next five years will reach 22GW. The policies of the EU and other European countries are also gradually planned. Under the general trend of demand growth, the European market will still be the main export of Chinese modules in the future. With the clear growth path of European market demand, PV InfoLink has raised the module demand in the European market for the whole year of 2022, which is expected to reach more than 55GW. Under optimistic circumstances, it may even exceed the module demand of 65GW.

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