Analysis of Ireland’s first renewables auction

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Harsh Goenka, from solar forecasting company Solargis analyzes the results of the nation’s first clean energy tender for pv magazine after the procurement exercise secured an average solar electricity price of €72.92/MWh. It was something of a surprise when solar outperformed wind in Ireland’s first renewable energy auction, finalized in early August. Solar secured 796.3 MW ….  Read More

German researchers identify source of impurities in multicrystalline silicon

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Scientists from Fraunhofer IISB, Wacker Chemie and Alzchem say unwelcome metals enter the silicon primarily through coating of the quartz crucible. The finding could enable manufacturers to make predictions about the quality of silicon blocks. From pv magazine Germany. Why do metallic impurities materialize during the production of multicrystalline silicon blocks? Scientists from research body ….  Read More

Energy storage and network reinforcement

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As renewables penetration increases, transmission and distribution (T&D) infrastructure will require significant reinforcement. Battery storage is becoming a key alternative to traditional ways of reinforcing network infrastructure, because it is fast to deploy, can provide multiple services, and often comes at a lower capital cost. IHS Markit analyst Oliver Forsyth delves into the additional value ….  Read More