Early Mover
Gujarat launches its wind-solar hybrid policy

August 2018

To promote both wind and solar power uptake in Gujarat, the state government has launched the Gujarat Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy, 2018. It is the first state to have released a policy framework for hybrid projects […]



Global Outlook
Chinese manufacturers continue to dominate the PV module market

January 2018

With over $114 billion worth of investments in 2016, solar photovoltaic (PV) overtook wind energy to become the fastest growing renewable energy technology in the world. The installed solar PV capacity reached 303 GW globally […]



State Support
Solar pump subsidies encourage uptake by farmers

April 2018

With agriculture being the main occupation in rural India, providing adequate irrigation to farmers is the primary concern of the government. Since farmers continue to rely on erratic monsoons as the primary source of irrigation, […]





Promotion, Not Protection
Need to boost domestic module manufacturing to meet market demand

May 2018

The Indian solar power market is yet to see growth across the value chain. Even as the installed solar capacity promises to grow every year, the manufacturing segment continues to lag behind. During 2017-18, domestic […]



Efficiency Gains
Moving towards monocrystalline technology

May 2018

Solar photovoltaic (PV) has emerged as the fastest growing renewable energy technology in a span of a few years and is second only to wind in terms of uptake. This growth has been driven by […]



Showing Promise
Indian offshore wind segment takes small steps forward

June 2018

India is amongst the fastest growing economies in the world and has a rising energy demand. Endowed with a vast coastline, the country has been taking steps to harness its huge offshore wind power potential, […]



Global Wind Offshore
Major strides in 2017

June 2018

Offshore wind power has emerged as a rapidly developing source of energy across the world, with increasing maturity and a promising future. The year 2017 saw high capacity additions in many countries, low price bids, […]



Creating Synergies
Solar-wind hybrids could be the answer to India’s power problems

August 2018

By Khushboo Goyal To address the issues of demand-supply mismatch, energy security and climate change, the government, along with various state agencies, has been focusing on renewable energy development. However, land unavailability and transmission constraints […]



Setting a Trend
SECI tenders India’s first large-scale wind-solar hybrid capacity

August 2018

By Anukriti On May 25, 2018, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) issued the guidelines for setting up 2,500 MW of ISTS-connected wind-solar hybrid power projects under the National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy. The […]



Two Good
Bifacial solar modules designed to enhance generation

October 2018

By Ashay Abbhi Solar module costs have witnessed a rapid decrease over the past two years leading to a reduction in the overall costs. However, the on-field energy efficiency has remained stagnant especially in countries […]



Performance Edge
Cost and efficiency to determine the feasibility of various bifacial technologies

October 2018

By Khushboo Goyal While rapid expansion in solar photovoltaic (PV) deployments worldwide is under way, there is a massive thrust on developing the most efficient solar modules at competitive prices as well. Research and development […]



Building Scale
Solar inverter manufacturers step up their investments

February 2018

With the growth in the Indian solar segment, there is an increased demand for inverters, one of the most essential components in balance of system. The cost of inverters has seen a decline in the […]



Technology Improvements
Solar inverters get smarter, modular and more cost-effective

February 2018

The country’s total installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity reached 20 GW in 2017, of which about 9.6 GW was added during the year. Meanwhile, solar power generation increased from 11.6 billion units (BUs) in 2016 […]



Critical Components
Opportunities, demand drivers and challenges in the drives and motors market

July 2017

India is gearing up to achieve the 60 GW of wind energy target by 2022. To this end, market forces are realigning constantly to arrive at the best possible permutation of low capital costs and […]



Turbine Configuration
Trends in the global drivetrain segment

July 2017

The wind energy segment is undergoing a technological transformation globally, with increasing efficiencies and rising hub heights. All the major components of wind turbines are witnessing significant changes. A key component in wind turbines is […]



Evolving Market
Scope of EPC increases even as margins continue to decline

August 2017

As the Indian solar power market continues to grow amid declining capital costs and tariffs, several opportunities have opened up for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors. The past few years have seen a steep […]



Shifting Dynamics
Competitive bidding calls for new wind EPC strategies

August 2017

The increasing size of wind turbines and the growth of the offshore industry have made it necessary for wind power developers to undertake careful planning and execution at each stage of the project, from concept […]



Automating Solar
Adoption of robotic technologies in plant operations to bring down costs

June 2017

The growth of solar power in India has led to a drop in solar energy prices. Thus, it is incumbent upon solar plant operators to reduce their cost of operations. One of the ways to […]



Ensuring Efficient Operations
Key role of eBoP in solar plant performance

June 2017

Balance of plant (BoP) refers to the supporting and auxiliary components integrated into a power generation system. In the context of solar plants, it refers to advanced switchyards, power transformers, transmission lines, switchgears, communication systems, […]



Global Status
Solar PV growth moves from developed to developing economies

May 2017

With the growing focus on renewable energy, the power sector across the world is currently undergoing transformation, moving from conventional to alternative sources of energy. In some countries, the annual renewable capacity addition has surpassed […]



Economies of Scale
Studying the impact of large-area modules on costs

May 2017

Area-based economies of scale have been demonstrated in the manufacturing of various technologies such as flat panel displays, coated glass for architectural applications and wafer-based semiconductor processes. While the vast majority of solar photovoltaic (PV) […]



Emerging Applications
Growing potential of energy storage solutions in India

September 2018

The Indian power sector is undergoing a major transition owing to significant renewable energy integration. In 2017-18, the sector saw renewable energy capacity additions exceeding conventional power capacity additions for the first time. Transmission and […]



Age of Storage
Battery banks necessary for better grid integration

September 2018

In September 2016, several wind farms in South Australia blacked out owing to a fault in the transmission system, resulting in a continent-wide power crisis. While critics got a reason to question the increasing dependence […]



“Thin-film has many advantages”
Interview with Fortum India’s Manoj Gupta

March 2017

Fortum India’s current installed solar capacity stands at just 15 MW, but it has a fair pipeline of projects (around 170 MW) under construction in the country. The company has deployed thin-film technology at one […]



“Costs need to come down”
Interview with L&T ECC’s Milan Kumar

March 2017

L&T ECC has commissioned a total of 445 MWp of solar photovoltaic (PV)-based power plants, of which 131 MWp of capacity is based on thin-film technology. Milan Kumar, head, engineering services, L&T ECC, talks about […]



Enhancing Efficiency
Focus on increasing hub heights and rotor diameters

March 2018

Wind power is one of the more mature sources of renewable energy in India, with an installed capacity of 32.8 GW as of January 2018. This stability along with the shift to competitive bidding from […]



Headed in the Right Direction
Wind segment witnesses significant advances in turbine technology

March 2018

The global energy scenario is changing rapidly as the majority of the countries are moving towards non-fossil fuel-based renewable energy generation such as wind and solar. As per the statistics released by the Global Wind […]



Strong Connections
Technology advances in solar cabling systems

December 2017

Solar photovoltaic (PV) projects require a high-quality cabling system that connects all the electrical components together with minimum loss in energy. Unlike cables for wind projects, solar cables have to be weather and ultraviolet resistant […]



Key Links
Role of cables, connectors and junction boxes in solar plant performance

December 2017

Solar power systems are required to perform in the outside environment for over 25 years. Three often overlooked but crucial elements of these systems are cables, connectors and junction boxes. Although they make up a […]



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