Settling Deviations
Implementation of forecasting, scheduling and DSM regulations

May 30, 2021

As the share of renewable energy projects connected to the grid is increasing, it is essential to have forecasting, scheduling and deviation settlement mechanism (DSM) regulations in place for renewables such as wind and solar. […]

Strong Potential
Advanced monitoring techniques for wind assessment at higher heights

May 30, 2021

The success of the wind energy segment depends on accurate monitoring and resource assessment of the wind potential, based on which sites are selected for setting up wind power projects. This process is more cumbersome […]

Twin Benefits      
WtE plants could help better manage and utilise urban waste

September 28, 2022

India is on its way to overtake China in becoming the most populous country in the world. At this juncture, one can assume that “with great population, com­es great responsibility”. As the population grows and […]

Data Dive
Observations on remote monitoring

November 3, 2022

Remote monitoring of solar photovoltaic (PV) plants is now standard in almost all projects. The primary goal of remote monitoring is to collect da­ta that can be used to develop corrective actions, if performance falls […]

Technology Edge
Using robots and drones for efficient solar O&M

November 2, 2022

Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and computer vision (CV) are gradually occupying room in the renewable energy generation space. The deployment of these modern te­chnologies alongside ro­bots and drones plays a significant role in the […]

Larger Designs
Global market trends in the wind rotor and blade market

June 29, 2021

There are many ways to maximise wind power generation at a particular site. One of the prime solutions is bigger rotors and blades, which can cover a wider area. The benefits of larger blades are […]

Export Ambitions
Opportunities and challenges for Indian wind manufacturers

June 28, 2021

Due to delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Indian wind energy sector witnessed its slowest year in 2020, adding a mere 1.1 GW of capacity. Almost 2 GW of installations were either pushed to […]

Strong Bones
Developments in the mounting structure market

January 20, 2022

The fast growing solar segment owes its growth to the uptake in project ins­tallations. To fully utilise the solar pot­en­tial from the large number of solar projects, it is important for them to be efficient […]

Quality Checks
Standardisation and certification of solar projects

January 20, 2022

The solar energy industry in India is expanding, with the installed capacity increasing by 11 times between 2014 and 2019, according to the statistics provided by the Ministry of New and Renew­able Energy (MNRE). With […]

Floating Platforms
Technology trends and design considerations

February 2, 2022

Land acquisition challenges have long hindered the implementation of large solar power projects in India. Many projects have been delayed, tenders po­st­poned and bids cancelled. Thus, other solar segments such as rooftop and floating solar […]

Interview with Deepak Ushadevi
“Floating solar has been gaining good traction”

February 2, 2022

The floating solar segment has attracted the interest of the renewable energy industry, particularly in view of the land acquisition challenges. Further, higher generation, lower operations and maintenance (O&M) costs, and reduced water evaporation are […]

Quality Cables
Standards and specifications for solar PV projects

June 3, 2022

Cables are a critical part of solar power plants. They are responsible for linking various components and carrying the solar energy generated from modules through the inverter to the grid for transmission to load centres. […]

Interview with the Sriram Group’s Ashutosh Garg
“The quality of cables must be strictly ensured”

June 3, 2022

Cables are a crucial component of the solar industry. As solar plants function in an open environment, they have to withstand severe weather conditions, dust, heat and UV radiations. To ensure safety and smooth functionality […]

Technology Roadmap
Anticipated trends in the c-Si PV industry

June 28, 2022

To keep up with the competition from conventional energy sources and oth­er renewable energy sources, the so­lar PV industry must continuously develop and provide effective and efficient power generation products. An international technology roadmap can […]

Spurring Growth
Changing PV market dynamics and technology advances

June 27, 2022

With the global focus on renewable energy transition, the solar PV in­dustry has been growing continuously with competitive market dynamics. The improvement in efficiencies, reduction in manufacturing costs and increased investment in research and development […]

Green Hydrogen Economy
India explores the H2 path in its energy transition

March 31, 2021

Once viewed as the fuel of the future, green hydrogen, or hydrogen produced using renewable energy sources, has swiftly assumed centre stage in the global energy transition. Governments, as well as the massive energy industry […]

Latent Demand
Green hydrogen potential and development plans

March 30, 2021

Hydrogen is a key component of the efforts being made towards greening the grid in India. While the hydrogen segment is at a nascent stage, it holds immense growth potential. To scale up green hydrogen […]

Growth Spurt
Monocrystalline solar gains ground across leading PV markets

October 4, 2020

According to International Energy Agency statistics, the year 2019 has witnessed cumulative global solar installations crossing 600 GW, with roughly 115 GW of new capacity addition. This marks a 12 per cent increase in annual […]

Making Inroads
Monocrystalline technology makes its presence felt in the Indian market

October 3, 2020

The solar power sector in India is transitioning from multicrystalline module technology to monocrystalline module technology. While the latter is more efficient and less sensitive to high temperatures, it is also more expensive. India traditionally […]

Keeping Modules Clean
Solar O&M market, costs and key issues

December 5, 2020

Unlike project development and execution, which take one to two years, a solar project’s operations and maintenance (O&M) phase continues for the entire 25-year life of the plant. Efficient O&M, thus, is critical for mitigating […]

Robots at Work
Emerging solutions in the module cleaning space

December 4, 2020

In terms of growth, solar power continues to dominate other renewables. The year 2019 witnessed the installation of an unprecedented level of solar capacity. As per REN21, about 115 GW of solar generation capacity was […]

Promising Technology
Bifacial modules find a market in India

May 7, 2020

Bifacial module technology is being seen as one of the most promising innovations in the solar power segment. Bifacial solar modules produce solar power from both sides. These have transparent backsheets as opposed to the […]

Attracting Attention
Bifacial emerges as a prominent technology for utility-scale projects

May 6, 2020

The solar photovoltaic (PV) technology landscape is changing rapidly to meet industry demands. With roughly 580 GW of global PV installations as of December 2019 and capacity additions increasing at a steady pace, more efficient […]

Regulating Renewables
Need for uniform forecasting, scheduling and DSM regulations

April 27, 2022

As the share of grid-connected re­newable energy projects is increasing, it is essential to put in place fo­re­casting, scheduling and deviation settlement mechanism (DSM) regulations for renewables such as wind and solar. Over the past […]

Prediction Accuracy
Technology trends in forecasting renewable energy generation

April 27, 2022

Renewable energy forecasting is critical for integrating variable renewa­b­le energy resources like wind and so­lar power into the grid. Wind and solar power are heavily dependent on weather conditions, and thus their energy generation pa­tt­erns […]

Remote Control
Focus on maximising efficiency and minimising costs

April 30, 2021

As the solar segment expands, there is an increasing need to improve the efficiency of solar plants. This includes improving equipment performance, increasing longevity and minimising operational expenses. One key area where market technologies are […]

Tech Edge
Robots and drones offer clear advantages over manual O&M

April 3, 2021

Robots have come a long way since their laboratory days to being widely used in manufacturing, farming, the military and even healthcare. In pursuit of emission reduction, countries across the globe are switching to cleaner […]

Demand Spike
Global trends in the solar glass and mirror market

February 5, 2021

In order to fully utilise the potential of solar energy, the absorption and reflection of sunlight is crucial. Solar glasses and mirrors are thus some of the most important components of a solar system. They are […]

Market Dynamics

February 4, 2021

Solar photovoltaic (PV) glass is among the most critical components of solar power plants, as the glass and its backsheets act as the first point of contact with solar irradiation. The glass sheet protects solar […]

Sustainable Habitat
Green buildings movement gains momentum but needs public awareness

December 30, 2019

India’s real estate sector is expected to contribute 13 per cent to the country’s GDP by 2025 and reach a market size of $1 trillion by 2030. However, the environmental footprint of this industry is […]

Solar Homes
BIPV yet to build a strong foundation

December 29, 2019

Interest in building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), wherein PV modules are utilised as the roof, facade, walls, windows and sunshades of buildings, is growing worldwide. This is partly because of the emphasis on sustainable green buildings and […]

PV Testing
Regular module inspection a key priority for improved energy output

January 23, 2020

India has been witnessing rapid capacity additions in the solar PV segment, driven by factors such as the emergence of a large number of project developers and highly competitive tariffs. While solar power has now […]

Absorbing Variability
LDCs tackle operational complexities in solar power integration

January 22, 2020

While solar power capacity installation and generation has improved significantly, its integration into the existing grid system continues to be a challenge. In this regard, the role of the National Load Despatch Centre (NLDC) and […]

Bigger is Better
Longer blades offer efficiency gains, but pose logistical challenges too

July 28, 2019

There are many ways to maximise wind power generation at a particular site. One of the prime solutions is bigger rotors and blades, which can cover a wider area. The benefits of using longer blades […]

Losing Weight
Efforts to develop lighter, more efficient drivetrains

July 27, 2019

Wind power capacity has been growing at a brisk pace globally over the past few years. This trend is expected to continue with increase in the demand for clean and renewable energy. In India, wind […]

Battery Benefits
Demand and outlook for grid-scale storage in India

April 3, 2022

When it comes to energy security, India has travelled a long way. From an energy-deficient scena­rio to a state of energy surplus, the prog­ress has been remarkable. Despite this significant advancement, the country still struggles […]

Efficient Storage
Increasing importance of BESS integration with smart grids

April 1, 2022

Energy storage is an integral component of electricity generation, transmission and distribution systems. Traditionally, energy storage needs have been met by physical storage of fuel for thermal power plants as well as through large-scale pumped […]

The science behind electricity generation in solar cells
By Atul Raaizada, President of Projects & O&M at Hero Future Energies

July 24, 2020

Primarily the origin of electricity was based upon rotating a conductor in a magnetic field in such a way so as to cut across the lines of magnetic force.With the growing need of conservation of […]

Sophisticated Cells
Emerging PV technologies focus on higher efficiencies at lower prices

May 28, 2019

  The solar PV segment has come a long way both in India and globally. Its acceptance has increased significantly owing to the decline in costs. As a result, it has acquired a higher market […]

Solar Irrigation
Recommendations for sustainable implementation

August 6, 2022

The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Sura­ksha Evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) scheme, launched in 2019 by the Ministry of New and Renewable En­er­gy, aims to usher in the sustainable transformation of India’s agricultural sector through solar […]

Promising Trends
Progress and challenges in the solar pump industry

August 5, 2022

The Government of India has set an ambitious target to install 500 GW of non-fossil fuel-based energy capacity by 2030. A significant proportion of this target is expected to be met by solar pow­er installations. […]

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

May 29, 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 28, 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 28, 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 27, 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 24, 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 23, 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 26, 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 25, 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 […]

Bringing in Reform
Honduras’s policy makeover opens up opportunities in renewable

January 23, 2019

Honduras, with a per capita GDP of $2,480 in 2017, is the second poorest country in Central America and the third poorest in Latin America, ahead of only Haiti and Nicaragua. The country, however, has […]

Quality Concerns
Need for solar plant standards for better yields

January 23, 2019

By Ashay Abbhi Considering that the life cycle of a solar power plant spans about a quarter of a century, durability and consistency of solar panels become extremely important. The quality of panels and all […]

Smart Currents
Application of AI in wind power projects

November 11, 2021

The power sector landscape has ev­olved significantly over the last deca­de and is no longer limited to generation, transmission and distribution. With power being increasingly interconnected with transport and buildings, and the greater penetration of […]

Robotics to the Rescue?
The future of automation technologies in wind energy

November 10, 2021

With the world rapidly moving to­war­ds net zero emissions and mee­ting global climate commitments, the re­newable energy sector is witnessing tremendous growth. The year 2021 is ex­pec­t­ed to witness the fastest year-on-year growth in renewable […]

Grid Balancing
 Innovative measures can address renewable intermittency issues

March 27, 2019

It is a well-known and accepted fact that renewable sources of energy, especially  wind and solar, are infirm in nature. Their intermittent energy generation patterns create no major problems in grid operations when they are […]

Faster Response
 Balancing the grid with energy reliability services

March 26, 2019

With India gearing up to meet its 175 GW renewable energy target by 2022, the share of renewables in the total energy demand is expected to increase to 21 per cent. While shifting to renewable […]

The Next Big Thing
Promise of blockchain in the renewable energy sector

April 25, 2019

Blockchain could be a game changer in the energy sector, particularly in renewable energy. The technology has the potential to fulfil the policy and regulatory, technological and economic requirements of a decentralised, decarbonised and digitalised […]

Power to Disrupt
Blockchain set to change renewable energy market dynamics

April 25, 2019

By Ashay Abbhi The Indian economy is at the cusp of an energy transition, moving from conventional systems to agile and smart systems. Given the addition of large volumes of intermittent and variable renewable energy, […]

Changing with the Times
Technology trends in the solar inverter space

March 9, 2022

A key trend in the solar segment, which has led to technology advan­ce­ments in solar inverters, has been the inc­reased focus on balance of systems to maintain high returns on investment. To this end, inverters […]

Crucial Components
Solar inverter market overview and outlook

March 9, 2022

Solar inverters are a crucial component in the deployment of solar energy. These devices convert DC power flowing from solar panels to AC power, making the energy usable for wide-ranging purposes. Solar inverters can be […]

Developing Diagnostics
Advanced O&M of gearboxes is critical to avoid failures

October 19, 2021

Wind power deployment is growing rapidly across the world, aided by the climate action commitments and energy mix diversification strategies of various countries. Two types of wind turbines are the primary focus of innovation efforts […]

Driving Force
Trends and innovations in wind turbine drivetrains

October 12, 2021

Wind turbines are powerful structures with the capability to convert strong winds into electricity, to power households and industries. Althou­gh the structure of a turbine may look simple from the outside, it houses a powerful […]

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

August 26, 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 22, 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 1, 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 1, 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 7, 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 7, 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) […]

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

March 5, 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 5, 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 […]

Positive Change
Wind technology advancements and policy initiatives

September 7, 2022

By D.V. Giri, Secretary General, Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association India has a wind turbine manufacturing base of 15 GW per annum, with localisation of over 70 per cent and supported by over 4,000 component […]

Strong Links
Moving towards cheaper, sturdier solar cables and connectors

June 9, 2020

With solar power generation scaling up in India, there has also been a rise in demand for power generating and transmitting technologies and equipment. One such critical component of solar power generation is cables and […]

Safe House
Advancements in junction boxes to improve project performance

June 9, 2020

The increase in solar power installations and awareness regarding optimal solar generation has shifted the focus to advancements in balance of system (BoS) component technologies. The importance of junction boxes in improving the quality of […]


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