Growth Spurt
Monocrystalline solar gains ground across leading PV markets

October 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 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 […]



Promising Technology
Bifacial modules find a market in India

May 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 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 […]



Better Visibility
Accurate forecasting and scheduling key to renewables’ integration

August 2020

Renewable energy based on solar and wind resources is variable due to its dependency on the weather. The energy output from these sources is quite uncertain as the wind can stop blowing suddenly or a […]



Predicting Power
Best practices in renewables’ forecasting in Europe

August 2020

Power generation from renewable energy plants is intermittent, that is, variable in nature as it depends significantly on weather conditions. The generation of electricity varies immensely due to changes in wind speeds and solar irradiation. […]



Digital O&M
Growing need for remote monitoring and automation

April 2020

The renewable energy sector in India, particularly the solar segment, is increasingly moving towards automation and digitalisation, with a special focus on operations and maintenance (O&M). In the initial years, O&M activities were limited to […]



Intelligent Operations
AI paves the way for digitalised solar O&M

April 2020

From huge centralised conventional fuel-based generation systems to decarbonised and localised power generation units, a slow global transition is taking place. As a large number of intermittent renewable energy assets including wind and solar power […]



Quality is Key
Improvements in solar glasses and mirrors critical to plant efficiency

October 2019

By Ashay Abbhi With the pressure to reduce solar power plant costs, quality has become a serious concern among developers. A typical solar panel is expected to last for 25 years at a nominal degradation […]



Enhancing Mirror Reflectance

October 2019

By Sarthak Takyar Solar power as a sustainable and environment-friendly source of clean energy has been receiving increasing attention in recent decades. Two technologies have predominantly been used to harness solar power: solar photovoltaic and […]



Sustainable Habitat
Green buildings movement gains momentum but needs public awareness

December 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 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 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 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 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 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 […]



Dealing with Intermittency
Growing momentum for energy storage in renewables’ integration

July 2020

India plans to have 175 GW of renewable energy capacity connected to the grid by 2022 and then 450 GW by 2030. With renewables set to occupy a significant chunk of the total energy mix […]



Backup Options
Li-ion batteries continue to dominate the energy storage space

July 2020

In light of the increasing penetration of renewable energy, energy storage has emerged as a key element for stabilising the grid. As the share of variable renewables grows, electricity systems need to become increasingly flexible […]



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

July 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 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 […]



Solarising Pumps
Critical to developing sustainable agriculture systems

March 2020

The agricultural sector is one of the largest consumers of power in India, and yet accounts for the lowest revenues amongst all consumer segments. The sector receives unreliable power, resulting in inadequate irrigation of crops […]



Progress under KUSUM

March 2020

Launched in March 2019 by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) is primarily aimed at promoting the use of solar energy in the […]



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 […]



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

January 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 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 […]



Greater Precision
EPC players focus on increasing efficiency through automation

February 2019

With over 35 GW of installed capacity, the Indian wind energy segment has matured significantly. Over the past two years, the wind power market has transitioned from a feed-in tariff regime to competitive bidding. The […]



Advanced O&M
Growing digitalisation and automation of processes in wind power plants

February 2019

With wind power installations crossing the 500 GW mark globally, wind power has emerged as the cheapest source of power in many parts of the world. In India itself, wind tariffs are hovering around Rs 2.76 […]



Grid Balancing
 Innovative measures can address renewable intermittency issues

March 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 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 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 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, […]



Demand Upsurge
Increasing capacity additions drive the adoption of solar inverters

February 2020

Growth in the solar power segment can be attributed to a host of factors such as fall in tariffs, policy push, ambitious targets and offtaker interest. The utility-scale solar installed capacity had crossed 31.3 GW […]



Testing Times
Inadequate lab facilities and high costs remain key issues

February 2020

With around 35 GW of solar power capacity installed and more than this in the pipeline for the next two years, the quality aspect of these projects has become a cause for concern for developers […]



Power Centre
Technology advancements focus on making drivetrains lighter and more efficient

September 2020

As the demand for wind power has been growing consistently over the years, efforts have been made to accelerate technological developments to keep pace with this growth. Wind turbine power capacities have increased by a […]



Market Trends
Recent innovations aim for cheaper, lighter drivetrains

September 2020

Drivetrains are an essential part of a wind turbine set-up. They convert the kinetic energy from wind to electrical energy. These drives comprise smaller components such as bedding, gearboxes, brakes and generators. Gearboxes and generators […]



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) […]



“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 Links
Moving towards cheaper, sturdier solar cables and connectors

June 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 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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