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 […]



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 […]



Balancing the Load
Spotlight on fast-ramping energy storage systems

June 2019

India has an ambitious goal of installing 225 GW of renewable energy, including 175 GW of solar and wind by 2022. Analysts expect that the country will achieve at least 175 GW, though this will put a […]



Declining Trend
Falling storage technology costs to increase uptake

June 2019

With increasing renewable energy penetration across the world, questions are being raised on the ability of renewables to replace conventional sources of energy for the generation of baseload power. To address these concerns, energy storage […]



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 […]



Global Trends
Monocrystalline technology set to dominate solar markets worldwide

May 2019

  The global solar photovoltaic (PV) installations crossed 480 GW by March 2019. Solar PV has become the fastest growing power source worldwide, overtaking wind power by a fair margin. As per the International Renewable […]



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 […]



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, […]



Evolving Market
Capacity expansion drives demand for solar inverters

September 2019

By Ashay Abbhi The solar power segment has witnessed significant growth in the past few years, owing to a rapid fall in tariffs, strong off-taker interest, the government’s push for installations and tendering, and a […]



Quality Check
New guidelines mandate grouping of solar inverters

September 2019

By Sarthak Takyar After an impressive growth in capacity over the past few years, it is about time that the solar power industry took into consideration the quality aspect of projects. Given the project life […]



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) […]



“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 […]



Linking Solar
Pre-assembled solutions gain prominence in the cables and connectors space

August 2019

Khushboo Goyal Solar power cables and connectors are among of the most important components of a solar project. Being the lifelines of solar power plants, they transmit generated solar power from modules to inverters and […]



All in a Box
Growing market for smart and efficient junction boxes

August 2019

By Ashay Abbhi The status of junction boxes in the solar power market imitates their physical arrangement in a solar module, hidden at the back and often overlooked. However, this is not a reflection of […]



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