EMHIRES applies an innovative approach trying to reproduce wind and solar power time series at both national and regional levels covering the whole Europe with a homogeneous methodology avoiding the use of artificial or on-purpose tuned correction factors. EMHIRES is able to capture the variability of wind and solar energy, in particular peaks and ramps, in a much more accurate way than previous meteorologically derived time series. The purpose is to develop an ab-initio methodology for wind and solar power production simulation and apply homogeneously to all Europe. The methodology has provided results ranging between good and excellent for all countries for which reliable TSOs data are available, regardless their sometimes huge geographical diversity. Using EMHIRES for power system analysis will increase the accuracy of generation adequacy assessments, renewable energy integration studies and market studies for flexibility technologies such as storage. This report details the second part of EMHIRES, covering solar energy production.
A fast-growing solar power industry in India's Rajasthan will soon be transmitting up to 8,000 megawatts of renewable energy to the national grid. The Government of India, the Asian Development Bank and the Clean Technology Fund are supporting this effort through the $800 million Rajasthan Renewable Energy Transmission Investment Program, which is also providing livelihood opportunities for local communities.
The PV Status Report provides comprehensive and relevant information on this dynamic sector for the interested public, as well as decision-makers in policy and industry. IN particular, the report provides an overview of the market in (a) Europe, the Russian Federation and Turkey, (b) Asia and Pacific region, (c) AMericas and (d) Africa. It also analyzes Electricity costs and the economics of PV systems and offers a presentation of the PV manufacturing industry.
This study assesses the impact of materials on the competitiveness of the EU’s clean energy technology industry, taking into account several factors such as security and concentration of materials supply, price volatility, cost intensity in the technology, etc. These factors, together with the EU’s resilience to potential materials supply disruptions and mitigation possibilities, have been analysed for three technologies, namely wind turbines, solar PV panels and batteries. Wind power was found to be the most vulnerable technology in relation to materials supply, followed by solar PV and batteries.
This research project scope aims at the definition of an ECRIA (European Common Research and Innovation Agenda) engaging major European research institutions with activities on Solar Heat for Industrial Processes (SHIP) into an integrated structure to consolidate existing EU and national resources.
INSHIP aims to develop coordinated R&D activities (TRLs 2-5) with the ambition of progressing SHIP beyond the state-of-the-art through:
- An easier integration of low and medium temperature technologies suiting the operation, durability and reliability requirements of industrial end users
- Expanding the range of SHIP applications to the EI sector through the development of suitable process embedded solar concentrating technologies
- Overcoming the present barrier of applications only in the low and medium temperature ranges
- Increasing the synergies within industrial parks through centralized heat distribution networks and exploiting the potential synergies of these networks with district heating and with the electricity grid.
The Photovoltaic Geographical Information System (PVGIS) is developed and maintained by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. It provides a set of free online interactive tools and solar data and maps covering Europe, Africa and several Asian countries.
Available interactive tools allow for the assessment of:
This video provides the entire value chain of a PV module manufacturing line.
This study aims to develop a strategy for the European photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing sector, focused on tailored PV products, knowledge-intensive parts of the value chain and the commercialisation of novel technologies. Such a strategy could be implemented by a set of nine measures that target demand, supply, research, development and innovation (RD&I) and trade related aspects.
This study notes the impressive contribution that solar is making to job and wealth creation in Europe today and in the future. Although the European Photovoltaic sector has been severely challenged in terms of installed capacities and turnover since 2011-2012, the sector continues to prove its socio-economic value in Europe, both in terms of job creation and Gross Value Added (GVA). This study also assesses the impacts of the anti-dumping measures (minimum import prices and annual import quotas) set by the European Commission on the import of solar modules and cells.
This report puts forward a series of suggested policy changes that could be beneficial, both at EU and national level, to allow the adoption of new solar business models, lower the cost of capital and increase deployment in a lower subsidy environment.
Les notions nécessaires pour l’étude et la conception des installations photovoltaïques sont recueillies dans ce document, en apportant d’information théorique, d’exercices et d’exemples pratiques.
Etude de ca portant sur l'un des tous premiers projets de centrales solaires photovoltaïques à grande échelle en Afrique de l'Ouest qui a démontré la faisabilité de la technologie au Cabo Verde et dans la région.
This report examines renewable District Heating and Cooling potential up to 2030, based on three main technology pathways. The baseline “Reference Case” builds on current national energy plans in nine countries (China, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Japan, the United States, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates). The “REmap” case includes rapid scale-up within planned DHC capacity. The third pathway, “Structural Shift”, assumes expanded DHC capacity, with new networks fed entirely by renewables.
This report examines in detail the global solar photovoltaic (PV) value chain, Ireland’s strengths within it and opportunities for Irish research and industry to capture value and new business from a growing international solar PV market out to 2030.
This report provides a full synopsis of the energy dimension of the twelve renewable sectors (wind power, photovoltaic, solar thermal, small hydropower, geothermal energy, heat pumps, biogas, biofuels, renewable urban waste, solid biomass, CSP and ocean energy) now developed at an industrial scale within the EU.
Τhis note examines the costs of utility-scale solar PV equipment, access to financial markets, insolation, and other project-related variables in 13 countries.
This PV minigrid costing study aims to provide a benchmark of the on-site (upfront costs only, including hard costs and logistics) of already commissioned PV only or PV-diesel hybrid mini-grids in the African and Asian contexts, that have a proven track record of operation, to enable the pinpointing of opportunities for cost reduction in future projects.
This technical study provides an overview on the status on ways of measuring, monitoring and controlling solar thermal in smaller systems, with a clear focus on current methods. It looks into the state-of-the-art for solar thermal, including some components such as sensors, controllers and connectivity. Also, provides possible service offerings based on the remote monitoring, controlling of solar heating systems.
This webinar provides a global view on solar heat for industrial processes, from planning to realization. Also,presents the available technologies, design procedures, the upcoming innovations and the investment opportunities in solar heat for industry.
This video presents the case study of Cochin International Airport in India, which runs on 100% solar power. The 12MW solar plant consists of 46,150 solar panels, generating about 60,000 units of electricity per day.
This roadmap pathway is focusing on the standardized and cost optimal solutions to integrate solar thermal technology in all industrial processes, by developing collector structures adapted to industrial buildings, improved large-scale solar collector arrays, and new planning and design tools.
This publication tries to provide guidelines for policy and framework conditions related to solar heating and cooling, in particular solar water heating. It aims at providing a quick overview of the main issues to be considered for setting the right framework for the promotion of the solar thermal technology. Therefore, it outlines key recommendations and guidelines for the implementation of a programme for the promotion of solar water heating.
This guide aims at explaining the relevance of quality assurance for a sustainable market development, besides providing an overview of quality assurance measures applied to solar thermal products and installations around the world. It also indicates some possible steps in order to set up a quality assurance system in a country.
Ce guide concerne exclusivement les projets d’autoconsommation photovoltaïque dans les secteurs tertiaire, industriel et agricole. C’est un outil de présentation, d’explications, d’accompagnement et d’aide à la décision pour les maîtrises d’ouvrage (MOa) et les porteurs de projets. Son premier objectif est de faire apparaître, de manière objective, les points de vigilance et les indicateurs de performance des systèmes solaires électriques pour l’autoconsommation dans les trois secteurs cités, et de mettre en évidence leurs particularités quand elles existent. Son second objectif est d’apporter un éclairage sur les diverses contraintes propres à ces systèmes, tant techniques que financières ou réglementaires.
The scope of the policy recommendation paper addresses challenges faced by other players e.g. utility, project developer, investor, financing institution, etc. in addition to the administration and government. This will help in identifying challenges faced by other players in the development of RE and find potential solutions for the overall development of the RE market in ASEAN.
The webinar focuses on establishing common practices for translating the technical parameters of performance and reliability into financial terms and give a comprehensive set of practical guidelines and recommendations for mitigating and hedging financial risks in a PV investment.
This report therefore aims to identify the main issues and challenges faced by India’s solar PV manufacturing industry and provide a specific set of policy recommendations for boosting solar PV manufacturing in the country.
Financing solar-powered irrigation can be an opportunity for financial institutions seeking to diversify their loan portfolio and expanding their range of financial products. The INVEST module focuses on the product features for SPIS loans, considering direct financing by financial institution to a small and medium-scale agricultural end borrower. The module also brings out the difference of financing solar powered irrigation systems as compared to conventional irrigation systems. It provides guidance to financial service providers who are already financing or planning to finance SPIS.
Ce guide à l’exploitation des installations photovoltaïques s’adresse aux producteurs non professionnels qui possèdent une installation de puissance supérieure à 36 kWc ou plusieurs installations (de petite ou moyenne puissance) et qui ne sont pas ou peu présents sur le site de production (suivis à distance).
This guide aims to inform potential investors in solar thermal, its related technologies and the merits of this technology.
This webinar presents an overview of Asian solar PV market, the most promising markets for next years and financing opportunities for the creation of bankable PV projects.
This presentation explains the traditional and innovative PPA structures and provides examples of solar PV deployment of UK, Germany and France.
This paper highlights the economic factors catapulting solar to the forefront of the global energy revolution. Solar investments share many features of other real assets, and boast a number of unique characteristics that make them especially attractive to capital providers. Of course, these assets are not without risks, illustrated by the underperformance of some companies and the occasionally uneven retreat of subsidies. However, these challenges have been exaggerated and solar looks poised to become one of the major investment themes of the next 10 to 20 years.
This presentation provides the current CSP technologies, the status in MENA region, the cost and the trends until 2025 and the forecast of installed capacity.
This video looks at solutions for cooling a solar panel if and when it gets too hot. There are a variety of ways in which PV panel can be cooled. This includes using Phase Change Materials (PCM), water sprays, aluminium water jacket and thin film panels.
This webinar shows the current situation and trends of solar desalination technologies, presenting different combinations, state of the art, experiences and successful cases. Concentration solar power cogeneration for desalinated water and solar thermal membrane distillation will deal with detail.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is boosting renewable energy in Egypt and Jordan. Under the EBRD’s US$ 500 million framework for renewable energy in Egypt, the EBRD is financing 16 new solar power plants, making it the single largest investor in renewable energy in the country with 750 MW of solar capacity and are expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 900,000 tonnes a year.
This webinar presents an overview of solar cooking and responding to the need for solar cooker evaluations and provides the benefits of sustainable cooking solutions.
The video presents an Electrification project of 7 rural communities through hybrid solar micro-grids in the Zanzan region (North of Ivory Coast). The micro-grids are self-managed by local associations, organized in a Federation (Gbreko Kanian) responsible for the management of solar microgrids.
The Vice President of Energy Storage Council in Australia discusses the features and benefits of SolarEdge’s StorEdge solution and of power optimisers design flexibility. SolarEdge DC optimized inverter solution enables the connection of different solar panel brands and sizes all in one string.
SUNNY HIGHPOWER PEAK1 is an innovative system solution which combines the advantages of decentralized PV system layouts with the beneficial features of the central inverter concept. With the SUNNY HIGHPOWER PEAK1 as the inverter component, this system approach ensures high performance and maximum design flexibility for the entire PV system – either rooftop or ground-mounted.
This guide aims at promoting solar water heating (SWH) systems to architects and builders from developing countries and help them consider integrating SWH applications in their designs. Intending to be a useful handbook, this “Quick Guide” provides a compact overview of the technology and its main characteristics; as well as the main requirements to be considered for its application in different types of projects and in different geographical locations.
This manual is a practical guide for Indian homeowners seeking to install rooftop solar systems. Also, a calculator specifically designed to help domestic houses decide if solar is a viable option for their electricity demand.
The decision support tool is designed to identify the most suitable geographical regions for deployment of solar water pumps in India. The tool primarily targets the policy makers and the private sector to have an overview of the most suitable areas for deployment.
The Toolbox on Solar Powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS) is designed to enable advisors, service providers and practitioners in the field of solar irrigation to provide broad hands-on guidance to end-users, policy-makers and financiers. The Toolbox comprises informative modules supplemented with user-friendly software tools (calculations sheets, checklists, guidelines).
In its review of the challenges and opportunities associated with massive deployment of solar PV generation, the Grid integration working group of the ETIP PV identified forecasting and observability as critical technologies for the planning and operation of the power system with large PV penetration. In this white paper ETIP PV set out to spell out in more details what features are needed from these technologies and what is the state of the art.
This report compares the levelised cost of PV electricity (PV LCOE) with retail electricity prices in different European countries and market segments. The report shows that PV electricity is already cheaper than retail electricity in all market segments and with all realistic interest rates in many European countries like Italy, Germany, the UK, Spain, Portugal and Greece.
This report presents a market survey of Photovoltaic-Thermal (PVT) modules and a classification of PVT heat pump systems. Furthermore, a list of barriers and opportunities will be presented as perceived by a wide range of stakeholders in the Netherlands.
This article aims at the different types of solar panels, indicating the efficiency and the electricity production for each of them. Also, the trends of solar panels prices in the last decade are presented with a forecast scenario until 2022.
The IRENA’s regular PV cost and competitiveness indicators will highlight the growing competitiveness of rooftop solar PV and its potential to economically meet the electricity needs of households in different markets, as well as its potentially disruptive nature for utilities. Also, compares solar PV costs to electricity rates. The aim is to help policy makers track the rapid improvements in the competitiveness of renewables.
This report presents sales and impact data covering July 1 to December 31, 2017, reflecting the performance of 67 affiliates working in this vibrant sector. Moreover, data is currently collected only on Pico-PV products and Solar Home System (SHS) kits. This data report offers a uniquely detailed and robust snapshot of the development of the sector. The sales data collected for the present report seems to confirm that the market is back on a solid growth path, especially in the Pico-PV segment, mainly due to localized shocks in several key markets such as the demonetization in India and the drought across East Africa.