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 from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) explores the prospects for renewables, including solar energy to enhance national economies and strengthen the Southeast Europe energy mix. It analyses the current energy landscape, the potential and costs for scaling up renewables, the policy frameworks and investments required, and the expected socio-economic impact of transforming the region’s energy system.
This new report finds an overwhelming majority (97%) of people living with a solar home system in West Africa report quality of life improvements as they feel safer, healthier and children have more time to study.
Ce rapport explore comment les kits solaires permettent aux foyers en Afrique de l’Ouest de développer leur activité économique, d’augmenter leurs revenus et d’améliorer leur qualité de vie.
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.
A 30 kW vertical array has been powered up at Australia’s Casey research station in Antarctica. The project is one the largest solar installations on the ice-covered continent.
Sur l'île de La Dominique, Electriciens sans frontières se mobilise depuis septembre 2017. De l'urgence à la résilience, découvrez le bilan de leurs actions.
This paper compares the impact of financial conditions on the cost of electricity generation across six renewable and three fossil-based technologies in 46 African countries. This paper also demonstrates that, once ambitious climate policies are in place, reducing financing costs for renewables could be an efficient way to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
This report provides an overall RE use from 2000 to 2017, examines Ireland’s progress towards 2020 RE targets with a comparison with the other EU member states, presents data on overall RE use split by electricity, heat, and transport and also by energy source. Also, shows how the use of RE displaces the use of fossil fuels.
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.
The present report outlines the role of solar photovoltaic (PV) power in the transformation of the global energy system based on IRENA’s climate resilient pathway (remap case), specifically the growth in solar PV power deployment that would be needed in the next three decades to achieve the Paris climate goals.
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.
This technical guide provides a general overview of the intrinsic characteristics of variable renewable energy (VRE) generation, mainly solar PV and wind, what the main challenges are along with some recommendations for VRE technical specifications, applicable standards, and essential testing. The main focus of the document presents a detailed outline of the essential requirements for VRE integration into the power grid.
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 helps policymakers, planners, private developers, and other actors in the ASEAN member states assess the cost of renewable-energybased, utility-scale, land-based wind and solar PV opportunities.
Le présent rapport dresse un état des lieux des coûts des installations photovoltaïques de moyenne et grande puissance (de 100 kWc à 30 MWc) développées dans le cadre des appels d’offres en métropole continentale.
Ce rapport présente les résultats du volet qualitatif du suivi dumarché français des systèmes photovoltaïques dans le résidentiel.
The government of Korea has unveiled a plan to help the PV industry reduce the cost of solar panels from around $0.23/W to $0.10/W by 2030. The plan also aims to reach module efficiencies of around 24% – up to 35% for multi-junction cells – by the end of the next decade.
This guide touches upon how the off-grid solar sector is defined, what kind of companies operate within as well as their business models, what kinds of investment opportunities are available and some key considerations for new investors in the sector.
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.
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.
The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) is hosting this webinar titled, Project Costs for Renewable Generation Projects in the Pacific. In a report published last month—Renewable Energy Costs in the Pacific—PRIF analyses the capital costs of large solar photovoltaic, wind and hydro generation projects built in the Pacific over the past decade. The study focuses on capital costs, while the importance of operation and maintenance costs and the levelized cost of electricity are acknowledged.
The large range of project costs for renewable generation projects in the Pacific is due to various factors, including remoteness, scale, local capacity, perceptions of risk, design parameters and any upgrades for existing infrastructure included in the project scope. And there are numerous challenges in obtaining cost breakdown data and making like-with-like comparisons. The webinar will focus on the key overall findings from the PV systems analysis but will provide general analysis of the system cost breakdowns obtained for the report, which provides useful insights for component and other costs.
The Renewable Energy Costs in the Pacific study analysed the capital costs of large solar photovoltaic, wind and hydro generation projects built in the Pacific over the past decade.
There is a large range of project costs for renewable generation projects in the Pacific. This is due to a variety of factors including remoteness, scale, local capacity, perceptions of risk, design parameters and any upgrades for existing infrastructure included in the project scope. There are numerous challenges in obtaining cost breakdown data and making like-with-like comparisons. Insufficient cost breakdown data was obtained from wind and hydro generation projects to analyse trends.
This report focuses on capital costs (CAPEX) while the importance of operation and maintenance costs (OPEX) and Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE) are acknowledged.
This is particularly so in the PV-battery-diesel mini-grid sector where there are examples of CAPEX being minimised in a manner that increases OPEX and LCOE. As the deployment of batteries is expected to increase in the Pacific region, the issue of assessing forecast life cycle costs and battery life are likely to increase in importance. In addition, the impacts and costs of disposing of solar PVs and batteries is a growing concern in the Pacific. It is being investigated in a separate PRIF study on "Pacific Region Solid Waste Management and Recycling".
This report consists of three distinct tasks, which examines the role of CSP and other solar plus storage technologies in providing grid services spanning timescales from seconds to decades
This report examines the evolution of solar PV simulators, from single-rooftop assessments at the household level to large-scale, aggregate-level analyses undertaken by municipal authorities and other large entities. The report also highlights the growing range of accessible, free online solar simulators.
Photovoltaic solar energy (PV) is expected to play a key role in the future global sustainable energy system. It has demonstrated impressive developments in terms of the scale of deployment, cost reduction and performance enhancement, most visibly over the past decade. In this paper it is argued, however, that in view of actual developments in PV over the past few decades there are good reasons to adopt another approach, that does more justice to the role and potential of existing and new PV concepts and technologies.
Solar photovoltaic (solar PV) electricity has recently become the lowest cost source of electricity in most parts of the world. Solar PV supports a socially just and acceptable energy transition and integrated applications, as well as new business opportunities. This report is focusing on one of these new business opportunities. It aims at describing the added value of Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) for a successful energy transition in European cities, as well as the related opportunities for EU businesses. It describes the regulatory and market framework needed for sustainable business models for BIPV, that are adapted to city planning constraints and specificities.
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 report examines solar lanterns, solar home systems and multi-light systems with charger that constitute the distributed standalone solar products sector and provides a summary of key government initiatives influencing the market.
This report proposes the use of a legitimization function of the Technological Innovation System (TIS), as an analytical framework to develop a roadmap and action plan for deploying cross-border renewable projects in Europe. This approach assesses the role, competences and critical issues of a subset of the key stakeholders. Based on this information, a set of actions are proposed as to achieve the social acceptance towards cross-border renewable projects in Europe. To conclude, a solar project in Extremadura is studied in order to validate this approach.
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 report provides an operational analysis of 2030 that includes spatially disaggregated, hourly commitment and dispatch modeling. Our modeling includes constraints on transmission, unit-specific costs and operating constraints, and hourly, weekly and seasonal inter-temporal constraints that have not been previously analyzed.
This latest Global Off-Grid Solar Market Report presents sales and impact data for July to December 2018, reflecting the performance of 84 companies, which are GOGLA members and companies that sell Lighting Global quality-verified products. This report provides sales data for solar lanterns, multi-light systems and solar home systems (SHS) in 46 countries.
This report provides insights into the social and economic impact of off-grid solar. It follows the “Powering Opportunity: The Economic Impact of Off-Grid Solar” report which highlighted the domino effect solar home systems (SHS) are having on household economic activity, creating income and improving quality of life. This latest report confirms those findings, sheds new light on how this impact evolves over time, and explores how economic activity equates to full time equivalent (FTE) employment.
The goal of the report is to give an overview of the general trends, to highlight special applications and outstanding projects and to document the solar thermal capacity installed in the important markets worldwide. Furthermore, it is the goal to ascertain the contribution of solar thermal systems to the supply of energy and the CO2 emissions avoided as a result of operating these sys tems.
Ce logiciel à vocation essentiellement pédagogique permet d’effectuer des évaluations simplifiées d’installations solaires qu'elles soient raccordées au réseau, en site isolé ou pour le pompage. Il permet aux utilisateurs d'avoir une idée sur les avantages énergétiques, économiques et environnementaux de celles-ci et de comparer l’influence des variations des paramètres principaux (ensoleillement, surface des capteurs, montage financier…).
Ce logiciel à vocation pédagogique a été développé par l'INES Plateforme Formation et Evaluation pour permettre aux utilisateurs d’évaluer la production photovoltaïque de leur autoconsommation, d'en déterminer la rentabilité économique et de faire des optimisations en termes de fonctionnement et de rentabilité.
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).