Solar and renewable energy trends in 2017

as seen by Sven Lindström, CEO, Midsummer

PVinsights: A growing concern about price downtrend

Solar panel prices continue to slump this week amid the fierce competition in Northern America and the cooling demand in EU. Disparity between supply and demand in the US market results in strong cut-throat competition. As major module suppliers struggle to offer slashed prices in order to maintain high utilization rates and secure more orders, solar panel prices in the US has witnessed an obvious declining. In EU, with the demand for PV installations beginning to wane on the advent of holiday season, solar panel prices are also trending downwards. In India, the intensified competition have sent solar panel prices lower as many module suppliers are trying to compete for the PV projects in 1Q17. Meanwhile, the demand and prices of solar panel in China and Japan remain fairly stable that current module prices stay almost unchanged from last week.

Powerstorm ESS, a Global Humanitarian Technology Company, Announces an Expansion to Their Advisory Board Members - Nick Moelders

As another key advisor, Nick Moelders will provide significant strategic advice and vital complementary skills required to take the company's business to the next level.

The World's Largest Solar Plant Is Now Online in India

Avery Thompson for Popular Mechanics:  The world's largest solar power plant has just been completed in Kamuthi, in Tamil Nadu, India. The new plant adds 648 MW to the country's generating capacity. The Kamuthi Solar Power Project takes the title of world's largest solar plant from the Topaz Solar Farm in California, which was completed two years ago and has a capacity of 550 MW. The Kamuthi Solar Power Project was built in only 8 months, and cost $679 million to complete. It contains 2.5 million individual solar panels, covers an area of almost 4 square miles, and is expected to power 150,000 homes.   Cont'd...

The European Commission Winter Package: One window open for renewable heat and solar thermal, Several doors closed for renewables and decarbonisation.

The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) welcomes the new focus on renewable heat in the new Renewable Energy Directive, although regretting several incoherences in the Winter Package, and an overall low level of ambition for the renewable energy sector.

Solaria Appoints Ted Herhold as Senior Counsel, Licensing and Litigation

Solaria today announced the appointment of Ted Herhold to the role of Senior Counsel, Licensing and Litigation. Mr. Herhold joins Solaria from Singularity LLP, an intellectual property law firm headquartered in Redwood Shores, California. Mr. Herhold has served as a lead counsel on patent infringement and other IP cases for national and international clients such as Apple, Adobe, Cisco, LeapFrog, Oracle, Sony, Visa, Zappos, and numerous other technology and life sciences companies.

Ballard Signs Supply Agreement With Solaris; Receives Initial Order For 10 Fuel Cell Modules For Trolley Buses

Ballard Power Systems today announced that it has signed a Long-Term Sales Agreement with Solaris Bus & Coach, a bus OEM headquartered in Poland, for the sale and supply of fuel cell modules to support deployment of Solaris fuel cell buses in Europe.

NEW! Model 9420 - AC Power Source with HiVAR Technology

NH Research, Inc. is Redefining how AC Power Source Products are Selected

Can Thermonuclear Fusion Be Used for Energy?

Nuclear fusion has several advantages over nuclear fission. There are no carbon emissions. It is a very energy efficient system and provides abundant fuel.

International Zero-Emission Bus Conference Brings Together Global Experts to Advance Clean Transit

Ballard Power Systems is pleased to participate in The International Zero Emission Bus Conference and the 10th Edition of the Fuel Cell Bus Workshop, in London, England on November 30 and December 1, 2016.

Ballard Providing Backup Power to Telia in Norway for Network Hardening

Ballard Power Systems Europe today announced that Telia Company, the fifth largest telecom operator in Europe, has installed a 72 hour Ballard FCgen®-H2PM fuel cell backup power system on the first "Forsterket ekom" site in Tønsberg in Norway.

Could depleted oil wells be the next step in energy storage?

Power-Technology.com - Quidnet Energy is hoping to revolutionise energy storage with its underground pumped hydro concept, which uses abandoned oil and gas wells to store and release pressurised water, driving turbines and feeding electricity back into the grid. How does the concept work and how far could it go? Quidnet co-founder Aaron Mandell explains. As the cost of renewable energy continues to decline and intermittent clean power sources such as wind and solar gain ever an ever larger foothold in the global energy mix, the ability to store energy that can be quickly dispatched when needed has become as important as the development of renewables themselves. Robust storage options could allow for greater integration of intermittent renewables, as they facilitate flexible capacity-building that relies far less on coal and gas-fired plants for baseload generation, meaning energy storage is a key step in the journey to wean the world off its fossil fuel addiction.   Full Interview:

Toshiba Promotes Move to Hydrogen Economy with Construction of Integrated Hydrogen Application Center

--Using newly developed H2One™ solution for logistics facilities to promote hydrogen supply system business for fuel cell vehicles--

The First Tidal Generator in North America Is Now Online

Avery Thompson for Popular Mechanics:  The first tidal generator in North America has gone online this month in the Bay of Fundy, and is expected to generate enough electricity to power 500 homes. While most hydro generators harness the energy of falling water, or the energy of the waves, tidal power uses the energy of the high and low tides. At the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, which has the largest tides in the world, that energy is being harnessed to generate 2 megawatts of electrical power. In the Bay of Fundy, the difference between high and low tide is about 56 feet. Approximately 115 billion tons of water flow in and out of the bay every tidal period. Two renewable energy developers, OpenHydro and Emera, decided to build turbines on the seafloor that could harness that power.   Cont'd...

ADVANCE RIKO Introduces 'F-PEM' Atmospheric Thermoelectric Module Evaluation System

ADVANCE RIKO, a supplier of advanced thermal management and evaluation systems, has developed a new system which evaluates thermoelectric modules (TEMs) that generate power from waste heat in the atmosphere.

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