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With its digital solution, Eturnity AG has managed to simplify the daily work of over 180 installers and energy suppliers throughout Europe. The Swiss greentech company accomplished this by developing two easy-to-use software solutions designed to facilitate planning and sales of residential PV and heating systems. The result for customers: Up to 80% time savings in consulting and quotation processes and up to 30% more deals. Simplify your everyday work now – free of charge for two weeks Software solutions from Eturnity are now also available in the UK, and customers such as Solar South West Ltd. are already using the software solution successfully. In order to allow even more British customer consultants to experience the benefits of the solution for themselves, the Swiss company offers a free two-week trial period to all interested parties. "We hope that this will enable us to remove potential initial obstacles for the installation companies and energy suppliers. They should be able to test how and whether our digital solution simplifies their everyday work without having to invest money beforehand. Throughout the test phase, our support team is available for all questions free of charge. We are looking forward to seeing which innovative companies will choose to

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Cornwall Insight’s Renewable Pipeline Tracker service has examined the potential capacity that could enter the Contract for Difference (CfD) Allocation Round (AR) 4, with the analysis showing there is currently 17GW* of technologies likely to be eligible to bid. This analysis is based on Cornwall Insight’s unique tiering system in the Renewables Pipeline Tracker service, which assesses viability based on a range of criteria across planning and grid connection status, project sizing, route to market confirmations and ongoing project activity. Of the total 17GW eligible almost half (7.9GW) is offshore wind. The rest is made up of 7.6GW of “Pot 1” (established technologies) and 1.4GW of “Pot 2” (less established technologies). “Pot 1” technologies have been re-integrated into the scheme for AR4, and the analysis shows over 5GW of onshore wind and 1.7GW of solar PV could be eligible to bid, with a number of further solar PV sites known to be in the grid connection queue. Lucy Dolton, Analyst at Cornwall Insight, said: “Recent announcements by BEIS have confirmed the CfD AR4 auction will take place in “late 2021” and will look to procure up to double the ~6GW seen in AR3. With a potential of up to 12GW available, it is easy to

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The photovoltaic system operates on a former demolition range of the French Army and saves 2,100 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. EnBW Solar GmbH has operated the 4.4-hectare solar farm in Kenzingen, Germany since 2016. The roughly 9,900 photovoltaic modules and the powerful Delta-M50A inverters provide 2.62 megawatts of peak power and enough electricity to supply an average of 850 homes. The owners of Solarpark Kenzingen GmbH are Necker-Elektrizitätsverband (NEV) (85 %), a regional utility co-operative comprising 167 towns and cities in nine counties, EnBW (10 %), and Kenzingen Regenerativ GmbH & Co. KG (5 %), a citizen action project of Ökostromgruppe Freiburg, a group that promotes green electricity. As the EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) firm for the project, EnBW assumed responsibility for the direct marketing and technical management of the solar park. Solar farm puts brownfield site to good use The French military used this 4.4-hectare parcel of land not far from the small town of Kenzingen as a demolition range from 1950 to 1988. Since the area is contaminated with the remains of explosive ordinance, the city was forced to change its plans to allow agricultural use of the land. In 2013, members of the electrical co-op from

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Carina® CarbonSecure™ delivers safety, sustainability, and substantial cost savings 24th November 2020, London, UK – Silixa has today announced the launch of Carina® CarbonSecure™, its distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) based solution for continuous or on-demand monitoring of all stages of carbon capture and storage (CCS) operations to guard against carbon leakage or safety issues. Glynn Williams, CEO at Silixa, says: “In the last few weeks alone we’ve seen Prime Minister Boris Johnson issue his ten-point climate plan here in the UK, and the victory of president-elect Joe Biden and his ambitious climate goals, both of which lean heavily on CCS. That’s the big picture – now it’s down to the market to solve the detailed technical challenges that can make it possible. “For CCS to be successful from a climate perspective, you can’t just bury the carbon and forget about it. You need ongoing monitoring to make sure it stays put, you need detailed data throughout the initial assessment and injection phases, and you need to do all that while being sensitive to cost and safety considerations. Regulators and communities need that confidence to accept widespread adoption.” Carina CarbonSecure is a reservoir management tool, developed based on extensive experience solving similar challenges in the

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The leading UK insurer enlisted the services of renewable energy developer RenEnergy to install more than 3,000 Q CELLS solar modules for a 1 MW solar carport system at the site of the company’s iconic Plitheavis building in Perth, Scotland. The installation is one of the largest carports in the UK to combine solar and storage with EV charging. [Berlin, Germany, 24 November, 2020] The renewable energy drive of one of the UK’s largest insurers – Aviva – has accelerated these past few weeks with the completion of one of the largest solar-powered carports in UK at the company’s Scottish headquarters in Perth. The 1.07 MW carport array has been built by renowned renewable energy developer RenEnergy using 3,283 Q.PEAK DUO-G5 solar modules from Q CELLS. The solar carport was completed at the end of October, and will allow Aviva to reduce its onsite carbon emissions by around 400,000 kg per annum. Aviva will self-consume 77% of the generated energy onsite, thanks to the presence of a 1.8 MWh Tesla powerpack battery and 50 individual electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The solar carport covers 342 parking spaces and was built without imposing any restrictions on car parking space for Aviva staff and visitors.

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Low LID & High Bifacial Gain Shipments of LONGi’s high-efficiency bifacial modules have now reached 10GW, with expectations that production will reach 12GW by the end of 2020. Bifacial modules are now one of the more mature developments in solar panel technology. Thanks to their low LID and high efficiency, they are now on track to be the latest trend to sweep the PV industry and will soon become the standard. In 2017, LONGi became one of the earliest suppliers to promote this technology with its Hi-MO2 bifacial module. In 2018, with half-cut technology and bifacial cells, Hi-MO 3 was launched and 2019 saw the widespread adoption of bifacial modules, with the 166mm Hi-MO 4 (high voltage) module being a disruptive player in the solar PV market. As the era of grid parity approaches, the all new Hi-MO 5 bifacial module has been launched this year for delivery to investors in utility-scale PV plants around the world. Global Application Delivering True Value With its strong commitment to innovation, LONGi achieved mass production of bifacial modules based on PERC technology in 2017. The company’s bifacial modules have since been widely installed around the globe, from a 390MW project in Aswan, Egypt to a 224MW plant in

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How innovation has driven the next performance/cost breakthrough How can the solar industry continue on its cost-down roadmap of lowering the LCOE of solar energy, without sacrificing quality and performance? It’s a challenge that applies to many aspects of solar technology, not least to backsheets. Over the past few years, DSM has developed a new generation of Endurance backsheets that help tackle this challenge. Now the global science-based company has raised the bar yet again with the launch of its Endurance Backsheet D15. PES sat down with the DSM Advanced Solar Technology Manager, Sunny Zhao, to discuss how and why this latest innovation came to the market. PES: It’s great to have this opportunity to talk with you. You work in research & development for DSM. Can you tell us more about your role? Sunny Zhao: I am the Solar Technology Manager for DSM, based in China at our Research & Technology Development Center. My background is in materials science and I have specific responsibility for developing our backsheet technology. PES: Before we get onto the new D15 backsheet, can you just give us some background on the philosophy behind the R&D work that you’ve been conducting in recent years? SZ: It’s now

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How to restrengthen PV manufacturing in Europe PV to contribute significantly to achieving the climate goals ETIP PV’s forecast: Solar PV will supply 70% of the world’s electricity generation The European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) has successfully finished its first virtual annual conference. The Conference 'I3PV - Integrated, Innovative, Intelligent' has highlighted the latest advances in all major Integrated PV applications and how they will contribute to the energy transition as well as EU-based value creation. By 2050, when the world must achieve carbon neutrality, ETIP PV’s forecast based on conversion efficiency improvements and Solar PV’s declining cost is that solar PV will supply 70% of the world’s electricity generation. We will use solar PV to move, heat, cool, drive eco-friendly industrial processes, and produce fuels. Solar PV will be deployed everywhere, in systems large and small, designed for productivity and aesthetics as required. “Integrated PV” (PV deeply embedded into components used in the building industry or the car industry, for example) will play a key role in this scenario. This will be a profitable market for Europe, with a high potential for growth, which will bring numerous business opportunities. It needs R&D

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The energy system is undergoing unprecedented transformation, fuelled by factors such as technological developments, geopolitical shifts and environmental concerns. According to the World Economic Forum, decentralisation is one of the key trends that will accelerate the transition to sustainable energy supply. Decentralisation is often referred to as ‘energy democracy’, as it aims to increase popular participation while advancing renewables as the new source of energy. Here Matthew Stone, chairman at energy decentralisation experts Nextgen Nano, explains why decentralisation will transform the energy sector. An effective energy transition must integrate the three main faces of the energy triangle: environmental sustainability, security and access to resources and economic development. More than 860 million people in developing and underdeveloped countries lack access to energy, according to the World Economic Forum findings, meaning that the demand for secure and affordable power is increasing. At the same time, the findings suggest that people in those countries can ‘leapfrog’ to the final stage of the energy transition, without experiencing the damaging effects of traditional energy. One viable way to do so is through decentralisation and implementation of innovative technologies. Decentralised energy is generated close to where it will be used, rather than at an industrial plant

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Partnership Shines Light on the Power of Community During Dark Times FLEMINGTON, N.J., November 16, 2020 - The Flemington Area Food Pantry, serving Hunterdon County, N.J., celebrated and unveiled their brand new solar array installation with a ribbon cutting today at 10:00am at the Flemington Area Food Pantry, 151 Route 31 North, Flemington, New Jersey. This project was made possible by a collaborative donation effort amongst notable solar industry leaders and community volunteers, each supplying their individual components. Among all of the parties who contributed to make the installation a reality, the pantry has one in particular to thank– North Hunterdon High School student, Evan Kuster. “As a volunteer at the Food Pantry, I was aware that they had a significant electricity expense for their refrigerators and freezers and thought that solar energy could save their budget,” shared Kuster, North Hunterdon High School student, Class of 2022. “My dad works at a solar energy development company called Merit SI, and he suggested we ask for donations to fund the system.”

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