Weekly News Wrap-Up: Jinko’s Solar Cell Efficiency at 24.79%, Sungrow Launches New ESS

Singapore’s Electrify launches a pilot project for peer-to-peer renewable energy trading


Here are some noteworthy cleantech news and announcements from the around the world week:

Jinko Solar announced the launch of its new generation of 610W Tiger Pro High-efficiency monocrystalline transparent solar modules. According to the company, the module has been developed using the N-Type HOT 2.0 high-efficiency cell technology, independently developed by JinkoSolar. With the help of this technology, Jinko said that the cell efficiency had reached 24.79%, setting a world record for the efficiency of large area N-Type monocrystalline silicon solar cells.

Arctech Solar announced that it has launched its Smart Rooftop II building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) system. The company said that the upgraded Smart Rooftop II BIPV system adheres to building standards like anti-sedimentation, anti-expansion, anti-leakage, and it improved waterproofing and overall performance. The company said that it has adopted these systems in its manufacturing units, and applied it for many other projects, including the 40.9 MW Fengcheng project,the largest BIPV project in China.

Sungrow launched its Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) energy storage system (ESS) for a full range of applications to meet the growing demand across the globe. The ESS solutions allow capacities varying from 1 MW to 6.9MW, and the LFP battery rated at 1500V can be assembled to an integrated volume of up to 4.5MWh, suitable for a variety of commercial and utility-scale installations.

ReneSola announced that it has signed a long-term partnership agreement with a Ukraine-based renewable energy firm Avenston to expand its market in Ukraine and other nearby countries. According to the agreement, Avenston will market and sell ReneSola’s solar PV modules in the region, and the companies would explore further opportunities to develop projects in the country.

Electrify announced a pilot project for peer-to-peer renewable energy trading in Singapore with support from Seneko Energy and ENGIE Factory, the venture arm of French multinational electric utility company ENGIE. Electrify said that the project would allow consumers to purchase renewable energy directly from private solar panel owners through an online market place. Electrify predicted that solar energy worth $60 million (~₹4.48 billion) would be transacted across major Southeast Asian markets by 2023.

U.S.-based APEX Clean Energy announced that Lincoln Land Wind has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Facebook for approximately 170 MW of renewable power from the Illinois-based wind energy project. The project would help with the supply of renewable energy to Facebook’s operations in the region. The company stated that this was its third renewable transaction with Facebook in the past year. The Lincoln land Wind plans to begin its operations at Illinois in 2021.

Grasim Industries announced that it has signed a  limited liability partnership agreement (LLP) with CleanMax, an Indian renewable energy developer, to develop and operate a 32.4 MW wind energy project in Karnataka. According to the agreement, the total value of the LLP will be ₹734.2 million (~$9.66 million), in which Grasim Industries will provide ₹190.9 million (~$2.54 million), and CleanMax will provide ₹543.3 million (~$7.25 million) in various phases. Grasim Industries will hold 26% of shares, and CleanMax will hold 74%. CleanMax will operate the project, and the generated power from the project will be supplied exclusively to Grasim Industries.

Skoda, a Czech Republic-based automobile manufacturer, announced that the launch of its first all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) would take place in Prague on September 1, 2020. According to the company, the design of its new electric SUV is based on Volkswagen Group’s modular electrification toolkit (MEB).

Vestas, a Danish wind system manufacturer, announced that it had secured an additional 50 MW order for the second phase of Vietnam’s Hoa Binh 1 wind farm from the Phuong Anh Group. The agreement includes the installation of 13 V150-4.2 MW turbines with ten turbines delivered in 3.8 MW and three in 4.0 MW operating mode to utilize specific wind conditions. The project also includes an active output management service agreement for 20 years.

Here is the news wrap-up from last week.

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Harsh Shukla is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Previously with Indian Express, he has covered general interest stories. He holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune.

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