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The report ‘Living in a World of Data’, drawn up by Schneider Electric, reveals the sustainability trends that are changing today’s business panorama and shows how technology is helping companies respond. According to Schneider Electric, the IoT will be the key for companies to take more informed decisions as regards energy and sustainability to reduce their impact on the planet, while improving their profitability.

The infrastructures and buildings infrastructures consume up to 70% of the world’s energy. Given the need to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, companies have started to place sustainable practices at the centre of their strategies. Digitisation, that provides energy efficiency potentials of 82% in the case of buildings and 79% in that of infrastructures, can be the key tool to facilitate sustainability.

In this regard, Schneider Electric has identified four trends in the corporate panorama that technology will help address:

Decoupling economic growth from environmental impact

Our planet’s resources and its demand continue to accelerate. For this reason, companies have to innovative so that their growth does not involve an increasing amount of expenditure in energy and resources. Technology and digitisation facilitate this sustainable optimisation of resources while reducing threats to business continuity. Innovations such as Industry 4.0 – with technologies such as the IoT or Cloud Computing – sustainable supply chains and Everything as a Service (XaaS) will be those that make this possible.

Improving sustainability reports

Companies with well-planned sustainability strategies, clear and informed initiatives based on accurate data can improve their scores on existing global indices and sustainability and environmental programmes. The IoT will be key to improving operational and energy efficiencies yet further, by providing real time data and allowing the auditable and traceable monitoring and identification of this performance.

The need to increase customer engagement

Companies have to learn how to measure, categorise and commercialise their products and services in a sustainable way. The keys are transparent corporate processes, optimised supply chains and a responsible and considered asset management. Technology is the means that make this possible, according to the report from Schneider Electric.

The 3 Ds + E

Digitisation, decentralisation, decarbonisation and electrification are changing the way business is done. The acquisition and analysis of data are crucial for information-based decision-making. As such, investing in digitisation is one of the key factors to shift from reactive business processes to proactive processes and to guarantee a positive rate of return. For example, the report from Schneider Electric shows that, by implementing digitisation projects, significant improvements in efficiency can already be observed within the first 12 months.

Technology as a sustainability and profitability facilitator

The report concludes that the deployment of IoT technologies by companies leads to a more efficient use of resources, an improved return, a more resilient business, enhanced health and safety in addition to risk mitigation.

Companies that reduce their energy consumption by 30 or 40%, can achieve a 10% reduction in their overall operating costs. Companies from every sector are already implementing these improvements, with the report particular highlighting the hotel, manufacturing and data centre sectors. For example, thanks to a new sustainable Data Centre, the Director General of Highways in Taiwan has reduced their energy use by 36%, saving one million Euros a year. In the industrial sector, the report cites machinery manufacturer Semyx, which has achieved improvements in productivity of 50 to 75% as a result of digitisation.

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JinkoSolar has announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter that ended September 30, 2018. Total solar module shipments hit record high of 2,953 MW, an increase of 5.7% sequentially and 24.4% year-on-year. Jinko Solar is expected to deliver 11-12 GW shipment this year, which enables it to boost its market share up to approximately 15% and much higher in emerging markets.

JinkoSolar has solidified its competitive positioning by focusing on value-added products, including Cheetah and Bifacial based on the mono PERC technology. It has ramped up the capacity its flagship Cheetah series, seeking to revitalize the market. Although there are other companies who have claimed to launch panels up to 400 W, actually Jinkosolar is the first manufacturer to start the GW scale production and sales of Cheetah up to 400 W until now. It represents new wafer size and pioneering technologies such as mono PERC and half cut. These features lift the upper power range to the next level. It will ramp up to its full capacity of Cheetah in 2019.

As for 2019 outlook, strong demand is expected to continue on the back of high adoption of solar, although market conditions are likely to remain challenging amid stiff price competition. However, JinkoSolar has responded through the early introduction of the Cheetah series and competitive mid-level models with new features. Its shipments for next year are expected to rise significantly.

In addition, Jinkosolar will also leverage its strength in quality to take advantage of the post subsidy situation when developers and investors become have become far more interested in quality when project margins and returns are projected on the performance of the products used rather than the comfort of an FiT subsidy.

Looking into the future, the outlook for Jinkosolar remains strong across next year in all regions, thanks to robust demand and highly visible pipeline of orders for its high quality products as well as new products introduced into the market. JinkoSolar will proactively address demand for differentiated products. Over the mid- and long-term, JinkoSolar expects new opportunities in its business from the ongoing transformation in the industry, led by the fact that grid parity will soon be achieved in more and more countries.

Source: JinkoSolar

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Rolls-Royce is partnering with Northwestel, a Northern Canadian telecommunications company, to help provide reliable high-speed internet access to Nunavut, one of the most remote northern territories of the Canadian Arctic. 23 MTU Onsite Energy diesel generator sets are to supply emergency power. They will be delivered as part of a network infrastructure improvement plan designed to increase connectivity, including internet speeds and broadband capacity, in the territory’s communities.

As part of the Canadian government’s “Connect to Innovate” program, Northwestel developed a comprehensive plan to upgrade the region’s telecommunications infrastructure that includes the use of satellite technology with associated receiver dishes in each of the 25 Nunavut communities to increase bandwidth capacity. Each satellite-receiver pair will require backup power to ensure maximum uptime and guarantee service in the event of a power outage.

Nunavut currently has download speeds of 1-3 megabits per second. The goal, by 2019, is to increase those spends three-fold. Longer term, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the governing body responsible for regulating the broadcasting and telecommunications industries, will require all households in Canada to have download speeds of 50 megabits per second within the next 15 years.

Northwestel partnered with Wajax, Canada’s leading provider of industrial products and services, to design two versions of MTU Onsite Energy’s backup power systems. The 19 “short” version units will include only a generator set and the four “long” units will include a generator set with room for additional radio equipment to accommodate site conditions for each location. Additionally, Wajax’s ERS (Engineered Repair Service) experts ensured each system is equipped with automatic load banks for easy engine maintenance and high-level controls for remote monitoring of the units. The units also include custom Arctic-grade enclosures to protect against the extreme temperatures – up to -22 degrees Celsius in Northern Nunavut – and meet local sound requirements.

Source: Rolls-Royce

2018 promised to be a very intensive year for Spanish market of renewable energies and so it has been. Projects of last public tenders have been awarded during this year and most of them are already in execution. This trend in contracting seems to be confirmed in following years due to the determinate position of the public administration to accelerate the energy transition and achieve the EU targets and the different international agreements.

GES has been awarded during 2018 up to date 388 MW in wind and solar farms to be built in Galicia, Aragon and Andalusia. GES has begun the execution of 105 MW and plans to begin the rest of the projects by end of the year.

In wind turbine installation activity, during 2017 GES reinforced his strategy to offer services with very high added value, acquiring a crane that is already operative.This action has let GES close an agreement for the reservation of his installation services including two teams and the recently acquired crane for a good part of 2019. Installation team has a strategy to sing alliances with crane companies that complete the services and the reinforcement of its own team for carrying out the high demand that is expected form next year.

Therefore, GEs team is very satisfied with the work done in Spanish market, a market that the firm knows very well. 2019 promises to be a great year for renewables in Span and the company is working to consolidate the results of the current year.

Source: GES

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Driven by the rapid industry transformation, continuous technology evolution and increasingly complex market demands of the solar landscape in recent years, JinkoSolar has utilized its technical leadership to create cutting-edge technologies of tomorrow. Presented for the first time during SNEC 2018 in Shanghai, JinkoSolar Cheetah PV module is the world’s highest-performing, commercially mass-produced monofacial PV module, bringing the industry into the new age of PV 4.0 with mainstream module output of 400 Wp. Cheetah series has created a new benchmark for ultra-high performing modules with its industry leading performance in metrics such as output, limited degradation, shade tolerance, and durability.

Efficacy of the solution

Cheetah modules have been designed to achieve grid parity thanks to its ultra-high module efficiency. Cheetah enters a new paradigm. New wafer size, new cell and module designs will keep pushing power results higher, even above 400Wp. The trend for Cheetah Series is to become mainstream products in the near future and Jinko Customers will benefit of it, significantly saving PV system cost with higher energy generation. 72-Cell Cheetah modules combined with Jinko Half-Cut Cell technology will reach 400 Wp with conversion efficiency up to 19.88%

Sustainability of the solution

Once again Jinko proposes a product based on mature and proven technologies available at Jinko’s GW manufacturing scale; just enlarging the wafer surface without modifying the overall cell and module manufacturing steps, thus relying on the well-established quality protocols implemented on Jinko’s total production.

The maximum benefit of Jinko Cheetah Series is achieved while combining it with the HC technology. In this way not only the performance of the PV module is increased, but also its reliability thanks to the lower solar cell current and related lower heat losses. The combination of Cheetah and HC technologies also has improved the temperature coefficients to -0.37%/°C, consequently boosting the high performance of PV modules even in extreme environmental conditions by almost 2%-3% compared to standard full-cell solutions.

Degree of innovation

Cheetah Series modules are manufactured using larger wafers and Mono PERC cells, thus module peak power is increased by 8 Wp compared to the previous generation of PV modules. Cheetah cells increased in both length and width by 2 mm. Respectively, the Cheetah module length and width increase 23 mm and 10 mm with average 8 Wp power up. Cheetah HC length and width increase 52mm and 10mm with average 15 Wp power up.

Furthermore, by combining the Cheetah technology with the advantageous Half-Cell module configuration, module power can be increased by additional 7 Wp and the entire system can benefit from the higher shading losses mitigation as a positive side effect, resulting in higher yields when the module is partially covered.

Economic impact

The possibility to use modules with higher Wp class can significantly reduce BOS costs and LCOE consequently, fostering the pathway to reach grid parity. Cheetah solution generates significant BOS savings for utility scale PV projects because the number of modules for a given peak power is reduced by 6%, thus labor costs and mounting structure amounts are also decreased proportionally. Moreover, comparing an installation with Jinko Mono PERC and Jinko’s new Cheetah Half-Cell PV Modules, the area needed for the PV array is reduced by approximately 3%, fully utilizing the economic advantage of a rooftop system and maximizing the power output from the roof space. Land occupation and land preparation costs are also reduced consequently.

Source: JinkoSolar

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The stations will be installed in the plants that the Norwegian company Scatec Solar will build as part of the FiT program for renewable energy developed by the Egyptian government

Gamesa Electric has signed a new contract with the Norwegian company Scatec Solar for the supply of 66 x 5MVA PV Solar Power Stations for the projects located in Benban (Aswan) in Egypt. The six solar power plants will supply a total of 400 MWp as part of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between Scatec Solar and the Egyptian government.

These projects are part of the Egyptian government´s FiT (Feed-in Tariff) program for renewable energies, that aims to develop a total solar capacity of 2,3 GW –2GW of which will consist of centralized photovoltaic power plants–. The program announced in 2015 aims to take advantage of both solar and wind resources in the country and also contribute to the achievement of the goals set by international agreements. The main goal is to produce up to 20% of the country´s total energy needs with renewable energies by 2020.

Gamesa Electric will supply 66 Solar Power Stations for a total of 132 high efficiency Gamesa E-2.5 MVA-SB-I PV Inverters at 1500Vdc, which scores one of the highest efficiencies in the PV market (99.0% maximum efficiency; 98.8% European efficiency).
In addition to two Gamesa Electric solar inverters, each Solar Power Station integrates a step-up transformer and a medium voltage protection switchgear, all integrated within a fully wired interconnected and factory tested ISO maritime container for ease of both field assembly and installation.

For each one of these plants, a Power Plant Controller will be also supplied to coordinate the response of the PV inverters and fulfil the demanding plant´s connection requirements according to the country´s Grid Code.

The projects will provide all the power generated to the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) under a 25 years Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

Source: Gamesa Electric

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LONGi Solar has been recognized by China Building Material Test & Certification Group Co., Ltd. (CTC) as a “Top Runner” in the power degradation of PV modules. This marks the third year that LONGi Solar wins the honor since 2016. The outdoor aging test showed average degradation of LONGi Solar’s PV modules to be 0.38% in the first year, 0.32% in the second year, and 0.36% in the third year, with all 3 years ranking first among all monocrystalline modules tested. Cumulative three-year degradation was just 1.06%.

CTC carried out quality supervision and spot checks at the outdoor test base in Hainan. Products from enterprises that meet the Standard Conditions for the Photovoltaic Manufacturing Industry of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology test criteria are published once a year. To ensure objectivity and impartiality, the tests are conducted “blind” – CTC does not inform enterprises of spot checks, and samples are randomly selected from production lines or warehouses and transported to the test base.

Since March 2015, the CTC, entrusted by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, has carried out this quality supervision and spot checks on enterprises’ products to study the performance degradation and lifetime assessment methodology of modules and systems under typical climatic conditions in China. This will provide the government with a fair and authoritative database and a product quality analysis report for industry management. The database is the first national outdoor substantive information for photovoltaic products in China, and is an important technical support reference for the Standard Conditions for the Photovoltaic Manufacturing Industry and the “Top Runner” program of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

This year’s certification once again reaffirms the excellent performance, high quality and reliability of LONGi Solar’s monocrystalline modules that creates greater customer value with lower degradation.

Source: LONGi Solar

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The renewable power sector will be the fastest growing sector in India, driven by solar and wind energy, though thermal power will continue to dominate, according to GlobalData’s latest report, India Power Market Outlook to 2030, Update 2018 – Market Trends, Regulations, and Competitive Landscape.

The report reveals that though installed non-hydro renewable power capacity and generation levels are expected to race ahead at high compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) of 12% and 13.2%, respectively during the forecast period (2018–2030), this will not be enough to dislodge thermal power’s dominance which is still expected to account for nearly half of the capacity mix in 2030.

During the forecast period, the cumulative installed capacity is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5%. Nuclear power installed capacity is expected to show a greater growth rate than the historical period, at 9.7%, closely preceded by renewable power capacity at 12%. Thermal and hydropower capacities are expected to show growth rates of 2.1% and 3.4% respectively, during this period.

Non-hydro renewables are expected to contribute to nearly 40% of the installed capacity and a little over 14% of generation in 2030.

Thermal power will still be expected to contribute to around 48% of the installed capacity in 2030, with coal contributing to nearly 85% of the installed thermal capacity – similar to the scenario in 2017.

However, coal’s contribution to the total installed capacity is expected to decline from 57.9% in 2017 to around 40% in 2030, primarily due to an increase in contributions from wind, which is expected to increase from 8.6% to 14.9%, and solar PV whose share is expected to increase from 5.6% to 20.8% during the same period.

The high projections for wind and solar power particularly are attributed to the high potential for these energy sources in India, as well as the declining prices of raw materials, which are in turn leading to a dramatic fall in tariffs for these energy sources.

In 2016, the lowest tariff discovered in solar PV auctions was $0.065/kWh, which fell to as low as $0.038/kWh in 2017. In wind auctions, the first of which was held in February 2017, the lowest tariff value recorded was $0.051/kWh and this declined to $0.038/kWh in an auction held in September 2018.

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Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with C-Energy to extend their power plant installed capacity with further 23 MWe. The delivery includes two gas-fired gensets based on the new 20 cylinder Rolls-Royce medium speed V-engine, B36:45, that was launched at the Power Gen Asia in September this year. Rolls-Royce will also be supplying long term services for the new engines.

The new B36:45 engine series set a new standard in power and efficiency with exceptionally low fuel consumption and emissions of NOx, CO2, SOx and particulates. At 600 kW per cylinder it offers a 20 per cent increase in power per cylinder compared to its predecessor, the B35:40. The V20 is the largest variant available with an electrical output of 11,8 MWe.

The existing 60 MWe power plant of C-Energy was reconstructed in the beginning of 2015 with four B35:40V20 gas engines. At this time, this was the first natural gas power plant based on medium-speed gas engines in the South Bohemian Region prepared to supply heat and power to the local grid. Due to low coal prices however, electricity and heat in the region is still predominantly generated by coal-fired plants. Hence, the extension of the gas fired plant is considered as an additional step forward towards a green future for the region and country.

With the extension, the power plant will, from the end of 2019, deliver a total of 83 MWe electricity and heat for companies and homes in the nearby town of Tabor/Sezimovo Ústí roughly 100 kilometers southeast of the capital Prague.

Delivery of four Rolls-Royce engines among other investments helped to transform the old coal fired central heating plant into a modern power plant in 2015. Nowadays the plant not only supply power to the grid and heat to industrial customers and municipalities but also provide auxiliary services to the high voltage grid. The supply of brand new Rolls-Royce engines will enable the plant to increase its flexibility, to provide wider range of services and hence remain competitive on the pan European energy market.

The Rolls-Royce medium-speed engines will enable C-Energy to operate the plant efficiently, both in terms of cost and time. Both the B35:40 and the new B36:45 medium speed gas engines are flexibly designed for different operating modes. They can be used to generate base-load or peak power or can operate in combined cycle. The heat from the engines can be used to generate steam in the heat recovery steam generators, and the steam is supplied to industrial customers for their technological needs. The power plant can also be used for district heating by utilizing hot water from the engines.

The engines quick-start capability means the engines can ramp up to their rated load within five minutes, giving the plant access to the amount of power and heat needed within just a short space of time. In addition the new engines will be certified to provide primary and secondary grid regulation.

Flexible energy options, such as energy storage, smart-charging electric vehicles, demand response and interconnectors, are needed to ensure that the energy transition proceeds on an optimal path. Our expensive power system would otherwise be reliant on fossil-fueled backup and installing excess wind and solar capacity.

The four types of flexibility mentioned above can accelerate the transition to a cleaner power system and ultimately enable the efficient integration of 80% or more renewable energy by 2040, according to two reports published today by BloombergNEF (BNEF) in partnership with Eaton and Statkraft.

The Flexibility Solutions for High-Renewable Energy Systems reports model a number of alternative scenarios for future power systems in the UK and Germany, respectively, depending on how each flexibility technology might develop in the coming years.

Energy storage and smart electric vehicle charging provide flexibility by moving large volumes of renewable energy to periods of high demand, or moving demand to periods of high renewable generation. Dispatchable demand response reduces the need for fossil-fired backup plants in the power system, reducing emissions. Interconnecting to Nordic hydro can address periods of both excess supply and excess demand, providing different benefits over the decades as the needs of the system evolve.

The two studies – focused on the UK and Germany – highlight that policies and regulation accelerating the adoption of these technologies are key to make a cleaner, cheaper, and more efficient power system possible.

Specific findings for the UK include:

•None of the scenarios halt the transition to a low-carbon power system. In all scenarios, the renewable share of generation exceeds 70% by 2030 as wind and solar become dominant, thanks to their dramatic and ongoing cost improvements. However, without new sources of clean flexibility, the system will be oversized and wasteful, making it 13% more expensive by 2040 and with 36% higher emissions.
•Greater electrification of transport yields major emissions savings with little risk to the power generation system. Avoided fuel emissions far outstrip added power sector emissions. The power generation system will comfortably integrate all these electric vehicles, and the system benefits are even greater if most EVs charge flexibly. However, local distribution networks are likely to face challenges.
•Accelerated energy storage development can hasten the transition to a renewable power system, with significant benefits by 2030 including a 13% emissions reduction and 12% less fossil backup capacity needed.

Specific findings for Germany include:

•In Germany, adding flexibility supports coal through 2030, even as renewables grow to dominate the market. This counterintuitive finding is not due to a problem with batteries, EVs, demand response or interconnectors – cheap coal is the culprit. Flexible technologies are important because they can integrate inflexible generation – and in Germany’s case, its inexpensive lignite plants also benefit. To decarbonize, Germany needs to address existing coal generation while investing in renewables, flexibility and interconnection.
•Still, by 2040, adding more batteries, flexible electric vehicles and interconnections with the Nordics all enable greater renewable penetration and emissions savings. More flexible demand, on the other hand, reduces the need for battery investment.
•Even with coal-heavy power, adding EVs reduces transport emissions.