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Levelling up energy storage

Jinko Solar is one of only three manufacturers globally listed as Top Performers seven consecutive times in the PVEL PV Module Reliability Scorecard. It implements a thorough quality check process, with 52 steps and continuous line monitoring for each cell and panel. Keen to learn more, PES sat down with Lucia Dolera, Business Development Manager… Read more »

Increasing the energy yield

Ellen Xue, TSUN Sales VP, discusses a breakthrough in microinverter technology with PES and explains the benefits, before taking a look at what the future may bring. PES: I’m looking forward to hearing more about TSUN today. Could we begin with a brief history of the company, for readers who might not be familiar with… Read more »

Agrivoltaics represents a new industrial farming revolution

Agriculture and energy are two of the most essential industries in the modern world. The food we eat and the electricity we consume are vital to sustaining life and keeping us moving. As land availability and climate change become increasingly vital issues, it’s no surprise that effective use of space has become a more hotly… Read more »

Shaping the future of photovoltaics

The European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) is one of the most prestigious events in the renewable energy sector. As we gear up for the EU PVSEC 2023, we highlight why attending this influential conference is a must for industry professionals, researchers, and key players in the field of photovoltaics. Plus, we… Read more »

Spearheading the solar revolution

With the ground broken on what will be Europe’s largest logistics center for power storage solutions and photovoltaic products, SKE is making a statement of intent to deliver innovation and training just when the sector needs them the most. PES was keen to learn more about the center itself and the Austrian company’s commitment to… Read more »

Monitoring and analytics enhances solar plant performance

Solar plants are adopting digital tools to improve site performance, with mixed success. Traditional asset performance management (APM) tools focus primarily on inverter data and DC-side performance issues but pay very little attention to tracker performance. Most tracker analytics are manual and focus mainly on actual versus expected angle trends. With a lack of detailed… Read more »

The emergence of a circular PV economy

The End-of-life (EOL) management of PV panels has been discussed for over a decade, with many reports, strategies, policies, and industries created to minimise their waste impact. As the cohesiveness of the European and USA PV value chain evolves, so too does access to new thinking and ways of designing, manufacturing, and operating to move… Read more »

West Africa’s first hybrid power plant demonstrates successful mix of solar and hydropower

Ghana has made remarkable progress in providing access to electricity. Currently, 43% of the total population in sub-Saharan Africa lacks electricity, but Ghana is on course to achieve full access within 18 months. The country is on track to achieve its goal of universal access to electricity by 2025, with the successful implementation of the… Read more »

Inspection training pays off

The expectations of continued wind industry growth bring sustained challenges at many levels. One of these is finding the best way of expanding the workforce while maintaining safety and training standards, something that can be achieved with the correct training and support. Demand for wind turbine technicians is predicted to grow over the next five… Read more »

Counting the cost of lightning protection

Lightning strikes are powerful and awe-inspiring displays of nature’s fury. However, they can also wreak havoc on man-made structures, including wind turbines. According to industry experts, around 1 to 3 percent of lightning strikes to wind turbine blades result in blade damage. However, this figure can vary significantly, depending on the location of the wind… Read more »

Rugged, nimble, underwater robots help to maintain offshore wind farms

PES spoke with Brad Clause, an account executive specializing in offshore energy applications at VideoRay, the world’s leading manufacturer of underwater robotic systems. We wanted to learn how VideoRay systems can improve the efficiency of maintaining offshore wind monopiles and turbine jackets and foundations. PES: It’s lovely to welcome a new name to PES, and… Read more »

Lidar takes the lead: wind energy measurement in action

Around the globe, renewable generation capacity is exploding, as more countries seek to reach net zero in the decades ahead. With the world increasingly turning toward renewable sources, wind energy plays an increasingly prominent role in this transition. In the modern world of wind energy, the need for accurate and reliable wind measurement data has… Read more »

Online VR training for offshore excellence

Global wind capacity is set to grow to a staggering 1,400 GW by 2026, and the need for a skilled and experienced workforce is urgent. So much so that the industry needs to look outside of internal sources to find candidates. But how does the industry recruit effectively and sustainably, while ensuring that the skill… Read more »

Minimising asset downtime with predictive inspections

Hands-on predictive wind turbine inspections provide the most inclusive overview of the condition of a wind asset, highlighting issues and key degradation factors, providing asset owners with actionable insights. The increasing demand for renewable energy within the past few years has led to asset owners and operators placing an increased focus on reducing revenue losses… Read more »

The challenges of legacy CMS hardware in ageing turbines

As wind operators look to ensure their fleets are running as economically as possible, the use of data to improve asset management and predictive maintenance strategies is becoming increasingly vital. In the wind industry today, the benefits of Condition Monitoring Systems (CMS) are widely accepted to help achieve optimal wind turbine performance. More data from… Read more »

Go like the wind with offshore marshalling

Cape Breton Island, situated on the east coast of North America, is a region well-positioned for new economic opportunities and transformational change. Home to Novaporte, a 2,000+ acre greenfield port development, and some of the windiest waters in the world, the Island is perfectly poised for generational transformation. Cape Breton Island, with its green hills,… Read more »

Green hydrogen: overhyped or underestimated?

Across the globe, governments are betting on hydrogen, especially if it can be produced from wind and solar power as part of the net zero transition. While some developers are racing to announce GW-scale projects that will take decades to come online, others are considering smaller scale, near-term opportunities. In the UK, it is increasingly… Read more »

It’s not about the sensor, it’s about the data

‘It is not about the sensor’ is a brave statement from a company launching a brand-new wave sensor. So, what’s the thinking behind this? Miros, known for its high-accuracy wave sensors, decided to introduce WaveFusion™, its most recent product, with these words. ‘Let’s not rely on yesterday’s technology for tomorrow’s innovations and energy solutions.’ That’s… Read more »

Automated inspection set for a vital role in the future of offshore wind

As we look ahead to a prolonged rise in global demand for renewable energy, it’s clear that offshore wind is primed for explosive growth. The opportunities are significant and abundant, but so are the questions, including how operators can efficiently and quickly scale up and maintain capacity. According to Kieren Paterson, Managing Director of UK-based… Read more »

Onsite testing of offshore array cables

The design, installation and commissioning of offshore wind farms are facing several challenges for the inter array grid. The continuously increasing power ratings of the individual wind turbines leads to increasing operating voltages (Um), from 36 kV to 72.5 kV for the inter array cables to reduce operating currents and therefore thermal losses. As these… Read more »

The build-out of offshore wind energy and the need for robust O&M strategies

Since 1991 when Denmark became the first country to harness offshore wind to generate renewable energy, the offshore wind industry has been on a steep learning curve. The larger and more complex offshore wind farms require robust Operations and Maintenance (O&M) strategies, with efficient, capable, and reliable solutions. The O&M market has seen the introduction… Read more »

Realising Norway’s offshore wind ambitions

Norway’s burgeoning offshore wind ambitions may have been curtailed by the continuing dominance of oil and gas and delays in licensing, but local experience to support innovation remains crucial for tapping into the North Sea’s potential for renewable energy. Norway has long been a proponent of renewable and green energy, with hydropower playing a critical… Read more »

Editor’s note

As new wind energy projects are rapidly constructed, onshore and offshore, the world’s installed wind generation capacity is only set to escalate. But with growth comes challenges. In this issue of PES, we take a look at how the innovators in our industry are coming together to make light work of them. How is lidar… Read more »

Capturing the value of floating offshore wind

Floating wind can deliver affordable clean power given the right policy support, according to new research from DNV. Offshore wind has moved rapidly along the cost learning curve to become a more competitive investment option than fossil-fuel energy technologies in some locations. Front runner Europe has the largest and lowest cost installed offshore wind capacity…. Read more »

One point of contact

Clarksons PLC collaborates across all its business lines, ensuring everything is underpinned by research, enabled by technology, and implemented by an experienced team. Its global presence, depth of relationships and total service offering delivers extraordinary results. As a strategic partner, it helps clients make smarter decisions at every stage of the shipping life cycle. The… Read more »

Innovative technique is 25 times faster and uses 90% less energy

In December 2022, the UK Minister for Energy and Climate, Graham Stuart, signed a landmark agreement on renewable energy cooperation with the EU and North Seas countries. The agreement with the North Seas Energy Cooperation (NSEC) set out a framework for greater cooperation with the UK’s North Seas neighbours, which will result in the development… Read more »

Only one week to go until the biggest offshore event in the UK

Global Offshore Wind 2023 (GOW) is the UK’s largest meeting place for everyone involved with the offshore wind industry. Returning to London on 14th and 15th June, this event offers an exceptional programme, world-class speakers and endless networking opportunities. It will be a place to get to grips with the latest project achievements, market trends,… Read more »

Navigating the current CTV market

Across the sector, CTVs are an integral part of wind farm logistics and are essential for transporting personnel and cargo to and from offshore wind farms. Although the vessels themselves are relatively small in size, a shortage of crew transfer vessels (CTVs) would have a big impact on the growing offshore wind industry. Colebrook Offshore,… Read more »

A strategic solution for operating and maintaining floating wind installations in deeper waters

Tim Eyles, Vice President of marine energy and infrastructure services company Acteon, explains how a risk-based holistic approach can reduce operation and maintenance costs, improve long-term margins and extend asset life. The opportunities and challenges for floating wind operators The global offshore floating wind market is set to expand, and with this, there will be… Read more »

Accurate yield predictions help renewable energy take centre stage in the European Green Deal

The energy sector faces a dual challenge of meeting increasing energy demands while the climate crisis is forcing a transition to low-carbon-emitting energy sources. Nuclear power is one such option, but its drawbacks, including high building and maintenance costs, nuclear waste disposal, and safety concerns, have resulted in the sector’s slow growth in recent years…. Read more »

Lift off for efficiency at height

Imagine being a wind technician standing inside a 100m high wind turbine, where the only way up is via a vertical metal ladder. This was a very real challenge for anyone until the mid-2000s. And even though many wind turbines are now equipped with climbing aids, they still cannot eradicate things like physical fatigue, safety… Read more »

Good economics begins at home with microinverters

As solar energy becomes increasingly popular among homeowners, there is a growing demand for more efficient and cost-effective solutions for residential solar installations. One of the key components is the inverter, which converts the DC power generated by the solar panels into AC power that can be used in homes or exported to the grid…. Read more »