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DNV GL Releases 2016 PV Module Reliability Scorecard

DNV GL Releases 2016 PV Module Reliability Scorecard

Our recently released second edition of the PV Module Reliability Scorecard, reports on the reliability performance of 19 PV module manufacturers. This free report is downloadable here for those interested in PV module performance. The Scorecard c ...

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Solar+Storage is here, and it’s really happening. #SolarStorageIsHereToo

Solar+Storage is here, and it’s really happening. #SolarStorageIsHereToo

This week, through its #StorageIsHere campaign, the Energy Storage Association (ESA) is bringing attention to the fact that energy storage is here and it’s providing essential services and value to the grid across the globe. Many people already ...

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Solar boom for MENA region

DNV GL recently attended the World Future Energy Summit and actively participated in a number of areas. Specifically, DNV GL contributed to the emerging solar industry which is in the early stages of a boom throughout the MENA region. The UAE is look ...

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Sustainable energy in far away places

Sustainable energy in far away places

Bringing electricity to remote areas is expensive On 16th December 1935, the Pickwick Electric Cooperative was set up to bring electricity to a poor and heretofore backward part of the US state of Tennessee. A local farmer, when invited to speak a ...

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Can a very large power system be operated with only distributed solar generation?

Last week I delivered training to TenneT TSO staff and we discussed, amongst others, the consequences of the growth of the variable renewable share. The following question came up: “Is it possible to run a large (size of Europe or US) electric powe ...

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Solar and Snow: Unlikely allies on the energy landscape?

Solar and Snow: Unlikely allies on the energy landscape?

  Prior to 2008, predicting photovoltaic (PV) system energy loss due to snow was a rare topic. The most significant markets for PV were in understandably sunny and warm climates, and no analytical models were available in the literature t ...

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Solar Powered Gold

Solar Powered Gold

This author no longer works for DNV GL. Gold is expensive for a reason The copper in your computer cables, the aluminium in your Coca Cola can, the platinum in your catalytic converter, the gold in your jewellery. How did it get from the earth ...

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Accounting for customer solar energy

Accounting for customer solar energy

This author no longer works for DNV GL. Looking for Insight Utilities use Load Research to assign system and peak load responsibility across customer rate groups, or “customer classes.” These load research studies are very data-intensive, and ...

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Reflections on Joe Biden's speech at SPI 2015

Reflections on Joe Biden's speech at SPI 2015

It was very interesting to listen to our Vice President speak at SPI last week in Anaheim.  Joe Biden gave an enthusiastic and informative talk that resonated with the audience.  Two key components of his talk were related to economics and politic ...

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“You Can’t Eat Solar Panels” – The Case For Rooftop Solar

“You Can’t Eat Solar Panels” – The Case For Rooftop Solar

There’s a little island off the Central American coast called San Andres where the water is warm, the beers are cold, and the electricity is expensive. Really expensive! It’s about five times as much as the US national average which is quite a bu ...

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