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Armenia Pre-qualified Companies for a Tender about 55 MW Solar PV Power Plant Masrik-1

/24th July 2017, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/, Ministry of Energy Infrastructure and Natural Resources of Armenia announced last week that 10 companies have been pre-qualified for a tender about 55 MW solar PV power plant located in the Masrik region of Gegharkunik province. The project cost is estimated to be between $40 to $60 million. The tender is being conducted by the Armenia Renewable Resources and Energy Efficiency Fund. Private developers or consortia can bid to design, finance, build, own and operate the 55 MW Masrik-1 Solar PV power Plant. A special purpose company to be owned 100% by the successful bidder will have to be incorporated in Armenia.

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Advances in Perovskite Research - Shooting stars of modern photovoltaics

/11th July 2017, Sandra Henderson/, On their quest to better understand and thus be able to optimize perovskite solar cells, researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany have discovered in the perovskite layers strips of nanostructures with alternating directions of polarization that could serve as transport paths for charge carriers. “Perovskite solar cells are widely considered the shooting stars of modern photovoltaics,” says Dr Alexander Colsmann, head of KIT’s Organic Photovoltaics Group, adding that their underlying working principles are not yet well understood, however. Thus, the KIT team set out to investigate the material properties and working principles of organometal halide — or more specifically, methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) — perovskite thin-films.

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Integration Challenge about Variable Generated Wind and Solar Power into Future Grid Infrastructure

/29th June 2017, IEA, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM,IRENA/, The share of renewables in overall power generation is rapidly increasing, both in developed and developing countries. Furthermore, many countries have ambitious targets to transform their power sector towards renewables. To achieve these objectives, the structure and operation of existing power grid infrastructures will need to be revisited as the share of renewable power generation increases. Renewable energy technologies can be divided into two categories: dispatchable (i.e.biomass, concentrated solar power with storage, geothermal power and hydro) and non-dispatchable, also known as Variable Renewable Energy or VRE (i.e.ocean power, solar photovoltaics and wind).

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China Grid Connection Concerns for Renewable Energy Generation

/8th March 2017, IEA, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/, China has experienced a marked increase in electricity demand over the past decade, requiring rapid and large investments in the power sector. This has provided an opportunity for streamlining system integration with the expansion of overall electricity infrastructure. However, this opportunity has not been fully realised and investments have predominantly been in coal fired capacity. The dominance of coal in the power sector has translated into growing concerns over local air pollution and CO2 emissions. To address these issues, China is ramping up deployment of renewable energy resources and putting in place measures to effectively limit increases in coal-fired capacity.

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Challenges about Renewable Energy Deployment in MENA Countries

/11th December 2016, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/, The MENA region is blessed with all the natural resources necessary for a vibrant renewable energy sector: Lots of sunshine, strong winds and, in a few places, powerful rivers. According to World Bank estimates, the region receives between 22 percent and 26 percent of all solar energy striking the earth. This translates to a potential for solar energy per square kilometer per year equivalent to the energy generated from 1 to 2 million barrels of oil. MENA’s solar potential is considered to be exponentially higher than that of all other renewable resources combined, and is even thought to be enough to meet the current global demand for electricity.

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Overview of the Renewable Energy Market in MENA Countries

/20th September 2016, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM, IRENA, EY/, The renewable energy market in the MENA region is expanding rapidly, with a majority of countries announcing projects and setting policies to promote renewable energy development and number of initiatives undertaken to facilitate the deployment of renewable energy. According to the IFC, nearly $3 billion were invested in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in 2012, 40 % higher than 2011 and roughly twice the amount invested in 2010. A growing recognition of these benefits is evident in the increasing amount of investment in renewable energy. It was estimated 10 that investment needs in the Mediterranean partner countries (MPC) would reach between EUR 7 and 21 billion 18 by 2020.

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51 MW Wind Farm in Kalmykia in Russian Federation to be launched in 2017

/28th June 2016, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ Alten Ltd., a subsidiary of a Czech based holding Falkon Capital a.s., has placed a pruchase order with the German wind turbine manufacturer FWT Production GmbH for the 51 MW wind farm, which will be built in the Republic of Kalmykia in Russian Federation. The Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for the turnkey realization of the Kalmykia onshore wind farm project "Priyutnenskaya VES" 51 MW comprises engineering, supply and installation of  20 wind turbines with 2.5 MW each as well as all complete electrical and civil infrastructures.

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109 MW Solar PV Power Plant Planned in Belarus by Irish Company Cameliasiade Limited

/24th May 2016, Belarusian Telegraph Agency (BelTA)/
According to Belarusian Telegraph Agency (BelTA) the implementation of the project to create a solar power plant with the output capacity of 109 MW has begun in Belarus in Cherikov District, Mogilev Oblast, BelTA learned from Sergei Poluichik, First Deputy Chairman of the Cherikov District Executive Committee, on 19 February. According to the source, the Irish company Cameliasiade Limited has already started design and survey work and plans to finish it in early March. The main project to create a photovoltaic power plant with the output capacity of 109MW will begin afterwards. The company has already spent BYR 1.6 billion and plans to invest a total of about BYR 600 billion (USD 29.1 million/EUR 25.6 million).

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Wind Power Market and Electricity Market in CIS Countries in 2016

/20th April 2016, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ Total cumulative wind power installation number in CIS countries is less than 1 GW at the end of 2015, a very small share of the global cumulative installed wind power capacity of 435 GW by the end of 2015. However, situation at CIS countries wind energy market is about to change in positive growth direction.

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MK Fintel Wind is expected to commission 6.6 MW wind farm in Serbia in 2016

/23rd March 2016, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ MK Fintel Wind is now constructing its second wind farm project in Serbia – the 6.6 MW La Piccolina project in Vrsac, located in Vojvodina province and expects to commission it by the end of Q3 2016.

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