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GE recycles NY wind

GE recycles NY wind

Fenner wind farm receiving new blades to increase production 23%

GE recycles NY wind image


GE is upgrading blades at the 16-year-old Fenner wind farm in New York to increase annual energy production by about 23%, while the old blades will be recylced and made into new products.

The 37-metre blades will be replaced with new models that are approximately five metres longer, but weigh the same as the older units, GE said.

The old blades are being recycled by Global Fiberglass Solutions (GFS) and will be made into new products, such as manhole covers, building panels and pallets.

GFS is using wet wire blades that are thin and strong enough to slice each wind blade.

The company then sprays a light mist of water so that debris rains into a giant dustpan lying beneath the blade.

It loads the dismantled blades onto flatbed trucks and takes them to nearby yards where the blades are shredded into raw fiberglass known as ‘feedback’ for recycling.

GE global executive director for Ecomagination Deb Frodl said: “The ability to recycle wind blades is a great way to improve both environmental and operating performance.”

Image: Global Fiberglass Solutions

Eicke Weber: Trump’s border wall could host 5 GW of PV capacity

The former head of Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE said in an interview with Spiegel that, although the proposed U.: border wall should reach a length of only 3,000 kilometers, this would be enough to build a huge PV installation. With a solar LCOE ranging from $0.03 to $0.05/KWh the PV plant could be amortized in five to six years.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced in his electoral campaign that he wanted to build a wall along the nation’s southern border with Mexico. After the election, discussions began on how the project could be financed. At a recent meeting in Iowa, Trump said that solar modules could be installed at the wall, and that this would effectively cover the cost of the construction works.

Eicke Weber, who is the former head of Germany’s solar energy research institute Fraunhofer ISE and whom now works at the University of Berkeley, California, said in an interview with German magazine Der Spiegel that a solar plant in the area of the wall would be economically viable.

In the region, a solar power production capacity of between 1,500 and 2,000 kWh is possible. Although the modules may not necessarily be installed at the optimu angle, a production of between 1,000 and 1,500 kWh is also achievable, Weber said. The region, the scientist added, has a solar LCOE between $0.03 and $0.05/kWh, and this makes PV very competitive. According to him, the project could be amortized in a 5-6-year period.

The plant could be 3,000 km long and five meters high, thus requiring a surface of 15 million square meters. If modules with a power range of 300 W to 400 W were to be used, the solar park could reach a total capacity of 5 GW.

Weber concluded that he is glad that Trump, who is an avowed climate change denier, has proposed to use solar for his controverial border wall, and is encouraged that the president has at least begun to consider solar and eventually wind as viable options to produce power.

The idea of installing solar plants at the wall is not new. One of the recent proposal for building the president’s barrier, submitted by the Las Vegas company Gleason LLC, included the installation of a 2 MW solar array. According to the company’s proposal, the solar panels will power the wall’s lighting, sensors and patrol stations.

Gleason’s proposal also said the 2 MW system would sell excess power to utilities, which would cover the cost of its construction in 20 years or less.

Neo Solar Power opens high-efficiency solar module assembly plant in Taiwan

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Neo Solar Power opens high-efficiency solar module assembly plant in Taiwan


NSP High Efficiency solar module Fab Tour:(From left to right in yellow cleanroom suit) Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen , NSP Chairman & CEO Dr. Sam Hong, and NSP Honorary Chairman & CSO Dr. Quincy Lin. Image: NSP

NSP High Efficiency solar module Fab Tour:(From left to right in yellow cleanroom suit) Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen , NSP Chairman & CEO Dr. Sam Hong, and NSP Honorary Chairman & CSO Dr. Quincy Lin. Image: NSP

Taiwan-based cell and module producer Neo Solar Power (NSP) has officially opened its new 200MW initial nameplate high-efficiency solar module assembly plant in Taiwan.

NSP is transitioning away from multicrystalline production, due to industry overcapacity and poor margins to a suite of monocrystalline products including PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) and bifacial cells and modules. 

As part of the transition, NSP has established a high-efficiency solar module assembly plant in Taiwan to focus on these products for domestic and overseas markets, including its own downstream PV power plant projects. The new assembly plant was said to be highly automated. 

“Due to external environmental factors such as rapidly changing solar market nowadays, frequent solar trade disputes around the globe, and ongoing challenges in multicrystalline solar cell overcapacity lead to slump in average selling price (ASP), which make business operation a challenge,” noted  Dr. Sam Hong, Chairman and CEO of NSP. “However, these challenges will not slow down NSP’s future development. Look into the future, NSP will continue to cooperate closely with outstanding supply chain partners and providing best photovoltaic solutions for Taiwan to support government’s policy of promoting renewable energy and increasing domestic photovoltaic market demand. Today, the opening of this high efficiency solar module FAB is not only in responding to government’s energy transition plan of becoming a nuclear-free homeland, but also shows that NSP will continue to invest in R&D, continue to deepen advanced technology development and continue to expand downstream solar system project business to achieve next operational performance peak.”

NSP said that Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen also visited the new facility after the opening ceremony. Taiwan’s renewable energy policy includes reaching a target of 20GW of solar PV installation by 2025 and closing down its nuclear power plants. 


neo solar power, c-si manufacturing, pv modules, perc, bifacial

Cheap gas and renewables are making U.S. merchant power untenable

A new report by Power Research Group and Wilkinson Barker Knauer finds that cheap natural gas, wind and solar make it impossible for merchant plants to recover invested capital, and threaten the basic operation of wholesale power markets.

If you want the right answer, you need to ask the right question.

We at pv magazine have been among those heaping scorn on the grid study which U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has ordered, given Perry’s public statements which suggest that this inquiry is built upon faulty and politically motivated assumptions. We have not been the only voices. Earlier this week trade group Advanced Energy Economy released a study which debunked the two major assumptions driving the report, showing that low-priced natural gas is mostly responsible for driving coal and nuclear plants off the grid, and that the replacement of such baseload does not necessarily have any significant impact on grid reliability.

However, this does not mean that the recent influx of cheap natural gas, wind and solar is having no impact on power markets. On the contrary, the build-out of gas, wind and solar is driving down wholesale power prices, including periods of negative prices in some markets, and in general is creating grave difficulties for generators.

Earlier today a new study emerged which looks at the way that these forces are threatening the entire model of competitive power markets. The Breakdown of the Merchant Generation Business Model by Power Research Group and law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer notes that only 20 years after restructuring created a huge market for merchant power, many of the large merchant generators are headed for “a second round of bankruptcies”…


The full article can be read on the pv magazine USA website