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Distributed generation with battery storage can revolutionize solar development in India in the shortest time period with minimal investment.

Distributed, grid-connected solar PV with battery storage systems offers a unique set of benefits without the challenges as seen with mega-scale execution. In distributed solar applications, small PV systems (500 kW to 2-3 MW scale) generate electricity for on-site local centralized consumption and interconnect with low-voltage to high-voltage grid sub-station transformers on the electric utility system.

With falling PV system and battery storage prices, coupled with declining trends in solar EPC turnkey cost, deploying distributed PV with a storage system and evacuating solar energy at 11 kV/33 kV level is an attractive proposition.

This will reduce transmission line losses, increase grid resilience to rural feeders, avoid transmission distribution loss, reduce generation costs, and reduce investment cost in new utility generation capacity.

Mondragon Assembly provide their clients with solutions and services throughout the entire value chain.

With proper selection of equipment, installation of the well-engineered system and long-term operation and maintenance (O&M), distributed PV with appropriate battery storage systems at each sub-station will mitigate reliability issues by providing standby capacity during electric utility disturbances, grid outages, and load shedding.

Solar energy source is available all across the country for almost 300 days in a year. Therefore it is the most suited and reliable source for distributed solar energy generation. Increasing amounts of distributed solar generation (DG) connected to distribution networks of Discoms with a virtual energy storage system will provide reliable power through proper voltage control in the distribution network.

Germany installed 367.8 MW of new PV capacity in March, according to new figures from the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur).

This shows that, despite the country’s coronavirus lockdown measures, PV deployment held steady from last year. In March alone, 350 MW of new solar was installed.

PV systems installed under the nation’s tenant electricity scheme hit 1.08 MW in March. Developers also completed 15 MW of capacity across four sites under the tender scheme for large-scale PV plants, Bundesnetzagentur said.

In the first three months of this year, new additions hit 1.1 GW, versus 1.27 GW in the same period a year earlier. PV systems with capacities of up to 750 kW under the feed-in tariff regime continued to drive demand, with around 326 MW of new capacity registered in March. Ground-mounted PV plants built outside of the tender scheme accounted for 28 MW of the total.

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The 100-200MW manufacturing line is a high capacity automatic solution for the assembly of photovoltaic modules.

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With this project, the Basque cooperative will reach the mark of 15 lines developed in recent weeks, becoming a relevant agent at the national level in this type of equipment.

Mondragon Assembly is working to offer its customers the best solutions in the production of masks, and as a result, in the last two months, it has obtained 15 orders for mask production machines, 13 of which are intended for manufacturing surgical masks, with another 2 for the FFP2 type.

Thus, Mondragon Assembly is demonstrating in this complicated situation its great capacity for development and adaptation to respond to a collective need, such as the current supply of masks.

Mondragon Assembly, a manufacturer specialising in machinery for the production of masks

The cooperative has extensive experience and high technology in the medical sector in general and in mask manufacturing in particular.

Its offer includes a line for the manufacture of high-protection masks (filtering, FFP2 and FFP3), as well as another for the manufacture of simpler models, such as surgical masks. These machines, in addition to offering high productivity, reaching up to 1,800 units per hour in the case of FFP2/FFP3 and 4,000 units per hour in the case of surgical masks, comply with the most demanding European standards and the CE marking legislation.

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The “Atamo” module was developed by Atacama Module and System Technology (Atamostec) a private-public initiative supported by Corfo and a range of industrial partners, including Mondragon Assembly.

Bifacial module offers an additional annual average gain of 11% compared to monofacial PERC modules with the same cell technology. “This means that if the data is extrapolated to a 100 MW large-scale plant, the ‘Atamo’ panel could generate up to 27 GWh/year of additional energy and, combined with a monitoring system, up to 112 GWh/year of extra energy compared to a fixed monofacial photovoltaic plant during a normal year,” explained Atamostec CTO Elias Urrejola.

The bifacial modules were not developed for desert conditions only. Therefore, these first data make this option possible for Chile and for the entire high radiation solar belt in the world,” added María Jose Riquelme, Atamostec’s business development manager.

Iberdrola has commissioned the largest PV plant in Europe – the 500 MW Núñez de Balboa project

The project began into operation last week. Located in southern Spain’s Extremadura region. It features 1,430,000 solar panels, 115 central inverters, and two substations.

Iberdrola managed to secure green financing from the European Investment Bank and Spain’s Official Credit Institute. Covering 391 MW of the project’s total capacity in November 2018, following the finalization of an initial signed with financial services provider Kutxabank in July, in addition to another one signed in mid-October with telecoms service provider Euskaltel, which is based in Basque Country.

Iberdrola plans to install 3 GW of solar by 2022, of which 2 GW will be located in Extremadura. By 2030, the company aims to deploy approximately 10 GW. In June, it revealed plans to build two installations with a total capacity of 800 MW of solar near Cuenca, in Spain’s central-southern region of Castilla-La Mancha.

The Covid-19 global pandemic has created unprecedented worldwide health and economic crisis. The energy sector, as a critical enabler of modern life, is uniquely affected by this crisis but is also essential for global and national response and recovery efforts.

The impact caused by the coronavirus crisis has highlighted how much modern societies rely on energy sources like electricity. Electricity is critical for operating the ventilators and other medical equipment in the hospitals treating the soaring numbers of critical patients. Billions of people are now confined to their homes, resorting to teleworking to do their jobs, e-commerce sites to do their shopping, and streaming video platforms to find entertainment.

A reliable energy supply underpins all of these services, as well as powering the devices most of us take for granted, such as microwaves, home water pumps, and light bulbs. 

Further, many countries have imposed lockdowns. India is amongst them. In a lockdown situation, the government machinery has put up all its efforts to ensure access to clean cooking fuels apart from providing 24×7 electricity. 

Due to restriction in movements and lockdown of many industries, the demand for transportation and electricity has gone down substantially. Economic activities have nearly come to a standstill. The oil refiners have slanted down crude processing due to demand crush in the transport sector. The electricity generators are bound to reduce their plant load factor (PLF), which ultimately impacts operational costs. Coal India Limited, which is the dominant thermal coal supplier to power generators, is facing challenges in their coal offtake.    

Given the close links between energy and economy, an impact analysis is needed to evaluate the sector and initiate suitable measures against unusual circumstances. 

Face mask production lines arrive at Etxebarria (Bizkaia)

Three mask production machines, manufactured at Mondragon Assembly’s Chinese subsidiary plant, were sent by road and reached the Cikautxo factory in Etxebarria.

The machines were requested by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism (Mincotur) in mid-March. The Mondragon Corporation welcomed the inter-cooperation between its businesses and its industrial capacity and accepted the proposal, putting the cooperatives Bexen Medical and Mondragon Assembly in contact so that the work could commence

The lines will now be assembled and mass production of masks is expected to start in mid-May

Three mask production machines, manufactured at Mondragon Assembly’s Chinese subsidiary plant, were sent by road and reached the Cikautxo factory in Etxebarria, Bizkaia province yesterday (April 20). The Spanish Government representative in the Basque Country, Denis Itxaso, and the Managing Director of the MONDRAGON Equipment Division, Juan Ángel Garcia, were at the factory to receive the three machines together with Luis Mari Imaz, Iñigo Laskurain and Carlos Arsuaga, the respective Managing Directors of Mondragon Assembly, Cikautxo and Bexen Medical.

In addition to the three lines received at Etxebarria a fourth line has also been sent to the Military Pharmacy in Burgos.

Challenge accomplished in record time

The Mondragon Assembly workers, including four from the Chinese subsidiary, will continue their race against time to assemble and adjust the four lines in the shortest possible time so that production can begin. If all goes according to plan, the three mask machines will all be working at full capacity by mid-May with a view to producing the target amount of 10 million masks per month.

The machines were requested by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism (Mincotur) in mid-March. The Mondragon Corporation welcomed the inter-cooperation between its businesses and its industrial capacity and accepted the proposal, putting the cooperatives Bexen Medical and Mondragon Assembly in contact so that the work could commence. A month later the machines have arrived, and the challenge is now to set them up and start production without delay.

South Korean government urged China to lift import measures against its polyisilicon. China imposed duties on polysilicon from South Korea and the United States in July 2013.

South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) has asked the Chinese government to lift anti-dumping duties on Korean polysilicon imports introduced in July 2013.

The request was made at the a joint strategic meeting with the private sector to discuss regulations on South Korean imports, according to Korean portal KBS.

The article also reports that an official letter about the removal of duties was to be sent to high-level Chinese leaders, and MOTIE will also discuss the matter at an upcoming meeting of the World Trade Organization’s committee on anti-dumping practices scheduled for April, as well as at the Seoul International Forum on Trade Remedies in May.

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Mondragon Assembly’s products include the following applied technologies: robotics, artificial vision systems, advanced linear motors, magnetic transfer systems, welding technology systems and collaborative robotics.

 

The 1.3 GW of clean energy secured by Indian businesses under private PPAs last year, was the highest figure seen across the Asia-Pacific region and almost double the volume procured in the second biggest market.

The nation saw 1.3 GW of renewable energy secured for business through private PPAs in 2018, almost twice as much as the volume recorded in Australia, but the picture could change next year if China follows through with its renewable portfolio standard commitment.

The majority of that bumper figure – some 850 MW – was generated during the first six months of 2018, due to the impending end of a state subsidy, said analysts at BloombergNEF who yesterday announced global figures for corporate clean energy procurement.

With the amount of corporate clean energy bought more than doubling worldwide on 2017 figures, Australia was Asia-Pac’s number two market, with some 700 MW of deals signed.

A further 450 MW was added in India from the start of July despite opposition from state distribution companies to the provision of open access to clean energy by corporate customers based away from generation sites. With 280 MW of the second-half corporate deals seen in India last year provided on an off-site, open access basis, the share such arrangements made of overall corporate energy deals fell from 95% in the January-to-July period to 62% thereafter, according to BloombergNEF.

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The Basque cooperative expects the machines to leave China by 15 April.

The project is currently underway, and MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY KUNSHAN is working to get all four machines out of China by 15 April. This project represents a challenge in execution time, as the machines took four weeks to be designed, assembled and adjusted for subsequent installation at Bexen Medical for the start of production.

MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY has extensive experience and high technology in the medical sector in general and in the manufacture of masks in particular, both in the simplest models, such as surgical masks, and in the most advanced, self-filtering models –FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3 types – with or without exhalation valves. In addition to offering high productivity, reaching up to 100 pieces per minute in the case of surgical masks, these machines meet the most demanding European standards, such as EN15683 and EB149: 2001. All of them comply with the CE marking legislation.

A challenge in terms of deadlines and management given the situation caused by the Covid-19

MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY is fully committed to bringing the best of its capabilities to collaborate in the global effort against the COVID-19 pandemic. To do this, special work plans are being executed to ensure the supply of this type of machine in extremely tight deadlines (in this case, 4 weeks), the main goal since the beginning being the immediate provision of surgical masks to hospitals and public health services to face this health emergency crisis we are currently going through.

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MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY has plants in Spain, France, Germany, China, Brazil and Mexico and is able to supply this type of machine at the global level.

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