The photovoltaic module assembly line has a yearly capacity of 100MW, soon to be increased to 200MW, and it has the capacity to produce the latest technology modules.

Prof. Noureddine Yassa, Chief Executive of the “Commissariat des Énergies Renouvelables” of the Prime Minister’s Office in Algeria has inaugurated the Milltech photovoltaic module assembly factory, in Constantine, Algeria, on the 8th of March 2021. The production line has been supplied by Mondragon Assembly and commissioned in February 2021.

Prof. Noureddine Yassa was impressed by the high quality and highly automated factory where Mono Perc modules with 22.5% conversion efficiency were instantly manufactured under his eyes by fully trained Algerian engineers. Knowing that Prof. Yassa is originated from the German Solar Industry, Milltech CEO Mr. Hammoud said “we are honoured to receive such comments and we are encouraged to build further momentum”.

A new step for Mondragon Assembly in the MENA region

Since it began developing projects in the MENA region, Mondragon Assembly is consolidating its position as a technological partner for its clients, as it not only offers solar module manufacturing lines but also provides support throughout the entire life of the project, where it ensures the technological evolution and maximum quality of the PV modules it manufactures.

KARPAT SOLAR, the Romanian company, has signed an agreement with MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY to supply a production line for photovoltaic solar modules with a capacity of 100 MWp per year.

KARPAT SOLAR has its facilities in the historical region of Transylvania, in the heart of Romania and has ambitions to become the first module manufacturer in Romania. These 100 MW modules are the first phase of a large-scale project that will initially manufacture for the local market but is targeting the European Union.

Mr Csomor Karoly, CEO of KARPAT SOLAR: “we hope to have our facilities in full production before summer, which will allow us to tackle the Romanian market in autumn 2021, in this first phase. Currently, the use of renewable energy is growing exponentially in our country and we at KARPAT SOLAR intend to make our small contribution in this regard. We will locally manufacture high-efficiency modules under the strictest quality parameters”.

Mr. Igor Herrarte, International sales manager at MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY: “This project shows that the European trend to promote alternative energies is a fact. In 2021 we will see how several module manufacturing projects materialise in Europe. They will be projects of a different nature, both in size and in manufactured product. We also expect technological diversification. In addition to the standard modules, we will see companies launching modules for HJT, BIPV and other niche products suited to European demand, where Mondragon Assembly has the solution all those new technologies”.

A research group in the United States is proposing to add social variables in GIS-MCDA algorithms for PV project planning as a solution to avoid opposition to large scale solar from local communities. Although some efforts have already been made in this direction, there is still much to be done to understand the degree to which measuring these variables proactively could help mitigate public opposition down the line, on individual projects.

A group of scientists from the Kansas State University and Cornell University, in the United States, is proposing to improve existing approaches and tools for multi-criteria decision analysis in the development and construction of large scale PV power plants by adding socio-demographic and socio-economic criteria.

The researchers summarized in a study, published in Applied Energy, all existing geographical information system (GIS) multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) methodologies and found that all of them are based exclusively on techno-economic considerations on project costs and expected growth in regional electricity demand.

In GIS-MCDA approaches, the site selection criteria are determined after a specific region is chosen for the potential construction of a solar park. The criteria are then split into exclusion criteria, including constraints or restrictive factors, and decision criteria, which the scientists describe as suitability criteria or preferences, or the ones which are optimized. “Then, by processing exclusion criteria in GIS, a feasible region is generated,” they further explained. “Following the creation of a feasibility surface, the relative importance of various suitability criteria is determined through the application of MCDA algorithms, which are then used to further classify the feasibility region into suitability tiers.”

The researchers stressed that the three most important factors that are considered in decision criteria in project planning are solar radiation, distance from the electricity network, and the slope of the land. Protected lands and legal restrictions, as well as the presence of farmland and open water and wetland, are the main factors that are taken into account for exclusion criteria.

The former need not necessarily relate to conventional lithium-ion batteries, however, as a recent webinar staged by Solarpower Europe and EU body GET.invest discovered.

A gravity-based energy storage project in Sudan was among the projects considered in a recent webinar hosted by trade body Solarpower Europe and EU decentralized renewables program GET.invest, which examined the potential for solar to drive electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa.

Ali Yasir, of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), examined the role solar can play in reaching the UN sustainable development goal of universal energy access, in particular through its deployment in humanitarian and healthcare settings.

With electrification not proceeding fast enough to meet the UN ambition of universal energy access by 2030, solar could offer a fast-track solution, according to Yasir, particularly when installed with the help of innovative business models. “Off-grid renewable energy technologies represent a cost-effective, environmentally sustainable, rapidly deployable and modular tool to accelerate the pace of electrification,” said IRENA’s program officer for decentralized renewable energy.

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New gas generation capacity reaches 1.8 GWcould be replaced by 1.7 GW of solar as part of a cleaner, 6.3 GW collection of renewables and energy storage facilities–and that alternative already comes in cheaper than the business-as-usual approach, according to the Carbon Tracker thinktank.

The cost of developing the 6.3 GW-capacity mix of clean energy assets Carbon Tracker estimated would be necessary to replace a 1.8 GW gas generation plant fell to the same price as the fossil fuel asset in 2020: £60/MWh (€69.93), according to a new report from the thinktank.

And solar would play a significant part in such a clean power portfolio at today’s prices, according to Carbon Tracker, with each 1.8 GW of new gas capacity planned by the U.K. government requiring 1.7 GW of solar panels as part of the alternative, non-fossil-fuel power mix. The clean energy portfolio modeled by Carbon Tracker included 1.7 GW of energy storage facilities–contributing half the overall cost, at today’s prices–with onshore wind generation, demand-response technology and energy efficiency investment completing the line-up.

The low, 11% capacity factor of solar the energy output actually delivered as a percentage of nameplate generation capacity–means PV would contribute around 26% of the electricity required to supplant a gas turbine, falling to 1% during periods of peak demand, based on an even mix of residential and industrial power consumers. During peak periods, the 27% year-round-average share of the burden provided by energy storage would rise to 39%, with demand-response’s contribution rising from 20% to 23%, as onshore wind falls from 18% to 10%. The energy efficiency investment opportunity offered by the U.K.’s aging housing stock means the contribution from that source–during the annual peak electricity demand periods, which occur in winter–would rise from 9% to 27%. However, the dismal failure of Westminster to deliver on its flagship green home improvement policy last year would cast significant doubt on the government’s ability to guide energy efficiency investment effectively.

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REC Group, the benchmark international group in the manufacture of photovoltaic panels, has requested a new order from the European manufacturer, Mondragon Assembly, specialised in lines and equipment for the production of solar panels.

This is for the supply of several units of interconnection equipment that will allow REC to produce its PV modules. To do this, the product development team of Mondragon Assembly’s Solar Business, have been working to develop their own soldering process through induction and artificial vision, through which they have managed to obtain high quality, speed and precision results never before seen in the photovoltaic market.

The equipment is expected to be installed at the REC facilities in Singapore, in May 2021.

Mondragon Assembly, the technology partner

This new order marks a new milestone for Mondragon Assembly, reinforcing its relationship with REC by becoming its technology partner. Thanks to the cooperation that Mondragon Assembly has with benchmark European technology centres in the photovoltaic sector, it is capable of accompanying and advising its clients, leading the way in developments and ensuring technological progress in the lines and equipment it offers.

About Mondragon Assembly Solar

Mondragon Assembly is a European leader in the manufacture of machinery for photovoltaic modules, covering several cutting-edge technologies. With more than 20 years in the sector and more than 15GW of production capacity supplied, it has become a European benchmark in the solar world and in the manufacture of machinery for the photovoltaic sector in particular.

About REC Group

REC Group is an international pioneering solar energy company dedicated to empowering consumers with clean, affordable solar power in order to facilitate global energy transitions. Committed to quality and innovation, REC offers photovoltaic modules with leading high quality backed by an exceptional low warranty claims rate of less than 100ppm. Founded in Norway in 1996, REC employs 2,000 people and has an annual solar panel capacity of 1.8 GW. With over 10 GW installed worldwide, REC is empowering more than 16 million people with clear solar energy. REC Group has its headquarters in Norway, operational headquarters in Singapore, and regional bases in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

The cooperative was recognised for its business career and for the commitment it showed last year for dealing with the pandemic.

Yesterdey, on 22nd  February, the fourth edition of the Euskadi Avanza awards was held in the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, organised by El Correo and Banco Sabadell “in order to acknowledge the fundamental contributions made by business to our community”. On this occasion, Mondragon Assembly was awarded the “Best SME of 2020” for a business career that has spanned more than 40 years and for its commitment to tackling Covid-19 during 2020.

This award is a new milestone for Mondragon Assembly as it places value on its business career and also highlights the work undertaken during last year, developing a mask production line in record time.

In this edition prizes were also awarded for the work of Viralgen (New Company), Iberdrola (Company of the Year), as well as for the business career of Carmen Martínez Zabala, Chairwoman of Bodegas Faustino.

Intercooperation and ability to respond to the pandemic

The project began with the MONDRAGON Corporation, at the explicit request of its Chairman in trying to find a solution for manufacturing and supplying masks to the population when production in Europe was virtually stopped due to the pandemic. Mondragon Assembly quickly started the manufacturing process at its plant in Kunshan (China).

With this request, and thanks to the close relationship between the various cooperatives within the Corporation, in this case with Bexen Medical, a key partner in the project, and Cikautxo also, a solution to the request was found in record time.

The result was that within seven weeks, the four first mask-making machines were producing in the Basque Country and within twelve weeks a total of 18 machines with a total capacity for 60 million masks per month had been prepared.

More than 40 years of providing automation solutions with high technological value

Mondragon Assembly has been providing automation and assembly solution for more than 40 years. Its commitment to the market and its customers have allowed it to establish itself in several countries, and is present today in France, Germany, Mexico, China and Brazil, with production plants that encompass its entire value chain and in MENA and India with commercial offices.

“Our growth over the last few years confirms the success of our strategy, where we have increased our sales by more than 100% in the last five years, achieving a turnover or 80 million and with over 450 people directly employed in the Group”, said Eider Lozano, Vice-President of the Consejo Rector (Governing Council), who was there to receive the award, during her speech.

ESMC promotes solar manufacturing in Europe, the creation of a political environment to support industrial manufacturing and research and to maintain it at the top level globally. It promotes the development and investment in solar technology along the whole value chain, i.e. materials, wafer, modules, inverters and other electronic components to assist high level system integration as well as production of equipment in Europe.

This is a summary of ESMCs objectives. In MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY we agree with all of them and we openly demonstrate our commitment to push in this direction:

  • Sustainability criteria in publicly supported PV deployment programmes.
  • Tighter networks between Europe’s PV industry and R&D centres.
  • Retention of strategically important IP in Europe, especially if developed with European taxpayers’ money.
  • The reduction of financial risks and financial support underwritten or provided by public sources for large-scale manufacturing investments in Europe, including for a possible Franco-German GW-scale initiative under the lead of an industrial company responsible for producing and selling the products..
  • Market pull policies to support innovative EU-developed technology in European countries.
  • Integration of the output of multi-GW cells and module factories with development aid in Africa and other developing countries.

MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY is a European leader in the manufacture of machinery for photovoltaic modules, covering several cutting-edge technologies. With more than 20 years in the sector and more than 15GW of production capacity supplied, it has become a European benchmark in the solar world and in the manufacture of machinery for the solar sector in particular.

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A new report by ICRA says large-scale solar in the country will likely achieve the 60 GW target set by the Indian government. Rooftop solar and wind, however, will see a shortfall

India will reach a cumulative renewable energy capacity of 120-125 GW by December 2022. This will include 50% from solar, 38% wind and the balance from other sources—according to ICRA analysts.

The analysts expect utility-scale solar capacity to achieve the 60 GW target set by the government. Rooftop solar and wind power segments, on the other hand, will see a shortfall.

Sabyasachi Majumdar, Group Head & Senior Vice President-Corporate ratings, ICRA, said, “While [the 120-125 GW estimate] is lower than the capacity target of 175 GW set by the Government of India (GoI), the incremental capacity addition is estimated to be healthy at 33-38 GW with investment outlay of more than Rs 2 lakh crore over the next two-and-a-half years.”

ICRA expects this to be supported by a large pipeline of projects awarded by central nodal agencies and state distribution utilities (discoms) and likely improvement in execution timelines.

ICRA expects RE capacity addition to remain subdued at about 8 GW in FY2021, given the continued execution challenges amid Covid-19, because of disruption of supply chain as well as labour availability issues.”

Nonetheless, ICRA expects the overall medium- to long-term investment outlook for the renewable energy sector to remain strong supported by highly competitive tariffs, policy support and new schemes such as peak supply, round-the clock supply and RE plus thermal blending.

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  • Over 50 technicians worldwide
  • Remote diagnosis. Remote internet connection and diagnosis and solution for most incidents.
  • Preventive maintenance programs. Qualified personnel visit to make machinery adjustments and give advice.
  • Supply of mechanical, electrical, etc., spares. Provision of supplies and raw materials when needed.

 

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Some 5.9 GW of utility scale PV generation capacity was added in 2019-20, plus 1.7 GW of rooftop solar, with domestic module manufacturers enjoying around 40% of the market.

India added around 5.9 GW of utility scale solar generation capacity and 1.7 GW of rooftop PV in the last financial year, according to Haryana-based analysts JMK Research and Analytics.

The additions took the country’s total capacity to around 35 GW at the end of March.

With 1.7 GW of new solar added in 2019-20, Rajasthan was one of three states, along with Karnataka (1.4 GW) and Tamil Nadu (1.3 GW) which between them accounted for around 60% of the new capacity added in the last fiscal year.

Leading suppliers

Domestic solar manufacturers supplied around 40% of the modules installed  during the accounting period – for utility scale projects, on-site consumption, off-grid capacity and solar pumps – and two of the top three suppliers were Indian: Waaree, with 10.1% of the module market, and Adani, with 8.6%. Chinese manufacturer Risen was the second-largest supplier in India, accounting for around 9.9% of the market.

Leading developers

JMK Research and Analytics India has predicted India will add around 6.6 GW of utility scale solar and 1.4 GW of rooftop and on-site-consumption solar capacity during the current fiscal year.

At the end of March, India had some 35 GW of project capacity at the bidding stage and 22 GW in the development pipeline, according to the analyst.

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