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Corporate renewable PPAs are on the rise in Asia Pacific, says WoodMac

Corporate power purchase agreements are the second most adopted purchasing method in the world, and they’re growing fast. With the U.S. and Europe picking up the pace in the last year, the Asia Pacific is not going to be left behind, with Wood Mackenzie estimating corporate PPAs in the region doubled in the last year.

Baotou City set for 10 GW of renewables

The tide of clean energy facilities planned under the city’s next five-year strategy was revealed by Hong Kong-listed polysilicon maker Xinte Energy, which has signed a framework agreement to construct 200,000 tons of manufacturing capacity near Inner Mongolia’s largest city.

All-inorganic perovskite solar cell hits 16.1% efficiency

Researchers from the City University of Hong Kong have developed an all-inorganic perovskite cell with an electron-pair donor which offers a pair of non-bonding electrons. The cell was developed by applying that ‘Lewis base’ small molecule to passivate the inorganic perovskite film.

Walking on sunshine

Chinese scientists have developed a PV floor tile they say is suitable for pavements and cycling tracks. The devices were tested on a ‘green deck’ in Hong Kong. The developers say the tiles have demonstrated satisfactory solar energy conversion, anti-slip performance, heat-resistance and strength.

UNSW pioneer continuing to push solar ahead

Professor Chee Mun Chong is at the forefront of advanced hydrogenation, effectively doping solar cells with hydrogen to eliminate defects and build efficiency.

China Power figures show how much cheaper solar is than coal

A mix of higher operating costs and ageing coal assets – plus historically generous solar tariffs – meant the utility banked more profit from the 1.53 TWh of solar electricity it sold in the first half than it did from 25.9 TWh of coal-fired power.

Equis Energy snapped up by GIP in record $5bn renewables deal

The Singapore-based renewable energy developer has agreed to be sold to investment fund Global Infrastructure Partners. China Investment Corp, Canada’s PSP Investments and other co-investors are also involved in the deal, which is the largest yet seen for the renewable energy industry.

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