Russian PV module producer and project developer Hevel Group and Korean multinational automotive manufacturer Hyundai have signed a memorandum of understanding to invest around RUB8 billion (US$139 million) in 40MW of solar and diesel hybrid plants, according to Russian news agency TASS.
The first stage of the hybrids will require around RUB2 billion of investment, with the first projects to be constructed in Yakutia, in far eastern Russia. The projects will reduce the consumption of diesel in certain areas by up to 50%.
In the Russian pavilion on the EXPO 2017 was presented the exhibition and thematic week of “Power network of the future” devoted to vision of the Russian companies of the future of global intellectual power in the context of the markets, technologies and decisions. Conceptually the exposition is divided to several thematic zones of new technological way of power industry: Smart Grids, Smart Cities, Smart Homes, Smart Substations and Distributed Generation and also Future Energy.
In the section “The Distributed Generation” the newest solar heterostructural modules of production of Hevel group with the cell efficiency more than 22%.
Russia’s largest integrated solar company, Hevel LLC, has placed an order for CHF 22 million (USD22.5 million) of production equipment that covers the entire PV value chain from Meyer Burger.
It has been a busy year for Swizz solar technology company, Meyer Burger, as it has been securing contracts for its PV production equipment from all over the world. The most recent order has come from Russia’s largest integrated solar company Hevel LLC, who has ordered a great range of equipment that covers many different stages of the module manufacturing process.
The order from Hevel is worth around CHF 22 million (US$22.5 million), with the equipment being used for factory upgrades at a Hevel facility, which should have production capacity close to 160 MW once the new equipment has been installed.
Meyer Burger will be supplying the factory with a variety of its technology, including systems for quality inspection of crystalline solar wafers, for the coating and performance measurement of heterojunction cells, and even its SmartWire Connection Technology for connecting PV cells. The systems will turn the Russian company’s facility into an integrated cell and module line, and are due for delivery and commissioning in the first half of 2017.
The news comes as Meyer Burger’s technology is becoming more and more popular with PV producers worldwide. Already this year, the company has sold PV production equipment to JA Solar, with an order worth more than CHF 18 million, and secured a significant equipment order from India’s RenewSys India Pvt. Ltd.
Russia’s PV market
Hevel has said that it shall be supplying its PV bifacial high-performance modules to the domestic market in Russia, as well as to the Middle East and to India. It is an interesting development, as even though Russia has made a number of pledges for solar PV, there has not been much in the way of PV installations.
The country has made a pledge of 1.5 GW of installed PV by 2020, which is clearly attainable; however there is currently only 60 MW of installed PV within the country. The Russian Energy Ministry reported that about 1.165 MW of PV projects have been tendered within the last three years, but it remains to be seen if those projects will actually be realized.
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