The 6 technological trends to follow in solar PV

I had the opportunity to attend the main solar fair in Europe, Intersolar Munich. With the news of the fair and the help of the technological report ITRPV of VDMA, let's review the 6 main product trends of the sector

What will the wind turbine of the future look like?

Wind energy is one of the key parts of the energy transition. What will wind turbines be like in the next few years? What trends can we guess in the market?

All about Senvion: analysis and future options

On April 9, Senvion filed for German "preliminary self-administration proceedings" in court. But how did this manufacturer come to this situation? And more importantly, what options are open from now on?

Top10 take-aways from WindEurope 2019

Last week WindEurope 2019 was held in Bilbao. As usual, there was time for product news, interesting talks, VIP visits, some disappointment...

WindEurope 2019 – Hot topics to pay attention to

There are 7 days to go before the start of the benchmark wind power fair in Europe, WindEurope 2019, and the main manufacturers are already warming up their engines for the great showcase that this event represents....

Offshore wind market: the tsunami that ran out of steam

When I started in the wind sector back in 2004, the imminent offshore wind boom was already announced. All market forecasts agreed that offshore would be comparable to onshore in a few years. But years passed and that moment was always delayed. Pioneer countries grew little and new markets did not arrive. The EWEA established in 2005 a minimum target of 70GW installed in Europe by 2020 but the reality is that we will reach barely 20GW. Today the offshore market is limited to 4-5 markets in Europe and China and does not even account for 10% of annual global installations. What has happened not to meet expectations? Last week WindEurope published a very complete report on the situation of the offshore sector in Europe that can help us to analyze the evolution and prospects of the offshore business.

Main keys to wind and solar production in 2018 in Spain

On January 22nd, the record for wind power production in Spain was broken with 373 GWh in 24 hours and today we still have days with a lot of wind, which means that a very important part of the electricity demand is covered with wind power. It is in these days of records when the media echoes the important contribution that renewables already have in the national electricity system. It is also a good time to make a brief review of what has been 2018 in terms of wind and solar production in Spain.

The 4 most common mistakes when launching a new product

Who hasn't ever considered using Apple as an example of how to launch a product onto the market, but so much has been written about the subject that I've preferred to deal with it from the opposite perspective: what mistakes to avoid when launching a product. And what better example to illustrate these errors than one of my favorite products of all times, a product ahead of its time, a novel product, quality, technological but that failed miserably: the Segway PT.

Wind vs Solar: duel in the sun

Mixed solar/eolica auctions are a current topic and news as the last mixed auction in Germany where the solar PV took all the projects in front of the wind make that more and more voices are heard advocating multitechnology auctions where, as is predictable, the solar offers unattainable prices for other technologies. But is this the right approach? should the price be the only driver? will the solar PV really be unbeatable in mixed auctions? for those who are short of time, here are the quick answers: Depends, No and Yes. For those who have a few minutes to delve deeper into these questions, here are some arguments ...

Renewables vs Conventional: the point of no return?

Last week, the financial advisory and asset management company Lazard launched the 12th edition of its Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis where it makes a comparative analysis of the average cost of producing a MWh with different generation technologies. Since 2008, when the first edition was launched, it has been a reference in the sector to see how renewables were reducing the cost of generation and approaching what seemed like a chimera a few years ago: the grid parity. But the news is that this is no longer news: that renewables (wind and solar) are now clearly more competitive in new installation than conventional is something that almost no one discusses. Now the goal is what I would call the point of no return of renewables: that new wind or solar installations are cheaper than keeping conventional already amortized.