Daily News Wrap-Up: Winners of NTPC’s 1.5 GW Tranche III Solar Auction

Apraava Energy, Avaada Energy, ReNew Solar Power (ReNew), and JSW Neo Energy have won NTPC’s auction to set up 1,500 MW of interstate transmission system-connected solar power projects (Tranche III) across India. Apraava quoted the lowest tariff of ₹2.68 (~$0.0322)/kWh to win 50 MW. Avaada and ReNew won 750 MW and 300 MW, respectively, at a tariff of ₹2.69 (~$0.0323)/kWh. JSW was awarded 400 MW out of the 700 MW quoted capacity at a tariff of ₹2.69 (~$0.0323)/kWh. NTPC floated the tender in February 2024.

Mercom India held its first Virtual C&I Clean Energy Meet on May 22, 2024, focusing on tackling the increasing demand for clean energy solutions among major power consumers in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh. The event provided crucial insights into cost-saving strategies and facilitated meaningful interactions between clean energy solution providers and commercial and industrial consumers. The event addressed various aspects of power requirements, highlighting cost benefits, potential challenges, opportunities, and effective solutions. Participants gained exposure to the latest advancements in clean energy technologies designed to reduce operational costs and a deeper understanding of the benefits of transitioning to clean energy and the principles of environmental sustainability.

Researchers have combined ortho-carborane with perovskite cells to improve thermal stability and retained 80% of their initial efficiencies. A team of researchers from Qingdao University of Science and Technology (QUST) in China and Canada’s University of Toronto have focused on the thermal stability challenges in mixed tin (Sn)-lead (Pb) perovskite solar cells (PSCs). Thermal stability is a critical issue posing a barrier to the widespread commercialization of PSCs, even as mixed Sn-Pb has emerged as a promising material for single and multi-junction solar cells. The study, published recently in Nature Communications journal, focused on a novel thermal regulation strategy using ortho-carborane, an electron-delocalized carbon-boron molecule known for its efficient heat transfer capability

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