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19 May 2020: THE IMPORTANCE OF MATERIALS IN IMPROVING DURABILITY AND RELIABILITY IN UTILITY-SCALE PV

Solar Media’s Liam Stoker speaks with Stephan Padlewski from DuPont about the prospects of bifacial modules with a detailed discussion of the importance of materials that can provide durability and reliability over a 30+ year period. The importance of using a thicker tempered glass frontsheet, with a Clear Tedlar® backsheet, in a conventional bifacial panel design, helps to mitigate risks observed in dual glass bifacial panels, such as panel bowing, breaking and cracking either in the field or during installation. Padlewski highlights the need for backsheets to be breathable, to prevent PID. He points to utility-scale projects in the Middle East with an LCOE below 1.5 cents per kWh, operating in harsh climatic conditions, making durability and reliability the most critical factors for developers and investors to consider. (17:27)

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Solar Media Cast – 25 May 2020:  In this special episode of the Solar Media Podcast, Liam Stoker is joined by Jo Wilkinson, Jose Rojo and Molly Lempriere to review all of the industry-leading insight and discussion that took place during the Large-scale Solar Digital Summit. We learned how the solar industry has responded to and moved beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, while also provide a deep dive on what hurdles remain for large-scale solar development. We also talk technology trends, ranging right the way through from bifacial panels to trackers and innovative design approaches, and pinpoint the key drivers behind markets including Iberia, Italy, the UK and Ireland. (39:11)

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Solar Media Cast – 01 May 2020: Solar Media’s Liam Stoker and Andy Colthorpe discuss the continuing effects of COVID-19 on worldwide power markets, reflecting on IEA forecasts for historic energy demand lows and what they mean for renewables. There’s also talk of what new forecasts for record low LCOEs mean for solar and utilities, the advancement of energy storage and another difficult week for the PR teams of Elon Musk and Michael Moore. (1:05:54)

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Solar Media Cast – 08 April 2020: Solar Media’s Liam Stoker and Andy Colthorpe record this month’s episode from their respective lockdowns, analysing what the spread of COVID-19 has meant for the global clean energy economy and, crucially, how renewables are responding. Also up for discussion in this episode are the ramifications of power demand fluctuations and the soaring importance of flexibility over capacity. (59:14)

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Solar Media Cast – 04 March 2020: Liam Stoker and Andy Colthorpe return for the February 2020 episode of the podcast, with Andy reporting from the show floor of PV Expo in Tokyo. Up for discussion in this episode is the clean energy economy’s response to coronavirus, how preparations are underway for November’s COP26 summit, the emergence of cutting edge solar technology and a much-vaunted return of solar to the UK’s CfD mechanism. (1:14:42)

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Solar Media Cast – 20 January 2020:  Andy Colthorpe and Liam Stoker are back reviewing the pivotal clean energy headlines from around the globe. Liam reports back from the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi where the future of the Middle East’s power grid was up for debate before the discussion moves on to Australia’s bush fires, the nation’s relationship with coal and what ‘Scotty from marketing’ might be able to learn from Germany. (55:55)

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