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Sivortex unveils Spanish PPA project that combines 100 MW PV and 200 MWh of liquid CO2

With a budget of €120 million, the largest such project in Europe would generate renewable energy through a PPA for shared self-consumption.
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Intersolar 2024: Day 3: Tecloman unveils Cubox mobile storage platform

Our pv magazine newshounds will be walking the floors for one last time in Munich today as Intersolar Europe 2024 winds down for another year.
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Intersolar: AP Systems presents single-phase hybrid inverter for balcony photovoltaics

Until now, balcony inverters were mostly simple micro inverters, with batteries integrated via MC4 connectors. A hybrid inverter should improve this situation.
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Spanish startup Soletrax creates custom trackers for individual projects

The new Trxone, a single-row tracker with short independently tracked rows that are not subject to the tracking algorithm of the master row. The trackers are manufactured separately for each project.
Energy Storage

Green Deal will remain after EU elections, just with different marketing, says analyst

In an interview with pv magazine, Linda Kalcher, executive director at European think tank Strategic Perspectives, described the possible consequences of the recent EU elections on the continent's energy landscape. "Investors and businesses need s...
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The Hydrogen Stream: Russian researchers propose hydrogen extraction from gas wells

While a team of Russian researchers proposed a novel approach to produce hydrogen directly in gas wells, Plug Power and CPH2 secure certification for the hydrogen systems.
Manufacturing

Wavelabs unveils solar simulator for perovskite mini-modules

Wavelabs, a German testing equipment manufacturer. unveiled a new solar simulator suitable for perovskite and thin film mini-modules.
Markets & Policy

Chinese customs seize PV modules suspected of intellectual property infringement

The detained panels were shipped by Canadian Solar and Sunova Solar to Europe and Latin America, respectively. The total value of the seized products amounts to over CNY 5 million.

Press Releases

Sungrow agrees 1 GW strategic partnership with Menlo Electric

Menlo Electric and Sungrow are excited to announce a strategic partnership aimed at advancing the deployment of renewable energy technologies across global markets. Over the next two years, Menlo Electric commits to distributing 1GW of Sungrow’s comprehensive portfolio, including the latest in string, hybrid, and new commercial hybrid inverters.

Astronergy honored with “2024 Kiwa PVEL TOP Performer” at SNEC PV Power Expo

On the second day of the SNEC PV Power Expo in Shanghai, China, Astronergy was proud to be awarded the “2024 Kiwa PVEL TOP Performer” for the eighth time. This recognition, based on Kiwa PVEL’s latest PV Module Reliability Scorecard, reaffirms Astronergy's commitment to product excellence.

2024 Huawei FusionSolar Strategy and Product Launch

During SNEC 2024, Huawei held the FusionSolar Strategy and Product Launch on June 12, attracting more than 600 participants that included global leaders, enterprise representatives, industry experts, and members of government agencies, associations, consulting institutions, and media in the energy, PV, and energy storage industries.

Breaking Boundaries: SOFAR’s Next-Gen Innovation Revolutionizes Energy Management at SNEC 2024

Shanghai, June 14, 2024 - SOFAR, the global leading provider of all-scenario PV & ESS solutions, unveils the latest SOFAR Cloud system at SNEC, marking another significant step towards fulfilling the solar and energy storage digital ecosystem. This plant monitoring and O&M system is set to redefine energy management with four major advantages.

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European solar generation takes a hit from ongoing Saharan dust event

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that a low-pressure system over the Mediterranean led to a significant dust transport event, affecting solar generation across Europe throughout the week. Weak low pressure in the Mediterranean set up southerly winds from Saharan Africa across the Mediterranean into Europe, drawing dust into Italy and southern France. High-pressure ridging from the Atlantic introduced westerly winds, pushing the dust around the north of the Alps into southern Germany.

Polysilicon prices stable, market concerns persist over worst-case scenario

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, OPIS, a Dow Jones company, provides a quick look at the main price trends in the global PV industry.

‘With ownership, we can truly enable diversity and prosperity across the industry’

This week, Women in Solar Europe (WiSEu) gives voice Johanna Snickars, Chief Communications Officer & Brand Officer at Alight Energy. She says cimbing the traditional career ladder was a fun, challenging, and steep development curve. “I started to feel like I wanted to have a more purpose-driven job where I could see how my contributions made a positive impact on the world,” she also states.

Solar dimming and brightening, and PV power plant output performance

Reliable assessment of the local solar radiation resource is a major component of large-scale PV power plant project development and financing. This assessment is usually based on the assumption that the long-term average annual solar radiation from previous years is not significantly different from the expected future solar resource availability. In many areas of the globe, the solar radiation availability in 2023 was considerably higher (up to 10-12%) than the long-term average, and this might be overshadowing the fact that a large fraction of utility-scale PV power plants is undeperforming.

2024 Outlook: What could La Niña mean for US solar this year?

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, describes the possible consequences for PV plan and grid operators of a possible switch to La Niña conditions in North America. These conditions lead to more hurricanes, convection and cloudiness in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in decreased solar irradiance. In contrast, the Atlantic coast of the USA has historically seen up to 5-10% above-average irradiance during summer months in previous La Niña events.

‘I’m proud to work for a company led by a woman’

This week, Women in Solar Europe (WiSEu) gives voice to Aleksandra Gabryjalowicz-Watla, Head of Partnerships Wind & Solar Germanyat Statkraft Erneuerbare GmbH. She explains how being out “in the field” may mean more exposion to occasional opposition or bias, but she also says how to properly react to bias or even disrespect.

Markets & Policy

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Chinese PV Industry Brief: Akcome confirms delisting from the Shenzhen stock market

Akcome said the trading of its stocks will be suspended from June 19.

Crop-responsive PV tracking system for greenhouses

An international consortium led by Israel-based Al-Zahrawi Society announced the first European installations of a multi-year project to test crop-responsive PV systems combined with carbon dioxide enrichment in greenhouses.

Nextracker acquires solar foundation specialist Ojjo for $119 million

Ojjo makes a unique truss system that reportedly uses half the steel of a conventional foundation and a design that minimizes grading requirements.

Thermal energy storage tech to bolster industry decarbonisation

Long duration energy storage developer MGA Thermal is one step closer to commissioning its behind-the-meter demonstration plant after receiving a $2.48 million windfall from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

BESS, deep learning simulations: decrease in wholesale price variability

Donato Leo is the author of a study on the relationship between photovoltaics, batteries and wholesale energy prices in Italy. Leo’s deep learning simulations suggest changes in energy prices as installed battery capacity increases.

Intersolar Liveblog 2024: Ban-Ki Moon, Cate Blanchett at ‘We Choose Earth Tour’

Our pv magazine newshounds are walking the floors in Munich today to bring you all the developments at Intersolar Europe 2024.

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Noise-barrier integrated photovoltaics for highways, railways

A German research team is field testing new module concepts that can be integrated into noise barrier walls alongside roadways or railways. The hope is that some of the designs will emerge as cost-effective, power-generating solutions for application in newly constructed soundwalls, in retrofits, or in add-on projects.

Floating solar power in Brazil provides opportunity for hydroelectric power plants

The Itaipu hydroelectric power plant could almost double its generation capacity if it were to install a large floating solar plant that would occupy only 10% of its 1,350-square-kilometer reservoir area, according to an estimate released by the energy consulting and analysis firm PSR. The installation of floating PV could be an alternative to the repowering of power plants, although it faces regulatory and operational constraints.

German PV installations fell to 946 MW in May

The slight growth was mainly due to large commercial and ground-mounted systems. The Federal Network Agency also corrected new installation figures for April upwards from 1,040 to 1,177 MW.

Valmont Solar presents new tracking system

The manufacturer will release the system in Europe in early 2025. It is weld-free and supports single-string and multi-string configurations.

144 MW La Unión PV plant connected to Colombian grid

Spanish company Solarpack developed the $100 million photovoltaic plant in the municipality of Montería, located in the department of Córdoba. It’s one of two large-scale solar park projects the company has in Colombia.

Nepal opens tender for grid-connected solar projects

State-owned Nepal Electricity Authority is requesting proposals for the development of grid-connected solar projects across the country. The maximum total capacity available under the tender is 800 MW. The deadline to submit proposals is July 9.

Technology

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Researchers suggest using digested polymers for PV cell coatings, encapsulants

An international research team has proposed to use recyclable biomass-digested polymers as a material for PV coatings and encapsulants. The scientists developed a coating for PV cells that reportedly allows an increase in power output of up to 10%.

GCL says perovskite solar module passes silicon degradation tests

At Intersolar Europe, the Chinese manufacturer also said the perovskite-silicon tandem module would cost 50% of a crystalline silicon module that costs $0.15 per W, meaning $0.075 per W.

Chinese manufacturer presents 200 Nm3/h alkaline electrolyzer at Intersolar

The Serie-C containerized alkaline water electrolysis hydrogen production system, developed by China’s CPU Hydrogen Power Technology, boasts a hydrogen production of 200 Nm3/h, or up to 428 kg/24hr, with a purity of up to 99.999%. It has been presented by Germany’s DCH Energy at Intersolar 2024.

U.S. scientists develop silver-free PEDOT:PSS adhesive for shingled solar cells

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have developed a new silver-free adhesive for shingled solar cells. The novel adhesive is based the PEDOT:PSS polymer and can reportedly reduce silver consumption to approximately 6.3 mg/W.

Dynamic modeling for building-integrated photovoltaic-thermal systems

Researchers in the Middle East have conducted a series of simulations to assess the technical and economical feasibility of building-integrated photovoltaic-thermal systems. The proposed framework could apply to various building types and geographical locations.

Tesla launches Powerwall 3 in UK & Germany

Almost ten years after the “Powerwall 1,” US EV giant Tesla has launched its home battery system, Powerwall 3, in the United Kingdom and Germany. The Powerwall 3 is being officially presented at The smarter E Europe this week.

Manufacturing

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Axial launches new dual-row tracker AxialTracker SlopeSync

The new tracker incorporates cardan joint technology along its main axis of rotation, which allows each section of torque tube to have a different inclination or slope while maintaining the continuity of the rotation and rotation of the PV modules.

Nextracker expands U.S. manufacturing with Unimacts

Owned by Unimacts and located near Las Vegas, the factory will produce steel components exclusively for Nextracker, bringing the tracker specialist’s annual domestic solar tracker capacity to over 30 GW.

India’s Gautam Solar showcases TOPCon glass-glass bifacial panels at Intersolar

Gautam Solar’s TOPCon glass-glass bifacial panels are available in power range of 580 Wp to 590 Wp with maximum efficiency up to 22.84%.

Intersolar Liveblog 2024: SMA wins The smarter E Award for Sunny Central Flex platform

Maxeon initiates unitary patent infringement lawsuit against Aiko, partners

Alongside the new lawsuit, which has been filed in Germany, Maxeon has announced it is appealing a preliminary injunction decision recently made by a court in the Netherlands over an ongoing patent dispute with Aiko.

Sunmaxx PVT, Oxford PV present perovskite-silicon tandem solar thermal module with 80% overall efficiency

The new photovoltaic-thermal module, presented for the first time on the first day of Intersolar 2024, has a record electrical efficiency of 26.6% and thermal efficiency of 53.4%. The electrical output of the module with 6cm x 10cm M6 cells is 433 W.

Energy Storage

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Australia: Drilling survey offers positive assessment for 120 GWh pumped hydro project

Plans to build a 5 GW/120 GWh pumped hydro energy storage system in Queensland’s Pioneer Valley have received a positive boost with geotechnical investigations revealing the site is ideally suited for dam and tunnel construction.

U.S. grid-scale storage grows 84%, residential storage 48%

Wood Mackenzie reported large growth in Q1 year-over-year for grid-scale storage and residential storage in the USA, while commercial and industrial storage slowed.

FRV to invest some $5 billion in 2 GW of green hydrogen capacity in Brazil

FRV is one of a number of companies that has already signed contracts with the Ceará government for the production of green hydrogen and its derivatives in the state. Its H2 Cumbuco project is set to expand to 2 GW of electrolyzer capacity in two phases. The project will use residual urban water treated by the local sanitation company.

Viessmann launches air-water heat pump for larger residential, commercial buildings

The Vitocal 250-A Pro boasts a flow temperature of up to 70 C, a heating output of up to 39.5 kW and a cooling output of up to 21.7 kW and according to the German manufacturer, it is one of the quietest of its kind on the market. Its coefficient of performance is 5.6.

Fire in a battery container causes €700,000 in damage in Germany

The cause of the battery container fire in Thuringia, Germany, is still unclear. The damage caused is enormous.

The Hydrogen Stream: PV-wind hybrids cut LCOH by 70%

Portuguese and Italian researchers have shown that the levelized cost of hydrogen (LCOH) is lower onshore and that PV-wind configurations reduce the LCOH up to 70%, while Lhyfe says it has started collaborating on a hydrogen storage project.

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