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JinkoSolar-led group to build 10 GW solar cell, module factory in Saudi Arabia

A JinkoSolar-led consortium has announced plans to construct a 10 GW solar cell and module factory in Saudi Arabia with PIF and Vision Industries Company.
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Elastocalorics could replace heat pumps, air conditioning systems

Elastocalorics have the potential to replace current air conditioning and heating systems, offering significant energy savings when paired with technologies such as photovoltaics.
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India launches hybrid solar-wind tender

Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI) has started accepting bids to set up 400 MW of hybrid wind-solar projects on a build-own-operate basis in India. Bidding closes on Aug. 6.
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PV cell integrating molecular thermal storage tech achieves 14.9% solar utilization efficiency

Scientists in Sweden have integrated a PV device with a molecular solar thermal (MOST) energy storage system, which acts as as a solar cell optical filter and cooling agent. The proposed combination achieves a 0.2% higher PV efficiency and solar storage ...
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Sungrow secures 7.8 GWh battery storage deal from Saudi Arabia

China’s Sungrow has signed three landmark energy storage contracts with Saudi Arabia’s Algihaz Holding, amounting to the world’s largest grid-side storage order. Each project will have a capacity of 2.6 GWh, totaling 7.8 GWh.
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Vietnam sets $0.026/kWh tariff for net-metered solar power

Vietnam plans to introduce a net-metering scheme for rooftop PV. The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has proposed a tariff of VND 671 ($0.026)/kWh for surplus solar power.
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German researchers develop ‘communicative’ PV panels

A German research team is conducting practical tests to see how solar modules with integrated radio technology can be linked to form an overall network. The "communicative" panels should represent a simple and cost-effective solution for monitoring and c...
Manufacturing

Transfer switch for home solar power integration

Nature’s Generator has released a 50-amp, 12-circuit switch to manually power up selected circuits from backup systems.

Press Releases

Setting the benchmark for the renewable energy industry: Conference highlights of LATAM’s Innovation Hub for the New Energy World released

São Brazil can claim to be a beacon in renewable energy. In 2023, 93.

TrinaTracker ranks sixth with global shipments and third in key markets by S&P Global

The renowned research institution S&P Global has published the Solar Tracker Market Report 2024, which says global shipments of solar trackers reached 94GW in 2023, 29% more than in 2022.

Menlo Electric and JinkoSolar Commit to a 1GW strategic alliance

Menlo Electric and JinkoSolar announce a renewed commitment to boost sustainable energy deployment across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and South Africa. In the past three years, Menlo Electric has integrated 1GW of Jinko's photovoltaic modules into these markets.

WEIHENG ECACTUS’ Participation in Thailand’s ASEW 2024

From July 3 to 5, one of Southeast Asia's most influential energy events, the ASEAN Sustainable Energy Week (ASEW), was held as scheduled at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok.

Opinion & Analysis

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‘Early in my career, I had the tendency to behave and perform like a man’

This week, Women in Solar Europe (WiSEu) gives voice to Mary Riccio-Kjærgaard, CEO and owner of Danish PV installer Risskov Teknik & Solar Aps. She explains how the idea of leadership is still being negatively influenced by cultural stereotypes and says women can accomplish more and go further by simply being "female leaders."

Texas solar shines through Tropical Storm Beryl

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that the Tropical Storm Beryl caused a large but temporary dip in solar generation potential across Texas on July 8. However, cross-referencing with grid operator reports revealed that very little production went offline due to the storm, showing the resilience of Texas’ solar infrastructure.

Polysilicon prices stabilize at low levels amid market downturn

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.

Weather standstill limits European solar production in June

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that, while in June Western Europe experienced below-average irradiance, Eastern Europe and the Balkans in particular saw a notable increase, resulting from persistent and static weather patterns.

‘Mobile work policies are extremely beneficial for women’

This week, Women in Solar Europe (WiSEu) gives voice to Olga Kovalchuk, Head of Finance and Investment – Managing Director at Germany’s Goldbeck Solar. She says that the underrepresentation of women in STEM subjects affects the pipeline of women entering both the renewable and traditional energy sectors, though this is gradually improving with more targeted educational initiatives. “The gender pay gap is ever-present and, given how much pay is linked to performance in senior positions, the underrepresentation has a knock-on effect on the gender pay gap for the industry,” she stated.

Wafer prices stable-to-soft on weak demand

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.

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UK energy retailers add heat pump tariffs

Time-of-use and type-of-use tariffs for heat pump customers launched to support technology adoption in market where gas heating remains competitive on price.

Enphase Energy releases EV charger for commercial fleets

Enphase Energy has developed an electric vehicle (EV) charger for commercial fleets. The CS-100 provides up to 19.2 kW of continuous power output and allows fleet operators to set up charging schedules using the Enphase proprietary COSMOS interface.

Energy management market to roughly double in Europe by 2030, says LCP Delta

New analysis from LCP Delta finds Germany is Europe’s top market for home energy management systems and predicts European yearly sales will more than double by the end of the decade.

Naked Energy secures GBP 17 million of new equity

Naked Energy has obtained GBP 17 million ($22 million) in new equity. The UK-based photovoltaic-thermal (PVT) system supplier says the investment, led by E.ON and supported by Barclays, will help “supercharge its global expansion.”

Belgium’s Flanders region records 230 MW of January-May solar additions

PV analyst Wannes Demarcke tells pv magazine that solar deployment in the Belgian region of Flanders slowed in the first months of this year. Initial figures show a decline from 2023 levels following the expiration of subsidies and reduced value-added tax on buildings less than 10 years old.

Energielenker releases ‘self-learning’ energy management system

Germany-based Energielenker has developed a “self-learning” energy management system that controls energy flows in buildings with PV systems, using AI algorithms to analyze data from all relevant components.

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Cybersecurity guidelines for smart inverters

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has flagged a cybersecurity risk for smart inverters, and is developing guidelines to prevent cyberattacks.

China Three Gorges to build 16 GW renewables cluster in Inner Mongolia

China Three Gorges has announced plans to build a 16 GW renewables cluster in China’s Inner Mongolia region, including 8 GW of solar, 4 GW of wind, a 200 MW solar thermal system, a 4 GW coal plant, and a 500 MWh energy storage system.

Philippines announces second microgrid auction for underserved areas

The Department of Energy (DOE) of the Philippines has announced a second microgrid auction for underserved areas, opening in August to support more than 12,000 households.

Growatt sees growth in Europe’s C&I solar, storage markets

At The Smarter E Europe event – recently held in Munich, Germany – Growatt shared insights on the European market. It reports a slowdown in the residential segment in Central Europe due to lower demand, but Growatt VP Lisa Zhang said she expects more growth in the commercial and industrial (C&I) solar and storage sectors.

AEG unveils 5 KWh stackable high-voltage battery

Germany’s AEG is selling new stackable, high-voltage batteries with usable capacity of 5 kWh. They come with a 10-year warranty and reportedly have a lifecycle of more than 4,500 cycles.

Ireland reaches 400 MW of operational distributed-generation solar

New figures from Ireland’s ESB Networks reveal that the country has surpassed 1.2 GW of cumulative installed PV capacity, with the residential segment accounting for 20% of the total capacity installed over the past six months.

Technology

Organic solar cell gains counterintuitive efficiency boost from entropy

A research team at the University of Kansas have found that organic semiconductors known as non-fullerene acceptors demonstrate a high solar cell efficiency due to a reversed heat flow.

IEA-PVPS identifies 456 patents in PV module recycling

The IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme’s (IEA-PVPS) latest report on solar panel recycling offers a comprehensive review of all existing technologies in this market segment, from pure mechanical recycling to innovative techniques such as as light pulse treatment, water-jet cleaning, pyrolysis, and chemical treatments.

The Hydrogen Stream: Poland unveils hydrogen strategy

The Polish government has outlined its main objectives for the development of hydrogen, while Tyczka Hydrogen says a damaged compressor from Maximator Hydrogen caused a recent incident at one of its filling stations in Germany.

Energy-storing carbon fibre composites pave the way to weightless batteries

Building on research work at Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology, Sinonus has developed carbon fiber-based structural batteries that not only store energy but also become an integral part of a product’s structure. Their possible span of energy density is said to be around 25-50% of a conventional lithium-ion battery at current technology level.

Microclimates could bolster case for agrivoltaics

A new paper finds that combining photovoltaics with crop farming can result in revenue gains over the life of a PV system at a diverse range of locations in the United Kingdom. Researcher Aritra Ghosh tells pv magazine that the benefits of agrivoltaics are “multifaceted.”

Solar panel cleaning with electromagnetic waves

Three companies, including US-based startup Sol Clarity, are experimenting with electrodynamic screen systems to clean solar panels using minimal electricity and no water.

Manufacturing

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Indosolar starts production at 1.3 GW solar module factory

Indosolar, a subsidiary of Waaree Energies, has started production at its new 1.3 GW solar module manufacturing facility in India.

A gulf between PV ambition and testing facilities

Though it already hosts several of the world’s largest PV installations, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s solar industry is still young, with limited local infrastructure and expertise. Project developers are learning quickly that building PV in harsh desert environments requires a careful eye on quality. New testing laboratories are looking to meet demand.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: Beijing probes EU investment barriers for PV

The Chinese government is launching an investigation to determine whether the European Union is blocking Chinese solar investments.

Deye releases residential hybrid inverter

Chinese manufacturer Deye says its new three-phase residential hybrid inverter system has a rated output power ranging from 14 kW to 20 kW.

All-perovskite tandem solar cell based on tin-lead perovskite achieves 27.8% efficiency

Scientists in the United States have fabricated an all-perovskite tandem solar cell that reportedly shows reduced interfacial energy loss in the cell’s top device. It was built with a hole transport layer based on a compound known as P3CT that was doped with lead iodide.

Residential PV power forecasting method based uniquely on direct radiation

Researchers in Spain have created a novel PV forecasting method that uses only direct radiation as a parameter. They found it to be “comparable, if not superior” to four established forecasting techniques. The method could help homeowners with PV systems decide when to use electricity-intensive appliances and cleaning systems.

Energy Storage

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Desay Battery, Victory Giant Technology partner on China’s largest user-side energy storage project

The project, located in Victory Giant Technology Industrial Park in Huizhou, Guangdong Province, is designed to have a capacity of 121 MW/630 MWh, making it the largest commercial and industrial (C&I) energy storage station in China.

Grenergy secures financing for two phases of world’s biggest battery project

Madrid-headquartered independent power producer (IPP) Grenergy has reached financial close on the first two phases of its Oasis de Atacama solar and battery energy storage hybrid project in Chile.

Somalia opens tender for off-grid solar-plus-storage plants

Somalia’s Ministry of Energy and Water Resources has launched a tender for off-grid solar-plus-storage power plants to serve 46 education facilities in the southeast of the country. The deadline for bids is August 1.

Enfinity Global secures $162.4 million for 250 MW solar portfolio in Japan 

Enfinity Global has closed $162.4 million in financing for a 250 MW solar portfolio in Japan. The seven utility-scale projects are expected to produce 300 GWh of clean energy per year.

V2G tech can provide outage support, claim Australian researchers

Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, have shown that their response to a February 2024 grid emergency provides evidence that electric vehicles (EVs) equipped with vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems could strengthen the grid during blackouts, marking a global first for such research.

Bulgaria’s battery storage market gears up

Bulgaria has installed between 40 MWh and 50 MWh battery energy storage capacity to date. However, a new national legislation as well as funds provided through the European Union’s Recovery and Resilience Facility could see the country install another 1 GWh over the next two years.

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