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Another U.S. residential installer announces business closure

An email informed the employees of U.S. residential installer Titan Solar that the company had ended operations.
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55 MWh battery storage system goes live in Bulgaria

Billed as the largest operating battery energy storage system in Bulgaria to date, the 25 MW/55 MWh facility, developed by Austria’s Renalfa IPP, came online at the start of the month.
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Southeast Asia targets 18 GW of pumped hydro by 2033

According to projections from Norwegian consultancy Rystad Energy, Southeast Asia’s share of pumped storage hydropower is set to increase nearly eightfold in less than a decade – from 2.3 GW today to 18 GW by 2033. Rystad’s figures say that there i...
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Akcome halts some manufacturing, faces possible Chinese stock delisting

Akcome says it could be delisted from the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, as the value of its shares have fallen below CNY 1 ($0.14) for 20 consecutive trading days. In early June, the manufacturer announced a temporary halt in operations for its subsidiaries i...
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Octopus Energy, Tesla announce service integration in UK, Spain

The partnership between the two energy tech giants will see Octopus install solar powered home battery Tesla Powerwall and Tesla customers utilize Octopus’ range of smart tariffs.
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Potential of floating PV, solar parking, agrivoltaics in Germany

Academics have used geospatial land-eligibility research and existing legislation to identify the potential for up to 4.7 GW of floating PV, 24.6 GW of solar parking, and 5,437 GW of agrivoltaics in Germany.
Manufacturing

Singulus Solar presents cell, module production equipment for TOPCon, HJT manufacturing

Germany-based Singulus Solar, a joint venture of Singulus Technologies, a German PV equipment manufacturer, and Yingkou Jinchen Machinery, a Chinese module manufacturing equipment supplier, announced it will supply cell and module turnkey solutions to ma...
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Maldives launches tender for 12.5 MW of solar

The government of the Maldives is selecting bidders for the installation of 12.5 MW grid-tied solar systems on several islands across the country. The deadline for applications is August 8.

Press Releases

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.

JinkoSolar’s 182 mm TOPCon Module Reaches Highest Conversion Efficiency of 25.42%

SHANGRAO, China, June 11, 2024 -- JinkoSolar, one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world, today announced a significant breakthrough in the development of its N-type TOPCon solar module.

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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.

‘Addressing the gender gap requires a bottom-up approach, beginning with recognition and regulation’

This week, Women in Solar Europe (WiSEu) gives voice to Giorgia Epicoco, Senior EU Affairs Manager | Sustainability Lead at Huawei. She believes that the renewable energy sector is now poised to welcome a growing number of talented female professionals in technical, sales, marketing, operations, logistics, and public affairs roles. “However, reaching top-level positions isn’t feasible for everyone, and this is where skills development becomes crucial,” she warned.

Western Europe cloudy while East sees solar gains in May

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that, thanks to warm temperatures and relatively sunny skies, Finland and Sweden had irradiance up to 30%, which unusually resulted in higher total irradiance than the more southerly UK and France. On the other side of the Baltic Sea, Poland, the Baltic States, and neighbouring countries also experienced irradiance up to 30% above the long-term average.

Solar cell prices hold steady in quiet market

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.

IEC lays ground for flexible silicon solar module standards

In its second monthly column for pv magazine, the IEC highlights the research on flexible crystalline silicon solar cells led by researcher Zhengxin Liu, the Vice Chair of IEC Technical Committee 82, which prepares standards for solar PV energy systems.

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Mauritius seeking consultants for four solar-plus-storage projects

The state-owned Central Electricity Board of Mauritius has opened a tender for consultants to assist with the implementation of four 10 MW solar plus storage facilities.

Croatia kicks off renewables tender

Croatian energy market operator HROTE is accepting submissions from developers until June 27 to secure market premium support for 607 MW of renewables projects, including 450 MW of solar.

France deploys 1 GW of solar in Q1

France installed 1 GW of solar in the first quarter, reaching 21.1 GW cumulative PV capacity by the end of March.

Are there consumers willing to buy ‘agrivoltaic’ apples?

A new survey from Germany shows that consumers may show a high willingness to pay (WTP) for apples produced in agrivoltaic facilities. The research also highlighted that consumers also consider parameters such as organic farming, plastic usage and origin, among others.

Colored BIPV manufacturers and success factors

A Swiss research team published a review of the technologies used to manufacture of colored building integrated PV, discussing competitive characteristics of more than a dozen products, as well as success factors to drive market development.

Germany, UK, Ireland, Poland offer best renewables + BESS colocation potential

Market analytics provider Aurora Energy Research has examined the potential for colocation of renewables with battery energy storage systems (BESS) across 12 European countries. It found that Germany, Great Britain, the Ireland I-SEM, and Poland are leading the pack.

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JA Solar debuts 23.3%-efficient single-glass, anti-dust solar panel at SNEC

The new module has a power output of up to 650 W and weighs 29.6 kg. It uses JA Solar's patented anti-dust frame technology, which reportedly enhances drainage and decontamination performance, thus reducing dust accumulation and avoiding hotspot issues.

Spanish authorities arrest suspects in theft of 186 solar panels

Spain’s Civil Guard suspects two detainees and another individual of stealing 186 solar panels from a PV plant in Aldeamayor de San Martín and selling them illegally.

Greentech starts running 103 MW of ground-mounted PV in Germany

Greentech has started operating 103 MW of ground-mounted solar capacity in Germany.

Hawaii’s largest solar-plus-storage facility now operational

The 60 MW Kūihelani solar-plus-storage facility will generate enough electricity for 27,000 homes, with a 240 MWh battery energy storage system.

The Hydrogen Stream: Lower costs needed for competitive green hydrogen

The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research has provided figures for the levelized cost of hydrogen (LCoH) for major projects in the Netherlands, while Meld Energy says it is moving forward with its hydrogen plans in England.

Colombian developer switches on 83 MW of solar

Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM) has started operating an 83 MW solar project in Caldas, Colombia.

Technology

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Longi claims 34.6% efficiency for perovskite-silicon tandem solar cell

The European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) has confirmed Longi's achievement of a world record-breaking efficiency rating of 34.6% for a perovskite-silicon tandem solar cell.

Long-duration stability of perovskite solar cells

US scientists have analyzed the impact of “seasoning” a formamidinium lead iodide solution with two-dimensional (2D) perovskites. They have found that the template improved the efficiency and durability of their solar cells.

AI in photovoltaic systems

Researchers from Chinese and Malaysian universities have compared studies demonstrating the use of artificial intelligence to solve PV integration problems. They say that AI will bring revolutionary improvements in the efficiency, reliability and predictability of solar power generation.

Hoymiles launches 5 kW three-phase microinverter at SNEC

The Chinese manufacturer claims its new MIT-5000-8T product is currently the largest and the most efficient microinverter on the market. It can accomodate eight solar modules and is said to be particularly suitable for large-size residential PV systems or commercial applications.

Study estimates global floating solar potential at 1,302 TWh

A UK-based research team has calculated the global potential of deploying floating solar arrays on almost 68,000 lakes and reservoirs. It found some countries could generate the majority of their electricity needs from floating solar panels, while five could meet all their electricity demand.

UK flexibility service set for year-round commercial rollout

Electricity system operator (ESO) plans to expand Demand Flexibility Service, financially rewarding consumers and businesses in Great Britain for reducing consumption at times of peak demand.

Manufacturing

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EU set to dig into raw materials supply

The European Union has drawn up new regulations to boost the domestic mining of raw materials and support production of renewable energy products and materials at home. Will it be enough to incentivize investment, or will Europe trail other major economies, such as the United States and China?

Two solar leaders plan 5 GW solar module factory in U.S.

The two companies have partnered on a new venture that will bring 5 GW of solar cells and 5 GW of solar modules to U.S. and EU markets.

MPPT-based photovoltaic micro-power system with tracking accuracy of 99.25%

Conceived for use in wearable electronics, the micro-power system utilizes a MPPT structure based on a customized FOCV algorithm, a DC-DC converter, a load or a rechargeable battery, a flowchart of MPPT, and a microcontroller.

Semitransparent organic cell achieves bifaciality factor of 99.1%

A team of researchers from two Chinese universities achieved a bifaciality factor of 99.1% with a semitransparent organic cell, the highest reported bifacial factor in such cells to date. The cell also achieved a power conversion efficiency of 12.5% and an average visible light transmittance of 22.9%.

Maxeon reveals minimized risk of hotspots in IBC solar panels

Maxeon’s Interdigitated Back Contact (IBC) solar panels were found to disperse heat evenly, leading to lower operating temperatures in the shade and reduced degradation.

U.S. startup plans perovskite solar factory

Swift Solar, a specialist in perovskite tandem photovoltaics, plans to build a factory in the U.S. in the next two to three years to manufacture thin-film solar.

Energy Storage

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Bulgaria backed by EIB for 1.6 GW of pumped storage

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will conduct economic and technological feasibility studies on two Bulgarian pumped storage hydropower plants due to be operational by 2032. The projects will each add generation capacity of around 800 MW and will both come with a price tag of around €900 ($964) million.

Marstek unveils plug-in balcony solar with AC-coupled storage at SNEC

A new manufacturer is entering the PV market. Marstek initially focused on power banks, but is now showcasing a range of products for the booming DIY solar market, including a user-friendly, AC-coupled battery solution for balconies.

Austria offers €17.9 million to fund storage

The Austrian authorities have offered €17.9 million ($19 million) to fund medium-sized electricity storage systems, with €10 million from the climate action protection ministry and €7.9 million from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

Gree presents photovoltaic DC air conditioner at SNEC

The Chinese manufacturer said its new photovoltaic air conditioner is available in three versions with a cooling capacity ranging from 12.1 kW to 16 kW and a heating capacity of 14 kW to 18 kW. It can be used for both residential and commercial applications.

French startup unveils plug-and-play PV

France’s Sunology says its new Play Max system is “the world’s first plug-and-play station with an integrated modular battery.”

Modular solar solution helps mining operation shift to renewables

Modular solar specialist 5B’s pre-assembled and relocatable Maverick solar solution has been unfolded in another off-grid hybrid renewable energy project as the decarbonisation of Australia’s mining sector continues.