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Grid backlog drives innovative approaches in Brazil

The rapid growth of renewable energy in Brazil has not been matched by transmission and distribution infrastructure. Connection restrictions for both "distributed-" and centralized-generation sites are leading companies to adopt new strategies to maintain expansion, reports pv magazine Brasil’s Livia Neves.
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SunPower stock crashes 70%

The company’s share price fell below $1 as it announced it is halting some operations and ending its lease and power purchase agreement offerings, among other actions.
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First Solar probes potential infringement of TOPCon patents

First Solar says it is evaluating potential infringement of its patents for its tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) tech, secured through the acquisition of TetraSun in 2013. The US thin-film solar module manufacturer has not named the companies inv...
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The Hydrogen Stream: Europe could miss 2030 hydrogen targets

The European Court of Auditors says the European Union will likely fail to achieve its 2030 renewable hydrogen goals, while the US Department of Energy and Arches have agreed to build a $12.6 billion hydrogen hub in California.
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Chinese PV Industry Brief: ZNShine Solar plans Hong Kong listing

ZNShine Solar says it has applied to list H-shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX). The company runs three factories in China with a total capacity of about 10 GW.
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Germany’s balcony PV installations hit 200 MW in H1

Germany's Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) says 220,000 balcony PV systems were installed in the country in the first half of the year, reaching 200 MW.
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More than half of California solar customers to include battery storage

Falling battery costs, shifting regulations and interest in energy independence are driving increased battery attachment rates on residential solar projects in California.
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Norway has potential to deploy 31 GW of solar in buildings

A research group has examined the potential for PV on building walls and rooftops across Norway. It says that up to 36% of the feasible solar energy, or approximately 31 GW, could be integrated into the national power system to match generation and consu...

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DAS Solar receives PV’s first ISO 20400 Sustainable Procurement Management Certificate by SGS

DAS Solar became the first in the photovoltaic industry to receive SGS certification for ISO 20400 Sustainable Procurement Management. This milestone signifies that DAS Solar has

JinkoSolar Once Agained Ranked on BNEF’s Energy Storage Tier 1 List

JinkoSolar has once again been recognized by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BloombergNEF) as a Tier 1 manufacturer in the latest ‘BNEF Energy Storage Tier 1 List 3Q 2024’ for its exceptional performance in the energy storage field.

JA Solar Signs UN Women’s Empowerment Principles

JA Solar officially signed the UN Women's Empowerment Principles. The company will integrate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) into its own strategy and operations, identifying relevant sustainable development goals related to the company and its value chain, and actively responsive actions to accelerate progress.

JinkoSolar Secures Landmark Module Contract to Supply 150 MW to Power Algerian projects

JinkoSolar secured a 150MW PV module supply contract for Algeria's groundbreaking solar project initiative. This strategic win is a significant milestone in JinkoSolar's international expansion and commitment to delivering clean energy solutions.

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‘Scarcity of female peers, role models can lead to isolation, lack of natural allies’

This week, Women in Solar Europe (WiSEu) gives voice to Camille Zimmermann, Investment Director at France-based equity firm Omnes. She says that, when there are women at the helm of companies, it seems there is no problem in finding other talented women to join the ranks of their organizations.

Weak demand continues to exert downward pressure on solar module prices

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.

Jet stream shift brings winter sunshine to Brazil, cloud to Argentina

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that Rio de Janeiro recorded the sunniest June in over 18 years, with solar irradiance 15% above the long-term average. This was part of a band of higher than average sunshine extending through Bolivia, Paraguay, and parts of Brazil. Conversely, southern Argentina saw an irradiance drop of up to 30% below the long-term average as it experienced its cloudiest June in the same period.

Tackling merchant risk – A deep dive into Europe grid-scale energy storage contracted revenue

Current market conditions are propelling grid-scale project deployment in a more diversified European energy storage market. Anna Darmani, principal analyst – energy storage EMEA, at Wood Mackenzie, examines revenue streams in different parts of Europe and emerging routes to the market.

‘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.

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BlackRock’s climate infrastructure unit increases stake in Brite Energy Partners

BlackRock’s climate infrastructure business has increased its stake in Brite Energy Partners. The KRW 100 billion ($72 million) investment will help to scale the South Korean independent power producer's solar portfolio and expand its energy storage and EV charging operations.

Citicore, San Miguel unit collaborate on 153 MW solar project

Philippine renewables developer Citicore Renewable Energy Corp. and San Miguel Global Light and Power Corp., a unit of San Miguel Global Power Holdings Corp., will jointly develop a 153.5 MW solar plant in the Philippines.

Masdar raises $1 billion with second green bond

Abu Dhabi-based Masdar has raised $1 billion through a new bond issuance. It says the investment will fund equity commitments on new greenfield projects, several of which are in developing economies.

Water-source heat pump integrating cooled photovoltaic panels, thermal storage

Researchers in Italy have designed a water-source heat pump system intended for generating cooling, heating and domestic hot water in social housing stock built during the 1970s–1990s. The novel concept integrates photovoltaic-thermal energy with thermal storage and promises a seasonal coefficient of performance of 5.

North American solar PPAs rise 3% in Q2

LevelTen Energy says in its latest quarterly report that prices for power purchase agreements (PPAs) increased in the second quarter, following a modest decline in the first three months of the year.

Optimizing grid-scale battery placement via quantum computing

A computing pilot program, housed within Europe’s largest electricity utility, Iberdrola, found that some quantum and quantum-inspired algorithms matched or outperformed existing benchmarks for optimal placement of grid batteries.

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New UK government signals strong support for solar

Signs of a UK government that’s prepared to back solar have emerged within a fortnight of the Labour Party securing victory in the General Election. The government has already signed off on more than 1 GW of new solar capacity.

Czechia installs 484 MW of solar in H1

Czechia’s Solární Asociace says that the country installed 484 MW of solar in the first half of this year, nearly matching the 487 MW added in the same first six months of 2023. It notes that the residential PV market has cooled, but the corporate segment has grown.

Peru records 115.5 MW of new solar in H1

Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines (MINEM) says the country installed 115.5 MW of new solar capacity in the first half of 2024, bringing the nation’s total installed PV capacity to around 400 MW.

Europe’s solar, storage markets on stable path, says Sungrow executive

Yang Meng, Sungrow’s director of distribution in Europe, says that despite signs of slowing demand in parts of the residential segment, Europe’s overall solar and storage markets are on a stable path, with potential for growth in the commercial and industrial storage space.

Indonesian utility plans 500 MW solar project in Bangladesh

Indonesia’s Pertamina Power has revealed plans to build a 500 MW solar project in Bangladesh.

Trane launches all-in-one air-source modular multi-pipe heat pump

The Thermafit Air-Source Modular Multipipe heat pump uses R-454B as the refrigerant and has a size of 30 tons. The manufacturer said the system act as a chiller to cool the building, as a heat pump to heat the building, or as a heat recovery unit to deliver simultaneous heating and cooling.

Technology

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Organic solar cell based on PEDOT:PSS hole transport layer achieves 17.1% efficiency

A team of researchers in Germany has fabricated a non-fullerene acceptor-based organic photovoltaic cell featuring a bilayer solution-processed hole transporting layer. It recorded a power conversion efficiency of 17.1% and maintained 93% of its initial efficiency after 1,800 hours under continuous solar cell operation at 60 C.

First Solar opens US research facility

First Solar has commissioned the Jim Nolan Center for Solar Innovation in Lake Township, Ohio. It includes a high-tech pilot manufacturing line to produce full-sized prototypes of thin-film and tandem PV modules.

Sunswap rolling out PV-powered transport refrigeration

The U.K.-based technology company has launched Endurance, an electric transport refrigeration system with integrated battery and solar PV. It is built to compete with diesel-powered systems.

Chinese researchers build heterojunction silicon solar cell with MXene-based hole transport layer

A research group including scientists from Chinese module maker Longi has developed an undoped monocrystalline heterojunction cell that uses the promising MXene compound for the hole transport layer. The experimental device achieved an efficiency of 12.2% and was able to retain around 86% of its initial efficiency after 105-day exposure in ambient environment. 

Dutch utility Eneco uses residential batteries for grid stress relief

Dutch energy supplier Eneco has partnered with local energy storage manufacturer Charged to trial the use of solar power stored in home batteries of customers with fixed and variable contracts in a bid to alleviate stress on the grid.

South Africa commissions largest wheeling project to date

South Africa has commissioned its largest wheeling project, with SOLA Group supplying more than 200 MW of solar power to Tronox Mineral Sands via the Eskom network.

Manufacturing

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Jupiter International secures $36 million to expand solar manufacturing

Jupiter International has obtained $36 million to expand its PV manufacturing operations, including the construction of a 1.8 GW solar cell facility, as well as a joint venture with AmpIn Energy for 1.2 GW of integrated solar cell and module capacity each.

S&P Global launches daily spot market price assessment for solar panels

The tool has been billed as the world’s first independent daily spot market price assessment for solar panels. S&P Global says it has been launched to aid transparency in technology pricing as solar modules become increasingly commoditized.

Solar module prices rising in Brazil

Despite global overcapacity, several factors may contribute to a slight increase in solar panel prices in Brazil, with shipping costs and quotas for fiscal exemptions on imported PV modules playing a key role.

Fronius to cut 650 jobs

Austrian inverter maker Fronius has cut another 650 jobs due to high inverter inventories and no expected upturn.

Singaporean startup achieves 22.6% efficiency for perovskite solar module

Singfilm Solar said the result was certified by China’s National PV Industry Measurement and Testing Center (NPVM).

All indoor PV technologies at a glance

A review of indoor PV cell technologies by an international research team delves into recent progress, characterization, and design strategies used to develop highly efficient cells. The study presents 250 commercial and laboratory devices, as well as applications and performance reporting.

Energy Storage

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Greece readies for next battery storage growth phase

Greece’s energy storage market is hot with a number of new policies paving the way to new applications in the market. The government is now working a new plan, which will allow the colocation of batteries with existing solar plants as well as standalone, in front of the meter battery energy storage systems.

Weiheng Ecactus releases high voltage lithium iron phosphate battery for residential PV

Weiheng Ecactus has unveiled its new Myrtillo battery system, with 4.99-29.9 kWh of capacity, giving users the flexibility to connect up to five units in parallel.

India wraps up 1.2 GW solar, storage tender at average price of $0.041/kWh

Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI) has concluded a 1.2 GW solar and storage tender at an average price of $0.041/kWh, with Acme Solar Holdings, Hero Solar Energy, JSW Neo Energy, and Pace Digitek Infra emerging as winners.

New fault detection techniques for air-to-air heat pumps

Portuguese researchers have compared several applied machine learning techniques to detect faults in air-to-air heat pumps in cooling mode. The results showed a high level of performance based on four metrics.

The Hydrogen Stream: Germany grants €4.6 billion to 23 green H2 projects

The German government has granted €4.6 billion ($5 billion) for 23 green hydrogen projects, while BP has revealed separate plans to develop a 100 MW green hydrogen installation in Germany.

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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