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Austrian startup offers double-axis tracking system for agrivoltaics

Anywhere Solar says its new trackers have a module area of 75 m2 and can host PV systems up to 19 kW in size. When deployed horizontally, the systems allow vehicles up to 4.3 meters high to pass underneath.
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Sharp unveils new TOPCon solar modules

The Japanese electronics manufacturer has launched the NU-JC440 and NU-JC430B panels with efficiencies of 22.53% and 22.02%, respectively. Both products are IEC/EN61215 and IEC/EN61730-certified and rely on M10 wafers.
Markets & Policy

Access to finance key for solar in small island nations

Held once a decade since 1994, the fourth International Conference on Small Island developing states (SIDS) began this week in St. Johns, Antigua and Barbuda with a strong message: That major changes to international finance are needed to create a level ...
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Strategies to address thermomechanical instability of perovskite solar modules

A U.S. research team has investigated the thermomechanical reliability of metal halide perovskite (MHP) modules and cells in an effort to identify the best strategies to improve their stability under thermomechanical stressors. The scientists discussed, ...
Energy Storage

Solarwatt shuts down battery factory in Germany

Solarwatt says it will shut down its battery factory in Germany. Battery production at the Dresden facility will halt at the end of this year, and the company will move all battery and solar panel production to China.
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Scientists claim PV systems combined with thermoelectric cooling may achieve 6-year payback time

Scientists in South Africa have modeled a photovoltaic system connected to a thermoelectric cooling device and have found it may produce around 9.2% more electricity than conventional PV system without cooling. The research team claims the proposed syste...
Markets & Policy

India’s PV module exports hit $1.9 billion in fiscal 2023-24

India’s solar module exports hit $1.9 billion in fiscal 2023-24, with shipments to the US market accounting for the lion's share of the total.
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Perovskite solar cell based on self-disintegrating seeds achieves 23.73% efficiency, 83.64% fill factor

A Chinese research group including scientists from module maker Tongwei has designed a perovskite solar cell with remarkable perovskite film quality through the so-called self-disintegrating seed strategy. The device not only achieved one of the highest ...

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Hopewind Leads the Electrical Revolution with Grid-Forming Technology

As a distinguished leader in electrical solutions, Hopewind excels in technical innovation, constantly injecting new momentum into the progress of a more reliable and stable renewable energy ecosystem. The introduction of grid-forming technology is a core component of Hopewind's pioneering efforts.

Heterojunction June! Join Huasun at SNEC PV Power Expo & Intersolar Europe 2024

The photovoltaic industry is entering a new era of high-quality development, marked by both opportunities and challenges. Heterojunction (HJT) technology has emerged as a pivotal driver of solar advancement due to its high efficiency, reliability, increased power generation, and low carbon footprint.

Growatt presents broad product portfolio at Intersolar 2024 in Munich

The expansion of solar energy in Germany is progressing inexorably, as the latest figures show.

JinkoSolar’s Unrivaled Growth and Profit Margins

First-quarter results show that JinkoSolar is still way ahead of the competition in multiple aspects, its sales growth and margin beat the competitors.

Opinion & Analysis

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When is the next Aurora due and what’s the impact on solar generation?

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, explains that the solar cycle does tend to increase the earth's average annual extra-terrestrial irradiance, but only by a very small amount. It also explains that, while the annual cycle of extra-terrestrial irradiance causes a steady, predictable and significant 3.5% change through the seasonal cycle, the peak of the 11-year cycle of solar activity causes a smaller, more sporadic and unpredictable set of fluctuations.

‘There are no shortcuts to success’

This week, Women in Solar Europe (WiSEu) gives voice to Oana Ijdelea, the founder and managing partner of Romanian law firm Ijdelea & Associates. She says there is no objective blockage impeding women from pursuing a career in the renewable sector. There is, however, a vicious circle where women may become reluctant to apply for a position where males appear to be more present, and on the other hand, the lack of female presence in such roles does not encourage other women to step in.

Global polysilicon prices hold steady, China polysilicon falls 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.

US solar prices double European costs amid regulatory challenges

The requirements of measures such as the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) mean that solar panel prices in the United States can be twice as much as in Europe.

PERC solar products hard to sell due to falling TOPCon module prices

Prices for tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) solar panels continue to fall. pvXchange.com founder Martin Schachinger explains how this will affect the sale of PV modules based on passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC) cells.

India, Australia sign deal to secure supply chains

Economic cooperation between India and Australia may open doors for investment in clean energy technology, but challenges still abound in a competitive global market. Vibhuti Garg and Shantanu Srivastava, of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), discuss the role that public funding and resource pooling could play in supporting manufacturing ambitions.

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Australia’s largest PV project moves forward

Genex Power has appointed UK-based engineering and design company Arup as owners’ engineer for the first stage of the 2 GW Bulli Creek solar project. The installation is set to become the biggest solar farm on Australia’s main grid.

Czech utility unveils tech to secure solar panels in unstable subsoil

CEZ Group has developed a new solution for securing solar photovoltaics in areas of unstable subsoil from the central section of conveyor belts previously used in strip coal mines. Several pilots of the steel structure have already been deployed on a reclaimed area near the Bílina Mine in northern Czechia.

Bringing lithium-sulfur batteries closer to commercialization

Researchers at the University of South Carolina have successfully transitioned their highly-durable lithium-sulfur battery technology from coin to pouch cells and reported competent energy densities.

Greece adds storage to solar tenders

The Greek parliament has approved a new law introducing renewable energy policies for auction design and small projects with stable feed-in tariffs.

Reliance Industries signs alkaline electrolyzer deal with Norway’s Nel

Reliance Industries has signed a technology licensing agreement to gain access to Nel Hydrogen’s platform for alkaline electrolyzer production.

Renewable manufacturing costs up to 200% lower in China, says WoodMac

Wood Mackenzie says in its latest report that low prices and integrated supply chains allow Chinese manufacturers to supply more than 65% of total global demand for renewables equipment, with its exports growing by 35% between 2019 and 2023.

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Construction begins on Sweden’s largest rooftop PV system

Brion Solenergi has started working on the Nordic region's biggest rooftop solar project. The 14 MW array will span the rooftop of a warehouse owned by Danish transport company DSV.

Pexapark says European developers signed 28 PPAs for 1.5 GW in April

Swiss consulting firm Pexapark says the total capacity of signed power purchase agreements (PPA) in Europe in April more than doubled the volume it recorded in March. Meanwhile, all tracked PPA prices rose 1.6% month on month.

Chinese scientists apply new models for sustainable wind, solar investments in Belt and Road Initiative countries

To assess renewable energy, particularly solar and wind, considering the limited supply of input materials, researchers from Shenzhen University established novel hybrid multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) models that include a circular economy principles, waste potential and life cycle assessment (LCA).

Eurasian Development Bank to finance 300 MW of solar in Kyrgyzstan

The Eurasian Development Bank has agreed to provide $210 million over 15 years for Bishkek Solar to build a 300 MW solar plant in Kyrgyzstan. National Electric Grid of Kyrgyzstan will purchase the electricity for a period of 25 years.

Tender opens for 15 MW ground-mounted solar plant in Uganda

Companies interested in a new engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a 15 MW ground-mounted solar plant in western Uganda must request prequalification questionnaires from TotalEnergies Uganda by June 7.

India set to install 21.2 GW of solar in fiscal 2025

JMK Research projects that 21.2 GW of new solar capacity will be installed in India in fiscal 2025. The new additions will include 16.5 GW of utility-scale PV, 4 GW of rooftop solar, and 700 MW of off-grid installations.

Technology

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Lead-free inverted perovskite solar cells without transparent conducting oxides may achieve 30% efficiency

Researchers in Nigeria have proposed to build inverted perovskite solar cells exclusively with all-inorganic transport materials and a lead-free perovksite absorber. Through a series of simulations, they showed these device may achieve efficiencies over 30% with low production costs.

U.S. scientists develop air-bridge thermophotovoltaic cells with 44% efficiency

U.S. scientists have developed a thermophovoltaic cell that could be paired with inexpensive thermal storage to provide power on demand. The indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) thermophovoltaic cell absorbs most of the in-band radiation to generate electricity, while serving as a nearly perfect mirror.

Car park solar roofing system for off-grid solution

The versatility of solar mounting manufacturer and balance-of-system provider Clenergy’s ezShade 2.0 solar shade system has been put to the test with the solution at the core of a standalone power system fuelling an off-grid communications site in remote northern Queensland.

Shedding light on tandem perovskite solar cell progress

Perovskite PV devices are set to become the next big thing in solar with market analysts at S&P Global Commodity Insights predicting 1 GW of production by the end of 2024, rising to 6 GW in 2025. Perovskite tandem devices are at the front of the queue for commercialization but their characterization presents technical challenges.

Photovoltaics for center-pivot irrigation

Developer Loop Energia has built a 1.2 MW offgrid solar plant that now serves a center-pivot irrigation system in the Brazilian state of Bahia. The project reportedly enables local farmers to double soybean harvesting by achieving considerable savings through significantly lower diesel consumption.

French startup offers concrete solar carport

Visionpark said its novel solar carport solution is self-weighted and requires no foundation. It can reportedly host all kinds of solar panels and be installed quickly.

Manufacturing

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ESMC publishes recommendation paper for Net Zero Industry Act

The European Solar Manufacturing Council (ESMC) has voiced support for the inclusion of non-price criteria in auctions for solar modules, as laid out in the EU Net Zero Industry Act. The council’s recommendation paper also calls for member states to adopt the act as quickly as possible and highlights concern around cybersecurity and data security in relation to Chinese inverters.

Aiko Solar wins patent litigation case against Maxeon in Netherlands

Aiko Solar has won a patent litigation case against Maxeon Solar Technologies in a Dutch court. The judge has ruled that Aiko Solar did not infringe upon Maxeon Solar’s EP2297788B1 patent for back-contact (BC) solar cells.

Waaree Energies to supply 445 MW of bifacial solar modules to Statkraft India

Waaree Energies says it will supply 445 MW of its 540/545Wp dual-glass PV bifacial modules to Statkraft India’s single-location solar projects in Rajasthan, India.

First attempt to build perovskite-antimony selenide tandem solar cell delivers 20.58% efficiency

Scientists in China built for the first time a four-terminal tandem perovskite cell with a 17.88%-efficient top perovskite device and a 7.85%-efficient bottom antimony selenide bottom cell. The key features of the tandem cell are the transparent conducting electrode used to improve the spectral response of the top cell and the “double” electron transport layer of the antimony selenide cell.

Toray Engineering offers coating equipment for perovskite PV module manufacturing

The Japanese industrial technology supplier is shipping coating tools for perovskite solar panels with dimensions up to 1,000 mm × 2,000 mm. The company will also offer soon a support for 2,400 mm ×1,200 mm sizes.

Gamesa Electric releases study on losses due to harmonics in PV plants

Gamesa Electric has released a white paper on losses due to harmonics in PV plants, including an independent study that compares the performance of ultra-low total harmonic distortion inverters.

Energy Storage

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The Hydrogen Stream: Nikola to sell 100 fuel-cell hydrogen trucks to Port of LA

Nikola plans to sell 100 hydrogen fuel-cell trucks for logistic operations in California, Volvo has started developing hydrogen combustion trucks, and Airbus has announced plans to launch a study into hydrogen projects in the US state of Georgia.

Policy uncertainty creates ‘gap’ between hydrogen aims and reality, says BNEF

BloombergNEF (BNEF) says in a new study of 1,600 planned hydrogen projects that governments will miss their 2030 hydrogen targets. Analyst Adithya Bhashyam tells pv magazine that most of the announced projects to the end of this decade lack the key conditions for success.

Coalitional game theory to improve P2P trading in energy communities

An international research group has utilized a newly designed coalitional game system to ensure economic fairness between members of energy communities. The game system considers different types of prosumers relying on stand-alone and combinations of solar and storage.

Australian grid operator backs community battery to boost network stability

Ausgrid, a distributed network provider in the Australian state of New South Wales, has powered up its third battery energy storage system under the federal government’s AUD 200 million ($132 million) Community Batteries for Household Solar program.

California is now a batteries-based rooftop solar market

About 60% of energy customers in California have included battery energy storage with their rooftop solar installations. However, a “sustained downturn” is expected for the market.

Recurrent Energy secures €1.3 billion financing for European project pipeline

The subsidiary of Chinese-Canadian solar manufacturer Canadian Solar says the financing will go towards developing and constructing solar and battery energy storage projects across Spain, Italy, the UK, the Netherlands, France and Germany.

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