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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.
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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.
Geopolitics

Energy security in renewables-based systems

A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) examines the global energy system's transformation and its implications for energy security. It tells policymakers that energy security in renewables-based systems will require multi-dim...
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Malaysian IPP to expand solar portfolio with new acquisitions

Malakoff Corporation Berhad, a Malaysian independent power producer (IPP), plans to acquire a 51% share in ZEC Solar and a 49% stake in TJZ Suria. It says it has already signed a share sale and purchase agreement with Zelleco Engineering.
Manufacturing

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 ad...
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Desert-to-Power initiative seeking consultants for 10 GW of solar

The African Development Bank has asked financial management specialists to submit expressions of interest for two parts of its Desert-to-Power initiative, which aims to deploy 10 GW of solar by 2030 in the Sahel region.
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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.
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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 sol...

Press Releases

Huasun Secures Position on BNEF’s Tier 1 PV Module Maker List for 2Q 2024

On May 23, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) released its latest rankings for Tier 1 PV Module Makers in the second quarter of 2024.

Kehua PV Inverters Supported a Polish Factory Go 100% Green

In 2023, Kehua provided the photovoltaic inverters for a 10 MW solar power system at Promet-Plast, the first medical supply manufacturer with zero-carbon emission in Poland.

ETIP PV Conference 2024: The Potential of Solar PV Technologies with Digital Tools for Responsive Power Systems

On 22-23 May, around 110 participants attended the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) conference in Brussels.

Hopewind Ranked as a BloombergNEF Global Tier 1 Photovoltaic Inverter Manufacturer

On May 23, the globally renowned energy research institution — Bloomberg New Energy Finance announced the list of photovoltaic inverter manufacturers that meet the BNEF Tier 1 standards as of the second quarter of 2024.

Opinion & Analysis

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‘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.

IEA-PVPS launches action group on agrivoltaics

IEA PVPS is about to start a new format for expert engagement: an Action Group on Agrovoltaics; a collaborative effort to harness the synergy between agriculture and solar energy generation. Through international cooperation and interdisciplinary engagement, the group aims to unlock the potential of agrivoltaics, optimizing land use efficiency, enhancing agricultural resilience to climate change, and fostering social consensus towards solar energy development.

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Researchers propose new models for heat pump load forecasting in energy communities

Novel research from Germany and the USA has analyzed the impact of heat pump (HP) integration on the ability of day-ahead load forecasting in energy communities. Using different models, the scientists have also investigated whether HP loads should be forecasted separately from the rest of the household or both together.

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.

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.

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.

Denmark to restart heat pump subsidy scheme

Danish citizens will once again be able to apply for heat pump subsidies from May 27. A DKK 17,000 ($2,469) grant will be available for air-to-water pumps and DKK 27,000 for liquid-to-water heat pumps.

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Bladeless wind energy innovation aims to compete with rooftop solar

A compact, “motionless” wind turbine with a magnetic generator designed for large commercial rooftops provides 5 kW of capacity per unit. Aeromine Technologies secured Series A funding for scaling its innovative design.

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.

Nigeria to deploy 250 MW of distributed solar

Nigeria’s Rural Electrification Agency is partnering with Husk Power Systems for interconnected minigrids and isolated minigrids, rooftop commercial and industrial (C&I) solar, productive use of energy (PUE) initiatives, appliance sales, and financing.

Golf courses consume more land than PV in Germany

Christian Victor, an X (formerly Twitter) user, has published a new map showing land consumption in Germany. It reveals that open-cast mines occupy more square meters than ground-mounted solar arrays and wind farms combined.

Research shows repaired PV modules can perform with acceptable losses

A research group in Spain has demonstrated the technical feasibility of using repaired solar modules with satisfying results. It also warned, however, that there is an urgent need to define a protocol for evaluating the features of a “viable” repaired panel.

Acciona completes 458 MW solar array in Texas

Acciona Energía has finished building a 458 MW solar farm in Texas – its largest PV project to date.

Technology

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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.

A closer look at CEA-INES’ timber-framed silicon heterojunction solar module with 22.57% efficiency

The French research institute presented in a scientific paper the technical details of its recyclable heterojunction module with a power output of 566 W and a carbon footprint of just 313 kgCO2eq/kW.

Inverted perovskite solar cell based on self-assembled monolayer achieves 24.38% efficiency

Researchers in China have designed an inverted perovskite solar cell with a new strategy aimed to optimize the cell’s bottom region. The proposed cell was treated with two molecules known as 2-mercaptoimidazole and 2-mercaptobenzimidazole and was based on a hole transport layer relying on a self-assembled monolayer.

Crash test for lightweight 4-seater solar cars

Researchers at the University of Bologna carried out crash simulations to qualify a novel solar powered 350 kg passenger vehicle for the next edition of the 3,000 km Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC) across the Australian continent.

Renewables must triple by 2030 to hit net-zero by 2050, says BloombergNEF

BloombergNEF says in a new report that solar and wind must drive most emissions cuts before 2030 to stay on track for net-zero by 2050. Its net-zero scenario targets a combined solar and wind capacity of 31 TW by 2050.

Manufacturing

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Australia targets 20% market share with domestic solar module manufacturing

Australian Energy Minister Chris Bowen says the federal government’s AUD 1 billion ($662.2 million) Solar Sunshot initiative could lead to domestic production covering 20% of the nation’s PV panel needs by the end of the decade.

Pahal Solar offers 595 W TOPCon bifacial solar panel with 23.03% efficiency

India’s Pahal Solar has launched n-type tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) glass-backsheet modules with peak power outputs of 560 W to 595 W and efficiency ratings ranging from 21.68% to 23.03%.

Photovoltaics for evaporative cooling greenhouses

Researchers in Niger have proposed to use photovoltaic energy to power the operations of evaporative cooling greenhouses. The proposed experimental solution uses locally made pads and is reportedly able to compete with commercial counterparts.

EPFL unveils perovskite-silicon tandem solar cell with certified efficiency of 30.9%

The tandem solar cell is based on a perovskite top cell treated with an additive known as 2,3,4,5,6-pentafluorobenzylphosphonic acid (pFBPA), which reportedly improves its power conversion efficiency and fill factor. The tandem device also integrates a bottom heterojunction silicon cell made with a 190-μm-thick, 2 Ω.cm, n-type, float-zone, shiny-etched monocrystalline wafer.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: CNOOC buys 790 MW of modules at $0.12/W

China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) says it has bought 790 MW of solar modules from Yingli at $0.12/W through a procurement process.

Improving PV module performance with thermoelectric heat storage based on PCM

Scientists in China have fabricated a prototype of a PV system integrating phase change materials, a thermoelectric generator and thermal collectors. The three technologies are intended to cool the solar panel and increase its power generation efficiency.

Energy Storage

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Enel, Energy Vault build 18 MW/36 MWh of US gravity storage

Energy Vault and Enel have revealed plans to build 18 MW/36 MWh of gravity storage in the United States. They say that the project will be the first large-scale gravity energy storage in a Western country.

Amp Energy finalizes agreements for 10 GW green hydrogen project

Amp Energy is pushing “full steam ahead” on the development of a green hydrogen production facility with up to 10 GW of electrolyzer capacity in South Australia, after finalizing commercial agreements for the multimillion-dollar project.

Israel to deploy 250 MW of floating solar, agrivoltaics

The Israeli authorities have proposed a plan to deploy 250 MW of floating solar and agrivoltaics through four PV plants in the Negev Desert near Ramon Airport.

The Hydrogen Stream: Jera to invest up to $13 billion in hydrogen, ammonia by 2035

Japanese power generator Jera says it aims to take the lead in developing the global hydrogen & ammonia value chain with about 7 million tons of handling volume, while Cepsa reveals it is moving forward with its green hydrogen plans in Spain.

Daewoo releases hybrid battery-inverters for residential PV

Daewoo’s new hybrid inverters feature LiFePO4 batteries. They are available in six variants, with power ratings ranging from 0.5 kVA to 10 kVA.

Hybrid hydrogen-battery system for off-grid PV-powered homes

Conceived by a Dutch research group, the proposed system is intended to store surplus renewable electricity via hydrogen generation and battery storage, with the latter being used only when hydrogen generation is not immediately available. Despite its high initial costs, the system can reportedly offer stable operation.

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