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Weekend Read: Thin prospects

The production of PV ingots and wafers remains the most highly concentrated of all the production stages in the silicon solar supply chain. Yet efforts to re-establish production in Europe and the United States are not for the faint-hearted.
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Partners to develop 540 MW floating wind-solar plant in Italy

SolarDuck, Green Arrow Capital, and New Developments have agreed to develop an offshore hybrid project featuring 120 MWp of PV and 420 MW of wind in Calabria, Italy.
Energy Storage

The Hydrogen Stream: FIA bets on liquid hydrogen

Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) has reaffirmed its commitment to hydrogen car development, PT PLN has started producing green hydrogen in Indonesia, and OMV Petrom has agreed to build 55 MW of green hydrogen production capacity in Romania.
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Alberta lifts moratorium on renewable energy projects

The government of the Canadian province of Alberta has announced plans to ban new renewables projects on high-quality agricultural land and within a 35 km radius of areas with pristine views, following a nearly seven-month pause on approvals for such ins...
Energy Storage

Rolls-Royce to supply 160 MWh of battery storage to Latvian grid operator

The two grid-scale battery energy storage systems will be connected in autumn 2025, aiding Latvia’s synchronization with the continental European power grid. 
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Italian startup offers roll-to-roll process for organic solar panels

Ribes Tech, a spinoff of the Italian Institute of Technology, has established a roll-to-roll process to produce organic photovoltaic modules that it says can be expanded to enable volume production of PV modules for indoor sensors, trackers, and electron...
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PV Expo Tokyo 2024: Lightweight solar modules, agri-PV and big storage aims

PV Expo Tokyo 2024, Japan's main solar industry event, has concluded with record numbers, innovative products, and new trends. Storage auctions and new rules for power purchase agreements (PPAs) are driving the market to new spaces, as project developers...
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Chinese PV Industry Brief: Daqo reports revenue drop due to lower selling prices

Daqo increased polysilicon production volume in 2023 to 197,831 MT, representing a 47.8% year-over-year increase compared to 133,812 MT produced in 2022.

Press Releases

JinkoSolar provides 6MWh liquid cooling ESS in Taishan

JinkoSolar has provided 6MWh liquid cooling energy storage systems for a 6MW/6MWh project in Beidou, Taishan City, Guangdong province.

LONGi and ATP Tour continue to partner for a sustainable future

Doha, Qatar, February 27, 2024 – LONGi is delighted to confirm the continuation of its partnership with tennis’ ATP Tour, reinforcing the two parties’ ongoing shared commitment to developing sustainability, combining LONGi's cutting-edge solar and hydrogen solutions with the Tour's ambition of promoting a sustainable future through its global tournaments.

Innova acquires 21.6MWp solar site in Bedworth from Industria Brand Energy

On 28th February, Innova successfully acquired Bedworth Solar, a 21. 6MWp renewable energy site, from Industria Brand Energy (IBE).

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Solar producers across Northern Asia miss out on El Nino generation bump

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that solar producers in several provinces of Central China benefited from clearer than normal conditions in December and particularly February, bringing up the average to 20% more than expected. Furthermore, Solcast analysis reveals that, during the same periodo, Korea and Southern Japan saw consistently cloudier conditions than in normal years, decreasing irradiance and solar potential across the region.

Module prices steady as market mulls price hikes

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.

Why the EU should avoid PV protectionism

Rather than pondering the introduction of trade measures against solar imports, Europe should be pragmatic about its short-term reliance on Asian panels while moving now to nurture and incentivize a domestic supply chain of the future.

Hope at the end of turbulence

Growing demand for solar products is colliding with the hesitant shipment strategies of manufacturers, according to pvXchange’s Martin Schachinger.

Saharan dust drops irradiance across Europe

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that Saharan dust carried by Atlantic winds passed over Europe via the Iberian Peninsula. This caused irradiance drop particularly in Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands and Germany.

Solar cell prices hold steady as market weighs feasibility of increasing 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.

Markets & Policy

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Photovoltaics for refrigerated warehouses

Scientists in China have analyzed the performance of PV-driven refrigeration warehouses and have found they can ensure stable operation thanks to a refrigeration coefficient of performance of up to 2.66.

Indian government approves $9 billion rebate scheme for residential PV

India’s residential rooftop solar scheme provides central financial assistance (CFA) equating to 60% of system costs for 2 kW systems and 40% of the additional costs for systems between 2 kW and 3 kW of capacity. The CFA will be capped at 3 kW.

1komma5° acquires Australia’s Arkana Energy

German solar tech developer 1komma5° has strengthened its presence in the Australian market with the acquisition of Arkana Energy Group.

Utility-scale PV cheapest power source in Asia Pacific, says WoodMac

Wood Mackenzie says the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) in the Asia-Pacific region hit an all-time low in 2023, as utility-scale PV beat coal to become the cheapest power source. It predicts a further drop in costs for new-build solar projects, driven by falling module prices and oversupply from China.

BayWa, Ampt add solar to wind-flow battery project without own inverters

BayWa re and Ampt, in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT), have developed an innovative and technically challenging hybrid system featuring 690 kWp of rooftop and ground-mounted PV, a 2 MW wind turbine, and a 10 MWh flow-battery energy storage system.

Polysilicon shipments into China fall to lowest level since 2011

Bernreuter Research says the volume of polysilicon shipments into China dropped 28.5% year on year in 2023 to the lowest level since 2011. It predicts that imports could fall by another 40% this year.

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Zendure offers PV-plus-storage solution for balconies

US startup Zendure says its new AIO 2400 package includes two solar panels with power outputs of 800 W, an 800 W microinverter, a 2.4 kWh plug-and-play storage system, and a management platform.

Pneumatic PV facade with solar trackers

A group of researchers in Germany has designed a novel PV façade using two actuators that allow bending in two directions. The PV functionalization of FlectoSol aims for an energy self-sufficient shading system.

Serbia to auction at least 400 MW of wind, solar

The Serbian government plans to launch its second renewables auction this year in a bid to procure at least 400 MW of wind and solar power.

Solar at ‘twice the natural capacity factor of the sun’

Eland Solar 2 and Skeleton Creek are two high-capacity factor renewable power plants moving through development.

Aerocompact releases new portrait mounting system

Austrian manufacturer Aerocompact has developed the SN2 Q PLUS solar mounting system, which can support PV modules measuring up to 1,310 mm x 2,500 mm. It has an installation angle of between 5 degrees and 10 degrees.

India launches 1.2 GW wind-solar hybrid tender

Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI) has started accepting bids to build 1.2 GW of wind-solar hybrid power projects on a build-own-operate basis anywhere in India. The projects must be connected to the interstate transmission system (ISTS). Bidding closes on March 29.

Technology

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Scientists describe anti-soiling performance mechanisms in solar glass

Laboratory and outdoor soiling experiments conducted in Saudi Arabia have shown that increased particle resuspension by wind is one of the dominant factors for high anti-soiling performance in photovoltaic glass.

MIT research provides roadmap to perovskite passivation

Research teams have developed methods for perovskite passivation, but there hasn’t been a clear understanding of how the process works. A new Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) study provides details on how to passivate the material’s surface so the perovskite no longer degrades so rapidly or loses efficiency.

New copper antimony sulphide solar cell design promises 16.17% efficiency

A group of researchers has made another attempt to design solar cells based on non-toxic and earth-abundant copper antimony sulfide. The proposed cell architecture is the result of the optimization of the device’s layer thicknessess.

REC launches 430 W heterojunction solar module with 22.2% efficiency

REC has developed a new series of residential heterojunction solar panels with efficiencies ranging from 20.6% to 22.2% and an operating temperature coefficient of -0.24% per degree Celsius.

U.S. startup offers solar kit for VIPV applications

Worksport, a U.S. technology company, has announced a protective cover for pickup trucks fitted with solar PV modules. The kit includes a battery and an inverter and is meant to be a portable power source for leisure activities, such as camping, or as a temporary backup to recharge electronics or small appliances during power outages.

New method to repair ribbon busbar interruptions in PV panels

A Spanish research team has developed a set of techniques to repair ribbon busbar interruptions in PV panels without resorting to expensive electroluminescence images. The scientists warned that the proposed approach should not be used with modules that did not pass some basic safety tests.

Manufacturing

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Sunova Solar announces 9 GW cell factory in China

Sunova Solar’s new cell manufacturing facility produces 182 mm, 199 mm and 210 mm TOPCon cells. At full capacity, the facility is expected to produce approximately 36,000 high-efficiency modules per day.

Improving silicon solar cell performance with aluminum-doped polysilicon passivating contacts

An international research group has developed a novel technique enabling the creation of contacts at low temperatures. The novel contact types are reportedly able to enhance cell efficiency by up to 3%.

Longi develops flexible heterojunction solar cell with 26.06% efficiency

The Chinese module manufacturer led an international research team seeking silicon material savings and efficiency gains in the development of heterojunction PV devices. The cell achieved a certified power conversion efficiency of 26.06% with a thickness of 57 μm, with Germany’s Institute for Solar Energy Research confirming the result.

New approach to improve MPPT in partially shaded PV systems operating at high temperatures

The novel methodology is reportedly able to track global maximum power point and reduce power losses in partially shaded PV systems by up to 33%. It uses a backstepping controller (BSC) algorithm to adjust the pulse width modulation signal and a genetic algorithm to compute the BSC gains to achieve an optimal PV system outcome.

Cadmium telluride solar cell based on indium gallium oxide emitter achieves 17.2%

Developed by the University of Toledo, the cell achived the highest efficiency ever reported for flexible cadmium telluride solar cells to date. The device reached an open-circuit voltage of 861 mV, a short-circuit density of 27.8 mA/cm2, and a fill factor of 71.7%.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: Canadian Solar, Aiko Solar to build new factories

Canadian Solar says its new 14 GW vertically integrated cell and module factory will require an investment of CNY 9.63 billion ($1.33 billion), while Aiko Solar says it will invest CNY 9.97 billion in a 10 GW facility.

Energy Storage

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The Hydrogen Stream: First hydrogen coach ready for mass-production

GCK Mobility has secured French government approval for the first homologation of a hydrogen-retrofitted coach for series production, while Forvia and Air Liquide have agreed with FAW Jiefang to equip heavy-duty trucks with liquid hydrogen storage systems in China.

EDF to develop 3 GWh pumped hydro project in Australia

The Australian arm of French energy giant EDF Group has acquired and agreed to co-develop the proposed 300 MW/3 GWh Dungowan pumped hydro energy storage project in New South Wales, Australia.

Global atlas for pumped hydro at mining sites

The researchers that created the atlas considered mining pits, pit lakes and tailings ponds within mining sites and located nearby reservoirs. The selected sites have a potential storage capacity of 30 TWh.

Energy Vault starts building green hydrogen storage project

Energy Vault has begun construction on a 293 MWh green hydrogen and battery storage facility within utility Pacific Gas & Electric’s service territory in northern California.

Spain announces €750 million incentive scheme for clean-tech manufacturing

Spain’s government has submitted a new incentive scheme to a public consultation. It is designed to support the development of a clean-tech supply chain in the country, including the production of batteries.

PVT-assisted heat pump for residential water heating

A group of scientists in China has designed a residential heat pump system with a potential cofficient of performance of 4.271 at -5 C. The system is reportedly able to adjust the required pressures based on solar irradiance intensity and ambient temperature

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