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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.
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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.
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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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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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Nigeria to deploy 250 MW of distributed solar

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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.
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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.
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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.

Press Releases

DAS Solar Selects in Forbes China with Unicorn Status in 2023

Forbes China recently released a list of new unicorn companies in China. With N-type technology and stable, sustainable business operations, DAS Solar was successfully selected in the list.

European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics elects new members to its Steering Committee

On 22 May 2024, the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) Steering Committee met to discuss the platform’s latest activities and elect new members. The meeting took place in advance of the ETIP PV’s 2024 Annual Conference in Brussels.

Production Equipment Arrived at Hanersun Anhui PVESS Manufacturing Base

Hanersun's PV and energy storage integrated manufacturing base received its first shipment of top-tier production equipment. It not only marks the final steps before the facility commission, but also represent the company’s next leap in "Smart Manufacturing 4.

Hopewind Emphasizes Commitment to Sustainability and Innovation in 2023 ESG Report

Hopewind has released its 2023 ESG Report. The report demonstrates the company's unwavering dedication to sustainable development across environmental, social, and governance dimensions.

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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.

Competition, oversupply to reduce n-type solar module prices

Global solar demand will continue to grow in 2024, with module demand likely to reach 492 GW to 538 GW. Amy Fang, a senior analyst at InfoLink, looks at module demand and supply chain inventories in a market still affected by oversupply.

Solar and wind generation will soon pass nuclear, hydro

In a new monthly column for pv magazine, the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) explains how solar and wind are dominating power plant construction.

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Alcazar Energy Partners secures $490 million for second renewables fund

Alcazar Energy Partners has reached financial close, totaling $490 million, for its second renewable energy fund. It aims to develop more than 1.6 GW of clean energy projects across selected emerging markets, including the western Balkans.

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.

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.

Tender opens for feasibility study on floating solar in Zambia

The African Development Bank is seeking expressions of interest from consultants to carry out a feasibility study for a floating solar project at a dam in southern Zambia. The deadline for applications is June 15.

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.

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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.

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.

Analysis shows large-scale PV still cheapest electricity tech in Australia

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) GenCost report shows renewables remain the cheapest new-build electricity technology in Australia.

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.

Technology

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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.

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%.

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.

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.

NREL-led consortium releases PV reliability forecasting tools

The Durable Module Materials consortium (DuraMAT) announced in its latest annual report the availability of new PV forecasting tools, and new research results towards the goal of more reliable PV modules.

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.

Manufacturing

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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.

Silfab Solar secures funds to develop US-made back-contact n-type PV cells

Silfab Solar is one of seven recipients of US Department of Energy (DoE) funding for projects that will rely on dual-use PV technologies to electrify buildings, decarbonize the transportation sector, and reduce land-use conflicts.

Carbon-based perovskite solar cell without hole transport layer achieves 14.15% efficiency

Researchers in China have outlined a new surface engineering strategy to build low-cost solar cells without a hole transport layer. The devices were treated with benzoylcholine halide to reduce non-radiation recombination and achieved remarkable efficiency and stability.

Chinese Academy of Sciences presents new way to assess HJT solar modules

Researchers in China have developed a model to predict lifetimes of heterojunction (HJT) modules made with ultraviolet cut-off polyolefin elastomer (POE) encapsulant. The approach considers factors such as temperature, humidity and UV irradiation.

All-perovskite tandem PV cell based on carboranes hits 27.2% efficiency

Researchers have developed a thermal regulation strategy to improve the performance of inverted tin-lead perovskite tech for all-perovskite tandem solar cells. It has an efficiency of 23.4% and contributed to a 27.2% efficiency in a tandem cell while ensuring stability.

New dates, rules for 2025 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge has announced a new set of dates for for the 2025 edition of its unique 3,000 km solar car race across the Australian continent, along with some regulation changes.

Energy Storage

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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.

The Hydrogen Stream: Adnoc delivers low-carbon ammonia to Japan

Adnoc has delivered the world’s first certified bulk commercial shipment of low-carbon ammonia to a client in Japan, while Plug Power has agreed to supply a 3 GW electrolyzer in Australia.

Leapton Energy launches 20.48 kWh residential battery

Japan’s Leapton Energy has developed EH-A05, a 20.48 kWh residential battery featuring storage capacities starting at 5.12 kWh, with lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries.

Key takeaways from the German-African Energy Forum

The 17th edition of the German-African Energy Forum in Hamburg this week drew more than 300 participants from over 30 countries. The continent’s green energy transition and how to finance it were among the topics on the agenda.

World’s largest compressed air energy storage project comes online in China

Zhongchu Guoneng Technology Co., Ltd. (ZCGN) has switched on the world’s largest compressed air energy storage project in China. The $207.8 million energy storage power station has a capacity of 300 MW/1,800 MWh and uses an underground salt cave.

Origin Energy unveils plans for 2 GWh battery in Australia

Australian energy giant Origin Energy has revealed plans to build what could be the biggest battery energy storage system (BESS) in the state of Queensland, as it continues the expansion of its renewable energy generation and storage portfolio.

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