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Larsen & Toubro wins 185 MW/254 MWh solar-plus-storage project in India

Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has secured a contract to build a 185 MW grid-connected solar project and a 254 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) in Bihar, India.
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Chinese joint venture to build 100 MW ‘semi-agrivoltaic’ plant in Bangladesh

A Bangladeshi-Chinese joint venture plans to build a 100 MW "semi-agrivoltaic" project in Madarganj, Bangladesh. The facility will produce green chilies, turmeric, and ginger.

Lithuania testing bifacial PV in noise barriers

Two pilot projects are integrating PV into noise barriers, one alongside a railway near Vilnius, and the other along the national E5 highway connecting the cities of Kaunas and Vilnius.

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Markets & Policy

Masdar buys out Greece’s Terna Energy in €3.2 billion deal

Masdar has agreed to acquire initially 67% of Greece’s Terna Energy, a developer of clean energy infrastructure, in a €3.2 billion ($3.4 billion) deal.
Markets & Policy

Australian capacity tender flooded with 40 GW of renewable energy projects

Australia’s first national Capacity Investment Scheme auction has been inundated with expressions of interest, with the federal government revealing that investors have tabled 40 GW of new renewable energy generation projects such as wind and solar.

Xing Mobility releases high-voltage battery

Xing Mobility has released its Immersi XE50 battery system designed for both renewable energy applications and commercial and residential uses. The Taiwan-based company says its solution is capable of reaching up to 1500V.

Spontaneous glass breakage on solar panels on the rise

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory noted an increase in spontaneous glass breakage in solar panels. The PV Module Index from the Renewable Energy Test Center investigates this and other glass-related trends in solar manufacturing.

Empowered by Midea, Hiconics exhibits ODM capabilities, new products at SNEC and Intersolar

In the global energy transition, green energy technology is gaining increasing attention. As the flagship bearer of Midea's green energy products, Hiconics demonstrated its latest products at the SNEC and Intersolar exhibitions, and further highlighted i...

Press Releases

CATL is expanding and strengthening its presence in the Middle East and Israel’s Energy Storage market by signing a 4 GWH long-term supply agreement signifying a long-term relationship with a leading Israeli integrator BLEnergy!

In addition, as part of BLEnergy's international expansion strategy, CATL and BLEnergy are expanding their partnership beyond Israel and the Middle East as well, mainly concentrating on the growing European storage market.

HYXiPOWER Showcases Full Product Matrix at 2024SNEC, Pursuing Smart and Green Productivity

"I was surprised at how straightforward the installation of microinverters was, and even a greenhand like me can easily manage it. " Xia, a college student majoring in electrical engineering, expressed his enthusiasm at HYXiPOWER's booth, holding his newly assembled microinverter.

Runergy’s vertical integration helps it achieve supply chain traceability

Adapting to market volatility, Runergy transitioned from its start as a technical services provider to establishing a vertically integrated industrial chain. Tang Jun, President of Runergy, explains how this strategy is good not only for the company, but for the industry as a whole

Trinasolar spotlighted all-scenario smart PV and energy storage solutions at SNEC 202

Trinasolar showcased a comprehensive portfolio of utility scale, commercial and industrial, and residential products, including solar PV modules, mounting structures, and energy storage at this year’s SNEC, one of the largest exhibitions for the energy industry and the leading global solar trade fair held in Shanghai from 13th-15th June 2024.

Opinion & Analysis


European solar generation takes a hit from ongoing Saharan dust event

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that a low-pressure system over the Mediterranean led to a significant dust transport event, affecting solar generation across Europe throughout the week. Weak low pressure in the Mediterranean set up southerly winds from Saharan Africa across the Mediterranean into Europe, drawing dust into Italy and southern France. High-pressure ridging from the Atlantic introduced westerly winds, pushing the dust around the north of the Alps into southern Germany.

Polysilicon prices stable, market concerns persist over worst-case scenario

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.

‘With ownership, we can truly enable diversity and prosperity across the industry’

This week, Women in Solar Europe (WiSEu) gives voice Johanna Snickars, Chief Communications Officer & Brand Officer at Alight Energy. She says cimbing the traditional career ladder was a fun, challenging, and steep development curve. “I started to feel like I wanted to have a more purpose-driven job where I could see how my contributions made a positive impact on the world,” she also states.

Solar dimming and brightening, and PV power plant output performance

Reliable assessment of the local solar radiation resource is a major component of large-scale PV power plant project development and financing. This assessment is usually based on the assumption that the long-term average annual solar radiation from previous years is not significantly different from the expected future solar resource availability. In many areas of the globe, the solar radiation availability in 2023 was considerably higher (up to 10-12%) than the long-term average, and this might be overshadowing the fact that a large fraction of utility-scale PV power plants is undeperforming.

2024 Outlook: What could La Niña mean for US solar this year?

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, describes the possible consequences for PV plan and grid operators of a possible switch to La Niña conditions in North America. These conditions lead to more hurricanes, convection and cloudiness in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in decreased solar irradiance. In contrast, the Atlantic coast of the USA has historically seen up to 5-10% above-average irradiance during summer months in previous La Niña events.

‘I’m proud to work for a company led by a woman’

This week, Women in Solar Europe (WiSEu) gives voice to Aleksandra Gabryjalowicz-Watla, Head of Partnerships Wind & Solar Germanyat Statkraft Erneuerbare GmbH. She explains how being out “in the field” may mean more exposion to occasional opposition or bias, but she also says how to properly react to bias or even disrespect.

Markets & Policy

Trades against the machine

Large battery storage systems are taking on an increasing number of tasks in the German grid, meaning that the volume and speed of transactions can no longer be managed without computers. As a result, traders are working on algorithms to fully automate transactions.

Intersolar 2024: Day 3: Tecloman unveils Cubox mobile storage platform

Our pv magazine newshounds will be walking the floors for one last time in Munich today as Intersolar Europe 2024 winds down for another year.

Green Deal will remain after EU elections, just with different marketing, says analyst

In an interview with pv magazine, Linda Kalcher, executive director at European think tank Strategic Perspectives, described the possible consequences of the recent EU elections on the continent’s energy landscape. “Investors and businesses need security and predictability to thrive,” she said. “If cleantech is not manufactured here, the jobs and investments go to the US and China and a deindustrialisation looms. This cannot be in the interest of any politician,”

The Hydrogen Stream: Russian researchers propose hydrogen extraction from gas wells

While a team of Russian researchers proposed a novel approach to produce hydrogen directly in gas wells, Plug Power and CPH2 secure certification for the hydrogen systems.

Chinese customs seize PV modules suspected of intellectual property infringement

The detained panels were shipped by Canadian Solar and Sunova Solar to Europe and Latin America, respectively. The total value of the seized products amounts to over CNY 5 million.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: Akcome confirms delisting from the Shenzhen stock market

Akcome said the trading of its stocks will be suspended from June 19.



Noise-barrier integrated photovoltaics for highways, railways

A German research team is field testing new module concepts that can be integrated into noise barrier walls alongside roadways or railways. The hope is that some of the designs will emerge as cost-effective, power-generating solutions for application in newly constructed soundwalls, in retrofits, or in add-on projects.

Crop-responsive PV tracking system for greenhouses

An international consortium led by Israel-based Al-Zahrawi Society announced the first European installations of a multi-year project to test crop-responsive PV systems combined with carbon dioxide enrichment in greenhouses.

BESS, deep learning simulations: decrease in wholesale price variability

Donato Leo is the author of a study on the relationship between photovoltaics, batteries and wholesale energy prices in Italy. Leo’s deep learning simulations suggest changes in energy prices as installed battery capacity increases.

Intersolar Liveblog 2024: Ban-Ki Moon, Cate Blanchett at ‘We Choose Earth Tour’

Our pv magazine newshounds are walking the floors in Munich today to bring you all the developments at Intersolar Europe 2024.

Floating solar power in Brazil provides opportunity for hydroelectric power plants

The Itaipu hydroelectric power plant could almost double its generation capacity if it were to install a large floating solar plant that would occupy only 10% of its 1,350-square-kilometer reservoir area, according to an estimate released by the energy consulting and analysis firm PSR. The installation of floating PV could be an alternative to the repowering of power plants, although it faces regulatory and operational constraints.

German PV installations fell to 946 MW in May

The slight growth was mainly due to large commercial and ground-mounted systems. The Federal Network Agency also corrected new installation figures for April upwards from 1,040 to 1,177 MW.



Wavelabs unveils solar simulator for perovskite mini-modules

Wavelabs, a German testing equipment manufacturer. unveiled a new solar simulator suitable for perovskite and thin film mini-modules.

Researchers suggest using digested polymers for PV cell coatings, encapsulants

An international research team has proposed to use recyclable biomass-digested polymers as a material for PV coatings and encapsulants. The scientists developed a coating for PV cells that reportedly allows an increase in power output of up to 10%.

Thermal energy storage tech to bolster industry decarbonisation

Long duration energy storage developer MGA Thermal is one step closer to commissioning its behind-the-meter demonstration plant after receiving a $2.48 million windfall from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

GCL says perovskite solar module passes silicon degradation tests

At Intersolar Europe, the Chinese manufacturer also said the perovskite-silicon tandem module would cost 50% of a crystalline silicon module that costs $0.15 per W, meaning $0.075 per W.

Chinese manufacturer presents 200 Nm3/h alkaline electrolyzer at Intersolar

The Serie-C containerized alkaline water electrolysis hydrogen production system, developed by China’s CPU Hydrogen Power Technology, boasts a hydrogen production of 200 Nm3/h, or up to 428 kg/24hr, with a purity of up to 99.999%. It has been presented by Germany’s DCH Energy at Intersolar 2024.

Valmont Solar presents new tracking system

The manufacturer will release the system in Europe in early 2025. It is weld-free and supports single-string and multi-string configurations.



Intersolar: AP Systems presents single-phase hybrid inverter for balcony photovoltaics

Until now, balcony inverters were mostly simple micro inverters, with batteries integrated via MC4 connectors. A hybrid inverter should improve this situation.

Spanish startup Soletrax creates custom trackers for individual projects

The new Trxone, a single-row tracker with short independently tracked rows that are not subject to the tracking algorithm of the master row. The trackers are manufactured separately for each project.

Nextracker acquires solar foundation specialist Ojjo for $119 million

Ojjo makes a unique truss system that reportedly uses half the steel of a conventional foundation and a design that minimizes grading requirements.

Axial launches new dual-row tracker AxialTracker SlopeSync

The new tracker incorporates cardan joint technology along its main axis of rotation, which allows each section of torque tube to have a different inclination or slope while maintaining the continuity of the rotation and rotation of the PV modules.

Nextracker expands U.S. manufacturing with Unimacts

Owned by Unimacts and located near Las Vegas, the factory will produce steel components exclusively for Nextracker, bringing the tracker specialist’s annual domestic solar tracker capacity to over 30 GW.

India’s Gautam Solar showcases TOPCon glass-glass bifacial panels at Intersolar

Gautam Solar’s TOPCon glass-glass bifacial panels are available in power range of 580 Wp to 590 Wp with maximum efficiency up to 22.84%.

Energy Storage


Sivortex unveils Spanish PPA project that combines 100 MW PV and 200 MWh of liquid CO2

With a budget of €120 million, the largest such project in Europe would generate renewable energy through a PPA for shared self-consumption.

Australia: Drilling survey offers positive assessment for 120 GWh pumped hydro project

Plans to build a 5 GW/120 GWh pumped hydro energy storage system in Queensland’s Pioneer Valley have received a positive boost with geotechnical investigations revealing the site is ideally suited for dam and tunnel construction.

Tesla launches Powerwall 3 in UK & Germany

Almost ten years after the “Powerwall 1,” US EV giant Tesla has launched its home battery system, Powerwall 3, in the United Kingdom and Germany. The Powerwall 3 is being officially presented at The smarter E Europe this week.

U.S. grid-scale storage grows 84%, residential storage 48%

Wood Mackenzie reported large growth in Q1 year-over-year for grid-scale storage and residential storage in the USA, while commercial and industrial storage slowed.

Intersolar Liveblog 2024: SMA wins The smarter E Award for Sunny Central Flex platform

FRV to invest some $5 billion in 2 GW of green hydrogen capacity in Brazil

FRV is one of a number of companies that has already signed contracts with the Ceará government for the production of green hydrogen and its derivatives in the state. Its H2 Cumbuco project is set to expand to 2 GW of electrolyzer capacity in two phases. The project will use residual urban water treated by the local sanitation company.

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