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Commercial perovskite solar modules at SNEC 2024 trade show

China's Utmo Light showcased its first full perovskite PV module at this week’s SNEC PV trade fair in Shanghai, underscoring the technology's ongoing shift toward commercialization.
Energy Storage

French startup unveils plug-and-play PV

France's Sunology says its new Play Max system is "the world's first plug-and-play station with an integrated modular battery."

Solum launches new PV pavement

Solum has developed the Arena solar panel, which serves as anti-slip flooring for roofs and terraces. The manufacturer says it is as efficient as conventional PV modules, with a calculated return on investment in four years in Spain.

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Markets & Policy

Argentina’s Genneia to build 273 MW of solar

Genneia has announced a joint investment of $250 million with the provincial government of Mendoza to develop 273 MW of solar projects in the departments of Malargüe and Luján de Cuyo, Argentina.

Soltec launches specially designed floating PV tracker

Soltec has developed a floating PV tracker with pumps in the central tank for mobility and ballast, enabling operation in wind gusts above 100 km/h.

Zirconium-doped indium oxide electrodes for heterojunction solar cells

A research team including scientists from Italian module manufacturer 3Sun has tested new zirconium-doped indium oxide electrodes in commercial heterojunction solar modules. The new electrodes reportedly achieve the same performance as their counterparts...

JinkoSolar hits highest conversion efficiency with 182 mm TOPCon module

JinkoSolar says its 182 mm tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) solar module has achieved a conversion efficiency of 25.42%.

Rectangular wing vortex generators for solar module cooling

University of New South Wales researchers have created vortex generators that can reportedly reduce the operating solar module temperature by up to 2.5 C. They built two different prototypes, based on aluminum and a conductive 3D printable polymer, and t...

Press Releases

JinkoSolar’s 182 mm TOPCon Module Reaches Highest Conversion Efficiency of 25.42%

SHANGRAO, China, June 11, 2024 -- JinkoSolar, one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world, today announced a significant breakthrough in the development of its N-type TOPCon solar module.

Dyness Set to Make Waves at Intersolar Europe 2024 with Breakthrough Energy Storage Solution

Dyness, a global innovator in energy storage system solutions, is thrilled to announce its participation in Intersolar Europe 2024, a premier global event for the solar industry. The exhibition will be held from June 19th to 21st at Messe München in Germany.

Hanersun Wins PVBL “World’s Top 100 Solar PV Brands” and More Industry Awards

On June 11, Hanersun attended the 9th Annual Century Photovoltaic Conference and the 12th Global PV Brand Rankings Announcement Ceremony, co-hosted by Century New Energy Network and Photovoltaic Brand Lab (PVBL). At the conference, Hanersun won three awards as "World's Top 100 Solar PV Brands," "Best Solar PV Brand Promotion Award," and "Fastest Growing Company in Global PV&ES Industry," highlighting its steady growth, innovative strength, and excellent brand reputation.

Growatt inverter series now approved in Austria

Friedrichsdorf, Germany - Growatt, a leading global provider of decentralized energy solutions, is pleased to announce the approval and inclusion in the Österreich Energie inverter list for its three-phase inverter series for the Austrian market. The MID 11-30KTL3-XH and MOD 3-15KTL3-XH models are newly approved alongside the already approved SPH 4000-10000TL3 BH-UP.

Opinion & Analysis


‘Addressing the gender gap requires a bottom-up approach, beginning with recognition and regulation’

This week, Women in Solar Europe (WiSEu) gives voice to Giorgia Epicoco, Senior EU Affairs Manager | Sustainability Lead at Huawei. She believes that the renewable energy sector is now poised to welcome a growing number of talented female professionals in technical, sales, marketing, operations, logistics, and public affairs roles. "However, reaching top-level positions isn’t feasible for everyone, and this is where skills development becomes crucial," she warned.

Western Europe cloudy while East sees solar gains in May

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that, thanks to warm temperatures and relatively sunny skies, Finland and Sweden had irradiance up to 30%, which unusually resulted in higher total irradiance than the more southerly UK and France. On the other side of the Baltic Sea, Poland, the Baltic States, and neighbouring countries also experienced irradiance up to 30% above the long-term average.

Solar cell prices hold steady in quiet market

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.

IEC lays ground for flexible silicon solar module standards

In its second monthly column for pv magazine, the IEC highlights the research on flexible crystalline silicon solar cells led by researcher Zhengxin Liu, the Vice Chair of IEC Technical Committee 82, which prepares standards for solar PV energy systems.

‘I worked in notably biassed teams, both in terms of gender and age’

This week, Women in Solar Europe (WiSEu) gives voice to María Santa María, Head of Projects at BayWa r.e. Iberia. She says that diversity and Inclusion are worth the central stage in a company’s hiring practices and board representation. She also claims that organizations and industry stakeholders have lots to gain by explicitly and outspokenly prioritizing equity and inclusion to create a more inclusive environment for women and other underrepresented groups.

Gulf heat dome and polar jet stream shape solar outcomes in May

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that a strong polar jet stream and a record-breaking heat dome in May resulted in a stark contrast in irradiance patterns across North America. The western and central USA, along with Mexico, experienced higher than normal irradiance, while the Gulf and East Coast regions faced lower irradiance.

Markets & Policy


Europe says China’s EV value chain benefits from unfair subsidies

The European Union plans to impose tariffs of up to 38% on battery electric vehicles (BEVs) from China, as an ongoing investigation into imports has shown that the value chain benefits from unfair subsidies.

AleaSoft notes electricity price increases in most European markets

Weekly electricity prices increased in all major European markets last week, except for the British and Nordic markets, according to AleaSoft Energy Forecasting.

Modular solar solution helps mining operation shift to renewables

Modular solar specialist 5B’s pre-assembled and relocatable Maverick solar solution has been unfolded in another off-grid hybrid renewable energy project as the decarbonisation of Australia’s mining sector continues.

More states in the U.S. now require smart inverters, enabling more distributed solar

Pennsylvania and Minnesota have joined six other states in requiring smart inverters for distributed solar and storage. Certain utilities in 13 states and Puerto Rico also require smart inverters, while six states are considering the requirement. Smart inverters enable more solar on distribution circuits.

Australian developer opts for longer battery duration to boost project economics

Renewables developer Frontier Energy has boosted the storage duration of its 80 MW Waroona Renewable battery by 12% to 4.5 hours

European battery market growth to drop off amid falling electricity prices

The latest analysis from SolarPower Europe reveals that, in 2023, Europe installed 17.2 GWh of new battery energy storage systems (BESS), up from up from 8.8 GW in 2022. While this marks the third consecutive year of doubling the annual market, much slower growth is expected in the years to come.



Heliatek develops lightweight organic PV module for low load-bearing roofs, facades

German organic PV manufacturer Heliatek has announced a new series of lightweight modules. The Heliasol 436-2000-CFE-45-600V panels are IEC 61215 and IEC 61730 certified and have a 20-year lifetime warranty.

Solar farm under construction at Dublin Airport

Irish renewables developer Enerpower has started building a 9 MW solar array at Dublin Airport. The project is expected to generate more than 10% of the airport’s electricity needs once it is completed.

Austria adds 500 MW of PV in Q1

Austria’s Federal Association of Photovoltaics (PV Austria) says the nation added 500 MW of new solar capacity in the first quarter, driven by investments in private rooftop PV systems benefiting from a value-added tax (VAT) exemption.

Jordan launches tender for solar energy systems

The Jordanian government has launched a tender for 3 kW solar energy systems for homes of National Aid Fund beneficiaries. The deadline for applications is July 4.

Warehouse rooftop solar, batteries could unlock 28 GW in Australia

Nexa Advisory says sluggish rooftop solar and battery storage uptake by businesses in the Australian state of New South Wales points to a 7 GW missed opportunity, and 28 GW nationally.

Home office, schooling helped distributed PV address duck curve challenge during Covid-19 crisis

New research from the United Kingdom shows how during the Covid-19 crisis homeowners relying on PV and storage were able to considerably reduce grid electricity reliance, while increasing self-consumption rates. The analysis included 100 houses equipped with solar arrays ranging in output from 1.71 kW to 4.86 kW and batteries ranging from 2.5 kW to 3.3 kW.



Optimized antimony trisulfide solar cells may reach 11.68% efficiency

An international research group has analyzed the most important barriers preventing antimony trisulfide solar cells from reaching satifsfying power conversion efficiencies and has suggested a series of optimization parameters that could get them closer to commercial production.

West Virginia researchers to deploy agrivoltaics on small cattle farms

Researchers from West Virginia University have secured $1.6 million from the US Department of Energy to install and assess the benefits of agrivoltaics on small cattle farms.

BASF, NGK launch sodium-sulfur battery with less than 1% degradation rate

A set of technological improvements incorporated into the new product NAS MODEL L24 allows for lower maintenance costs compared to the earlier sodium sulfur battery type developed by the two manufacturers.

Weather-related damage to solar assets exceed modeling expectations by 300%

The report from kWh Analytics, with input from several industry leaders, identified 14 risks to be aware of in the solar industry, including risks related to extreme weather, such as hail, and operational risks.

Agrivoltaics for apricots

French developer Solveo Energies has developed a 247 kW agrivoltaic facility spread across 3,500 m2. The system features trackers controlled by the Cultiveo Dynamique algorithm, to protect an apricot farm in Pyrénées-Orientales, France.

Concentrator photovoltaic module based on surface mount technology

A research group in Canada has optimized the performance of concentrator photovoltaics by using the so-called surface-mount technology for thermal management. The CPV module prototype utilizes four non-interconnected III-V germanium cells, a Fresnel lens, and a transparent glass printed-circuit board.



JA Solar takes top spot on WoodMac’s list of PV module manufacturers

Wood Mackenzie says that JA Solar has taken first place on its list of solar panel manufacturers. Nine of the first 12 positions are held by Chinese manufacturers, seven of them could surpass 100 GW of capacity by 2027, and eight are self-sufficient in cell capacity, according to the research firm.

Perovskite-silicon tandem solar cell treated with n-Butanol achieves 29.4% efficiency

Researchers in China have built a tandem-perovskite solar cell with a top perovskite device based on an absorber treated with n-butanol, which reportedly reduces the detrimental effects of moisture in manufacturing processes carried out in air environment. The result is a tandem cell with improved charge collection.

U.S. solar trade case moves forward

The U.S. International Trade Commission unanimously voted that solar cell manufacturing in Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, supported by local incentives, is harming U.S. industry. This decision paves the way for the Commerce Department to finalize its determinations on countervailing duties by July 18 and anti-dumping duties by October 1.

Philippines opens nation’s biggest solar-powered irrigation system

The authorities in the Philippines have inaugurated the country’s largest solar-powered irrigation system, featuring more than 1,000 solar panels and two submersible pumps. The system benefits over 200 farmers and is the first of its kind to be constructed over an irrigation canal, preserving farming land.

Standard Energy prepares 3 GW silicon wafer, 3 GW PV cell factory in Thailand

Standard Energy, a subsidiary of Singapore’s GSTAR Group, says the first batch of equipment has arrived at its new 3 GW silicon wafer and 3 GW solar cell smart factory in Thailand. Production is expected to commence in July.

Canary Islands to host hybrid storage project for synchronous grid-forming

Elewit, the tech platform of Spain’s Red Eléctrica de España (REE), has revealed plans to build a hybrid storage project in the Canary Islands, featuring an 18.8 MVA virtual synchronous compensator and a 16 MW hybrid solution based on ultracapacitors.

Energy Storage


Solarwatt presents DC version of Battery flex PV storage system

Solarwatt says it has developed a DC version of its Battery flex PV storage system. The new version offers backup power and is optimized for the Steca SolBrid hybrid inverter.

The Hydrogen Stream: India launches green ammonia auction

As the state-owned SECI launches a reverse auction to purchase 539,000 metric tonnes of green ammonia a year, Yara officially opened its 24 MW renewable hydrogen plant at Herøya, Norway.

Australia adds 9.6 GWh pumped hydro project to pipeline

The pipeline of pumped hydro storage projects in the Australian state of Queensland continues to grow, with Victoria-based renewables company BE Power announcing plans to develop an 800 MW/9.6 GWh project at Mount Alma near Gladstone.

State Grid commissions 1.4 GW of pumped hydro storage in China

State Grid Corp. of China says it has finalized a pumped-hydro storage project consisting of four reversible pump-turbine generator units, each with a capacity of 350 MW. It is located near Xiamen, in China’s Fujian province.

Volkswagen enters C&I energy storage business with Elli

The Volkswagen Group has announced its entry into a new business segment with its charging and energy brand Elli. It will develop massive industrial battery energy storage systems, including initial 350 MW/700 MWh projects already in its pipeline.

India’s JSW Energy starts construction of 1 GWh battery storage

JSW Energy has started construction work for its 1 GWh battery energy storage project in India, marking its foray into energy storage services. The company is also spearheading the development of India’s largest commercial-scale green hydrogen project in India.

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