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Fronius to cut 650 jobs

Austrian inverter maker Fronius has cut another 650 jobs due to high inverter inventories and no expected upturn.
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Trane launches all-in-one air-source modular multi-pipe heat pump

The Thermafit Air-Source Modular Multipipe heat pump uses R-454B as the refrigerant and has a size of 30 tons. The manufacturer said the system act as a chiller to cool the building, as a heat pump to heat the building, or as a heat recovery unit to deli...
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US residential solar down 20% in 2024

A recent webinar hosted by Roth Capital Partners looked at the health of the residential solar market and forecasts for next year.
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Dutch utility Eneco uses residential batteries for grid stress relief

Dutch energy supplier Eneco has partnered with local energy storage manufacturer Charged to trial the use of solar power stored in home batteries of customers with fixed and variable contracts in a bid to alleviate stress on the grid.
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South Africa commissions largest wheeling project to date

South Africa has commissioned its largest wheeling project, with SOLA Group supplying more than 200 MW of solar power to Tronox Mineral Sands via the Eskom network.
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Solar corporate funding hits $16.6 billion in H1

Corporate funding in the solar sector reached $16.6 billion in the first half of this year, according to Mercom Capital Group. It says most funding came via debt financing, as venture capital and public market financing fell.
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Portugal, Spain set records for daily solar energy production

AleaSoft Energy Forecasting says average electricity prices rose in all major European markets during the second week of July, with Spain and Portugal breaking their daily solar production records.
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TCL Zhonghuan-led consortium plans 20 GW ingot, wafer factory in Saudi Arabia

A subsidiary of TCL Zhonghuan Renewable Energy has signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) and Vision Industries to begin producing 20 GW of solar ingots and wafers per year in the country.

Press Releases

JA Solar Signs UN Women’s Empowerment Principles

JA Solar officially signed the UN Women's Empowerment Principles. The company will integrate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) into its own strategy and operations, identifying relevant sustainable development goals related to the company and its value chain, and actively responsive actions to accelerate progress.

JinkoSolar Secures Landmark Module Contract to Supply 150 MW to Power Algerian projects

JinkoSolar secured a 150MW PV module supply contract for Algeria's groundbreaking solar project initiative. This strategic win is a significant milestone in JinkoSolar's international expansion and commitment to delivering clean energy solutions.

Huasun Heterojunction Full-scenario Solution: For Desert Solar Plants

In response to growing global calls for renewable energy, photovoltaic (PV) power generation has garnered widespread recognition as a highly efficient and clean energy source. Desert areas, distinguished by their plentiful solar resources and vast land, are increasingly seen as optimal sites for PV power plant constructions, offering substantial environmental advantages.

Tongwei Speed! Europe’s First N-Type 210mm Large-Format Module PV Project Successfully Lands in the Netherlands

On 4th of July 2024, the Zonnepark-Dorst, a ground-mounted PV Power plant, supplied by Tongwei, was completed in the Netherlands. This marks the first N-type 210mm large-format module project built in Europe, all powered by Tongwei TNC-G12 66 modules.

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‘Early in my career, I had the tendency to behave and perform like a man’

This week, Women in Solar Europe (WiSEu) gives voice to Mary Riccio-Kjærgaard, CEO and owner of Danish PV installer Risskov Teknik & Solar Aps. She explains how the idea of leadership is still being negatively influenced by cultural stereotypes and says women can accomplish more and go further by simply being "female leaders."

Texas solar shines through Tropical Storm Beryl

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that the Tropical Storm Beryl caused a large but temporary dip in solar generation potential across Texas on July 8. However, cross-referencing with grid operator reports revealed that very little production went offline due to the storm, showing the resilience of Texas’ solar infrastructure.

Polysilicon prices stabilize at low levels amid market downturn

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.

Weather standstill limits European solar production in June

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that, while in June Western Europe experienced below-average irradiance, Eastern Europe and the Balkans in particular saw a notable increase, resulting from persistent and static weather patterns.

‘Mobile work policies are extremely beneficial for women’

This week, Women in Solar Europe (WiSEu) gives voice to Olga Kovalchuk, Head of Finance and Investment – Managing Director at Germany’s Goldbeck Solar. She says that the underrepresentation of women in STEM subjects affects the pipeline of women entering both the renewable and traditional energy sectors, though this is gradually improving with more targeted educational initiatives. “The gender pay gap is ever-present and, given how much pay is linked to performance in senior positions, the underrepresentation has a knock-on effect on the gender pay gap for the industry,” she stated.

Wafer prices stable-to-soft 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.

Markets & Policy

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Greece readies for next battery storage growth phase

Greece’s energy storage market is hot with a number of new policies paving the way to new applications in the market. The government is now working a new plan, which will allow the colocation of batteries with existing solar plants as well as standalone, in front of the meter battery energy storage systems.

Philippines switches on 64 MW solar project

Prime Solar Solutions Corp. has completed a 64 MW solar project in the eastern Philippines. It is one of two facilities by the company that will supply 128 MW per year combined.

Hungary refinances rebate scheme for residential solar

The Hungarian government is investing an additional HUF 30 billion ($83.9 million) into its HUF 75.8 billion rebate program for residential solar and storage systems. The scheme, which launched in January, is now expected to support more than 25,000 households.

Weiheng Ecactus releases high voltage lithium iron phosphate battery for residential PV

Weiheng Ecactus has unveiled its new Myrtillo battery system, with 4.99-29.9 kWh of capacity, giving users the flexibility to connect up to five units in parallel.

Germany deployed 7.55 GW of solar in H1

Germany installed more than 1.13 GW of new PV systems in June alone. Its cumulative installed PV capacity hit 90.2 GW at the end of the first half of this year.

India wraps up 1.2 GW solar, storage tender at average price of $0.041/kWh

Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI) has concluded a 1.2 GW solar and storage tender at an average price of $0.041/kWh, with Acme Solar Holdings, Hero Solar Energy, JSW Neo Energy, and Pace Digitek Infra emerging as winners.

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Solar nears 9% of US total electric generation capacity

A monthly energy infrastructure update from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) shows that solar accounted for nearly 80% of new capacity additions in May.

New fault detection techniques for air-to-air heat pumps

Portuguese researchers have compared several applied machine learning techniques to detect faults in air-to-air heat pumps in cooling mode. The results showed a high level of performance based on four metrics.

Mission Solar releases solar modules for C&I, utility-scale PV projects

Mission Solar has developed solar modules for C&I, utility-scale PV projects. The US manufacturer now offers large-format bifacial solar modules for bigger projects.

The Hydrogen Stream: Germany grants €4.6 billion to 23 green H2 projects

The German government has granted €4.6 billion ($5 billion) for 23 green hydrogen projects, while BP has revealed separate plans to develop a 100 MW green hydrogen installation in Germany.

Elastocalorics could replace heat pumps, air conditioning systems

Elastocalorics have the potential to replace current air conditioning and heating systems, offering significant energy savings when paired with technologies such as photovoltaics.

India launches hybrid solar-wind tender

Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI) has started accepting bids to set up 400 MW of hybrid wind-solar projects on a build-own-operate basis in India. Bidding closes on Aug. 6.

Technology

Singaporean startup achieves 22.6% efficiency for perovskite solar module

Singfilm Solar said the result was certified by China's National PV Industry Measurement and Testing Center (NPVM).

All indoor PV technologies at a glance

A review of indoor PV cell technologies by an international research team delves into recent progress, characterization, and design strategies used to develop highly efficient cells. The study presents 250 commercial and laboratory devices, as well as applications and performance reporting.

PV cell integrating molecular thermal storage tech achieves 14.9% solar utilization efficiency

Scientists in Sweden have integrated a PV device with a molecular solar thermal (MOST) energy storage system, which acts as as a solar cell optical filter and cooling agent. The proposed combination achieves a 0.2% higher PV efficiency and solar storage efficiency of 2.3%.

German researchers develop ‘communicative’ PV panels

A German research team is conducting practical tests to see how solar modules with integrated radio technology can be linked to form an overall network. The “communicative” panels should represent a simple and cost-effective solution for monitoring and controlling small-scale photovoltaic systems.

Transfer switch for home solar power integration

Nature’s Generator has released a 50-amp, 12-circuit switch to manually power up selected circuits from backup systems.

Enphase Energy releases EV charger for commercial fleets

Enphase Energy has developed an electric vehicle (EV) charger for commercial fleets. The CS-100 provides up to 19.2 kW of continuous power output and allows fleet operators to set up charging schedules using the Enphase proprietary COSMOS interface.

Manufacturing

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JinkoSolar-led group to build 10 GW solar cell, module factory in Saudi Arabia

A JinkoSolar-led consortium has announced plans to construct a 10 GW solar cell and module factory in Saudi Arabia with PIF and Vision Industries Company.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: Longi to mass-produce back contact solar cells

Longi has announced plans to produce its new hybrid passivated back contact (HPBC) 2.0 solar cells at a 12.5 GW facility in Xixian New Area, Shaanxi province.

Cybersecurity guidelines for smart inverters

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has flagged a cybersecurity risk for smart inverters, and is developing guidelines to prevent cyberattacks.

Energy management market to roughly double in Europe by 2030, says LCP Delta

New analysis from LCP Delta finds Germany is Europe’s top market for home energy management systems and predicts European yearly sales will more than double by the end of the decade.

Energielenker releases ‘self-learning’ energy management system

Germany-based Energielenker has developed a “self-learning” energy management system that controls energy flows in buildings with PV systems, using AI algorithms to analyze data from all relevant components.

Growatt sees growth in Europe’s C&I solar, storage markets

At The Smarter E Europe event – recently held in Munich, Germany – Growatt shared insights on the European market. It reports a slowdown in the residential segment in Central Europe due to lower demand, but Growatt VP Lisa Zhang said she expects more growth in the commercial and industrial (C&I) solar and storage sectors.

Energy Storage

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Sungrow secures 7.8 GWh battery storage deal from Saudi Arabia

China’s Sungrow has signed three landmark energy storage contracts with Saudi Arabia’s Algihaz Holding, amounting to the world’s largest grid-side storage order. Each project will have a capacity of 2.6 GWh, totaling 7.8 GWh.

UK energy retailers add heat pump tariffs

Time-of-use and type-of-use tariffs for heat pump customers launched to support technology adoption in market where gas heating remains competitive on price.

China Three Gorges to build 16 GW renewables cluster in Inner Mongolia

China Three Gorges has announced plans to build a 16 GW renewables cluster in China’s Inner Mongolia region, including 8 GW of solar, 4 GW of wind, a 200 MW solar thermal system, a 4 GW coal plant, and a 500 MWh energy storage system.

Philippines announces second microgrid auction for underserved areas

The Department of Energy (DOE) of the Philippines has announced a second microgrid auction for underserved areas, opening in August to support more than 12,000 households.

Desay Battery, Victory Giant Technology partner on China’s largest user-side energy storage project

The project, located in Victory Giant Technology Industrial Park in Huizhou, Guangdong Province, is designed to have a capacity of 121 MW/630 MWh, making it the largest commercial and industrial (C&I) energy storage station in China.

AEG unveils 5 KWh stackable high-voltage battery

Germany’s AEG is selling new stackable, high-voltage batteries with usable capacity of 5 kWh. They come with a 10-year warranty and reportedly have a lifecycle of more than 4,500 cycles.

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