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.
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.
In a new monthly column for pv magazine, the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) reports that Brazil currently has more than 85% renewable electricity, mainly hydropower, but with rapidly growing shares of solar and wind power. With 2.3 million rooftop PV systems installed so far and more than 90 million consumer units still available to go solar, favourable energy policies and cheap PV are encouraging the fast uptake of solar in the country.
Ahead of the upcoming introduction of EU Ecodesign and Energy Label policy measures for solar PV products, SolarPower Europe brings some reflections on the topic, adding insights to the ongoing industry discussions.
In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that almost all of Europe experienced 10-25% more irradiance than the long term January average. Spain, in particular, experienced significant rainfall and slightly below average irradiance, while parts of Northern Europe enjoyed clear and sunny days for much of the month.
Solar Energy Corp. of India Ltd (SECI) has installed a battery energy storage system (BESS) with a capacity of 152.325 MWh and a dispatchable capacity of 100 MW AC (155.02 MW peak DC) solar power. The 40 MW/120 MWh BESS is located in Chhattisgarh, India.
Arevon Energy secured the funds for a 374 MW solar project with 150 MW / 600 MWh of co-located energy storage.
Native American lands boast serious PV potential in the United States but getting projects off the ground hasn‘t always been easy. Different tribes are willing to take power generation into their own hands and the landscape could be shifting, thanks to funding from the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and other programs.
SBM Offshore has installed a floating facility in Monaco to produce green hydrogen from renewables, while Axpo and its partners have revealed plans to use hydrogen to power a passenger vessel in Switzerland.
Trina Solar has announced its 2023 earnings results, while Autowell has secured a supply contract from Longi Green Energy.
The provincial government of Gauteng, South Africa, plans to set up a solar park with a capacity of at least 800 MW. Premier Panyaza Lesufi says 100 MW could be connected to the grid from April.
A comparison between monofacial and bifacial PV systems in Ghana showed how changes in system parameters can affect the bifacial gains. The researchers found that changing the albedo of a land-based system can increase the bifacial gain from 5.25% to 14.5%.
The 18th edition of the EnergySage Marketplace Report indicates that the US residential solar segment faces persistent inflation, the California NEM 3.0, and rising loan fees, but prices have fallen and consumer interest in storage is strong.
Brite Solar, a Greek specialty module manufacturer targeting the agrivoltaics greenhouse and PV canopy segments, is building a 150 MW production line. Marketing its modules to farming cooperatives, integrators and installers since the end of 2022, Brite solar has pilot installations in North America, Southeast Asia, and Europe. In January it announced raising $9.26 million in venture capital.
Somalia is seeking consultants to help it expand its grid network and develop solar minigrids. The work will involve drafting tender documents to repair and expand the electricity network in the city of Bossaso.
Indian scientists have built a PV system coupled with a thermoelectric generator using graphite as a heat dissipator. The graphite-based system achieved a higher output and temperature gradient than a reference system without heat dissipation.
Premier Energies says its n-type TOPCon bifacial glass-backsheet modules are available in power outputs of 555 W to 590 W, with an efficiency rating of up to 22.83%.
Socomec says its new modular energy storage system includes a converter and up to six battery cabinets. At maximum capacity, it can store 1,116 kWh.
An international research team claims to have achieved optimal passivation in inverted perovskite solar cells by applying thin layers of low-dimensional perovskite on top of a 3D perovskite film. The resulting cell achieved an open-circuit voltage of 1.19 V, a short-circuit current density of 24.94 mA cm2, and a fill factor of 85.9%.
A Turkish research team has tested a hemispherical shell-shaped organic active layer for photovoltaic applications. The group found the shape maximizes light absorption and angular coverage when compared to flat-structured cells, suggesting the structure would be beneficial for applications requiring flexible light capture such as wearable electronics.
Navitas Solar, an Indian solar panel manufacturer, has developed new n-type TOPCon bifacial modules with power outputs ranging from 560 W to 630 W.
Shoals Technologies Group, an electrical balance-of-systems (EBOS) specialist for the solar industry, says it will move its US manufacturing and distribution center to a new, larger facility.
Vikram Solar has developed new glass-glass bifacial PV modules based on n-type heterojunction (HJT) G12 half-cut solar cells. The modules are available in power ratings ranging from 700 W to 725 W, with efficiencies between 22.53% and 23.34%, respectively.
India’s Future Solar is expanding its solar module manufacturing capacity to 1.2 GW, from 500 MW at present.
Kaco New Energy’s new silicon carbide inverters feature an efficiency rating of 99.1% and a European efficiency of 98.7%.
The accelerating deployment of large-scale energy storage is one factor behind the tailwinds forming for large-scale solar in Australia. Rystad Energy Senior Analyst David Dixon said that with gigawatts of big batteries under construction, the flexible load will create demand for solar during peak PV production periods.
Swedish virtual power plant software platform developer Fever Energy is expanding into Europe enabled by a $10.81 million round of venture capital.
GoodWe has developed a 60 kWh battery for commercial and industrial PV systems, featuring a compartment for its ET15-30kW inverter series.
Researchers led by the Imperial College London have analyzed the effects different kinds of air-to-water heat pumps will have on the UK energy system, based on their coefficient of performance and price. They also identified a point of diminishing returns, after which it is more cost-effective to invest in centralized energy generation and storage.
The heat pump uses R-410a as a refrigerant and has a size ranging from 2 tons to 5 tons or 7.0 kW to 17.6 kW. It also has a cooling capacity spanning from 6.7 kW to 15.5 kW.
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