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The Hydrogen Stream: Rolls-Royce unveils hydrogen combustion engine for CHP

Rolls-Royce has started developing a hydrogen combustion engine for combined heat and power (CHP) systems in Germany, while Lhyfe has installed a 1 MW electrolyzer for Deutsche Bahn.
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‘We expect solar panel prices to stabilize in the second half of the year’

At Intersolar Europe 2024, pv magazine spoke with Edurne Zoco, executive director, Clean Energy Technology at S&P Global Commodity Insights, about module price trends, increasing solar demand and PV manufacturing outside China. She claims pane...
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Chinese PV Industry Brief: Three Gorges Energy secures $10.89 billion for 2024

Three Gorges Energy has obtained $10.89 billion of funding for 2024. Its total installed renewable energy capacity exceeded 40 GW at the end of 2023, with total assets surpassing CNY 310 billion.
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Meyer Burger set to begin production at US module factory

Meyer Burger will start production at its US module factory as it relocates its core operations from Germany to the United States. It is launching production of heterojunction solar modules and securing financing for a new cell plant.
Installations

EUPD Research: European market for private PV systems on growth path

After strong growth in recent years, demand is expected to slow somewhat in the next few years. With 122 GW in the next five years, private rooftop systems will remain a key driver of PV expansion in Europe. In the current study, the Bonn-based analysts ...
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‘Module prices surprisingly keep going down’

As part of our Intersolar 2024 interview series, pv magazine spoke with Yana Hryshko, head of Solar Supply Chain Research for Wood Mackenzie, about overcapacity, declining panel prices and expected PV demand for the next years. She revealed that C...
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DNV’s solar asset modeling platform launches in Europe

Solar Resource Compass provides users with a unique and powerful online service that can deliver indicative energy production estimates for any solar project, including the comparison of multiple irradiance datasets and the calculation of site-specific l...
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Record start to 2024 for UK heat pump installations

Heat pump installations are accelerating in the United Kingdom, but incentives are key to achieving future decarbonization targets, says energy certification body MCS.

Press Releases

DAH Solar Starts the Full-Screen Era with New Products at SNEC2024

DAH Solar took part in the 17th (2024) SNEC at the China National Convention and Exhibition Center. The new products of DAH Solar’s Full-Screen series and the all scene application solutions made an impressive debut at the exhibition.

Sineng Electric Unveils Latest Innovations at Intersolar Europe 2024, Driving Towards a Sustainable Future

Sineng Electric garnered significant attention during Intersolar Europe 2024 with the debut of its comprehensive product portfolio tailored for diverse applications.

JinkoSolar to Supply Utility Scale Storage to Athens Airport

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185MW Supply Agreement — Hanersun and Fortune Energy Embark on a New Journey in the European PV Market

On June 20th, during the Intersolar Europe exhibition, Hanersun signed an 185MW PV product supply agreement with Europe's leading PV product distributor, Fortune Energy. Hanersun's President, Michael Liu, and Fortune Energy's CEO, Jack Meng, attended the ceremony.

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Low prices for TOPCon solar panels put pressure on PERC

In May 2024, high-efficiency panels, predominantly glass-glass modules equipped with tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) cells began to converge on price with mainstream offerings, writes Martin Schachinger, of pvXchange. Production volumes for these negatively-doped, “n-type” cells and modules have been ramped up in China while the increasingly restrictive customs situation in the United States may already be having an impact. For the European market, ever-lower prices for the latest module technology would suggest that demand would continue to rise were it not for a number of disruptive factors.

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.

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Saudi Arabia launches ‘unprecedented’ geographical survey of renewable energy sites

Part of the National Renewable Energy Program, the ambitious project will identify the best sites to develop renewable energy projects throughout the country. Contracted companies will install 1,200 stations across all regions of the kingdom to measure solar and wind energy. Beginning this year, Saudi Arabia will tender new renewable energy projects with a capacity of 20 GW annually.

Australian grid operator to boost system strength with synchronous condensers

Transgrid – the owner of the power grid in New South Wales, Australia – aims to roll out up to 14 synchronous condensers and 4.8 GW of batteries with “grid-forming” capability to stabilize the electricity grid as coal-fired power plants retire and more renewables come online.

Brookfield targets $10 billion of renewables under management in India

Brookfield Asset Management says it aims to more than triple its renewable energy assets under management in India to more than $10 billion within the next three to four years.

Chinese solar cell maker to build 10 GW factory in Oman

Chinese solar cell maker Hainan Drinda New Energy Technology plans to build a 10 GW factory in Oman to produce tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) solar cells.

Woltair expands online heat pump, solar PV platform

After finding growth in its home market and Poland, Czech Republic-based Woltair raised venture capital to expand its heat pump and solar PV software platform, used by both installers and homeowners, into Germany and Italy.

Component sizing key for upscaling high-temperature heat pumps

A group of researchers has investigated how high temperature heat pumps may be upscaled for industrial applications and has found that larger setups promise higher efficiency. They also found that smaller setups show a better coefficient of performance resulting from design effects.

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Rooftop PV reduces building retrofitting costs by up to 50%

Cambridge researchers have analyzed the benefits of installing a PV system on the roof of an apartment building in addition to energy refurbishment and have found that photovoltaics, especially if combined with heat pumps, makes retrofit projects more affordable.

New US platform vets residential solar salespeople

An industry plagued by deceptive practices is now verifying salespeople via the Recheck platform.

‘In the next year, some of these guys are going to be bankrupt’

At Intersolar in Munich, pv magazine spoke with Jenny Chase, solar analyst at BloombergNEF, about the incredibly low polysilicon prices, massive overcapacity, and increasing consolidation. According to Chase, this year there will be enough polysilicon capacity to produce 1.1 TW of solar modules, but global module demand is expected to reach around 585 GW. “That is a pretty huge delta,” she said, noting that the solar industry should also prepare for a series of “negative feedback mechanisms,” such as negative prices and excess of solar power.

267 MW PV plant inaugurated in Brazil

The BRL 950 million ($175 million) São João do Paracatu solar park in Minas Gerais employs 500,000 solar modules distributed over an area of ​​509 hectares and counts clients in the areas of mining, magnesium industrialization and plastic production and recycling.

Italy allocates 145.5 MW of PV in latest renewables auction

The Italian authorities have allocated 243.3 MW of renewables capacity in the nation’s 14th procurement exercise for clean energy. Developers have offered a maximum discount ranging between 2% and 5.5% from the auction ceiling price of €0.07746 ($0.083)/kWh.

Ireland deployed 505 MW of PV in 2023

Ireland’s solar capacity has almost doubled in the space of one year, largely driven by utility-scale projects of 5 MW or more. In 2023, the country had 349 MW of utility-scale solar across seven projects, but this has since increased to 594 MW across 13 installations.

Technology

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First attempt to build inverted perovskite solar cell based on nickel oxides delivers 20.06% efficiency

Scientists in Colombia have proposed to develop inverted perovskite solar cells with a hole transport layer based on indium-doped nickel oxide. The result is a champion device achieving an efficiency of 20.06% and showing remarkable stability.

RETC releases 2024 PV Module Index

Solar modules are evaluated in the Renewable Energy Test Center annual PV Module Index.

ChatGPT can tell scientists how to build better perovksite solar cells, research says

An international research group has sought to build for the first time a perovskite solar cell with the help of ChatGPT. The experiment helped the scientists identify a series of materials for the cell composition and the results were cells with a higher power conversion efficiency compared to that of reference cells built without the material proposed by the large language model.

Israel to provide incentives for hybrid solar inverters

Israel’s Ministry of Energy says it will exempt hybrid solar inverters from purchase tax and customs duties. It claims that these policy mechanisms will help during energy emergencies.

Reducing PV module temperature with cooled air from the ground

Researchers from Iraq have used computational fluid dynamics to simulate the operation of a 100 W panel with ground cooling. The proposed technique was reportedly able to reduce panel temperature by up to 28%, with power generation increasing by up to 6.5%.

Chinese researchers build kesterite solar cell with certified efficiency of 14.2%

The solar cell was treated with multi-elemental alloying, which reportedly helped eliminate defects in the kesterite absorber, thus increasing cell efficiency. China’s National PV Industry Measurement and Testing Center confimed the results.

Manufacturing

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Solarnative files for insolvency proceedings

The move follows failed efforts at Intersolar to find an investor or buyer. The manufacturer of micro inverters filed for insolvency right at the end of the trade fair.

Waaree Energies secures 412 MW solar module order

Waaree Energies says it has obtained a contract to supply its p-type bifacial solar modules for a 412.5 MW project that Acciona Energy is developing in Rajasthan, India.

‘They are all selling below their cost prices’

In the second interview in a series held at Intersolar 2024, pv magazine spoke with Karen Tang, editorial director for Europe at Singapore-based market research company OPIS, about the strong pressure on prices across all segments, including the downstream business. She defined the current market situation as “unhealthy” and “bleak” for the PV industry, although she acknowledged that overcapacity is also making solar extremely competitive compared to all other energy sources. Tang also expects pressure on electricity and gas prices to continue this year.

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.

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.

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.

Energy Storage

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Renewables, grid flexibility could lead to electricity price drop of 25% by 2030

A new report by SolarPower Europe finds that more renewables, electrification and flexibility can boost European competitiveness, slashing average day-ahead energy prices by a quarter in the next six years and a third by 2040.

Sungrow executive dampens hopes for imminent storage boom in Italy

Javier Izcue, vice president SG Europe at Sungrow, tells pv magazine that Italy will install 30 GW of batteries by 2030, but notes that the boom is not looming in the near term, as previously predicted.

Elements Green secures approval for 360 MW/720 MWh storage project in UK

UK-based solar and energy storage developer Elements Green has secured planning consent for its Staythorpe Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) project in the UK. The system will be colocated with a massive 800 MW solar farm.

Home energy management systems: Compatibility, good forecasts and efficiency

The quality of home energy management systems is a concern for the industry. More than 300 participants at the pv magazine Focus Event in the conference center of the Munich Trade Fair Center made this clear. To provide a glimpse into the “black box,” manufacturers, scientists and users discussed the most important criteria.

Fire at South Korea primary lithium battery factory kills 22

At least 22 people, most of them foreign nationals, were killed in a massive fire at a South Korean factory that manufactures non-rechargeable lithium batteries in Hwaseong city, just south of Seoul. The cause of the blaze is still being investigated.

Fraunhofer IAO, DHBW Heilbronn examine decentralized hydrogen storage

Researchers have analyzed various storage options for green hydrogen, such as in neighborhoods, at company locations and on campus grounds. Their study provides an overview of the respective advantages and disadvantages of physical, chemical and pure hydrogen storage.

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