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Egyptian solar set to expand beyond the massive 1.8 GW Benban PV project

In this edition of the Weekend Read, we turn to Egypt. The gigawatt-scale Benban project showcases the North African country’s solar potential, and premium prices for gas exports make the case for a more diverse energy mix. A nation with grand renewables targets – but slow installation rates – may finally be weaning itself off fossil fuel resources.
Energy Storage

CATL unveils first mass-producible battery storage with zero degradation

China-based Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. (CATL) has launched its new TENER energy storage product, which it describes as the world’s first mass-producible 6.25 MWh storage system, with zero degradation in the first five years of use.
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The Hydrogen Stream: Engie confirms termination of H2Sines.Rdam project

Engie has told pv magazine that the developers of the H2Sines.Rdam installation have decided to terminate the project to produce hydrogen in Portugal and send it to the Netherlands, while Fortescue said it has opened an electrolyzer production fac...
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SGC, SMO to deploy 100 MW of solar waste-to-energy in Australia

SGC and SMO say they plan to install 100 MW of solar waste-to-energy systems in Australia. They aim to deploy a total of 50 waste-to-energy units in the next three years, with plans to scale up to 1 GW in the future.
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Chinese PV Industry Brief: CNMIA says polysilicon, wafer prices continue to fall

The China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association (CNMIA) says that prices for n-type rod silicon fell 3.3% on a weekly basis to between CNY 55,000 ($7,600) and CNY 60,000 per ton this week. It reports that wafer prices also fell between 3.5% and 15.6% du...
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European Parliament adopts EU electricity market reforms

The European Parliament has adopted electricity market reforms aimed at making the European Union's electricity market more stable, affordable, and sustainable. The reforms include a focus on two-way contracts for difference (CfD), a mechanism to declare...
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Sinovoltaics releases financial stability ranking of PV module manufacturers

Sinovoltaics has analyzed listed solar panel producers over the past three years using a balance sheet-based model and publicly available financial information to track finacial strength. The top-five module makers of the new ranking are Tainergy, First ...
Energy Storage

Enphase Energy releases control software for home solar, battery systems

Enphase Energy, a California-based microinverter specialist, says its new power control system will give North American customers that use its energy systems more flexibility to build larger projects.

Press Releases

Huasun Signs Agreement with Leascend for Acquisition of 1GW Heterojunction Solar Cells

On April 11th, Anhui Huasun Energy Co. , Ltd.

Intersolar Summit Brasil Nordeste: Trends in Solar Energy, Green Hydrogen and Energy Storage Are the Highlights on the Event’s First Day

The 4th edition of Intersolar Summit Brasil Nordeste started with significant discussions about the solar industry. The exhibition and workshops were also highlights.

Infineon Engages in Global Partnership with Mango Power for Cutting-edge Microinverter Technology

Infineon Technologies (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY, hereinafter referred to as "Infineon") and Mango Power Tech Inc (hereinafter referred to as "Mango Power") formally signed a memorandum of understanding on April 9th, aimed at establishing a global partnership. Through this collaboration, Infineon will equip Mango Power’ s latest generation product with advanced, high-reliability power semiconductor devices, fostering a hefty collaboration in the renewable energy sector with a vision to spearhead industry transformation.

ZNSHINE Solar and Guofu Hydrogen Energy Jointly Construct the Largest Domestic Distributed PV Hydrogen Production Project in China

ZNSHINE Solar, in collaboration with Jiangsu Guofu Hydrogen Energy Equipment Co. , Ltd, recently began constructing the largest domestic distributed PV hydrogen production project in China, leading the further development of the clean energy industry.

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What does solar need to keep investment flowing?

In its latest monthly column for pv magazine, SolarPower Europe describes which policy tools are expected to help Europe move at a faster pace in solar and renewable energy deployment. The European trade body discusses the upcoming support schemes, the transformation of the PPA market and the rise of green finance.

Solar cell prices fall for 3rd consecutive week

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.

‘I don’t think I had more difficulties establishing myself in senior roles than my male colleagues’

This week, Women in Solar Europe (WiSEu) gives voice to Maria Sabella, CEO and founder of Italy-based Enlight Energy Services. She told as, in some cases, at the beginning of her working relationships, she felt some prejudgment from male colleagues, but she also aknowledged, that the initial reaction disappeared after the focus on the details of the activity to be performed increased.

European Solar sees warm, cloudy end to winter, linked to record temperatures

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that in March most European solar operators and grids saw less solar irradiance and production than normal, due to enhanced westerly winds bringing moist air off a relatively warm Atlantic ocean. Large areas of the continent saw irradiance down 10% to 25% below normal for March.

How can policy help Portugal decarbonize?

With ambitious decarbonization targets and a favourable regulatory landscape, Portugal is an appealing market for renewable energy developers and producers. Like other European markets, however, Portugal’s clean energy industry faces challenges related to permitting, grid connection, and the availability of remuneration schemes – hurdles which threaten to slow the country’s energy transition.

Solar wafer prices plummet, amid high inventory and low profit dominating the 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.

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SECI extends bidding for 900 MW of DCR solar modules

Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI) has extended the bidding process for 900 MW of solar modules produced under India's domestic content requirements (DCR). Manufacturers now have until April 19 to submit bids for the production and supply of glass-to-backsheet bifacial solar modules with made-in-India PV cells.

French energy agency introduces anti-greenwashing guide

Ademe, the energy and environmental agency of France, has published an anti-greenwashing guide to help companies to avoid misleading commercial practices in their operations and communications. Companies and institutions have access to an online test for initial self-assessments.

Australian water storage facility may turn into 1 GW pumped hydro station

Zen Energy has secured approval from Australia’s WaterNSW to investigate how to transform Sydney’s biggest water storage facility into a 1 GW pumped hydro project capable of supplying on-demand power for up to eight hours.

New guide helps US homeowners to go solar

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have published an open-access guide to rooftop solar and battery energy storage that covers costs, incentives and policies.

Italy adds 2,022 MW/3,836 MWh of distributed storage capacity in 2023

Italy hit 3,367 MW/6,645 MWh of cumulative distributed storage capacity at the end of December. The new figures indicate that lithium-ion technology powers most storage systems, at 516,475 units in total.

California Supreme Court to review rooftop solar net metering

California’s highest court granted review to a lawsuit challenging a “regressive” rooftop solar policy called NEM 3.0.

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Solar, wind energy curtailment skyrocketed in Japan in fiscal 2023

New figures from Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) show that wind and solar power curtailment increased significantly to 1.76 TWh over the past 12 months, from 0.57 TWh in fiscal 2022 and 0.53 TWh in fiscal 2023.

Vertical agrivoltaics for forage crops, animal grazing

US-based Sunstall has deployed a vertical agrivoltaic facility based on its racking solution in the United States. The system features 18 rows of 21 panels and has a total capacity of 170 kW.

Chad opens tender for solar-diesel hybrid projects with battery storage

The authorities in Chad have launched a tender for solar-diesel hybrid projects with battery storage, featuring a combined 4 MW of solar capacity and 2 MWh of daily storage.

Austria earmarks €35 million for battery rebates

The Austrian authorities are granting a rebate of €200 ($214)/kWh to residential and commercial storage systems.

S-5! unveils new mounting systems for rooftop solar

S-5!, a supplier of mounting systems, plans to release two new mounting components for rooftop PV systems, including a new mount that allows for module-level power electronics to be attached directly to solar panel frames.

Italy now set for 5.4 GW of ‘ready-to-build’ solar projects

Terna, the Italian grid operator, says that it has received grid-connection requests for 144.48 GW of solar projects to date.

Technology

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Maxeon unveils TOPCon solar module series for rooftop PV

Maxeon said its new Sunpower Performance 7 panel series features a power conversion efficiency of up to 22.7% and an operating temperature coefficient of -0.29% C.

Perovskite solar cell based on playdough-like graphite electrodes achieves 20.29% efficiency

Researchers in China have fabricated a carbon-based perovskite solar cells that achieves almost the same efficiency as perovskite counterparts based on gold electrodes while also providing higher stability. The novel devices use a playdough-like graphite (PG) electrode that combines the deformable property of carbon paste and the solvent-free property of carbon film.

PV-powered heat pumps outperform solar thermal-driven counterparts in densely populated areas

New research from Germany showed that PV-powered heat pumps could require less surface than their solar thermal-driven counterparts in district heating networks. The scientists also found that increasing energy prices would have a minimal impact on the viability of both concepts.

New quantum solar cell material promises external quantum efficiency of 190%

The new material consists of an heterostructure combining germanium, selenium, and tin sulfide, which also integrates atoms of zerovalent copper. It features an average photovoltaic absorption over 80% and could help photovoltaic cells break the Shockley-Queisser efficiency limit, according to its creators.

New York’s open-access solar-projection tool beats commercial competition

NYSolarCast, a solar-projection tool developed by the state of New York to handle its growing base of PV facilities, demonstrated equal or superior performance than competing commercial alternatives, according to a year-long analysis.

How safe are lithium iron phosphate batteries?

Researchers in the United Kingdom have analyzed lithium-ion battery thermal runaway off-gas and have found that nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) batteries generate larger specific off-gas volumes, while lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries are a greater flammability hazard and show greater toxicity, depending on relative state of charge (SOC).

Manufacturing

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‘Protectionism only protects backwardness’

Following news the EU will investigate unspecified Chinese wind turbine suppliers in Europe, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning has said “many in the world are deeply unsettled by the EU’s rising protectionist tendency”.

Australia announces new subsidy policy for renewable energy manufacturing

The Australian federal government has unveiled plans for a Future Made in Australia Act, proposing taxpayer-funded incentives to advance renewable energy industries, manufacturing, and infrastructure to stake the nation’s place in the global clean energy race.

New research shows laser-assisted firing improves TOPCon solar cell reliability

Chinese manufacturer Jolywood is currently applying a laser-assisted firing process in TOPCon solar cell manufacturing that can reportedly increase contact quality and corrosion resistance, while also reducing production costs. Scientists at the University of South Wales have investigated the impact of this production process on the quality of TOPCon cells and have found it “significantly” improve their reliability.

What could happen to solar inverters in case of high-altitude nuclear weapon testing

Researchers in the United States have investigated the sensitivity of PV inverters to the ectromagnetic pulses caused by high-altitude nuclear explosions during nuclear weapon testing. Their work presents several protection strategies aimed to improve the inverters’ immunity levels.

New report tips 60,000 jobs from Australian PV manufacturing industry

Building a domestic solar panel manufacturing industry based on Australian innovation could generate up to 60,000 jobs and help cement the nation’s future as a renewable energy superpower. However, access to capital and focused policies are essential if manufacturers are to reach scale where they can be internationally cost-competitive.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: Seraphim begins work on 10 GW module factory

Seraphim says it will build a new 10 GW solar panel factory in two phases in Guangzhou, with an investment of CNY 6 billion ($829.6 million), while JA Solar has announced plans to construct a 5 GW panel factory in Inner Mongolia.

Energy Storage

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Romania connects largest battery storage system to date

Romanian developer Monsson has installed a 24 MWh battery storage system as the first stage of a 216 MWh project. The storage unit forms part of Romania’s first hybrid PV-wind-battery system.

BMZ Group releases lithium iron phosphate battery for residential PV

The German manufacturer said PV system owners can connect up to four units in parallel for a storage capacity of up to 106.8 kWh. The battery reportedly has a lifecycle of more than 6,000 cycles and comes with a 10-year warranty.

The Hydrogen Stream: MAN Truck to deliver 200 hydrogen vehicles by 2025

MAN Truck & Bus says it will deliver 200 hydrogen vehicles to customers in Europe and some non-European countries by as early as 2025, while Provaris has revealed plans to develop a gaseous hydrogen import facility in Rotterdam.

Livoltek releases all-in-one storage system for residential applications

Livoltek has developed an all-in-one storage system for residential applications, featuring a storage capacity of up to 25 kWh and compatibility with five different inverter models, as well as the option to integrate with electric-vehicle (EV) chargers.

Compressed air energy storage at a crossroads

Compressed air energy storage (CAES) is considered a mature form of deep storage due to its components being firmly “de-risked” but few projects are operating in the Western world. A project in the remote New South Wales town of Broken Hill promises to lead the way.

Finland to host 90 GWh thermal energy storage system

Vantaa Energy plans to construct a 90 GWh thermal energy storage facility in underground caverns in Vantaa, near Helsinki. It says it will be the world’s largest seasonal energy storage site by all standards upon completion in 2028.

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