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Drones used to plan mountain solar park in Switzerland

The SLF research institute recently completed a survey on the Bernina Pass commissioned by a PV system design company that wants to build a solar park there. Measuring snow with drones makes it possible to identify the most suitable terrain and just a fe...
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Eco Stor: Online calculator determines energy transition storage requirements

The "Dunkelflaute" is a bogeyman for the energy sector, but a new tool from the German-Norwegian storage provider can now determine exactly which storage capacities and how many reserve power plants are needed in order to be on the safe side even in phas...
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Maxeon initiates unitary patent infringement lawsuit against Aiko, partners

Alongside the new lawsuit, which has been filed in Germany, Maxeon has announced it is appealing a preliminary injunction decision recently made by a court in the Netherlands over an ongoing patent dispute with Aiko.
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FRV to invest some $5 billion in 2 GW of green hydrogen capacity in Brazil

FRV is one of a number of companies that has already signed contracts with the Ceará government for the production of green hydrogen and its derivatives in the state. Its H2 Cumbuco project is set to expand to 2 GW of electrolyzer capacity in two phases...
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Sunmaxx PVT, Oxford PV present perovskite-silicon tandem solar thermal module with 80% overall efficiency

The new photovoltaic-thermal module, presented for the first time on the first day of Intersolar 2024, has a record electrical efficiency of 26.6% and thermal efficiency of 53.4%. The electrical output of the module with 6cm x 10cm M6 cells is 433 W.
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Ampace’s new UniC series products eliminate liquid cooling, air conditioner for energy storage

The company's new UniC C5 and UniC C1 products, targeted at small and medium C&I applications and set for mass production starting in December 2024, can reportedly boost energy yield more than 50%.
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Fraunhofer ISE switching to medium voltage for resource efficiency in PV plants

Enormous quantities of raw materials, such as copper and aluminum cables, are required for energy system conversion when connecting renewable generators to the grid. The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE sees a huge potential for savings ...

Press Releases

Astronergy honored with “2024 Kiwa PVEL TOP Performer” at SNEC PV Power Expo

On the second day of the SNEC PV Power Expo in Shanghai, China, Astronergy was proud to be awarded the “2024 Kiwa PVEL TOP Performer” for the eighth time. This recognition, based on Kiwa PVEL’s latest PV Module Reliability Scorecard, reaffirms Astronergy's commitment to product excellence.

2024 Huawei FusionSolar Strategy and Product Launch

During SNEC 2024, Huawei held the FusionSolar Strategy and Product Launch on June 12, attracting more than 600 participants that included global leaders, enterprise representatives, industry experts, and members of government agencies, associations, consulting institutions, and media in the energy, PV, and energy storage industries.

Breaking Boundaries: SOFAR’s Next-Gen Innovation Revolutionizes Energy Management at SNEC 2024

Shanghai, June 14, 2024 - SOFAR, the global leading provider of all-scenario PV & ESS solutions, unveils the latest SOFAR Cloud system at SNEC, marking another significant step towards fulfilling the solar and energy storage digital ecosystem. This plant monitoring and O&M system is set to redefine energy management with four major advantages.

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.

Opinion & Analysis

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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.

‘I’m proud to work for a company led by a woman’

This week, Women in Solar Europe (WiSEu) gives voice to Aleksandra Gabryjalowicz-Watla, Head of Partnerships Wind & Solar Germanyat Statkraft Erneuerbare GmbH. She explains how being out “in the field” may mean more exposion to occasional opposition or bias, but she also says how to properly react to bias or even disrespect.

‘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.

Markets & Policy

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PV installation triggers border dispute between Chile and Argentina

Chilean President Gabriel Boric complained that the solar array installed on a military base in Argentine Patagonia were located three meters inside Chilean territory. “They must remove those solar panels as soon as possible or we are going to do it,” he warned. The Argentine government recognized the error.

Oxford PV unveils 26.9% perovskite tandem module efficiency record

Oxford PV has announced a record-setting 26.9% efficiency for its perovskite tandem module at Intersolar Europe 2024, the continent’s largest solar and energy storage event.

Viessmann launches air-water heat pump for larger residential, commercial buildings

The Vitocal 250-A Pro boasts a flow temperature of up to 70 C, a heating output of up to 39.5 kW and a cooling output of up to 21.7 kW and according to the German manufacturer, it is one of the quietest of its kind on the market. Its coefficient of performance is 5.6.

CPX and PanelClaw announce brand merge

The two companies will continue operations under the name PanelClaw, as they set out ambition to support commercial and industrial rooftop customers in both the United States and Europe, then eventually worldwide.

Canadian Solar, Toyota Tsusho sign 20-year PPA in Japan

The power purchase agreement covers all the energy generated at a 1.2 MW facility in eastern Japan and a 1.9 MW site in the south west of the country.

Fire in a battery container causes €700,000 in damage in Germany

The cause of the battery container fire in Thuringia, Germany, is still unclear. The damage caused is enormous.

Installations

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My-PV’s new SOL•THOR uses photovoltaics to generate heat

The device can be connected directly to a solar generator without an inverter and can control heating elements or electric boilers.

DMEGC releases 440-460 W bifacial solar modules based on rectangular wafers at Intersolar

DMEGC Solar says its new solar panels combine a double-glass design with half-cut n-type cell technology. It says the efficiency ratings range from 22.0% to 23.0%.

U.S. startup claims doubled energy per acre with terrain-following solar array

California startup Planted Solar uses construction robots and high-density arrays to deliver what the company says are higher energy outputs and lower balance of system costs.

The Hydrogen Stream: PV-wind hybrids cut LCOH by 70%

Portuguese and Italian researchers have shown that the levelized cost of hydrogen (LCOH) is lower onshore and that PV-wind configurations reduce the LCOH up to 70%, while Lhyfe says it has started collaborating on a hydrogen storage project.

SolarPower Europe says 1 TW of solar could be annually installed by 2028

SolarPower Europe forecasts more than 1 TW of annual solar installations by 2028, but financing and energy system flexibility must be unlocked.

Amsterdam to allow solar panels on monuments

The Amsterdam municipal authorities say they will make installing solar panels and heat pumps easier and allow visible installations on monuments and heritage buildings.

Technology

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Aiko presents ABC solar module with world record efficiency of 25.2% at Intersolar

The Chinese back contact module maker said its new products rely on the company’s all-back-contact (ABC) cell technology and feature a temperature coefficient of -0.26% per C.

Chinese researchers develop 28-µm silicon solar cell with 20% efficiency, 0% breakage rate

A research team in China has developed a novel thin-silicon wafer reinforced ring (TSRR) to protect ultra-thin wafers and solar cells during production. This technique consists of applying the ring at the edge of thin wafers and is compatible with all silicon solar module technology.

Swedish startup unveils tape-based stringer for back contact solar modules

Sticky Solar Power is taking orders for industrial-scale versions of its novel room-temperature cell interconnection system, which is reportedly well-suited for back-contact (xBC), perovskite, and heterojunction cell technologies.

Canon unveils passivation material to improve perovskite solar cell durability

Canon has announced a new functional material for perovskite thin film passivation that potentially improves durability of perovskite solar cells while enabling a mass-production process. The Japanese company aims to start commercial production of the material in 2025.

Alight secures grid connection for 100 MW solar park in Finland

Swedish solar developer Alight has obtained a grid connection for its 100 MW solar project in Eurajoki, western Finland. Construction is expected to start later this year.

Peer-to-peer energy trading framework for residential buildings

Scientists in the UK developed a controller for B2B trading platform that considers thermal and visual comfort. Their modeling shows that participating in local energy trading increases the robustness of the control systems in residential microgrids in face of uncertainty in the occupant comfort level.

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Monitoring PV plants with 3D remote sensing data

Scientists in Spain have developed thermal image mapping on dense and high-resolution point clouds representing status and geometry of PV modules and automatic identification of individual solar panels in 3D space. The proposed methodology was found to provide "exceptionally high" accuracy.

Digital twin technologies for solar tracking in agrivoltaics

Fraunhofer ISE researchers are applying deep learning and digital twin modelling tools to optimize PV tracker control systems for use in farming and biodiversity projects. The goal is to be able to automatically position the modules throughout the day to meet the needs of the plants growing below, in light of the microclimatic conditions, and the need to optimize yield.

Longi launches ultra-black HPBC solar modules for residential applications

The Chinese manufacturer said its new Hi-MO X6 Artist series has an efficiency of up to 22.3% and a power output ranging from 420 W to 430 W. The smaller version is currently priced at CNY 298 ($41.7)/m2 and the largest model is sold at CNY 268/m2.

Akcome halts some manufacturing, faces possible Chinese stock delisting

Akcome says it could be delisted from the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, as the value of its shares have fallen below CNY 1 ($0.14) for 20 consecutive trading days. In early June, the manufacturer announced a temporary halt in operations for its subsidiaries in China’s Jiangxi and Zhejiang provinces.

Singulus Solar presents cell, module production equipment for TOPCon, HJT manufacturing

Germany-based Singulus Solar, a joint venture of Singulus Technologies, a German PV equipment manufacturer, and Yingkou Jinchen Machinery, a Chinese module manufacturing equipment supplier, announced it will supply cell and module turnkey solutions to manufacturers of tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) and heterjunction (HJT) PV products.

JA Solar debuts 23.3%-efficient single-glass, anti-dust solar panel at SNEC

The new module has a power output of up to 650 W and weighs 29.6 kg. It uses JA Solar’s patented anti-dust frame technology, which reportedly enhances drainage and decontamination performance, thus reducing dust accumulation and avoiding hotspot issues.

Energy Storage

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55 MWh battery storage system goes live in Bulgaria

Billed as the largest operating battery energy storage system in Bulgaria to date, the 25 MW/55 MWh facility, developed by Austria’s Renalfa IPP, came online at the start of the month.

Southeast Asia targets 18 GW of pumped hydro by 2033

According to projections from Norwegian consultancy Rystad Energy, Southeast Asia’s share of pumped storage hydropower is set to increase nearly eightfold in less than a decade – from 2.3 GW today to 18 GW by 2033. Rystad’s figures say that there is currently 2.7 GW of pumped hydro storage under construction, while the remaining 13.3 GW is in various stages of development.

Octopus Energy, Tesla announce service integration in UK, Spain

The partnership between the two energy tech giants will see Octopus install solar powered home battery Tesla Powerwall and Tesla customers utilize Octopus’ range of smart tariffs.

Mauritius seeking consultants for four solar-plus-storage projects

The state-owned Central Electricity Board of Mauritius has opened a tender for consultants to assist with the implementation of four 10 MW solar plus storage facilities.

Germany, UK, Ireland, Poland offer best renewables + BESS colocation potential

Market analytics provider Aurora Energy Research has examined the potential for colocation of renewables with battery energy storage systems (BESS) across 12 European countries. It found that Germany, Great Britain, the Ireland I-SEM, and Poland are leading the pack.

Bulgaria backed by EIB for 1.6 GW of pumped storage

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will conduct economic and technological feasibility studies on two Bulgarian pumped storage hydropower plants due to be operational by 2032. The projects will each add generation capacity of around 800 MW and will both come with a price tag of around €900 ($964) million.