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Nuclear who?

Authors of the "World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2023" define the future role of nuclear energy in the global energy mix as "irrelevant" and "marginal." The authors add that there were 407 operational reactors producing 365 GW in the middle of the year, which is less than installed capacity predictions for solar by the end of the year.

Brazil set to install 9.3 GW of solar in 2024, says Absolar

New figures from Absolar, a Brazilian PV trade group, show that the country could install 9.3 GW of solar in 2024, bringing it to 45.5 GW of installed PV capacity by the end of next year.
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Statkraft looks into long-duration energy storage based on saltwater

Statkraft, a Norwegian energy company, is investigating the scalability and commercial viability of Aquabattery's technology. It will finance a pilot project for between six and 12 months in the Netherlands.

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Markets & Policy

Heliene expanding PV production in US market

Heliene has invested about $10 million to expand its manufacturing and assembly line in the US state of Minnesota.

Drivers of US solar adoption across income levels

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers have studied how solar buying decisions are influenced across varying income levels.

US Treasury swamped by renewable low-income tax credit applications

The US Department of the Treasury has received about 8 GW of proposals for new solar and wind projects, while about 1.8 GW are available for 2023 tax credits.
Markets & Policy

US developer switches on largest solar-plus-storage project in Puerto Rico

Depcom Power has commissioned a 90 MW solar plant linked to 51.5 MW of battery storage in Salinas, on the southern coast of Puerto Rico.

French olive oil sector seeks relaunch via agrivoltaics

The Oil'Ive Green network of producers, which aims to cultivate 50,000 new hectares of olive trees by the end of the decade, has joined forces with Iberdrola to install agrivoltaic power plants on trackers, in order to protect farms from weather hazards ...

Press Releases

RECOM Technologies announces new outputs for N-type LYNX PV Module Series, New Lynx 430 and over 710Wp delivering efficiencies over 22,86%

RECOM Technologies, a renewable energy company and the only European Bloomberg Tier 1 PV module manufacturer, announces new outputs for the LYNX Series with TOPCon technology, the technology of the future - the new Lynx 430Wp and the Lynx 710Wp with module efficiency 22,02% and 22,86% respectively.

Power Electronics introduces an innovative medium-voltage frequency drive designed to transform the management of electrical energy in the industry

Power Electronics announces the launch of a new product that will revolutionize the frequency drive industry: the XMV670K.

Canadian Solar’s e-STORAGE to Deliver 226 MWh DC of Battery Storage Projects to ENGIE in the UK

Canadian Solar Inc. today announced its majority-owned e-STORAGE will deliver 226 MWh DC of turnkey energy storage solutions to ENGIE in the UK (Scotland).

LONGi Partners with UNHCR to Solarize Logistics Hub and Support Refugee Communities

Dennis She, Vice President of LONGi, and Dominique Hyde, UNHCR’s Director of External Relations, signed the cooperation agreement at LONGi’s Solar+ Pavilion during COP28 in Dubai, UAE.

Opinion & Analysis


The extraordinary story of rooftop solar in Australia’s National Electricity Market

In this Opinion and Analysis piece, Lumi Adisa, Director of Energy Market Analytics at NEOM and ex-Investment Director of Energy Markets at Octopus Investments Australia, presents a deep dive into the unprecedented impact of rooftop solar in the NEM. As rooftop solar continues to drive changes in the intraday demand and price trends, it is evident that customers will remain a significant part of the energy transition for years to come.

Shivering temperatures boosted Europe’s electricity market prices

A cold snap rocketed demand for electricity in Europe’s main markets in the final week of November compared to the previous week, according to Aleasoft Energy Forecasting.

Empirical approach shows PV is getting cheaper than all the forecasters expect

With the consistently unambitious forecasts for solar trotted out by entities such as the International Energy Agency (IEA) now a matter of record, a German risk management company has tried to predict more realistic figures for 2030 and beyond.

European Solar production a mixed bag in November due to Baltic Low Pressure, Storm Ciarán

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that Ireland, the west coast of Great Britain, Northern Italy, and the rest of Eastern Europe saw 10-30% above average November irradiance while other areas saw lower or close to average irradiance than normal.

M10 solar cell prices dive to new record low

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.

Renewable energy has MIBEL recording lowest Euro prices in the final week of November

Strong solar and wind meant MIBEL recorded the lowest energy prices compared to the other major European markets in the final week of November, according to data collected by Aleasoft Energy Forecasting.

Markets & Policy


Midsummer secures funding for 200 MW Swedish solar factory

Swedish thin-film solar manufacturer Midsummer inked a deal with the European Union Innovation Fund grant to receive €32.3 million ($34.8 million) to pay for a third of the company's soon-to-be-built copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) solar module production facility in Sweden.

India’s Goldi Solar, Waaree Energies secure module supply orders

Goldi Solar has agree to supply its HELOC PRO series of 545 Wp PV modules to Engie India, while Waaree Energies has agreed to provide more than 200 MW of solar modules to IRCON Renewable Power.

Japanese scientists develop high energy density, cobalt-free lithium-ion battery

The new cobalt-free battery yields about 60% greater energy density than conventional lithium-ion batteries for an equivalent weight and volume and sustains unprecedented 1,000 cycles.

US draft rules may disqualify Australian critical minerals from IRA subsidies

A number of Australian critical mineral producers will likely be ineligible for US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) subsidies, as the US government has published draft rules forbidding access to enterprises with stakes held by Chinese investors.

The Hydrogen Stream: Masdar signs hydrogen deals at COP28

At COP28, Masdar revealed a $16 billion investment deal with Iberdrola for green energy projects in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Masdar also signed a memorandum to assess the feasibility of a green hydrogen plant near the Port of Aqaba in Jordan.

TotalEnergies tops large-scale developer list with 41.3 GW in solar portfolio

TotalEnergies had the biggest amount of utility-scale PV projects in its swag from July 2022 to June 2023, according to United States (US) research firm Mercom. The French energy company had 12 GW of solar projects operating, 3.8 GW under construction and 25.5 GW in the pipeline, according to Mercom’s hotly anticipated “Annual Global Report.”



New air-to-water heat pumps from Italy

Italian manufacturer Thermocold is offering new heat pumps with output ranging from 8 kW to 30 kW. They use propane as the refrigerant and reportedly have a seasonal coefficient of performance of up to 4.5.

Swiss utility plans 70 MW of Alpine solar

Energy supplier BKW is developing six solar power projects at high-altitude locations in Switzerland.

Australia’s biggest solar farm to supply power to supermarket chain

The Queensland government has announced that CleanCo is now providing Coles grocery stores with renewable energy for 95% of its electricity needs in the Australian state.

Reducing PV module temperature with beeswax, paraffin wax

Scientists in Iraq have applied two different kinds of phase-change materials to lower the operating temperatures of PV panels. Their experiment showed that beeswax and paraffin wax are particularly effective in achieving this goal, even when they are combined together.

New model to predict defrost cycles, behavior of air-sourced heat pumps in cold weather

UK-based researchers have developed a novel method to estimate the amount of defrost cycles a heat pump will experience in the winter and how much energy it would require to implement the cycles. The results of their simulation showed a strong relationship between the number of defrost cycles and the ambient temperature.

Tesla Cybertruck can power homes

Tesla’s new trucks offer 11.5 kW of power output to homes, and 9.6 kW of output via five plugs.



Fluxim unveils stress test solution for perovskite solar cells

As perovskite solar cell research gains momentum, Switzerland’s Fluxim has added a stress test module for perovskite PV technologies to its optoelectrical device characterization instrument to automate a variety of experiments.

Sharp unveils 575 W TOPCon solar panel with 22.26% efficiency

Sharp’s new IEC61215- and IEC61730-certified solar panels have an operating temperature coefficient of -0.30% per C and a bifaciality factor of over 80%.

Inverted perovskite-organic tandem solar cell achieves 23.07% efficiency via metal ion-doped absorber

A group of scientists in Korea has a hot-air technique instead of atomic layer deposition to fabricate a perovskite absorber that reportedly shows a higher film quality. They applied this film in a perovskite-organic tandem solar cell, which exhibited low open-circuit voltage losses and high efficiency levels.

China Three Gorges commissions 1 MW pilot PV plant with perovskite panels

China Three Gorges has commissioned a 1 MW pilot solar plant with perovskite panels near Ordos, in China’s Inner Mongolia region. This marks the world’s first commercial PV system to use perovskite tech and features 11,200 modules from an undisclosed manufacturer.

Hybridizing anaerobic digestion with photovoltaic-thermal energy

Scientists in Spain have proposed to combine anaerobic digestion plants with photovoltaic-thermal panels and have found that this combination may achieve an LCOE of $0.045/kWh across several locations in Europe and North America.

Toshiba develops lithium-ion battery prototype for high-voltage applications

Toshiba has developed a 1.5 Ah lithium-ion battery prototype with a voltage of more than 3 V. The device retains its initial efficiency for over 6,000 charge/discharge cycles and enables rapid charging to 80% of capacity within just five minutes.



India’s SECI launches tender for 400 MW of solar modules

Solar Energy Corp. of India Ltd. (SECI) has started accepting bids to supply 400 MW of domestically manufactured solar modules built with made-in-India cells. The modules must be rated a minimum of 540 W each. Bidding ends on Dec. 23.

E.ON acquires German PV distributor Klarsolar

E.ON has acquired German PV distributor Klarsolar, expanding its network of local businesses offering rooftop PV and residential storage systems. The financial terms of the transaction remain undisclosed.

California deals blow to rooftop solar

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has prohibited the use of battery-tied solar exports to offset delivery charges, following its decision to slash the value of standalone solar exports in order to encourage the pairing of systems with battery storage.

India’s Bluebird Solar announces 2 GW module capacity expansion plan

Delhi-based Bluebird Solar, which currently operates 400 MW of annual panel manufacturing capacity, says it will ramp up capacity to 1.2 GW by March 2024 and to 2 GW by March 2025.

Solitek launches solar carport for residential, commercial applications

Lithuania-based Solitek has launched a carport product line featuring 370 W glass-glass frameless modules. It is designed to withstand a snow load of up to 2.5 kN/m2 and 27m/s of wind loads.

Weekend Read: Connecting HJT

The application of busbarless cell interconnection approaches could unlock the potential of heterojunction (HJT) technology, primarily by reducing the historically high silver usage of negatively-doped, “n-type” cell technology. As HJT manufacturing increases, a wave of applications may very well be on the horizon.

Energy Storage


California’s lithium reserves could power 375 million EV batteries, say researchers

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has prepared a report, funded by the US Department of Energy, to thoroughly quantify the amount of lithium in an underground reserve in the Salton Sea, California.

The Hydrogen Stream: Rolls-Royce opts for SAF, not hydrogen in large aircraft

Rolls-Royce has told pv magazine that it prefers sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) for large commercial flights, but it continues to invest in hydrogen for mid-size aircraft in partnership with easyJet.

EDF, Scatec Africa win South Africa’s battery procurement auction

The South African Government’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy announced French utility Électricité de France (EDF) will develop 257 MW of battery energy-storage systems across three projects, while South African renewable energy company Scatec Africa will develop one 103 MW project.

Day-ahead forecasting for commercial PV with battery storage

A research group in South Africa has developed a novel method for PV output forecasting in commercial buildings. The proposed approach is purportedly able to accurately forecast the output power of a PV plant using real-time weather data.

Daikin unveils series of residential air-to-air heat pumps

Daikin has released a line of residential air-to-air heat pumps, using difluoromethane (R32) as the refrigerant, with outdoor unit dimensions of 662 mm x 442 mm x 1022 mm. The output ranges from 2.5 kW to 3.5 kW, and the seasonal coefficient of performance (SCOP) is between 4.85 and 5.17.

Australian utility tests nickel-hydrogen battery

Australian energy giant AGL will install a nickel-hydrogen battery at its Torrens Island power station site in South Australia as it explores the potential opportunities that the technology could provide for stationary energy storage applications

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