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Solitek unveils residential lithium-ion battery

The Lithuania-based module manufacturer is now also manufacturing and selling a residential lithium-ion phosphate battery system. It is sold in 5.12 kWh modules that are stackable up to 8 units, each with a nominal voltage of 51.2 V.
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Printed flexible solar cells for space applications

Printed flexible solar cell technology developed by Australia’s national science agency has been successfully launched into space as part of billionaire Elon Musk’s Space X’s Transporter-10 mission.
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Zimbabwe approves 116 MW of PV projects

The government of Zimbabwe has approved a $45 million fund for renewable energy projects. The announcement coincides with the licensing of 10 independent power producers to generate 271 MW of renewable energy, including 116 MW of solar.
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Italy’s KEY trade show now Europe’s second-largest PV event

Italy's most important event for renewable energy took place last week in Rimini with a 41% increase in visitors and about 30% growth in the number of participating brands. This reflects the sustained growth of the Italian PV sector and also underscores ...
Energy Storage

Sosteneo to buy 49% of Enel’s battery business

Generali Investments' Sosteneo unit will acquire 49% of the share capital in Enel Libra Flexsys, a company fully owned by Italian utility Enel, which operates a 1.7 GW portfolio of battery energy storage systems (BESS).
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New tech to remanufacture recycled perovskite solar cells

An international research team has developed a novel way to remanufacture fully encapsulated perovskite solar cells after recycling. The researchers say the devices can achieve 88% of the original efficiency of the products.
Markets & Policy

Pexapark says European developers signed 21 PPAs for 916 MW in January

Pexapark, a Swiss consulting firm, says the new year started with “robust activity” for power purchase agreements (PPAs). It says that lower power and commodity prices drove a 12.8% month-on-month decline in all tracked PPA prices.
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German consultancy finalizes feasibility stage of Ugandan floating PV project 

A consortium involving 8.2 Renewable Energy Experts Hamburg and its partners has completed a feasibility assessment for a floating PV system on four reservoirs of different hydropower plants in Uganda.

Press Releases

KSTAR Brings Innovative New Energy Solutions at 2024 Key Energy Italy

KSTAR is thrilled to make waves at the highly anticipated 2024 Key Energy Italy event, taking place from February 28 to March 1, 2024.

Tongwei Solar Soars into the Top Five in 2023 Global Module Shipment

According to the latest figures, Tongwei Solar's cumulative global shipments of solar cells surpassed 200GW, establishing it as the largest solar cell producer worldwide in terms of production capacity and shipment volume! Additionally, Tongwei has maintained its position as the global leader in solar cell shipments for seven consecutive years.

SEG Solar Ranks Among Top 10 Solar Panel Brands in the US Market

SEG Solar was ranked as SolarReviews’s the best solar panel brands list 2024 for its exceptional brand value, high-performance module quality, and comprehensive warranty.

CATF releases vision to decarbonise Poland’s power system, with new analysis and recommendations

Clean Air Task Force (CATF) issued a new set of reports today that outline a vision and actionable recommendations for Poland's energy transition as it undertakes significant steps toward an energy-secure and carbon-neutral future.

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Solar producers across Northern Asia miss out on El Nino generation bump

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that solar producers in several provinces of Central China benefited from clearer than normal conditions in December and particularly February, bringing up the average to 20% more than expected. Furthermore, Solcast analysis reveals that, during the same period, Korea and Southern Japan saw consistently cloudier conditions than in normal years, decreasing irradiance and solar potential across the region.

Module prices steady as market mulls price hikes

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.

Why the EU should avoid PV protectionism

Rather than pondering the introduction of trade measures against solar imports, Europe should be pragmatic about its short-term reliance on Asian panels while moving now to nurture and incentivize a domestic supply chain of the future.

Hope at the end of turbulence

Growing demand for solar products is colliding with the hesitant shipment strategies of manufacturers, according to pvXchange’s Martin Schachinger.

Saharan dust drops irradiance across Europe

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.

Solar cell prices hold steady as market weighs feasibility of increasing prices

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.

Markets & Policy

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Australian PV installer owes millions to suppliers following collapse

Employees of G-Store, an Australian solar installation business, have lost their jobs and customers and suppliers are owed millions of dollars now that the company has been placed in the hands of administrators.

Landscape change indicators for agrivoltaics

Dutch scientists have developed new landscape change indicators (LCIs) for agrivoltaic projects. The novel methodology is meant to assist policymakers and project developers mitigate the visual and environmental impact of agrivoltaic facilities.

AmpIn Solar begins working on 1.3 GW solar factory in India

AmpIn Solar, a joint venture between AmpIn Energy Transition and Jupiter International Ltd, is building a new 1.3 GW solar cell and module factory in India under the government’s production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme.

Massachusetts expands solar net metering, bucking a national trend

Massachusetts expanded access to net metering, showing a commitment to distributed energy. The Department of Public Utilities expects to save ratepayers $10 million with the regulatory change.

Weekend Read: Thin prospects

The production of PV ingots and wafers remains the most highly concentrated of all the production stages in the silicon solar supply chain. Yet efforts to re-establish production in Europe and the United States are not for the faint-hearted.

The Hydrogen Stream: FIA bets on liquid hydrogen

Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) has reaffirmed its commitment to hydrogen car development, PT PLN has started producing green hydrogen in Indonesia, and OMV Petrom has agreed to build 55 MW of green hydrogen production capacity in Romania.

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Metrel releases safety tester for 1,500 V PV installations

Metrel says its new safety-analysis tool can measure the insulation resistance of strings, the continuity of protective earth conductors, and I/U characteristics, among other features.

Partners to develop 540 MW floating wind-solar plant in Italy

SolarDuck, Green Arrow Capital, and New Developments have agreed to develop an offshore hybrid project featuring 120 MWp of PV and 420 MW of wind in Calabria, Italy.

Photovoltaics for refrigerated warehouses

Scientists in China have analyzed the performance of PV-driven refrigeration warehouses and have found they can ensure stable operation thanks to a refrigeration coefficient of performance of up to 2.66.

Zendure offers PV-plus-storage solution for balconies

US startup Zendure says its new AIO 2400 package includes two solar panels with power outputs of 800 W, an 800 W microinverter, a 2.4 kWh plug-and-play storage system, and a management platform.

Indian government approves $9 billion rebate scheme for residential PV

India’s residential rooftop solar scheme provides central financial assistance (CFA) equating to 60% of system costs for 2 kW systems and 40% of the additional costs for systems between 2 kW and 3 kW of capacity. The CFA will be capped at 3 kW.

Pneumatic PV facade with solar trackers

A group of researchers in Germany has designed a novel PV façade using two actuators that allow bending in two directions. The PV functionalization of FlectoSol aims for an energy self-sufficient shading system.

Technology

Leapton unveils 585 W TOPCon solar panel with fiberglass frame

Leapton says its new panels have a temperature coefficient of -0.30% per C and an efficiency of up to 22.65%. They come with a 30-year power output guarantee for 87.4% of the initial yield.

Single-junction transparent perovskite solar cell achieves record-breaking voltage of 1.78 V

A research team in Germany claims to have achieved the highest open-circuit voltage ever recorded to date for a perovskite solar cell based on hybrid methylamine lead chloride (MAPbCl3). The novel perovskite absorber was fabricated with a two-step deposition method and annealing under molecular nitrogen (N2) gas inside a glovebox.

Italian startup offers roll-to-roll process for organic solar panels

Ribes Tech, a spinoff of the Italian Institute of Technology, has established a roll-to-roll process to produce organic photovoltaic modules that it says can be expanded to enable volume production of PV modules for indoor sensors, trackers, and electronic devices.

Scientists describe anti-soiling performance mechanisms in solar glass

Laboratory and outdoor soiling experiments conducted in Saudi Arabia have shown that increased particle resuspension by wind is one of the dominant factors for high anti-soiling performance in photovoltaic glass.

MIT research provides roadmap to perovskite passivation

Research teams have developed methods for perovskite passivation, but there hasn’t been a clear understanding of how the process works. A new Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) study provides details on how to passivate the material’s surface so the perovskite no longer degrades so rapidly or loses efficiency.

New copper antimony sulphide solar cell design promises 16.17% efficiency

A group of researchers has made another attempt to design solar cells based on non-toxic and earth-abundant copper antimony sulfide. The proposed cell architecture is the result of the optimization of the device’s layer thicknessess.

Manufacturing

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Chinese PV Industry Brief: Daqo reports revenue drop due to lower selling prices

Daqo increased polysilicon production volume in 2023 to 197,831 MT, representing a 47.8% year-over-year increase compared to 133,812 MT produced in 2022.

Sunova Solar announces 9 GW cell factory in China

Sunova Solar’s new cell manufacturing facility produces 182 mm, 199 mm and 210 mm TOPCon cells. At full capacity, the facility is expected to produce approximately 36,000 high-efficiency modules per day.

REC launches 430 W heterojunction solar module with 22.2% efficiency

REC has developed a new series of residential heterojunction solar panels with efficiencies ranging from 20.6% to 22.2% and an operating temperature coefficient of -0.24% per degree Celsius.

Polysilicon shipments into China fall to lowest level since 2011

Bernreuter Research says the volume of polysilicon shipments into China dropped 28.5% year on year in 2023 to the lowest level since 2011. It predicts that imports could fall by another 40% this year.

U.S. startup offers solar kit for VIPV applications

Worksport, a U.S. technology company, has announced a protective cover for pickup trucks fitted with solar PV modules. The kit includes a battery and an inverter and is meant to be a portable power source for leisure activities, such as camping, or as a temporary backup to recharge electronics or small appliances during power outages.

New method to repair ribbon busbar interruptions in PV panels

A Spanish research team has developed a set of techniques to repair ribbon busbar interruptions in PV panels without resorting to expensive electroluminescence images. The scientists warned that the proposed approach should not be used with modules that did not pass some basic safety tests.

Energy Storage

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Rolls-Royce to supply 160 MWh of battery storage to Latvian grid operator

The two grid-scale battery energy storage systems will be connected in autumn 2025, aiding Latvia’s synchronization with the continental European power grid. 

1komma5° acquires Australia’s Arkana Energy

German solar tech developer 1komma5° has strengthened its presence in the Australian market with the acquisition of Arkana Energy Group.

BayWa, Ampt add solar to wind-flow battery project without own inverters

BayWa re and Ampt, in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT), have developed an innovative and technically challenging hybrid system featuring 690 kWp of rooftop and ground-mounted PV, a 2 MW wind turbine, and a 10 MWh flow-battery energy storage system.

The Hydrogen Stream: First hydrogen coach ready for mass-production

GCK Mobility has secured French government approval for the first homologation of a hydrogen-retrofitted coach for series production, while Forvia and Air Liquide have agreed with FAW Jiefang to equip heavy-duty trucks with liquid hydrogen storage systems in China.

EDF to develop 3 GWh pumped hydro project in Australia

The Australian arm of French energy giant EDF Group has acquired and agreed to co-develop the proposed 300 MW/3 GWh Dungowan pumped hydro energy storage project in New South Wales, Australia.

Global atlas for pumped hydro at mining sites

The researchers that created the atlas considered mining pits, pit lakes and tailings ponds within mining sites and located nearby reservoirs. The selected sites have a potential storage capacity of 30 TWh.

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