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Solarwatt presents DC version of Battery flex PV storage system

Solarwatt says it has developed a DC version of its Battery flex PV storage system. The new version offers backup power and is optimized for the Steca SolBrid hybrid inverter.
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Solar farm under construction at Dublin Airport

Irish renewables developer Enerpower has started building a 9 MW solar array at Dublin Airport. The project is expected to generate more than 10% of the airport's electricity needs once it is completed.
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Austria adds 500 MW of PV in Q1

Austria's Federal Association of Photovoltaics (PV Austria) says the nation added 500 MW of new solar capacity in the first quarter, driven by investments in private rooftop PV systems benefiting from a value-added tax (VAT) exemption.
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Jordan launches tender for solar energy systems

The Jordanian government has launched a tender for 3 kW solar energy systems for homes of National Aid Fund beneficiaries. The deadline for applications is July 4.
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Warehouse rooftop solar, batteries could unlock 28 GW in Australia

Nexa Advisory says sluggish rooftop solar and battery storage uptake by businesses in the Australian state of New South Wales points to a 7 GW missed opportunity, and 28 GW nationally.
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Home office, schooling helped distributed PV address duck curve challenge during Covid-19 crisis

New research from the United Kingdom shows how during the Covid-19 crisis homeowners relying on PV and storage were able to considerably reduce grid electricity reliance, while increasing self-consumption rates. The analysis included 100 houses equipped ...
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Optimized antimony trisulfide solar cells may reach 11.68% efficiency

An international research group has analyzed the most important barriers preventing antimony trisulfide solar cells from reaching satifsfying power conversion efficiencies and has suggested a series of optimization parameters that could get them closer t...
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Lazard says fossil fuel costs double that of utility-scale solar

The levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) for solar has fallen to between $29/MWh and $92/MWh, according to a new report from Lazard.

Press Releases

Dyness Set to Make Waves at Intersolar Europe 2024 with Breakthrough Energy Storage Solution

Dyness, a global innovator in energy storage system solutions, is thrilled to announce its participation in Intersolar Europe 2024, a premier global event for the solar industry. The exhibition will be held from June 19th to 21st at Messe München in Germany.

Hanersun Wins PVBL “World’s Top 100 Solar PV Brands” and More Industry Awards

On June 11, Hanersun attended the 9th Annual Century Photovoltaic Conference and the 12th Global PV Brand Rankings Announcement Ceremony, co-hosted by Century New Energy Network and Photovoltaic Brand Lab (PVBL). At the conference, Hanersun won three awards as "World's Top 100 Solar PV Brands," "Best Solar PV Brand Promotion Award," and "Fastest Growing Company in Global PV&ES Industry," highlighting its steady growth, innovative strength, and excellent brand reputation.

Growatt inverter series now approved in Austria

Friedrichsdorf, Germany - Growatt, a leading global provider of decentralized energy solutions, is pleased to announce the approval and inclusion in the Österreich Energie inverter list for its three-phase inverter series for the Austrian market. The MID 11-30KTL3-XH and MOD 3-15KTL3-XH models are newly approved alongside the already approved SPH 4000-10000TL3 BH-UP.

Sustainable Innovation: Full-Screen DBB PV Module Started Mass Production

On May 15, DAH Solar announced that the Full-Screen DBB (no-bus bar) PV Module has officially started mass production, which takes half a year from design to mass production.

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‘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.

‘I worked in notably biassed teams, both in terms of gender and age’

This week, Women in Solar Europe (WiSEu) gives voice to María Santa María, Head of Projects at BayWa r.e. Iberia. She says that diversity and Inclusion are worth the central stage in a company’s hiring practices and board representation. She also claims that organizations and industry stakeholders have lots to gain by explicitly and outspokenly prioritizing equity and inclusion to create a more inclusive environment for women and other underrepresented groups.

Gulf heat dome and polar jet stream shape solar outcomes in May

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that a strong polar jet stream and a record-breaking heat dome in May resulted in a stark contrast in irradiance patterns across North America. The western and central USA, along with Mexico, experienced higher than normal irradiance, while the Gulf and East Coast regions faced lower irradiance.

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India’s SJVN allocates 1.5 GW of wind, solar for $0.041/kWh

SJVN has allocated 1.5 GW of wind and solar for $0.041/kWh. The winning developers will establish wind-solar hybrid projects on a build-own-operate basis under 25-year power purchase agreements (PPAs).

BASF, NGK launch sodium-sulfur battery with less than 1% degradation rate

A set of technological improvements incorporated into the new product NAS MODEL L24 allows for lower maintenance costs compared to the earlier sodium sulfur battery type developed by the two manufacturers.

Lynher Energy secures 15-year PPA for 27 MW plant on UK agricultural land

Corporate PPA deal with FTSE 100 company creates a “solid foundation” for near-term solar capacity growth, according to Lynher Energy director.

Solatio plans 4 GW of solar for hydrogen production in Brazil

Spanish solar developer Solatio says that it plans 4 GW of solar to support hydrogen production in Brazil, under a $1.94 billion agreement with the state government of Piauí.

Gujarat allocates 500 MW of solar at $0.032/kWh

Avaada, BluPine Energy, Hinduja Renewable Energy, KPI Green and NRC Industries won Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam’s (GUVNL) latest tender for 500 MW of grid-connected solar, with the potential for an additional 500 MW.

Australia adds 9.6 GWh pumped hydro project to pipeline

The pipeline of pumped hydro storage projects in the Australian state of Queensland continues to grow, with Victoria-based renewables company BE Power announcing plans to develop an 800 MW/9.6 GWh project at Mount Alma near Gladstone.

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Weather-related damage to solar assets exceed modeling expectations by 300%

The report from kWh Analytics, with input from several industry leaders, identified 14 risks to be aware of in the solar industry, including risks related to extreme weather, such as hail, and operational risks.

Agrivoltaics for apricots

French developer Solveo Energies has developed a 247 kW agrivoltaic facility spread across 3,500 m2. The system features trackers controlled by the Cultiveo Dynamique algorithm, to protect an apricot farm in Pyrénées-Orientales, France.

Swiss say ‘yes’ to new law to expedite solar development

Swiss voters have approved a new electricity law that mandates PV systems on large buildings, supports electricity communities, and encourages collective self-consumption.

Indonesia targets over 5.7 GW of rooftop solar by 2028

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in Indonesia has set a quota of 5,746 MW of rooftop solar to be deployed between 2024 and 2028. The Jakarta-based Institute for Essential Services Reform anticipates rooftop solar to be more commonly adopted by commercial and industrial consumers than residential users, following the abolishment of net-metering earlier this year.

California bill may amend ruling that gutted value of solar for multi-meter properties

If approved, SB 1374 would give schools, farms, apartments and other multi-meter properties “the same treatment” as single-family homes in solar crediting and billing structures.

Release by Scatec to expand solar, storage capacity in Cameroon

Release by Scatec, a distributed-generation solar and battery energy storage systems (BESS) solution, is set to expand its solar and storage capacity in Cameroon by 28.6 MW and 19.2 MWh across two solar plants.

Technology

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Concentrator photovoltaic module based on surface mount technology

A research group in Canada has optimized the performance of concentrator photovoltaics by using the so-called surface-mount technology for thermal management. The CPV module prototype utilizes four non-interconnected III-V germanium cells, a Fresnel lens, and a transparent glass printed-circuit board.

Perovskite-silicon tandem solar cell treated with n-Butanol achieves 29.4% efficiency

Researchers in China have built a tandem-perovskite solar cell with a top perovskite device based on an absorber treated with n-butanol, which reportedly reduces the detrimental effects of moisture in manufacturing processes carried out in air environment. The result is a tandem cell with improved charge collection.

Philippines opens nation’s biggest solar-powered irrigation system

The authorities in the Philippines have inaugurated the country’s largest solar-powered irrigation system, featuring more than 1,000 solar panels and two submersible pumps. The system benefits over 200 farmers and is the first of its kind to be constructed over an irrigation canal, preserving farming land.

Canary Islands to host hybrid storage project for synchronous grid-forming

Elewit, the tech platform of Spain’s Red Eléctrica de España (REE), has revealed plans to build a hybrid storage project in the Canary Islands, featuring an 18.8 MVA virtual synchronous compensator and a 16 MW hybrid solution based on ultracapacitors.

Winaico presents bifacial 435 W TOPCon solar modules with 22.30% efficiency

Taiwanese manufacturer Winaico said its newest bifacial, n-type, glass-glass TOPCon compact modules are available in a 435 W aluminum-framed version, and a 430 W full-black version. The module efficiency is up to 22.30%.

U.S. startup launches online platform for residential PV system purchase

Two-year old Monalee has developed an online platform for U.S. homeowners looking to buy solar PV and storage systems. Its software enables the process from quotes to financing, installation, and after-sales support.

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JA Solar takes top spot on WoodMac’s list of PV module manufacturers

Wood Mackenzie says that JA Solar has taken first place on its list of solar panel manufacturers. Nine of the first 12 positions are held by Chinese manufacturers, seven of them could surpass 100 GW of capacity by 2027, and eight are self-sufficient in cell capacity, according to the research firm.

U.S. solar trade case moves forward

The U.S. International Trade Commission unanimously voted that solar cell manufacturing in Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, supported by local incentives, is harming U.S. industry. This decision paves the way for the Commerce Department to finalize its determinations on countervailing duties by July 18 and anti-dumping duties by October 1.

Standard Energy prepares 3 GW silicon wafer, 3 GW PV cell factory in Thailand

Standard Energy, a subsidiary of Singapore’s GSTAR Group, says the first batch of equipment has arrived at its new 3 GW silicon wafer and 3 GW solar cell smart factory in Thailand. Production is expected to commence in July.

Austria offers incentives for PV systems above 35 kW with European modules

The Austrian government has introduced incentives for PV systems over 35 kW that feature made-in-Europe modules. The measure aims to create new jobs and support the energy transition, offering a 20% higher subsidy for qualifying projects.

Switzerland rejects measures to support domestic solar industry

A recent report from the Swiss Federal Council describes the difficult trajectory of efforts to rebuild the domestic PV industry and concludes that plans to create a European supply chain could be too expensive.

Carbon-based perovskite solar cell relying on phosphorene achieves 15.58% efficiency

The result is the best efficiency ever recorded for a carbon-based PV cell using unconventional hole transporting materials to date. The device was built with a hole transparent layer based on electrochemically produced large-area phosphorene flakes, which reportedly enable the required band energy alignment within the cell.

Energy Storage

State Grid commissions 1.4 GW of pumped hydro storage in China

State Grid Corp. of China says it has finalized a pumped-hydro storage project consisting of four reversible pump-turbine generator units, each with a capacity of 350 MW. It is located near Xiamen, in China's Fujian province.

Volkswagen enters C&I energy storage business with Elli

The Volkswagen Group has announced its entry into a new business segment with its charging and energy brand Elli. It will develop massive industrial battery energy storage systems, including initial 350 MW/700 MWh projects already in its pipeline.

India’s JSW Energy starts construction of 1 GWh battery storage

JSW Energy has started construction work for its 1 GWh battery energy storage project in India, marking its foray into energy storage services. The company is also spearheading the development of India’s largest commercial-scale green hydrogen project in India.

Troubled solar-wind-storage park finally reaches full potential in Australia

After a six-year delay, the 60 MW Kennedy Energy Park in Australia – hailed as the nation’s first fully integrated, utility-scale solar, wind, and battery project – has finally achieved full commercial operations.

New solid state zinc battery with superb cycle performance

Researchers in Australia have developed a new class of solid electrolytes for rechargeable aqueous zinc-iodine batteries, which has allowed for extended lifespan and high-efficiency. Symmetric cells employing this electrolyte have demonstrated excellent cycle performance, maintaining stability for approximately 5,000 hours at room temperature, while all-solid-state ZnI2 batteries exhibit over 7,000 cycles with a capacity retention exceeding 72.2%

Nova Scotia gold mine could host PV-plus-pumped hydro storage energy hub

A new partnership will investigate the viability of colocating a closed-loop pumped hydro energy storage facility with solar PV at the site of a former gold mine in Moose River in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. Atlantic Mining, owner of the mine, and Natural Forces, a renewables company with 300 MW of operational capacity in Canada, are optimistic the project will be feasible.