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The Hydrogen Stream: Germany expands global hydrogen alliances

Germany advanced its hydrogen ambitions this week with a fresh call for the International Green Hydrogen Promotion Program in Latin America, a collaborative deal with the UK government, and a tie-up between DHL and Sasol for sustainable aviation fuels based on green hydrogen (eSAF).
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Indonesia’s largest floating solar plant to expand to 500 MW

Abu Dhabi-based Masdar and PLN Nusantara Power, an Indonesian state-owned electricity generator, have agreed to more than triple the size of the Cirata floating PV power plant in West Java so it can generate 500 MW.
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Chinese PV Industry Brief: TCL Zhonghuan, Longi lower wafer prices

This week, Longi and TCL Zhonghuan reduced slightly the prices of their wafer products. Meanwhile, the China Photovoltaic Industry Association reports strong ouput growth for the solar industry.

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Energy Storage

LG Energy Solution to offer lithium iron phosphate batteries in Europe

LG Energy Solution will soon release its lithium iron phosphate batteries in the European market, featuring compatibility with single-phase and three-phase inverters. The South Korean manufacturer will offer two configurations, with capacities of 12.4 kW...

Australia’s rooftop PV installations hit 1.4 GW in H1

New statistics from Australia's Clean Energy Regulator show that 2023 could be another record year for distributed solar.
Markets & Policy

NHOA Energy starts 107 MWh solar-storage project in China

Italy's NHOA Energy says it has commissioned a 107 MWh energy storage project for a Taiwan Cement Corp. cement plant in Guangdong province, China.

Germany’s new solar installations hit 1.05 GW in August

Germany's new solar installations surged to 1.05 GW in August, contributing to 8.99 GW of newly installed PV capacity for the first eight months of this year. This marks significant growth from the 4.8 GW installed during the same period in 2022.

Vertical agrivoltaics to reduce PV curtailment, increase water efficiency

An international research group has analyzed a vertical bifacial agrivoltaics system in a drought-stricken part of Chile. They say that the solar array can improve water efficiency for crop irrigation, while the vertical system configuration optimizes PV...

Press Releases

JinkoSolar Supplies 43MWh of Its SunGiga Liquid Cooling C&I Energy Storage System

JinkoSolar today announced, it signs a frame contract to supply its 43MWh of SunGiga liquid-cooling battery systems (JKE215K100LDLA) to Rixin Hongsheng Smarty Energy Co. , Ltd.

Enea buys a 35 MW photovoltaic farm in Greater Poland from Pad Res

The Genowefa Photovoltaic Farm is expected to produce more than 35,000 MWh of green energy annually. The operating installation was purchased from PAD RES, a leading developer in the clean energy sector.

Pexapark raises €20m of fresh capital to accelerate global renewables growth

New funding from Telstra Ventures, Swisscom Ventures and A&G Energy Tech Transition Fund will support Pexapark in its mission to equip renewables players globally with the solutions to succeed in the energy transition

PVO International joins forces with German inverter manufacturer KACO new energy

Press Release 26-09-2023   PVO International, European leader in procurement of solar panels, inverters, and mounting materials, has signed a cooperation agreement last Monday on 25 September with KACO new energy. Together with the German top manufacturer of high-end inverter solutions, we take another step in accelerating the energy transition towards a more sustainable future.

Opinion & Analysis


Conventional grids place power plants in the crosshairs

Warnings about the need to decentralize Ukraine's electricity grid, made 10 years before the Russian invasion, fell on deaf ears at the time. In the wake of war, nations across Eastern and Central Europe are alive to the risks embodied in traditional energy networks.

Solar module price falling, with no end in sight

Solar module prices have never fallen so sharply in such a short period of time. One reason for this is the “PV module glut” in warehouses in Europe, according to pvXchange’s Martin Schachinger.

Seasonal solar patterns present opportunity in North Africa

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, explains that the climatology of Africa leads to very different seasonal generation patterns from what European solar producers experience. Data analysed by Solcast, via the Solcast API, shows this seasonal variance from summer to winter in 2023.

China solar cell prices hit record lows

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.

How solar tariffs destroyed tens of thousands of jobs in Germany

Calls for barriers and duties are resurfacing in Europe as solar module prices sharply fall. German PV analyst Karl-Heinz Remmers recalls the 2009-13 period, when the European Union introduced anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties. This drove the loss of 80,000 jobs in the solar industry, despite or perhaps because of the tariffs on PV modules and raw materials.

Europe’s power price rollercoaster

Almost every weekend since Easter, European generators have been paid to power down plants but some Northern European nations are experiencing record electricity prices. An energy system set up for fossil fuels is in urgent need of reform, according to Gerard Reid, co-founder and partner of Alexa Capital.

Markets & Policy


Self-interest key to maximizing rooftop solar installations

Researchers in Switzerland have found that the most effective way for governments to nudge homeowners into installing rooftop solar PV sytems hinges on individuals being told how much money they’ve lost by not getting it sooner.

Solar industry should focus on virtual power plants, says DOE’s director Jigar Shah

WEDNESDAY 2 – Scatec switches on 30 MW of solar linked to 20MW/19MWh of storage

The two solar-plus-storage facilities are located in Maroua and Guider, in northern Cameroon. 

WEDNESDAY 1 – One million solar workers to be employed in the EU by 2025, SolarPower Europe says

There were 648,000 workers employed in the solar industry by the end of 2022 compared to 466,000 workers the year prior, the European association for solar, SolarPower Europe, says in its recently released EU Solar Jobs Report 2023. The paper also predicts the sector will grow to 1 million full-time employees in three years.

German energy retrofitting startup 42watt raises seed capital to expand services and market segments

Munich-based startup, 42watt, has raised seed funding to develop its platform that simplifies building energy efficiency renovations for German consumers. The capital wil be used to expand the fee-based service and enter new market segments.

Sunmaxx builds 50 MW PV-thermal solar module factory in Germany

Sunmaxx PVT, a photovoltaic-thermal solar module specialist, has started building an automated 50 MW module factory near Dresden, Germany.



Combining PV with bio-building in rural housing

Novel Moroccan research has looked into the energy saving resulting from the use of locally sourced bio-materials-based walls. It achieved an LCOE of $0.218/kWh and reduced heat and cooling load by 24.3% and 26.7%, respectively.

Panasonic introduces half-cut HJT residential solar modules

Panasonic unveiled its new residential solar modules – including half-cut heterojunction (HJT) models, along with a home battery system and energy management device – at the recent RE+ trade show in Las Vegas.

Baywa r.e., Metro commission Germany’s ‘largest’ rooftop PV array

The rooftop system consists of two sub-units with a capacity of 6 MW and 12 MW, respectively.

GoodWe finalizes 10.9 MW solar plant in Malaysia

Chinese solar inverter and battery producer GoodWe has completed the construction of the 10.95 MW Solar Citra Project in Malaysia, with Apricum senior advisor Moritz Sticher telling pv magazine that although the scale of the plant is ‘small’ every project in the Southeast Asian country counts.

French developer builds agrivoltaics facility with irrigation system

TSE has installed a 2.9 MW agrivoltaics plant in northern France with sensors to trigger an irrigation system. The irrigation setup can reportedly achieve significant water savings. The company is selling the electricity under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

Assessing non-linear tradeoffs in photovoltaic mini-grids

Researchers in Sweden investigated the complex non-linear tradeoffs between capacity expansion costs and reliability levels of off-grid PV mini-grids and found that capacity expansion based solely on cost-minimization may result in several reliability issues.



New perovskite solar cell design with silicon dioxide anti-reflector layer

Researchers in Iran have designed a new light trapping (LT) structure for perovskite solar cells that reportedly achieves optimal light absorption without impacting the electrical properties of the cells. The key element of the device is an anti-reflector layer based on silicon dioxide (SiO2) that improves light harvesting and charge extraction performance.

Carbon electrode perovskite solar cells on the way to commercialization

Carbon electrode back-contacts for perovskite solar cells is a technology that promises simpler, less energy-intense manufacturing. But low power conversion efficiency has held it back. Now this may change as researchers seem to overcome some of the barriers.

Huasun claims 23.96% efficiency, 744.4 W output for heterojunction solar panel

The Chinese manufacturer said TÜV SÜD confirmed the results. It launched the G12 series of heterojunction solar modules, with a focus on utility-scale projects, in the second half of 2022.

Phosphorus-arsenic nanoribbons may improve solar cell performance

UK researchers have developed ultra-thin nanoribbons, just 1 atom thick, by combining phosphorus and arsenic alloys. The nanoribbons offer excellent conductivity, even at temperatures exceeding -143.15 C, and have the potential to enhance charge flow in solar cells.

Honeywell invests in US iron flow battery specialist ESS

Honeywell purchased $27.5 million in ESS common stock and intends to purchase $300 million in ESS product, with $15 million prepaid. The collaboration enables Honeywell to integrate ESS technology into its global offering, and ESS gains license to Honeywell’s flow battery intellectual property.

Rinnai launches hot water heat pump for residential applications

The new heat pump can purportedly provide hot water at a temperature of up to 70 C. It is specifically designed for climatic conditions with temperatures ranging from -10 C to 42 C, as well as coastal locations.



Luxra, Rayzon Solar set up PV module production venture in India

Swiss-German company Luxra Group and India’s Rayzon Solar have agreed to set up a joint venture for PV module production in India. The partnership will combine Luxra’s technology and Rayzon’s operational expertise in PV panel manufacturing.

Riello Solartech unveils hybrid inverters for rooftop PV

Riello Solartech has developed new hybrid inverters for rooftop PV, designed for commercial and industrial applications The Italian manufacturer says they have a European efficiency rating of roughly 98%.

Low-temperature processes to reduce silver use in perovskite-silicon solar cells

Researchers from Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE developed new techniques to reduce silver consumption in tandem perovskite silicon solar cells and heterojunction silicon PV devices. The new processes relate to cell metallization and module interconnection.

Fraunhofer ISE, AMOLF claim record efficiency of 36.1% for silicon-based multijunction solar cell

The two research institutes said the multijunction solar cell is based on silicon, gallium indium phosphide (GaInP) and gallium arsenide (GaAs). The device utilizes a specially designed metal/polymer nanocoating that reportedly optimizes the distribution of light scattering beyond the total internal reflection critical angle in the cell.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: China to add 170 GW of PV in 2023, says S&P

S&P Global Commodity Insights says it expects China to install 170 GW of solar in 2023, with global capacity additions to potentially surpass 400 GW.

Suburban grids most vulnerable to high levels of EV, heat pump, PV

Researchers from the Netherlands have assessed the potential integration of heat pumps, electric vehicles, and PV systems into distribution grids. They have discovered that suburban grids could face a higher risk of overload. By using actual data from Dutch distribution grid operators, they believe their methodology could be applied to study energy systems in other nations.

Energy Storage


Fortescue moves forward with hydrogen project in Canada

Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) has submitted a proposal for the "Project Coyote" green hydrogen and ammonia production facility in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Tesla proposes battery storage factory in India

Tesla has submitted a proposal to the Indian government to set up a Powerwall battery storage factory in India.

US energy storage deployments to exceed 10 GW this year

Energy storage is rapidly expanding as the sector scales to match growing renewable energy supplies, according to a new report by Interact Analysis.

Solar Impulse spinoff H55 raised capital to finance production and certifications

H55, a spinoff of the Solar Impulse project, developing and manufacturing electric aircraft propulsion solutions and battery pack systems, raised Chf 45 million ($49.78 million) from ND Capital, Tippet Venture Partners, RTX Ventures and prominent private investors. H55 raised capital to finance greater automation at its Swiss factory and its Montreal battery manufacturing facility, and […]

The Hydrogen Stream: H2EX’s Australia ‘natural hydrogen’ survey set for Q4

The International Energy Agency has warned that lagging policy support, rising costs, and supply chain disruptions threaten the profitability of low-emission hydrogen, while the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has identified hydrogen seeps in South Australia.

Briggs & Stratton launches new lithium iron phosphate battery packages

The battery packages include a battery, an inverter and a control system. The US manufacturer claims its storage systems have a lifespan of over 10,000 cycles and a depth of discharge of 80%.

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