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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.
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GoodWe finalizes 10.9 MW solar plant in Malaysia

Chinese solar inverter and battery producer GoodWe says it has completed the construction of the 10.95 MW Solar Citra Project in Malaysia.
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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 ag...
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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 Honeyw...
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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 is...
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Pexapark records slight increase in European PPA prices for August

Power purchase agreement (PPA) prices increased by 1.4% on average in Europe in August, according to Pexapark. It says that only nine deals with a combined capacity of 193 MW were closed.
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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.
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%.

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Residential Solar PV Inverter Market Set for Robust Growth with Top Vendor Breakthroughs, Projected CAGR of 5.2% over the Forecast Period

Increasing demand for solar PV inverters reflects rising environmental concerns. Solar power plays a vital role in curbing greenhouse emissions.

World Hydrogen Week sees launch of world-first H2 derivative programme

With the urgent need for clean hydrogen to rapidly scale to meet increasing demand and achieve climate goals, World Hydrogen Leaders announce their enhanced World Hydrogen Week, taking place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, from 9th to 13th October 2023.

The smarter E India 2024 is rescheduled to 21-23 February 2024

The smarter E India 2024 has now been rescheduled to 21-23 February 2024 from its original schedule of 17-19 January 2024 due to a government event coinciding with the earlier dates.

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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.

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German energy retrofitting startup 42watt raises seed capital to expand portfolio, market segments

Munich-based startup, 42watt, has raised seed funding to develop its platform that simplifies building energy efficiency renovations, helping to navigate legal requirements, financing and technical renovation options.

TUESDAY 1 – 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.

TUESDAY 1 – Sunmaxx builds 50 MW photovoltaic-thermal solar module factory in Germany

Dresden-based Sunmaxx PVT, photovoltaic-thermal solar modules specialist, has started construction of an automated module production plant in Saxony with annual capacity of 50 MW in an existing 4000 m2 site in Ottendorf-Okrilla, near Dresden.

Heat pump adoption in Canada

The Canadian Climate Institute has released a report that explains how to unlock lower-cost heating and cooling in Canada. It outlines barriers to adoption and makes recommendations to streamline the loan and grant application process.

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.

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Weekend Read: Excluded from Russian vandalism

Built as a symbol of hope amid disaster, the decision to construct a solar site at Chornobyl may have saved it from the destruction that other power generation facilities suffered during early Russian advances in Ukraine.

UK may rejoin GW club this year

Recent data published by Great Britain’s Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) show the country’s solar PV cumulative capacity was 15,292.8 MW at the end of July, with newly installed capacity for the first seven months of this year reaching 643 MW. Although Gareth Simkins of Solar Energy UK said these figures were ‘relatively low’, he explained that several utility scale PV plants may have not been included in the statistics so far and there was cause for optimism.

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.

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.

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.

IIT Mandi researchers identify top-performing solar plants in India

Indian researchers have assessed seven of NTPC’s solar plants in various climate zones. They used a fuzzy multi-criteria decision-making method to evaluate economic, technical, environmental, and connectivity issues.

Technology

Perovskite carbon electrode ecosystem takes shape

Carbon electrodes for perovskite solar cells is a technology that promises simpler, less energy-intense manufacturing but low power conversion efficiency has held it back. Now it is changing as researchers overcome some of the barriers this year.

Phosphorus-arsenic nanoribbons’ conductivity to improve solar cells

The novel nanoribbons are one atom thick, and show high conductivity in temperatures higher than negative 143.15°C. They are made by alloying phosphorus with arsenic

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 this strategy is an anti-reflector layer based on silicon dioxide (SiO2) that improves light harvesting and charge extraction performance.

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.

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 […]

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New energy model for bifacial PV systems

Research from India utilized solar geometry to create a novel energy estimation model that ‘accurately predicts both the irradiances for a prototype bifacial PV module.’ It achieved correlation coefficients of 1.04 and 1.40 for the front and rear sides, respectively

GoodWe offering carport solar panels in Australia

China’s GoodWe has introduced specialized carport solar panels to the Australian market. The panels are designed to address concerns related to water drainage and wiring.

Maxeon to acquire shingled cell solar patents from Complete Solaria

Maxeon is set to buy shingled cell solar patents from Complete Solaria. Along with its solar panel patent portfolio, Maxeon will also acquire Complete Solaria’s dealer channel operations and contracts.

Runergy releases new n-type solar module series

The Chinese manufacturer also inked new strategic cooperation agreements while displaying the new line of solar modules at RE+ 2023 in Las Vegas.

‘Europe is still in the hydrogen race,’ says Bureau Veritas

Hydrogen is nothing new, but it could become a decarbonized energy vector to transform renewable electrons into renewable fuels, displacing fossil fuels in multiple applications. Laurence Boisramé, global director of hydrogen at Bureau Veritas, recently spoke with pv magazine about improving hydrogen market transparency, but she noted that “global consensus will take time – at least a few years.”

European Solar Manufacturing Council urges EU to adopt law against forced labor in PV industry

The European Solar Manufacturing Council (ESMC) is urging the European Union to adopt legislation against forced labor in the PV industry, by explicitly calling for measures to prevent solar products produced with forced labor from entering the European market.

Energy Storage

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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.

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%.

South Africa streamlines 203 MW of wind-solar-storage hybrid projects

The South African authorities awarded project agreements to two wind-solar-storage hybrid projects that were selected in a 2 GW tech-neutral tender held under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) in 2021.

Ampace unveils battery tech with 15,000-cycle lifespan

Ampace says its new battery cell technology has a 15,000-cycle lifetime. It is suitable for stationary and solar power storage applications, with a potential lifespan of up to 20 years.

Hydrogen stations can avoid unplanned shutdowns with predictive models

New research from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) focuses on a specific model that uses data to reduce the frequency of unscheduled maintenance, while increasing the frequency of preventive maintenance.

Qvantum plans heat pump factory in Hungary

Swedish manufacturer Qvantum has announced plans to set up a heat pump factory in Hungary. The new facility is expected to have an annual production capacity of 1 million heat pumps.

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