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French startup reveals rooftop system with PV panels, mini wind turbines

French startup Unéole has developed a rooftop system that combines solar and silent wind turbines. It claims its system can produce 40% more energy than standalone rooftop solar arrays. It is now testing the device, with plans to commercialize it by 2023.


Chinese PV Industry Brief: Longi, JA Solar, Yingli share 1.05 GW of panel orders

Longi, JA Solar and Yingli have agreed to collectively supply 1.05 GW of solar panels to China Southern Power Grid, while Daqo New Energy has secured board for a planned $700 million share repurchase program.


Rooftop PV performance during heatwaves

Chinese researchers have assessed the impact of residential rooftop PV arrays on energy use and surrounding air temperatures during extreme heatwaves. They found that panels with higher conversion efficiencies achieved the best results.

Albania kicks off tender for 12.9 MW floating solar project

Solar Energy of Albania (SENA) aims to develop a 12.9 MW floating solar project on a lake in northwestern Albania, next to an existing hydropower plant.


Stäubli launches dual-rated, 1,500 V branch connector for solar

Stäubli, a Swiss electrical connector manufacturer, has unveiled a new branch connector with both UL and IEC certification.


Solar dominates renewable corporate PPAs in Asia Pacific, says WoodMac

Corporations in the Asia-Pacific region are set to contract a record 7 GW of renewable capacity in 2022, according to a new report by Wood Mackenzie. Solar accounts for 57% of the region’s contracted corporate renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs) to date. India, Australia and Taiwan account for 89% of overall capacity in the region.

Vattenfall to build solar array along Dutch highway

Sweden’s Vattenfall has revealed plans to build a subsidy-free, large-scale solar plant along the A6 highway in the Netherlands. Construction is expected to begin in 2024, with operations to start in late 2024 or early 2025.

High-temperature heat pumps for industry

A new EU-funded project aims to show how heat pump technologies could supply various industrial processes with heat in the 90 C to 160 C temperature range. It also looks at how heat can be extracted from renewable sources like solar thermal, as well as ambient heat and industrial waste heat.


GameChange Solar launches mounting system for east-west oriented solar parks

GameChange Solar designed its new fixed-tilt racking system to maximize module density, with a ground coverage ratio of up to 98%. The systems costs $0.039/W in the United States and $0.029/W in other markets, for a typical 105 mph wind load.


Talesun, ARTsolar open 325 MW module factory in South Africa

Talesun has opened a new production facility with ARTsolar to manufacture high-efficiency, large-format PV modules. They said they might install a second 500 MW production line in the near future.


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