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EU Council, Parliament adopt Net-Zero Industry Act – resilience auctions are coming

The trilogue negotiations on the Net-Zero Industry Act have concluded. The European Council and Parliament reached a provisional agreement on Feb. 6, following discussions on Article 20 Market Access, which set out the rules for resilience auctions.


Fraunhofer ISE develops faster laser system for wafer processing

High throughput and high precision can help reduce solar cell production costs. A research group at Fraunhofer ISE has made progress with a laser system to process wafers for metallization. The system reportedly works 10 to 20 times faster.

Switzerland installed more than 1.5 GW of PV in 2023

Switzerland will likely reach about 6.2 GW of cumulative installed PV capacity by the end of this year, according to new figures released by Swissolar, the nation’s PV association.


German decommissioned nuclear plant to become 800 MW/1,600 MWh battery

PreussenElektra has revealed plans to potentially develop Europe’s largest battery storage facility at the decommissioned Brokdorf nuclear power plant site in Germany, with 800 MW/1,600 MWh of capacity. The site operator now needs to secure approval to dismantle the nuclear plant.


Weekend Read: Insuring against battery bother

It is extremely unlikely that a battery storage system will smoke, burn, or explode, despite a spate of recent reports. But what happens if something does go wrong? Do insurance companies pay out? Do premiums go up? How do insurers assess the issue?


Fraunhofer IEG opens testing site for MW-sized heat pumps

The Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Infrastructures and Geothermal Energy (Fraunhofer IEG) says it plans to open two new test benches for large heat pumps. Manufacturers, developers and project planners will have access to the test benches, in order to bring new systems to market maturity.


Fraunhofer ISE studying floating PV’s impact on oxygen levels, temperature

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer ISE) is investigating the impact of floating PV systems on oxygen levels and water temperature. The study is focused on determining whether floating PV systems, deployed by Erdgas Südwest in southern Germany, have altered the lake’s thermal stratification and oxygen content.


Aleo Solar presents 400 W in-roof PV modules

Aleo Solar has introduced 400 W in-roof PV modules, which can also function as solar tiles. The German manufacturer offers this new product in four power classes, ranging from 385 W to 400 W.

SolarPower Europe to support European PV without trade barriers

SolarPower Europe’s board members have issued a joint statement calling for three measures to safeguard the European solar industry, as they claim that tariffs and trade barriers are not viable solutions.

Sliding solar module prices squeezing European manufacturers

Plummeting module prices are weighing on European manufacturers, but the impact on wholesalers is differently, as warehouse conditions are showing signs of improvement.


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