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France’s INES building first TOPCon panels for space applications

France’s National Solar Energy Institute (INES) – a division of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) – is developing ultra-thin TOPCon solar devices for space missions, in cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA).


Voltec Solar secures funds to make perovskite-silicon tandem modules

Voltec and the Institut Photovoltaïque d’Île-de-France (IPVF) plan to set up a pilot line for their new tandem panel tech in 2023 and their first 200 MW industrial demonstrator in 2025. They also plan to increase the factory’s capacity to 1 GW in 2027 and 5 GW by 2030.

Kenyan startup offers PV-powered water filter

Inno Neat has developed a solar-powered water filter that removes contaminants such as bacteria, viruses and heavy metals for rural communities.


French startup unveils off-grid solar refrigerators

French startup Koolboks has developed off-grid solar refrigerators that offer continuous refrigeration for up to four days via solar modules, ice storage, and lithium-ion batteries. The units are available for rental and include two LED lighting bulbs and USB ports to charge phones.

France’s CEA developing tech to recover silicon, silver from end-of-life PV panels

The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) has developed a recycling process for end-of-life PV modules, recovering silicon and silver, using supercritical CO2. Virginie Basini, head of CEA’s sustainable technologies department, discussed the technique with pv magazine France.


Nigerian manufacturer commissions 100 MW solar panel factory

Auxano Solar has commissioned a 100 MW solar panel assembly factory in Lagos, Nigeria. It launched the project in 2016.


France expands limits of ‘energy communities’

The French government has issued a long-awaited decree to expand the maximum permitted distance between members of energy communities from 2 km to 20 km.

Akuo to deploy 200 MWh of battery storage in New Caledonia

Akuo plans to deploy 200 MWh of battery storage in New Caledonia, supplying 50 MW for three hours per day over 12 years. The facility will primarily support the operation of nickel mines.

New research shows renewables are more profitable than nuclear power

In a recent study, researchers from the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE), and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) questioned the planned development of new nuclear capacities in the energy strategies of the United States and certain European countries.


France launches tender for industrial heat pumps, solar thermal systems

The French Environment and Energy Management Agency (Ademe) has launched a tender for large-solar thermal installations and heat pumps for the production of hot water. Developers can submit their proposals until Oct. 15.

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