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Italy’s Eni to acquire 1.2 GW renewable project portfolio in Spain

Independent asset manager Azora is selling the renewable energy portfolio, which includes five large solar PV parks totaling 1 GW in advanced stages of development, located in Andalusia, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Galicia, and La Rioja, to Eni.

Enel installs 6.1 MWh vanadium redox flow battery in Spain

The battery will be provided by Canadian vanadium mining company Largo Resources. It will come online in the third quarter of next year.

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Ecuador announces 350 MW renewables auction

Ecuador’s latest procurement exercise will be open to solar, wind, hydropower and biomass projects.

Mondragon Assembly launches new interconnection equipment for solar modules

The new machine is claimed to be suitable for the production of all kinds of PV module technologies currently available on the market.

Spain deployed 3.4 GW of solar in 2020

Last year’s newly installed PV capacity comes from 2.8 GW of ground-mounted PV and 596 MW of rooftop installations. Sustained growth is expected in 2021.

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Brazil allocates 269.3 MW of solar across two energy auctions

The A-4 and A-3 auctions saw the participation of a huge amount of solar, wind, hydroelectric, and biomass projects.

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When does revamping pay off?

With projects in many PV markets aging past the 10-year mark – with major leaps in technology having occurred in that time – revamping is a popular topic among asset owners. pv magazine spoke with Asier Ukar, general manager of the Spanish subsidiary of German engineering company PI Berlin, to uncover the benefits of revamping PV projects with new components and also to examine the challenges and risks involved.

Spain’s Prodiel EPC is looking for a new partner, plans to enter new PV markets

Prodiel recently went from being a single entity to a holding company, comprised of three different businesses. Its project development division has created a 50% joint venture with Everwood, and now the EPC unit that is looking for a new partner to grow.

Researchers in Spain and Turkey project 22%-efficient UMG solar cell

The Cheer-Up project aims to enhance the performance of ‘upgraded metallurgical-grade (UMG) silicon for multi-crystalline solar cells and demonstrate it is a competitive alternative to polysilicon by achieving similar efficiencies at lower cost and with less environmental impact. Researchers also want to demonstrate UMG can be used to manufacture the most advanced cell structures.

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Electric scooter recharging station powered by solar pavement

Developed by Solum Photovoltaic Innovation, the recharging station is being powered by a 7.6 square meter, walkable photovoltaic pavement coupled to a 2-4 kWh storage system. This configuration is enough to repower 12 scooters per day.

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