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Tesla launches Powerwall 3 in UK & Germany

Almost ten years after the “Powerwall 1,” US EV giant Tesla has launched its home battery system, Powerwall 3, in the United Kingdom and Germany. The Powerwall 3 is being officially presented at The smarter E Europe this week.

Eco Stor: Online calculator determines energy transition storage requirements

The “Dunkelflaute” is a bogeyman for the energy sector, but a new tool from the German-Norwegian storage provider can now determine exactly which storage capacities and how many reserve power plants are needed in order to be on the safe side even in phases with little PV and wind power.

Fire in a battery container causes €700,000 in damage in Germany

The cause of the battery container fire in Thuringia, Germany, is still unclear. The damage caused is enormous.

Austria offers €17.9 million to fund storage

The Austrian authorities have offered €17.9 million ($19 million) to fund medium-sized electricity storage systems, with €10 million from the climate action protection ministry and €7.9 million from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

Austria adds 500 MW of PV in Q1

Austria’s Federal Association of Photovoltaics (PV Austria) says the nation added 500 MW of new solar capacity in the first quarter, driven by investments in private rooftop PV systems benefiting from a value-added tax (VAT) exemption.

Austria offers incentives for PV systems above 35 kW with European modules

The Austrian government has introduced incentives for PV systems over 35 kW that feature made-in-Europe modules. The measure aims to create new jobs and support the energy transition, offering a 20% higher subsidy for qualifying projects.

DLR launches solar atlas to identify rooftop PV potential in Germany

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) has created a solar atlas to identify rooftop PV potential in Germany. This new open-access online platform uses aerial photographs and geodata processed with machine-learning methods to determine solar energy potential for the country’s entire building stock of around 20 million units.

ITRPV says solar module prices fell 50% in 2023

The new edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaic (ITRPV), published this week, reveals that the world’s installed PV capacity reached 1.6 TW at the end of last year. The learning curve, which reflects average module prices relative to cumulative shipments, is 24.9% for the period from 1976 to 2023.

German startup offers plug-and-play 2.46 kW PV system

Wattando has developed a new rooftop PV solution that can be easily connected to a household’s power network via an AC connection. The system uses existing infrastructure and reportedly reduces installation work and time.

Solarwatt shuts down battery factory in Germany

Solarwatt says it will shut down its battery factory in Germany. Battery production at the Dresden facility will halt at the end of this year, and the company will move all battery and solar panel production to China.