Hanwha Q-Cells moves to enforce court ruling related to patent infringement

The Korean manufacturer today announced it wants to enforce a ruling made in the regional court of Düsseldorf in June which prohibited rival Jinko Solar from making, selling, importing and distributing products which the court ruled had infringed one of Hanwha’s passivation patents.

German solar PPA market to reach 300 MW in 2020

After the slump caused by the Covid-19 crisis, the demand for subsidy-free photovoltaic projects has again picked up in Germany. By the end of 2022, German consultancy company Enervies sees a maximum potential of up to 3.6 GW for photovoltaic systems that could be implemented outside of the EEG subsidy scheme.

Solar tower for world’s largest pasta producer

The German Aerospace Center is working with partners in Italy to supply Italian pasta maker Barilla with electricity and heat from renewable sources.


CIGS cells could hit efficiencies of 33%, say Germany scientists

Researchers have gradually improved the efficiency of CIGS thin-film tech in recent years. But scientists in Germany say the 23% rate achieved thus far is not the end of the story.


Solar-wind-storage EV fast charging for German highway

Fastned and Tesla have opened what they claim is the largest fast-charging park in Germany. Electric vehicles will be charged with green electricity – some of it from on-site solar and wind generation and the project includes 2 MWh of battery storage.

Agrivoltaic project with vertically mounted bifacial panels goes online in Germany

German developer Next2Sun has completed a 4.1 MW solar plant built with roughly 11,000 bifacial panels provided by Chinese manufacturer Jolywood.


Austrian agrivoltaic project includes sheep farming

Maxsolar is building a ground-mounted, 11.5 MW solar plant near Wien where 150 Jura will graze.


Singulus bags Japanese order for heterojuction cell equipment

The German PV equipment provider will deliver ‘Silex II’ machines to an unnamed client.


More sustainable redox flow batteries with vanillin

Austrian researchers have replaced heavy metals and rare earths with conventional vanillin in a redox flow battery. The Graz University of Technology team now wants to bring this technology to market.


European residential PV battery market hit 2 GWh in 2019

Only 7% of Europe’s residential PV systems are linked with home storage, according to SolarPower Europe. The five largest markets – Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Austria and Switzerland – account for more than 90% of the continent’s total installed storage capacity.

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