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German power provider tests vertical agrivoltaics

Lechwerke is testing two pilot systems close to existing solar parks. It also aims to build its first large-scale project.

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Solar power and sheep, rather than soldiers

BayWa r.e. recently installed a 30 MW solar array on a former military base in France. The project is designed so that farmers can also use the land to breed sheep.

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European PV organization requests €20bn to support manufacturing

The European Union wants to provide €700 billion through its post-pandemic reconstruction program, but the European Solar Manufacturing Council says that €20 billion of the total should be used to shore up the European PV industry.

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Meyer Burger wants to ship first HJT modules in July

The Swiss technology group wants to officially present its heterojunction modules, which are produced in Freiberg, Germany, at the end of April. Meyer Burger concluded its first official sales partnership in Switzerland, with Solarmarkt.

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Pilot project to couple wind and solar with heat pumps in Germany

The Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH) is testing if renewables can cover 80% of electricity and heating demand combined in some town districts in southern Germany.

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Germany added 350 MW of PV systems in February

The country saw the addition of PV systems totaling 880,8 MW in the first two months of the year. Its cumulative installed PV power grew to 54.3 GW.

German start-up develops anti-reflective film claimed to improve PV module performance by 10%

German start-up Phytonics has developed the film by taking inspiration from nanostructures in plants. In solar cells, the film enables a broader absorption spectrum and a higher angle of light-incidence tolerance.

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Hanwha Q Cells files patent infringement suits against Astronergy in Germany

The legal action against Astronergy follows the patent lawsuit initiated by Hanwha Q-Cells in Germany, the USA and Australia, in March 2019, against Longi, Jinko Solar and REC.

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Axitec releases 540 W solar panels

German solar manufacturer Axitec has revealed plans to start selling its new half-cut PV modules from the second quarter. It manufactures the panels with 182 mm wafers.

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SMA exceeds €1bn in sales for first time since 2012

German inverter manufacturer SMA has managed to shake off the impact of the pandemic by posting strong revenue and profits for 2020.

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