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German companies unite to bring virtual power plants to mid-sized businesses

Germany’s Electrofleet has invested in its virtual power plant technology partner Dieenergiekoppler. The two collaborate to enable mid-sized businesses to use self-produced renewable energy based on fixed price contracts. Dieenergiekoppler’s latest financing round solidified the collaboration.

Japan PPA market now includes solar carports

Sumitomo and Shikoku Electric have agreed to sell solar power to Japanese retailer Aeon Mall under a power purchase agreement (PPA). Around 15 MW of solar carports are now being developed to supply the electricity.


Swiss perovskite startup sets up indoor solar cell manufacturing

Indoor solar cell developer, Perovskia Solar, is setting up a factory in Switzerland that may reportedly print 1 million of its custom-designed perovskite devices annually. It targets the market for self-powering consumer electronics and internet-of-things devices, such as fire-alarms, fitness trackers, and sensors.


Chinese PV Industry Brief: DAS Solar launches IPO

Chinese module maker DAS Solar says it aims to raise $351.7 million through an initial public offering (IPO). It will use the funds to expand its cell and module capacity.

Futurasun starts construction of 2 GW back contact module factory in China

The Italy-based solar module manufacturer said it is progressing with its previously announced transition from module manufacturer to a vertically integrated manufacturer with 12 GW of cell capacity. It also said the project to build a module factory in Italy is going through a “complicated process.”

Solar helps Dutch team complete African overland adventure in electric Skoda

A Dutch team in a 4×4 electric Skoda journeyed across Africa powering part of the expedition with the solar panels they brought with them.

German startup Suena secures cash for its battery energy trading technolgy business

The Hamburg-based battery energy trading software and services company has raised €3 million ($3.27 million) seed funding to expand its software-driven trading services across Europe. The capital will be used to introduce its software, dubbed Autopilot, and its trading services to new European markets.


Chinese PV Industry Brief: CHN Energy finalizes 10 GW inverter procurement

CHN Energy has wrapped up its 10 GW PV inverter tender for 2023, with Huawei securing orders for 4.1 GW of string inverters and Sungrow obtaining 1.85 GW.

Training AI to improve film quality in perovskite solar cells

With the aim of improving coating processes for large area thin films for high-performing perovskite solar cells, German and Swiss researchers have developed deep learning and explainable artificial intelligence (XAI) technology. The results suggest it can be used to define optimal coating process parameters more quickly and more accurately.

Ocean Sun completes 270 kW off-grid floating PV system at Spanish port

Norwegian floating solar specialist Ocean Sun has deployed a 270 kW system based on its novel membrane technology at the saltwater port of Tazacorte on La Palma, one of Spain’s Canary Islands.

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