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US and Canada ramp up solar glass plans

With PV module capacity ramping up, glass suppliers have been investing in new solar glass production capacity. As in India and China, new facilities are popping up in North America, with unique twists to ensure competitiveness, such as using recycled material.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: Polysilicon prices continue to fall

The China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association (CNMIA) says that the average price of n-type polysilicon fell by 5% to 6% this week.

Reliance Industries completes sale of REC’s polysilicon unit

Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) has completed the sale of REC Solar Holdings’ kerf-based polysilicon manufacturing division, REC Solar Norway, to Elkem ASA. However, it will retain the technology and intellectual property rights of kerf-based polysilicon.

Solar wafer prices decline, sparking concerns over producer survival prospects

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, OPIS, a Dow Jones company, provides a quick look at the main price trends in the global PV industry.

U.S. scientists demonstrate 25%-efficient perovskite-cadmium tandem solar cell

The researchers say the cell has a top perovskite cell with a transparent back contact made of indium zinc oxide and a commercially established cadmium telluride bottom device. They claim the champion tandem cell has the potential to reach a 30% efficiency.

New MPPT technique based on improved snake algorithm

Researchers from China have suggested to use the so-called improved snake optimizer (ISO) algorithm for maximum power point tracking in PV systems. The proposedly algorithm can reportedly achieve a higher PV system performance and better accuracy than the simple snake algorithm.

India to add 14.5 GW of PV per year in fiscal 2025, 2026

India Ratings and Research says India will maintain its current pace of renewable-energy capacity additions due to a significant drop in equipment prices and ongoing policy support.

US government reinstates bifacial solar module tariffs

The Office of the President has turned its focus to solar panels, announcing the removal of the bifacial solar panel Section 301 tariff exclusion and addressing issues of stockpiling during trade cases, alongside promoting the nation’s manufacturing base.

US solar tariffs and the shadow of larger trade measures

Intensified trade measures against China via higher tariffs on imported solar and battery cells are a significant policy step, but the impact is clouded by global manufacturing shifts, price decreases and looming US Department of Commerce trade complaints.

China’s solar dominance set to continue amid price slide

With solar module oversupply triggering a price freefall in 2023 and no recovery in sight, market consolidation, inventory pile-up, technology shifts, and challenges to reshoring PV manufacturing are set to affect all levels of the solar supply chain.

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