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Soltec introduces hail defense algorithm for solar trackers

Hail losses in the United States exceeded $1 billion in 2021.

U.S. gov releases guidance for clean energy Investment Tax Credit

Section 48 guidance has been released, updating the requirements for the ITC under the Inflation Reduction Act.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: Guosheng starts building 10 GW HJT cell factory

Guosheng says it will invest CNY 5.2 billion ($722 million) in a new 10 GW heterojunction (HJT) solar cell production facility.


The Hydrogen Stream: India, Saudi Arabia sign hydrogen agreement

India and Saudi Arabia have agreed to develop electrical interconnections and low-carbon hydrogen, while Masdar has partnered with Boeing ion the sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) industry.


Nextracker reaches 10 GW of annual manufacturing capacity in India

US-based solar tracker specialist Nextracker has reached 10 GW of annual manufacturing capacity in India.

BayWa re continues talks on sale of PV distribution business

BayWa re says it needs to find a buyer for its PV distribution unit, Solar Trade, by the end of this year.


Brazilian water tank maker unveils new polyethylene PV mounting structures

Brazil’s Fortlev Solar has created a new polyethylene mounting structure to significantly cut installation times. It weighs 15 kg and uses the weight of natural and manmade materials for anchoring, rather than relying solely on fixed supports.

‘Europe is still in the hydrogen race,’ says Bureau Veritas

Hydrogen is nothing new, but it could become a decarbonized energy vector to transform renewable electrons into renewable fuels, displacing fossil fuels in multiple applications. Laurence Boisramé, global director of hydrogen at Bureau Veritas, recently spoke with pv magazine about improving hydrogen market transparency, but she noted that “global consensus will take time – at least a few years.”

Staubli invests in US developer of solar inspection robots

Switzerland’s Staubli Electrical Connectors says it has invested in California-based PV robot developer OnSight Technology to fund the advancement of its algorithms and artificial intelligence technology.

Weekend Read: Getting to the bottom of TOPCon degradation

Should the industry be alarmed at the potential degradation susceptibility of tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) solar cells? Or are the problems easily addressed and more a reflection of rushed-to-market products? pv magazine contributor and consultant Götz Fischbeck reports.


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