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Hook system with sheet metal replacement tile for residential rooftop PV

Aerocompact’s new XM-P system was designed for use on all batten heights on pitched tiled roofs. It claims the system can eliminate the need for different types of roof hooks.


Aerocompact unveils quick-mounting hook for PV arrays on pitched roofs

The device is claimed to be an ideal solution for deploying solar arrays on Mediterranean roof architecture.

Nextracker unveils new tracker for sloping ground

The NX Horizon-XTR tracker can be used with all types of modules and is claimed to be an ideal solution for sloping, uneven, and demanding terrain.


EU leading PV technology innovation, plans for 100GW solar manufacturing capacity by 2030

Plans to reestablish a thriving European solar manufacturing base are underway. As part of the UP Initiative’s upcoming Q2 2022 theme on the topic, pv magazine spoke to Johan Lindahl, secretary general of the European Solar Manufacturing Council to understand the challenges and opportunities for domestic manufacturers, and to discover how they could reach the target of forming a full 100GW solar value chain by 2030.

Europe’s gigafactory boom in full swing with another plant announcement

The list of planned gigawatt-scale battery cell manufacturing plants in Europe has grown, with Anglo-Korean battery maker Eurocell announcing plans for a gigafab in Western Europe to start manufacturing at scale within 12 months.


Enel, Comal plan 1GW solar tracker factory in Italy

Called Tracker Sun Hunter, the new factory will be located in an area of over 30,000 square meters inside Enel’s Montalto di Castro power plant which is no longer used for energy generation.


Fluence, QuantumScape partner on solid-state lithium-metal energy storage

The companies will collaborate on what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind attempt to incorporate QuantumScape’s solid-state lithium-metal battery technology into stationary energy storage products.


Solar-powered battery gigafactory gets tick of approval in UK

Local planning committees have given a go-ahead to a £2.5 billion gigafactory in the English West Midlands. The facility will be powered by 100% onsite solar and storage and equipped to both manufacture new batteries and recycle used ones.


Reliance Industries to acquire sodium-ion battery provider Faradion

Reliance Industries said its solar unit will buy UK-based sodium-ion battery technology provider Faradion for GBP100 million (US$135 million) including debt, as the Indian conglomerate pushes forward with its ambitious plan to move into the renewable energy industry.


SolarEdge, Growatt found in breach of Swedish electromagnetic rules, some products banned from sale

The Swedish Electrical Safety Agency has ruled that some SolarEdge optimizers and one string inverter from Growatt do not meet its electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements – halting their sale in the country. SolarEdge expressed surprise at the banning and claims that the complaints filed with the Electrical Safety Agency came from a handful of amateur radio operators.


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