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Modules & Upstream Manufacturing

U.S. scientists develop air-bridge thermophotovoltaic cells with 44% efficiency

U.S. scientists have developed a thermophovoltaic cell that could be paired with inexpensive thermal storage to provide power on demand. The indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) thermophovoltaic cell absorbs most of the in-band radiation to generate electricity, while serving as a nearly perfect mirror.

Car park solar roofing system for off-grid solution

The versatility of solar mounting manufacturer and balance-of-system provider Clenergy’s ezShade 2.0 solar shade system has been put to the test with the solution at the core of a standalone power system fuelling an off-grid communications site in remote northern Queensland.

Shedding light on tandem perovskite solar cell progress

Perovskite PV devices are set to become the next big thing in solar with market analysts at S&P Global Commodity Insights predicting 1 GW of production by the end of 2024, rising to 6 GW in 2025. Perovskite tandem devices are at the front of the queue for commercialization but their characterization presents technical challenges.

Photovoltaics for center-pivot irrigation

Developer Loop Energia has built a 1.2 MW offgrid solar plant that now serves a center-pivot irrigation system in the Brazilian state of Bahia. The project reportedly enables local farmers to double soybean harvesting by achieving considerable savings through significantly lower diesel consumption.

French startup offers concrete solar carport

Visionpark said its novel solar carport solution is self-weighted and requires no foundation. It can reportedly host all kinds of solar panels and be installed quickly.

ESMC publishes recommendation paper for Net Zero Industry Act

The European Solar Manufacturing Council (ESMC) has voiced support for the inclusion of non-price criteria in auctions for solar modules, as laid out in the EU Net Zero Industry Act. The council’s recommendation paper also calls for member states to adopt the act as quickly as possible and highlights concern around cybersecurity and data security in relation to Chinese inverters.

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Aiko Solar wins patent litigation case against Maxeon in Netherlands

Aiko Solar has won a patent litigation case against Maxeon Solar Technologies in a Dutch court. The judge has ruled that Aiko Solar did not infringe upon Maxeon Solar’s EP2297788B1 patent for back-contact (BC) solar cells.

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Waaree Energies to supply 445 MW of bifacial solar modules to Statkraft India

Waaree Energies says it will supply 445 MW of its 540/545Wp dual-glass PV bifacial modules to Statkraft India’s single-location solar projects in Rajasthan, India.

Global polysilicon prices hold steady, China polysilicon falls on weak demand

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.

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First attempt to build perovskite-antimony selenide tandem solar cell delivers 20.58% efficiency

Scientists in China built for the first time a four-terminal tandem perovskite cell with a 17.88%-efficient top perovskite device and a 7.85%-efficient bottom antimony selenide bottom cell. The key features of the tandem cell are the transparent conducting electrode used to improve the spectral response of the top cell and the “double” electron transport layer of the antimony selenide cell.

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