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Air-bridge thermophotovoltaic cell with 30% efficiency, 99% reflectance

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) TPV cell absorbs most of the in-band radiation to generate electricity, while serving as a nearly perfect mirror.

Auctions show Indian renewables still primed for growth

A report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis says there is plenty of investment capital available for Indian renewables, despite pandemic disruption.

The future of solar PPAs in Turkey

Both the current status, and the future of, solar PPAs in the Turkish market as a key tool for increasing PV capacity has become a widely discussed topic. This is particularly due to the fact that after mid-2021, the future of YEKDEM (Turkey’s local FIT regime) is uncertain. The incentives could be lower than expected, or even unavailable for some technologies. This has raised the question of alternative financing mechanisms with respect to new investments.

Australian-made cutter rail for solar modules

Solar industry participants have produced a new Australian-manufactured rail for PV modules that has been engineered to ensure safety and longevity, while catering to the needs of installers who work on residential and commercial rooftop projects.

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General Electric, Shell looking for exits as energy transition accelerates

The two energy giants have announced plans to pivot away from fossil fuel assets as they expand their renewable footprints.

‘European cobalt supply hinges on circular economy’

Amid an uptake in EV sales, researchers are examining battery material supply chains. A report has indicated policy-driven circular economy strategies must be introduced in Europe if the bloc is to strengthen its resilience to volatility in the cobalt market.

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Chinese PV Industry Brief: More ingot and module capacity, China’s largest rooftop project and a possible new listing

A new week has brought another slew of big production capacity announcements as online retailer JD.com prepares to install 200 MW of solar rooftop capacity and project developer SFSY reported on a promising new business stream.

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Netherlands allocates 3.44 GW of PV in spring round of 2020 SDE+ program

The Dutch government awarded 3.91 GW of renewable-energy capacity in the program’s latest round. It set aside €4 billion for the exercise, but only used €3.3 billion, including €2.1 billion for PV.

Germany could add 140 GW of small solar by 2030

The government is aiming for 100 GW of installed generation capacity this decade but analysts suggest 170 GW will be needed to avoid electricity shortages and solar rooftops could hold the key.

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Construction begins on 30 MW of solar in Burkina Faso

Work has started on PV plants with generation capacities of 20 MW and 10 MW. The facilities will be located in Koudougou, in Boulkiemdé province and in Kaya, in Sanmatenga, respectively.

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