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US-made solar panels could cut emissions by 30%, says study

Reshoring crystalline silicon PV panel manufacturing to the United States by 2035 could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30% and energy consumption by 13% from 2020 levels, according to scientists from Cornell University.

Huasun claims 23.30% efficiency, 723.97 W output for utility-scale solar panels

Huasun’s new PV modules have an open-circuit voltage of 49.46 V, a short-circuit current of 17.57 A, and a fill factor of 83.29%. Germany’s TÜV SUD has confirmed the results.


Lead-free perovskite solar cell achieves 24.1% efficiency

Researchers in Singapore have developed a perovskite solar cell via a new method to synthesize the capping without using lead. The cell is capped with a zinc-based compound and reportedly has a conversion efficiency of 24.1%.

Hounen to build 1 GW solar module factory in US

China-based module manufacturer Huonen Solar said it wants to build a panel manufacturing facility in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The factory will produce modules for the US market.


Kesterite solar cell with transparent electrode achieves 11.4% efficiency

Chinese researchers fabricated a kesterite PV device using a transparent fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate instead of substrates based on opaque Mo-coated soda lime glass. The cell has an open-circuit voltage of 0.522 V, a short-circuit current of 33.0 mA cm−2, and a fill factor of 68.55%.


India deployed 2.5 GW of large-scale, unsubsidized solar capacity in 2022

India installed 7.7 GW of cumulative, open-access solar capacity by Dec. 31, 2022, following record annual additions of 2.5 GW.


Huasun begins mass production of 25% efficiency bifacial heterojunction solar cells

Huasun has switched on the manufacturing lines for its new heterojunction module factory in China’s Anhui province.

Mitsubishi unveils propane heat pump for residential applications

Mitsubishi Electric has developed an air-source heat pump that uses propane (R290) as the refrigerant. It can produce between 5 kW and 8.5 kW of heat and domestic hot water to a temperature of up to 75 C.


India’s SECI tenders 100 MW floating solar plant

Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI) has started accepting global bids to build a 100 MW (AC) floating solar project in the Indian state of Jharkhand. Bidding closes on May 2.

Solar arrays on sloping terrain

SAEL Ltd., a solar and biomass developer in India, has commissioned a 28 MW (DC) solar power plant in the mountainous Indian state of Mizoram.


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