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Austria adds 2.6 GW of PV capacity in 2023

Austria installed 2.6 GW of solar capacity last year. Newly installed PV capacity has nearly tripled, supporting employment.

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My-PV’s new SOL•THOR uses photovoltaics to generate heat

The device can be connected directly to a solar generator without an inverter and can control heating elements or electric boilers.

Austria offers €17.9 million to fund storage

The Austrian authorities have offered €17.9 million ($19 million) to fund medium-sized electricity storage systems, with €10 million from the climate action protection ministry and €7.9 million from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

Austria adds 500 MW of PV in Q1

Austria’s Federal Association of Photovoltaics (PV Austria) says the nation added 500 MW of new solar capacity in the first quarter, driven by investments in private rooftop PV systems benefiting from a value-added tax (VAT) exemption.

Austria offers incentives for PV systems above 35 kW with European modules

The Austrian government has introduced incentives for PV systems over 35 kW that feature made-in-Europe modules. The measure aims to create new jobs and support the energy transition, offering a 20% higher subsidy for qualifying projects.

New research identifies advantages of thermoplastic polyolefin encapsulants in dual-glass solar modules

Austrian researchers performed tests on thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) encapsulant as an alternative to conventional ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) copolymer and polyolefin elastomers (POE) to assess its use in glass-glass modules. They report that all of the TPO specimens outperformed EVA and POE, especially TPO-3.5 encasulants.

Fronius to cut 350 jobs

Fronius has revealed plans to cut 350 jobs due to “persistently weak sales” from its solar energy division. The Austrian inverter manufacturer significantly expanded production and hired new employees in 2022 and 2023.

Lightweighting vehicle-integrated photovoltaic modules

A European research team has investigated interconnection and encapsulation strategies to improve the damp heat and mechanical resilience of vehicle integrated photovoltaic (VIPV) modules, finding carbon-fibre reinforced plastics to be promising.

The Hydrogen Stream: Europe launches pilot to improve market transparency

The European Commission says it has started working on a new pilot mechanism, and Italy has agreed to expand collaboration with Austria and Germany, while also supporting cooperation between Italian companies and Finland’s Wärtsilä.

The Hydrogen Stream: Climate group dampens hopes for blue hydrogen

Solutions for Our Climate (SFOC) says in a new report that blue hydrogen might not be an effective climate solution, while TotalEnergies and its partners have agreed to explore green hydrogen potential in Tunisia.

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