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Storing renewables with high-rise elevators

Lift Energy Storage Technology is a proposed long-term storage solution that relies on elevators to bring solid masses to the tops of buildings in charging mode. It then lowers the same mass to produce electricity in discharge mode.

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Module brands that earn the trust of solar installers

The latest global PV installer survey by Germany’s EUPD Research offers a hint of the solar brands which installers, mostly based in Europe, gravitate toward. This year’s report also ventured to South Africa and considered mounting systems for the first time.

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Austria launches €240 million rebate scheme for rooftop PV

The Austrian government has more than quadrupled the budget for the 2022 edition of its rooftop solar rebate program.

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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.

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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.

Austria allocates another €250million for wind and solar

The new funds are part of a package of measures aimed at reducing the effects of the energy crisis triggered by the war in Ukraine.

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Rotation heat pump for industrial applications

Austrian tech company ecop has developed a rotation heat pump with a reported coefficient of performance (COP) of 4.0 – 7.0. The 700 kW machine operates under temperatures of 150 degrees Celsius and is based on an anticlockwise running Joule process, during which there is no phase transition of the working medium that always remains gaseous.

New floating PV mounting structure from Austria

The floater consists of a structure made of HDPE plastic which is claimed to withstand waves of up to 3m and currents of up to 2m/s. According to the manufacturer — Austrian tech company SolOcean — the floating structure can be used for either onshore or offshore projects.

Tracker-equipped solar park to power mineral oil tank facility in Austria

Austrian oil and gas company OMV will invest around €4.5 million in the solar park, which will be connected to the facility’s internal grid and will be used exclusively to power its operations.

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Insolvent Austrian module manufacturer Energetica finds investor

The new owner — Wien-based Irma Power GmbH — is planning to maintain and expand module production at the company’s manufacturing facility in Liebenfels.

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