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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.

Belgian grid operator releases tool to help residential PV system owners detect inverter failures

The so-called “network checker” will allow residential PV customers in Belgium to check if there have been any inverter failures in their local area. It comes after Belgian grid operator Fluvius launched a compensation scheme for those who are not reconnected within 30 working days of a curtailment.

PV Cycle Belgium claims 404 tons of recycled solar panels in Q1

PV Cycle Belgium says it collected and processed 404 tons of solar panels for recycling during the first quarter of this year. It notes that the number of solar panels it has collected over the last five years has more than quadrupled.


Europe’s largest battery storage project secures approval

Netherlands-based developer Giga Storage has obtained the irrevocable permit for the construction of a 600 MW/2,400 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) project in Belgium.


Belgian grid operator pays for residential PV curtailment

Fluvius, Belgium’s electricity grid operator, says it will compensate residential PV systems at €10.60 ($11.49) per kVa if they are not reconnected within 30 working days after a curtailment event.


The Hydrogen Stream: Enapter secures 3 MW electrolyzer order

Enapter has secured four new orders for its AEM Nexus 1000 megawatt-class electrolyzer, while Fraunhofer IWU says it has started working on electron beam welding technology to overcome the speed limitations of laser beam scanner welding.


AGC Automotive Europe unveils photovoltaic panoramic sunroof for passenger vehicles

The Belgian automotive company said system can integrate either TOPCon, HJT, or xBC solar cells. The VIPV unit features a glass-glass construction and it does not need a roller blind system.


Belgium’s 2023 solar capacity additions hit 1.8 GW

Belgium’s cumulative installed PV capacity surpassed 10 GW at the end of December 2023.


The impact of climate-based PV panel degradation rates on inverters

New research from Belgium shows the importance of assessing inverter reliability by including climate-based PV panel degradation rates. The scientists found that, especially in hot and arid climates, PV inverters should be designed with parameters above the standard value.


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