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The Hydrogen Stream: Malaysia, Singapore mulling hydrogen pipeline

City Energy and Gentari have agreed to study the feasibility of building a hydrogen pipeline from Malaysia to Singapore.

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Belgian student solar car takes an early lead in Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

On the journey from Darwin to Adelaide, the Innoptus Solar Team, a non-profit project of students from the University of Leuven, is in a leading position amongst dozens of competitors from around the world in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. It tapped European research labs for PV equipment and know-how.

Assessing complementarity of offshore hybrid wind-solar projects in Belgian North Sea

A group of researchers from Belgium performed a complementarity analysis for offshore wind power combined with floating photovoltaics. The team found that complementarity is strong on weekly and monthly timescales, and that it can increase under certain climate change scenarios. Assuming a full permanent transmission loading capability, the researchers calculated that a 3 GW floating solar plant added to the existing wind power in the Belgian North Sea would increase the renewable electricity yield by 47% while occupying only a limited surface area.

Vertical agrivoltaics to reduce PV curtailment, increase water efficiency

An international research group has analyzed a vertical bifacial agrivoltaics system in a drought-stricken part of Chile. They say that the solar array can improve water efficiency for crop irrigation, while the vertical system configuration optimizes PV power generation throughout the day, minimizing curtailment.

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The Hydrogen Stream: Researchers test marine green hydrogen feasibility

Mexican researchers have revealed test results for offshore wind-based hydrogen production, while Turkey has started negotiating hydrogen facility partnerships with the United Arab Emirates.

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Agrivoltaic facilities with single-axis trackers have lower LCOE than those with fixed structures

New research from Belgium shows agrivoltaic facilities with trackers perform significantly better than projects with fixed structures. The scientists found projects with tracking achieved an LCOE of €0.077 ($0.082)/kWh, while facilities with fixed structures were found to have an LCOE of €0.10/kWh.

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Offshore floating PV demonstrator to go online on Belgium’s North Sea coast

The SeaVolt consortium says it will launch an offshore floating PV demonstrator off the Belgian port of Ostend. The main companies – Tractebel, DEME, Equans and Jan De Nul – say the anchored floating array will collect data for at least a year to scale up the tech.

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Belgian startup offers custom CIGS solar foils

Enfoil is developing a CIGS thin film custom manufacturing business, targeting building-integrated PV applications, such as powering sensors or track & trace sub-systems in trucks. The company is a spinoff of Hasselt University and imec, the Belgian research institute.

Imec presents inverted perovskite solar cell with 24.3% efficiency

The researchers of the Belgian research institute used a dual-layer treatment for the perovskite absorber, which they said improved the cell efficiency and stability. The device achieved an open-circuit voltage of 1.17 V, short-circuit density of 24.5 mA/cm2, and a fill factor of 84.6%.

The Hydrogen Stream: Scientists use perovskite compound to store ammonia

Japanese scientists have developed an organic-inorganic halide perovskite compound for the chemical storage of ammonia (NH3), while Bosch is preparing to exhibit new products in the hydrogen value chain.

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