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Mexico’s Solarever targets 1 GW of PV production capacity

Solarever, a Mexican PV module manufacturer, is aiming for 1 GW of production capacity and plans to list shares on the New York Stock Exchange, as it expands into the storage and electric-vehicle markets.

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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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Chile wants to build up second-life solar module industry

Chile is launching a new initiative to reuse PV modules via a public-private partnership involving Enel Green Power.

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The Hydrogen Stream: Fuel cell that uses iron instead of expensive platinum

In other news, Hydrofuel Canada developed hollow hybrid plasmonic nanocages to create an electrocatalyst for ammonia synthesis from nitrogen (N2) and water (H2O) and said green hydrogen could be separated from this ammonia and sold at about $1.50 per kilogram. Furthermore, Norway’s Aker Horizons and Statkraft are exploring green hydrogen and ammonia production opportunities in India and Brazil, targeting local steel and fertilizer industries.

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Colombia’s Minister of Mines and Energy discusses the state of solar at BNEF Summit

pv magazine publisher, Eckhart Gouras, interviewed Diego Mesa, the Colombian Minister of Mines and Energy at the BNEF Summit in New York. Mesa recounted the history of solar PV adoption in his country and provided details on the most recent developments, including the construction of Colombia’s largest solar park by Italian group Enel and the first large scale battery project by Canadian Solar.

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Guyana prepares 1.5 MW solar park

The $2.7 million solar plant will help reduce fuel costs and the nation’s carbon footprint, according to Prime Minister Mark Phillips.

Brazil’s Cemig launches another wind, solar auction

The Brazilian energy company will award 10-year and 15-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) to projects exceeding 50 MW in size through this new procurement exercise.

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Chile tenders 2,700 hectares for wind, solar deployment

The allocated land will be used for either wind or solar power projects. Interested developers will have time until May 25 to submit their project proposals.

How automation can deliver sustainable solar project O&M in an uncertain environment

In this pv magazine Webinar, learn about the challenges facing O&M provision in 2022 and the role automation can play in delivering the sustainable operation of existing and new PV assets. Leading robotic cleaner supplier Ecoppia will draw on eight years of experience in supplying its robots to projects during the webinar including case studies where robotic cleaning has been deployed.

Innovation spreading through Argentina’s largest PV plant

Argentinian state-owned power company Jemse built the country’s largest PV facility between 2017 and 2020 under the RenovAr program for large-scale renewables. Thus far, the 300 MW project has produced more than one million MWh of clean electricity and is now on the verge of being expanded to 500 MW, with the addition of 30 MW/100 MWh of storage. pv magazine recently spoke with Willy Hoerth, the president of Jemse’s Cauchari Solari unit, and its project director, Guillermo Giralt. The 300 MW asset was financed with funds from Export-Import Bank of China, and a $210 million bond issued by the Argentinian province of Jujuy. Jemse has full ownership of the project. Huawei was the supplier of the string inverters in the first phase and likely for the second phase.

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