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EU set to dig into raw materials supply

The European Union has drawn up new regulations to boost the domestic mining of raw materials and support production of renewable energy products and materials at home. Will it be enough to incentivize investment, or will Europe trail other major economies, such as the United States and China?

AI in photovoltaic systems

Researchers from Chinese and Malaysian universities have compared studies demonstrating the use of artificial intelligence to solve PV integration problems. They say that AI will bring revolutionary improvements in the efficiency, reliability and predictability of solar power generation.

Longi claims 34.6% efficiency for perovskite-silicon tandem solar cell

The European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) has confirmed Longi’s achievement of a world record-breaking efficiency rating of 34.6% for a perovskite-silicon tandem solar cell.

Marstek unveils plug-in balcony solar with AC-coupled storage at SNEC

A new manufacturer is entering the PV market. Marstek initially focused on power banks, but is now showcasing a range of products for the booming DIY solar market, including a user-friendly, AC-coupled battery solution for balconies.

MPPT-based photovoltaic micro-power system with tracking accuracy of 99.25%

Conceived for use in wearable electronics, the micro-power system utilizes a MPPT structure based on a customized FOCV algorithm, a DC-DC converter, a load or a rechargeable battery, a flowchart of MPPT, and a microcontroller.

Gree presents photovoltaic DC air conditioner at SNEC

The Chinese manufacturer said its new photovoltaic air conditioner is available in three versions with a cooling capacity ranging from 12.1 kW to 16 kW and a heating capacity of 14 kW to 18 kW. It can be used for both residential and commercial applications.

Hoymiles launches 5 kW three-phase microinverter at SNEC

The Chinese manufacturer claims its new MIT-5000-8T product is currently the largest and the most efficient microinverter on the market. It can accomodate eight solar modules and is said to be particularly suitable for large-size residential PV systems or commercial applications.

Semitransparent organic cell achieves bifaciality factor of 99.1%

A team of researchers from two Chinese universities achieved a bifaciality factor of 99.1% with a semitransparent organic cell, the highest reported bifacial factor in such cells to date. The cell also achieved a power conversion efficiency of 12.5% and an average visible light transmittance of 22.9%.

Commercial perovskite solar modules at SNEC 2024 trade show

China’s Utmo Light showcased its first full perovskite PV module at this week’s SNEC PV trade fair in Shanghai, underscoring the technology’s ongoing shift toward commercialization.

JinkoSolar hits highest conversion efficiency with 182 mm TOPCon module

JinkoSolar says its 182 mm tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) solar module has achieved a conversion efficiency of 25.42%.

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