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OMV Petrom acquires stake in 130 MW of solar in Romania

OMV Petrom, a majority-owned Romanian oil and gas supplier, has purchased a 50% stake in three solar projects in Romania.

Runergy strengthens alliances to bolster Europe’s solar energy revolution

In addition to establishing a registered entity in Germany, Runergy has formed expert teams with local knowledge in countries such as France, Italy, Greece, Spain, and Poland, boosting its position in Europe.

Hive Energy secures grid connection permit for 215.6 MW of solar projects in Serbia

UK’s Hive Energy said the projects will feature battery energy storage systems that equate to 10% of the overall solar capacity.

Azerbaijan gives green light to 760 MW of solar

Azerbaijan has approved the construction of two new solar plants totaling 760 MW in the southeastern part of the country. Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co. (Masdar) will oversee the development of the projects.

Romania turns on first floating PV plant

Romanian energy company TMK Hydroenergy Power has switched on the country’s first floating solar project. The facility, located on a pond in Caras Severin county, is connected to a hydropower plant.

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Poland’s new capacity market auction could hamper storage deployment

The draft parameters for this year’s capacity market auction in Poland could make the rollout of battery energy storage systems (BESS) much more difficult. The document proposes a significant reduction to the BESS derating factor that could be particularly harmful for longer duration storage systems.

The Hydrogen Stream: Japanese scientists develop proton-conducting perovskites for fuel cells

Scientists from the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) have developed a highly oxygen-deficient perovskite for protonic ceramic fuel cells (PCFCs), while the European Commission has approved its fourth Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI).

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Tajikistan to build 200 MW of solar, PV panel factory

Chinese developer Eging PV Technology says it will build a 200 MW solar power station in southwestern Tajikistan. The nation will also construct its first production plant for solar equipment, with investment from South Korea’s Global Solar Wafer.

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Uzbekistan to build its first big battery

Nur Bukhara Solar PV LLC FE, a project company owned by Masdar, will deliver a 63 MW battery energy storage system alongside a 250 MW solar plant in south-central Uzbekistan.

Key takeaways: Kongres PV, Warsaw

Fairer curtailment, greater grid flexibility and better regulation were all on the industry wish list at Kongres PV. From cable pooling to direct lines, Poland hasn’t been afraid to innovate in its approach to renewables deployment – but there is plenty of room for improvement.

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