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Live from Intersolar 2024: Vitirover begins mass production of autonomous robot mowers

The mower-robots are produced north of Bordeaux and are designed to maintain steep terrain or terrain with high obstacle density, such as solar power plants. The company is also launching a €2 million fund-raising campaign to accelerate commercial development.

The Hydrogen Stream: PV-wind hybrids cut LCOH by 70%

Portuguese and Italian researchers have shown that the levelized cost of hydrogen (LCOH) is lower onshore and that PV-wind configurations reduce the LCOH up to 70%, while Lhyfe says it has started collaborating on a hydrogen storage project.

France deploys 1 GW of solar in Q1

France installed 1 GW of solar in the first quarter, reaching 21.1 GW cumulative PV capacity by the end of March.

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The Hydrogen Stream: Lower costs needed for competitive green hydrogen

The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research has provided figures for the levelized cost of hydrogen (LCoH) for major projects in the Netherlands, while Meld Energy says it is moving forward with its hydrogen plans in England.

SNCF Energie, Neoen tie up on 172 GWh of annual solar capacity

SNCF Energie, a unit of French railway group SNCF, has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Neoen for 172 GWh of annual solar power. The deal supports financing for a new 139 MWp solar park set to start operations in 2028, alongside 150 hectares of land for sheep farming.

Strawberry agrivoltaic project combines PV, shade screens, rainwater harvesting

Insolight, an agrivoltaic specialist, has inaugurated a 3,000 sqm greenhouse project for a strawberry farm in France. The facility combines solar panels, shade screens, and rainwater harvesting.

French startup unveils plug-and-play PV

France’s Sunology says its new Play Max system is “the world’s first plug-and-play station with an integrated modular battery.”

The Hydrogen Stream: India launches green ammonia auction

As the state-owned SECI launches a reverse auction to purchase 539,000 metric tonnes of green ammonia a year, Yara officially opened its 24 MW renewable hydrogen plant at Herøya, Norway.

Agrivoltaics for apricots

French developer Solveo Energies has developed a 247 kW agrivoltaic facility spread across 3,500 m2. The system features trackers controlled by the Cultiveo Dynamique algorithm, to protect an apricot farm in Pyrénées-Orientales, France.

Hedge planting for community acceptance of agrivoltaics

The Hauts-Plateaux de l’Yonne Energy Association (EHPY) has started planting 5.8 km of hedges in central France to integrate 14 agrivoltaic projects into the landscape. The initiative aims to improve project acceptance and promote biodiversity.

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