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The Hydrogen Stream: Luxury regions invest in marine hydrogen services

SBM Offshore has installed a floating facility in Monaco to produce green hydrogen from renewables, while Axpo and its partners have revealed plans to use hydrogen to power a passenger vessel in Switzerland.

Meyer Burger prepares to shut down plant in Germany

Swiss solar panel maker Meyer Burger will seek shareholder approval for a rights issue of as much as CHF 250 million ($284 million) to finance the completion of its US manufacturing facilities in Colorado and Arizona.

Kaco presents new silicon carbide inverters for C&I solar

Kaco New Energy’s new silicon carbide inverters feature an efficiency rating of 99.1% and a European efficiency of 98.7%.

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Fraunhofer ISE opens module lab in old Solar Fabrik factory

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer ISE) has opened a PV module production lab for new product ideas in a former Solar Fabrik factory in Germany. It is equipped with systems for cell interconnection, laminators, and a range of materials and solar cell technologies.

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Germany’s new PV additions hit 1.25 GW in January

Germany installed 1.25 GW of solar in January, bringing the nation’s cumulative PV capacity to 82.19 GW by the end of the month, with more than 3.7 million projects in total.

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Triple-junction perovskite–perovskite–silicon solar cell achieves record-breaking efficiency of 24.4%

Developed by scientists in Germany, the triple-junction cell is based on a perovskite top cell with an energy bandgap of 1.84 eV, a perovskite middle cell with bandgap of 1.52 eV, and a silicon bottom cell with a bandgap of 1.1 eV. The device achieved an open-circuit voltage of 2.84 V, a short-circuit current of 11.6 mA cm–2, and a fill factor of 74%.

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Weekend Read: PV goes portable

Portable solar generators are making their way from the fringes of solar and energy storage to become a mainstream consumer item. The rise has been charged by a range of factors that have created massive brands. Where did the sector emerge from, who was buying before, who is buying now, and what’s next? Tristan Rayner reports.

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The Hydrogen Stream: Wood Mackenzie calls for focus on life-cycle emissions

Wood Mackenzie has urged policymakers and companies to focus on the full life-cycle emissions of hydrogen, while a European Commission has revealed that a European business mission will visit Mauritania in March to explore hydrogen investment opportunities.

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MW Storage, Fluence partner on Germany’s largest storage project

Storage specialist Fluence says its new battery-based energy storage project in Germany will be one of the largest in continental Europe, with a capacity of 100 MW/200 MWh.

The Hydrogen Stream: Japan expands ties with Germany, South Africa

The Japan Organization for Metals and Energy Security (Jogmec) and Germany’s H2Global Foundation have agreed to cooperate on clean hydrogen, while officials from Japan and South Africa met this week to discuss hydrogen collaboration opportunities.

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