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India, Australia sign deal to secure supply chains

Economic cooperation between India and Australia may open doors for investment in clean energy technology, but challenges still abound in a competitive global market. Vibhuti Garg and Shantanu Srivastava, of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), discuss the role that public funding and resource pooling could play in supporting manufacturing ambitions.

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US, Canada ramp up solar glass plans

With PV module capacity ramping up, glass suppliers have been investing in new solar glass production capacity. As in India and China, new facilities are popping up in North America, with unique twists to ensure competitiveness, such as using recycled material.

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Reliance Industries completes sale of REC’s polysilicon unit

Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) has completed the sale of REC Solar Holdings’ kerf-based polysilicon manufacturing division, REC Solar Norway, to Elkem ASA. However, it will retain the technology and intellectual property rights of kerf-based polysilicon.

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April sees mixed irradiance during extreme weather around the Arabian Sea

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, Solcast, a DNV company, reports that, despite record rainfall in the middle of April, areas of the Arabian Peninsula still saw above-average irradiance through April, with the UAE and parts of Saudi Arabia seeing irradiance about 5% above normal.

India to add 14.5 GW of PV per year in fiscal 2025, 2026

India Ratings and Research says India will maintain its current pace of renewable-energy capacity additions due to a significant drop in equipment prices and ongoing policy support.

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China’s solar dominance set to continue amid price slide

With solar module oversupply triggering a price freefall in 2023 and no recovery in sight, market consolidation, inventory pile-up, technology shifts, and challenges to reshoring PV manufacturing are set to affect all levels of the solar supply chain.

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Tata Power’s Tirunelveli fab to make solar cells from June

Praveer Sinha, CEO and managing director of Tata Power says the company’s 4 GW solar cell factory in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu will be commissioned from next month. It will reach peak production capacity of 4 GW over a period of three months.

Coal share falls below 50% in India’s installed power capacity

The share of coal in India’s total installed power capacity fell below 50% in the first quarter of 2024. This is well ahead of the government’s target to establish 50% cumulative power generation capacity from non-fossil sources by 2030.

Sinovoltaics charts growth of PV manufacturing in India

The latest supply chain report from the Hong Kong-based technical compliance and quality assurance company covers India, providing information about current and planned capacity at 116 manufacturing plants.

Indian scientists design lead-free perovskite solar cell with 23.61% efficiency

Developed through bandgap engineering and material design, the proposed PV device relies on a tin-based perovskite material known as CsSnI3-xBrx. It can reportedly be further designed to achieve power conversion efficiencies exceeding 24%.

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