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Recurrent Energy secures €1.3 billion financing for European project pipeline

The subsidiary of Chinese-Canadian solar manufacturer Canadian Solar says the financing will go towards developing and constructing solar and battery energy storage projects across Spain, Italy, the UK, the Netherlands, France and Germany.

Crash test for lightweight 4-seater solar cars

Researchers at the University of Bologna carried out crash simulations to qualify a novel solar powered 350 kg passenger vehicle for the next edition of the 3,000 km Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC) across the Australian continent.

Fiera Milano switches on Italy’s largest rooftop PV array

Fiera Milano SpA has started generating electricity from Italy’s largest rooftop solar array. The trade fair organizer’s development partner deployed the 18 MW system on the pavilions of its exhibition center in Rho, near Milan.

Italy bans PV from agricultural land

The Italian government has issued a new decree to completely ban solar from agricultural land. The new provisions will not apply to projects currently undergoing the approval process.


Researchers propose use of cesium, rubidium for hydrogen batteries

A study led by Russia’s Skoltech and China’s HPSTAR suggests that rubidium and cesium additives could improve the efficiency of hydrogen batteries. Researcher Dmitrii Semenok tells pv magazine that “it is a question of changing the approach to the search for promising hydrogen storage materials.”

Italy’s EU-made PV incentives raise specter of Chinese opposition

A World Trade Organization (WTO) official and several Italian lawyers recently spoke with pv magazine Italy about the timing of a potential Chinese legal challenge against Italy’s new solar measures, which exclusively provide incentives for high-performance PV modules produced in the European Union.

Italy adds 2,022 MW/3,836 MWh of distributed storage capacity in 2023

Italy hit 3,367 MW/6,645 MWh of cumulative distributed storage capacity at the end of December. The new figures indicate that lithium-ion technology powers most storage systems, at 516,475 units in total.

Italy now set for 5.4 GW of ‘ready-to-build’ solar projects

Terna, the Italian grid operator, says that it has received grid-connection requests for 144.48 GW of solar projects to date.

Hydropower plant explosion kills 3 people in Italy

Firefighters in Italy have recovered three casualties following an explosion at a hydropower plant owned by Italian utility Enel. Rescue workers are currently searching for four missing employees who were in the facility when the incident occurred.

The Hydrogen Stream: MAN Truck to deliver 200 hydrogen vehicles by 2025

MAN Truck & Bus says it will deliver 200 hydrogen vehicles to customers in Europe and some non-European countries by as early as 2025, while Provaris has revealed plans to develop a gaseous hydrogen import facility in Rotterdam.

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