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Amea Power to add storage to 70 MW of solar in Togo

Dubai-based Amea Power will expand the Mohammed Bin Zayed solar plant in Togo from 50 MW to 70 MW, making it West Africa’s largest project. It will also add a 4 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS).

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PV shade screens for greenhouses, agrivoltaics

A Saudi Arabian startup has developed a modular solar panel for agrivoltaic applications. It is specifically designed for locations with high solar radiation levels and protects plants and crops from excess sunlight.

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Photovoltaics vs. concentrated solar power

Omani researchers have compared the performance of PV and concentrated solar power (CSP) in terms of energy generation intensity and the effective use of land at low latitudes near the Tropic of Cancer. They described nine project typologies and ranked them with three different simulation tools.

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Turkmenistan to host first large scale solar plants

Turkmenistan’s state power corporation Turkmenenergo and United Arab Emirates Masdar and are currently developing a 100 MW solar plant in Turkmenistan. The new project follows the recent launch of a 10 MW hybrid wind-solar project and will help the country achieve the deployment of its first solar projects.

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Turkey introduces new rules for energy storage

The Turkish government has published long-awaited rules for energy storage in its official journal. Local solar association Günder said the first projects will be approved in the middle of 2023.

PV Hardware opens new solar tracker factory in Saudi Arabia

PV Hardware (PVH), a solar tracker and mounting systems manufacturer, has opened a new factory in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is expected to produce 8 GW of trackers and solar structures per year, mainly for projects in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

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TOPCon heads to the rooftop

This year has seen solar manufacturers begin what is shaping up to be a major shift toward n-type technologies, and investors are keen to see these technologies in action in ‘real world’ installations. In this pv magazine Webinar, we take a look at the latest in TOPCon technology from one of n-type’s earliest backers, and share case study details from one developer already installing these modules and monitoring their performance in the field.

The Hydrogen Stream: Africa could become key green hydrogen market by 2050, says Masdar

Masdar says Africa’s annual hydrogen exports could hit 40 million tons by 2050, while Israeli researchers have published a new study on the discharge characteristics of oxidized intermediates formed under water photo-oxidation conditions.

Solar in exchange for desalinated water

Israel and Jordan have agreed to pair 600 MW of solar with an undisclosed amount of storage. The deal, which was brokered by the United Arab Emirates at COP27, will see Jordan provide electricity to Israel in exchange for desalinated water.

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Oman kicks off tender for 500 MW solar park

The Omani authorities aim to develop a 500 MW solar project in Ibri, in northwestern Oman, where other PV facilities are located. It will be commissioned by the fourth quarter of 2026.