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Powering the future with NEO n-type TOPCon

Recent years have seen PV manufacturers edge closer to the limits in conversion efficiency that can be achieved with the currently mainstream p-type PERC technology. In the push for ever-improving cell and module performance, many are now looking to bring TOPCon and other n-type cell technologies into mainstream production. In this pv magazine Webinar, we take a closer look at JinkoSolar’s latest Tiger NEO product range, and examine the recent developments with n-type products and their proven potential to keep efficiency figures rising, and the cost of PV energy falling.

Greece, Egypt sign MoU to link their power grids

The two countries have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop a new subsea electricity line connecting their power systems. The power link, if built, could provide a route for African solar energy to reach European markets.

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Scatec to install up to 100 MW of green hydrogen capacity in Egypt

Norwegian renewables specialist Scatec has revealed plans to collaborate with Fertiglobe and the Sovereign Fund of Egypt on the development of a green hydrogen plant in Egypt with an electrolyzer ranging from 50 MW to 100 MW.

Algeria set to launch 1 GW PV tender

The Algerian authorities aim to launch a new solar tender by the end of October. The procurement exercise will be divided into 10 lots, ranging from 80 MW to 180 MW each. One Algerian think tank has said that it expects prices ranging from DZD 5/kWh ($0.036) to DZD 7/kWh.

5 key challenges for commercial battery systems

For industrial and commercial applications, battery energy storage systems should be highly flexible to scale, safe, and easy to install. They should also have favorable operating costs, allow for great financial savings, and guarantee a high level of resilience. In this pv magazine Webinar, Socomec will discuss how its new SUNSYS HES L system ticks all these boxes.

China holds the key to cancelling half the world’s new coal project plans

With pressure mounting on the world’s governments to turn their back on the fossil fuel, China and peers in South East Asia, Europe and South Asia could help deliver a coal-free future at the COP26 climate summit planned in Glasgow in November.

‘The chance to reset with a green recovery has now been lost’

Norwegian consultancy DNV today published the latest of its annual surveys of the state of the energy transition and lamented the fact so very little has been achieved during the last five years. We are forging ahead into a world that will be 2.3C hotter this century, predicts the report.

Energy transition to create 60m solar jobs by 2050

The switch from fossil fuels and nuclear will bring a jobs dividend thanks to the greater labor-intensity of renewables plants, according to a paper published by Finland’s LUT. However, the jobs dividend is unlikely to be evenly spread around the world, with Europe set to be a big winner.

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Can $100 billion in green finance be raised annually to help emerging economies fight climate change?

Project finance for infrastructure in emerging economies is one of the central issues of the upcoming COP26 agenda. For the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) and its parent organization, the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), the event is likely to bring considerable global focus on what it does and how it does it. In the following Op-ed Martijn Proos from Ninety One, the EAIF’s managers, discusses the role of EAIF and how it is helping to fund new renewable energy capacity across Africa.

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From niche to mainstream: the keys to making BIPV happen today

This pv magazine Webinar will investigate how BIPV companies and stakeholders such as architects, the construction sector, smart city initiatives and regulations, and more, can work together, to create generating assets from large buildings in urban environments and commercial applications, to residential environments.