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Norwegian floating PV specialist to provide tech for projects in Greece

Norway’s Ocean Sun has agreed to provide its technologies for utility-scale floating PV projects that Greek developer MP Quantum Group wants to build on lakes, reservoirs and sheltered coastal inlets. They expect to secure permits for the first demonstrator by the end of this year.

SN Power acquisition secures 10.5 GW pipeline for developer Scatec

The renewables business formerly known as Scatec Solar has added a 2.5 GW hydropower portfolio in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and also added its first wind farm while reporting a consolidated loss of almost $43 million for the year.

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Norway’s residential PV market saw small contraction in 2020

Around 31.7 MW was installed and 1,613 rooftop PV systems were deployed under the Plusskundeordningen solar rebate program last year. This compares to 31.9 MW and 1,666 projects a year earlier. Low power prices and policy confusion are the main causes of this slight market contraction.

Equinor, Saipem test offshore solar in Norwegian Sea

The two companies want to test a floating PV array under harsh weather conditions in rough waters for at least a year. The system will be based on a floating solar technology developed by Maritime Moss, a unit of Saipem.

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DNV GL’s Battery Scorecard 2020 sees manufacturers focus on LFP and fire safety

The third annual scorecard published by the consultant has tested 22 batteries with different chemistries for cycling stability and temperature-dependent behaviour and identified significant product trends.

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India ranked the world’s most attractive PV market by Ernst & Young

The latest edition of the accountant’s renewables attractiveness index has placed the nation in top spot for photovoltaics, helping it to fourth spot for overall clean energy investment. Mexico has been hammered by the government’s attitude to clean power and France has also slipped, four places.

Hydrogen captured as a byproduct of polysilicon production

A Norwegian chemical company has received funding from a state-owned innovation hub to develop technology which enables the capture of hydrogen as a byproduct of the company’s silicon production.

Scatec stock price stymies extra shares issue plan

Shares in the Norwegian renewables company have been trading below the $26 price linked to a recent $527 million fundraising issuance which the developer launched to fund its planned acquisition of hydropower business SN Power.

Cooling effect of water for floating PV arrays

Norwegian researchers have quantified the cooling effect of water in direct contact with floating PV arrays. They tested a computational fluid dynamics model to estimate U-values and used it on a 6 kW floating system deployed by Ocean Sun.

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Telecoms business secures 100 GWh of clean power with new procurement platform

Unnamed business was the launch customer for DNV GL’s Instatrust online PPA-matching platform. The corporate client’s request prompted offers of more than 800 GWh of renewable energy.

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