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Cadmium telluride PV windows for domestic hot water production

Romania-based startup Photovoltaic Windows has developed an off-grid domestic hot water system powered by cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic semi-transparent glasses. It claims a 0.7 kW pilot installation on an apartment balcony in Bucharest resulted in annual savings of €1,100 ($1,202).


Romania introduces new rules for energy storage

The Romanian government has issued long-anticipated secondary regulations for the deployment of storage systems.


Romania allocates $666 million for solar rebates

The Romanian authorities say that its new state budget will facilitate the deployment of more than 150,000 PV systems.


Romania reduces VAT on residential solar to 5%

The Romanian parliament adopted a reduction from 19% to 5% on value-added tax (VAT) on PV panels for use in residential homes and public buildings.


Romania to expedite permitting process for solar on agricultural land

The Romanian president has passed a new law to shorten the permitting process for solar projects built on less than 50 hectares of agricultural land.


Romanian government accepting proposals for renewables auction

The Romanian Ministry of Energy has started seeking expressions of interest for its first renewables auction, likely to be held the end of June. Developers have until Dec. 30 to express interest.


Romania simplifies grid-connection process for distributed solar

The Romanian government has decided to make it easier to connect rooftop PV systems to the grid. The new rules, which will go into force soon, could spur the development of solar arrays under the country’s net metering regime.


Romania provides funding for C&I battery storage systems

The Romanian government has allocated EUR 103.5 million ($108.6 million) to support investments in battery energy storage systems and deliver at least 240 MW/480 MWh by 2025.


Permitting issues for solar on agricultural land in Romania

The Romanian government has reportedly rejected almost all permit requests for large-scale solar projects. Law firm Vlăsceanu, Nyerges & Partners claims that the authorities are misinterpreting new rules designed to streamline the permitting process for small projects and support solar on agricultural land.

The Hydrogen Stream: Standardized measurements for solar water-splitting

NREL and Berkeley Lab have proposed efficiency and stability best practices for solar water-splitting to make hydrogen, while a team of researchers from Malaysia and Pakistan have revealed their findings on the feasibility of hydrogen-based incineration.

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