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Valencia using PV trees to recharge small electric vehicles, mobile devices

The city of Valencia, Spain, has installed solar trees to recharge small electric vehicles and mobile devices, with a total investment of about €370,000 ($395,600). Each solar tree can generate up to 5,600 kWh per year.

Solum launches new PV pavement

Solum has developed the Arena solar panel, which serves as anti-slip flooring for roofs and terraces. The manufacturer says it is as efficient as conventional PV modules, with a calculated return on investment in four years in Spain.

Soltec launches specially designed floating PV tracker

Soltec has developed a floating PV tracker with pumps in the central tank for mobility and ballast, enabling operation in wind gusts above 100 km/h.

Runergy strengthens alliances to bolster Europe’s solar energy revolution

In addition to establishing a registered entity in Germany, Runergy has formed expert teams with local knowledge in countries such as France, Italy, Greece, Spain, and Poland, boosting its position in Europe.

Canary Islands to host hybrid storage project for synchronous grid-forming

Elewit, the tech platform of Spain’s Red Eléctrica de España (REE), has revealed plans to build a hybrid storage project in the Canary Islands, featuring an 18.8 MVA virtual synchronous compensator and a 16 MW hybrid solution based on ultracapacitors.

Spanish startup offers pre-assembled vertical rooftop PV systems equipped with reflectors

FutureVoltaics says it has developed pre-assembled, reflector-based vertical rooftop PV systems. The systems feature 175 W heterojunction bifacial solar modules and special reflectors on both sides.

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Baywa re switches on 54 MW agrivoltaic site in Spain

Baywa re has commissioned a 54 MW agrivoltaic solar project in Spain. Denmark-based Velux has agreed to purchase most of its 96.8 GWh of annual output under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA).

Gamesa Electric releases study on losses due to harmonics in PV plants

Gamesa Electric has released a white paper on losses due to harmonics in PV plants, including an independent study that compares the performance of ultra-low total harmonic distortion inverters.

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.

Research shows repaired PV modules can perform with acceptable losses

A research group in Spain has demonstrated the technical feasibility of using repaired solar modules with satisfying results. It also warned, however, that there is an urgent need to define a protocol for evaluating the features of a “viable” repaired panel.

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