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Swedish scientists develop new method to reduce defects in organic solar cells

The researchers found that printed solar cells achieved a better performance when they used an active polymer material as glue.

Sweden increases 2018 solar budget by another $20 million

Solar rebates were increased, from covering 20% of the cost of buying and installing a rooftop PV system, to 30%, starting from last January. Overall, the Swedish government will grant around US$80 million in incentives this year.

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Sweden’s operational PV capacity tops 231 MW

Although there is still confusion between different numbers provided by the Swedish energy agency, Energimyndigheten, new statistics suggest that Sweden was the largest PV market in Scandinavia in 2017.

Vattenfall: “PV will lead the race”

For a long time, the Swedish power utility has primarily focused on hydro and wind power when it comes to renewables. But in recent months, the number of solar PV and storage projects has significantly increased. This was reason enough for pv magazine to talk with Claus Wattendrup, head of Vattenfall’s Solar and Batteries Business Unit, about the utility’s concrete plans.

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Sweden allocates $60 million in solar rebates for 2018

The Swedish Energy Agency will initially allocate 200 million SEK (around US$24 million). Two furthers tranches of 200 million SEK and 100 million SEK, respectively, will be assigned in April and in the fall. The funds will be used to finance small rooftop PV projects under the country’s solar rebate scheme.

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Sweden to remove building permit for rooftop PV

The Swedish government is proposing to simplify the building system regulatory framework, in order to enable more residential and commercial solar to come online.

Northvolt battery project approved for EIB loan that could reach €52.5m

The Swedish storage developer will receive the loan funds via the European Commission’s InnovFin fund, which is part of the Energy Demo Projects facility.

Swedish government backs Northvolt battery plant to tune of €15m

The Swedish Energy Agency has granted SEK 146 million to support Northvolt Labs’ large-scale battery manufacturing plant in Västerås, Sweden. Project already secured financial backing from ABB, Vestas and Scania.

VW-owned Scania to invest €10m in Northvolt’s battery cell manufacturing fab

The truck maker is to partner with Northvolt on developing and commercializing battery cells for use in heavy commercial vehicles.

Øresund Bridge connecting Sweden and Denmark to be powered by solar

A 250 kW PV system will provide around 4% of the bridge’s energy needs. The project may be expanded to 700 kW.