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New design for photovoltaic-thermal panels mitigates risk of cracking

Researchers in Sweden have developed a new PVT module using an aluminum alloy structure between the thermal absorber and the photovoltac cells. This architecture reportedly reduces thermal expansion by 20%, thus increasing the chances of mitigating cracks in the PV unit.

Swedish virtual power plant software developer secures funding

Swedish virtual power plant software platform developer Fever Energy is expanding into Europe enabled by a $10.81 million round of venture capital.

New methodology to identify suitable land for agrivoltaics

Researchers in Sweden have outlined a new methodology to identify suitable surfaces for agrivoltaic projects in their home country. They found that approximately 8.6% – roughly 38,485 km2 – of its land has the potential to host agrivoltaic facilities.


Hybridizing PVT energy with heat pumps, borehole storage

A European research group has tested an energy system combining PVT collectors, a water-to-water heat pump and borehole thermal energy storage in an Italian swine farm and has found the proposed system can completely replace fossil fuel-based power generation.

The Hydrogen Stream: Airbus, Vattenfall to assess potential for airport hydrogen

A new study by ManpowerGroup and Cepsa suggests that green hydrogen and biofuels could create more than 1.7 million new green jobs in Europe by 2040, while Airbus, Vattenfall and other partners have agreed to assess the feasibility of hydrogen infrastructure at airports in Sweden and Norway.


Alight, H&M Group sign PPA for Swedish solar parks

Solar developer Alight will own and operate three solar parks under long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) in Sweden. The projects are expected to generate at least 24 GWh combined, providing power to fashion retailer H&M.

The Hydrogen Stream: H2 Green Steel gets $7 billion for production in Sweden

H2 Green Steel has secured funds to produce green steel in Sweden, while ZeroAvia has locked down support to develop a mobile liquid hydrogen (LH2) refueling truck for heavy-duty applications.

Northvolt secures $5 billion for Europe’s first circular gigafactory

Europe’s leading battery maker, Northvolt, has signed a $5 billion non-recourse project financing arrangement to enable the expansion of Northvolt Ett in northern Sweden. The deal represents the largest green loan raised in Europe to date.


Aira secures €145 million for heat pump expansion, manufacturing

Swedish heat pump manufacturer Aira has secured financing to expand its business, which targets the residential market. It has also obtained a grant to establish a heat pump production facility in Poland.

Weekend Read: Agreeing on green hydrogen

In November 2022, Germany’s Energie Baden Württemberg and steelmaker Salzgitter Group signed one of Europe’s first power purchase agreements (PPAs) for hydrogen production. More have followed and with the European Union introducing rules to govern green hydrogen, an industry is planning for its future.


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