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The Hydrogen Stream: Airbus, Honda bet on hydrogen-powered fuel cells

Airbus sees hydrogen-powered fuel cell engines as a potential solution for its zero-emissions aircraft, which will go service by 2035. Meanwhile, Honda, meanwhile, has announced plans to produce fuel cell electric vehicles in the United States from 2024.

Dutch developer secures funds for flexible floating solar pilot in North Sea

Bluewater Energy Services has won a grant from the Dutch government to build a flexible floating solar demonstration project in the North Sea. The system uses flexible thin-film PV modules and flexible floaters that move with the waves.

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France installed 1.71 GW of solar in January-September period

France’s cumulative installed PV capacity reached 15.8 GW at the end of September.

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Spain provides financial support for 600 MW of utility-scale storage

The Spanish government say it will finance five hybrid battery energy storage projects, with a cumulative installed capacity of at least 600 MW. Each project can secure up to €15 million ($15.68 million) in funding.

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Big solar already pulling its weight on emission reduction – especially in Chile

Following a disappointing COP27 climate change summit in November, solar industry veteran Philip Wolfe reviews the contribution utility-scale PV is starting to make to emissions reduction.

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Germany installed 706.5 MW of solar in October

Germany added 6.1 GW of new PV systems in the first 10 months of 2022.

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Itochu to start recycling solar modules

Japan’s Itochu has announced a new tie-up with France’s Rosi Solar, which develops tech to recover and recycle high-purity silver, copper and silicon from solar modules.

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Solar panels with discarded ‘black gold’ from wafer production

A European consortium is trying to reuse discarded silicon powder from ingot and wafer manufacturing in several industrial applications, including PV production. The group is now identifying ways to decontaminate such materials.

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Italy hits 959 MW/1,826 MWh of distributed storage capacity

Italy added 303 MW/632 MWh of distributed energy storage capacity in the first nine months of 2022. The segment continues to grow in the country, led by the regions of Lombardy and Veneto.

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Adiós, PERC; hola, TopCon

La tecnología TopCon y otras tecnologías de tipo N han dado el salto este año hasta convertirse en la corriente principal de fabricación fotovoltaica. En este pv magazine Webinar analizaremos, de mano de S&P Global, el crecimiento y las tendencias del mercado de los módulos de tipo N y de la tecnología TopCon, así como sus características técnicas. Junto con JinkoSolar, presentaremos su módulo más potente de tipo N, el Tiger Neo, con potencia de hasta 620 Wp, y la empresa compartirá sus planes de expansión de la fabricación con TopCon.

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