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Global database for PV system performance

The database brings together photovoltaic performance data and meteorological values from PV systems located in all climate zones. It is being built by an international consortium including the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP, and the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences.

Auctions will not influence PPA prices in Spain

LevelTen Energy reports each quarter on the prices that wind and solar project developers have offered for power purchase agreements, and makes medium-term estimates for the most important markets. Italy and Spain have been the most active markets in the first quarter of 2021.

ECJ indicates EU member states free to revise signed feed-in tariff contracts

The court has agreed with advocate-general Henrik Saugmandsgaard Øe that Italy’s move, in 2014, to reduce solar incentive payments contained in signed agreements held by developers does not breach EU law.

Out with the old… A guide to successful inverter replacement

For a number of reasons, replacing all of the inverters in an existing PV project is an increasingly common strategy among PV project owners, particularly for projects that have been in operation longer than five years. This revamping can bring advantages in terms of higher energy yields and lower operations costs, but it is also a complex process with potentially broad implications. In this pv magazine Webinar, produced in partnership with Sungrow, we’ll shine a spotlight on this revamping process, offering insight from successfully completed projects.

Cold room powered 100% by solar

The Cryosolar solution consists of a 20-foot or 40-foot container equipped with a plug-and-play PV system installed on the roof. It has 180 mm thick insulation and 10 to 35 cubic metres of storage with shelves.

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Model agreement to make solar and wind share same connection point in the Netherlands

The model agreement was outlined by Dutch consultancy Ventolines B.V. and follows the introduction of new provisions for the sharing of the same connection point issued by the country’s government last year.

Unsubsidized solar may reach 57 GW in Italy by 2040

New research by Aurora Energy Research expects new unsubsidized solar PV capacity to grow to 5 GW by 2025, 12 GW by 2030, 32 by 2035, and 57 GW by 2040.

Amorphous silicon solar cells still niche market

In the second interview of a series, Arvind Shah, a professor at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, told pv magazine about the challenges facing amorphous silicon cells. He said the tech could be used in some window applications and greenhouses, but not in rooftop projects, as the stabilised efficiency of these cells is too low.

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German power provider tests vertical agrivoltaics

Lechwerke is testing two pilot systems close to existing solar parks. It also aims to build its first large-scale project.

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Solar cell with transparent passivate contact achieves 23.99% efficiency

German scientists have built a solar cell with ultra-thin transparent layers that are claimed to be effective in preventing recombination events. The technology, which has the potential of achieving efficiencies close to 26%, may be easily scaled up for commercial production, according to the researchers.

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