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Battery storage, smart grid, efficiency companies raise $ 435 million in VC funding in Q1

Battery storage, smart grid and energy efficiency sectors experienced YoY increase in venture capital funding in Q1 2017, finds the latest report by Mercom Capital Group. QoQ increase reported in all but battery storage.

The age of plenty on steroids (with charts)

Despite the climate-denying Trump Administration, Michael Liebreich gave plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future in his address to the BNEF Future of Energy Summit.

Getting ready for terawatts of solar (with charts)

Researchers from NREL, Fraunhofer ISE and Japan’s AIST have released a new paper which looks at the barriers to deploying multiple terawatts of solar PV and what can be done to overcome them.

SNEC Daily: First day of exhibition draws huge crowds

Day one of the SNEC exhibition attracted massive crowds as China brushed off worries about a slow start to the year.

GTM Research names NEXTracker as leader in global tracker market

Figures released today by GTM Research show that U.S based NEXTracker remained the global market leader for the second year running, although Indian and Chinese suppliers gained major headway as the market continues to globalize.

GTM Research: global solar market to see 9% growth in 2017

Increasing demand for solar power in China has prompted analysts to boost their 2017 estimates, forecasting an increase of more than 9% this year, with the annual global market reaching 85 GW.

Solar corporate funding activity increases by 100% in Q1, finds Mercom Capital

Total corporate funding across the global solar industry reached $3.2bn in the first quarter of the year, which is a 100% increase on Q4 2016. This rise is largely due to increased debt financing activity, said Mercom Capital Group CEO Raj Prabhu.

Heraeus reveals global recruitment drive for 100 extra staff

The German silver paste specialist is ramping up its global team to support its strategic pivot towards becoming an integrated solution provider. Majority of new hires expected to be in China, company confirms.

Schmid and MacDermid 2017 Technology Highlights award winners

Schmid Group and MacDermid Enthone have been selected as pv magazine’s 2017 Technology Highlights award winners. In late March, the prize jury of industry experts met to select the winners, from a shortlist of eight innovative new PV production equipment and materials. Dozens of entries to the award were received from suppliers worldwide. Alongside the two winners, the jury selected Sinton Instruments as worthy of special commendation as having provided the ‘Technology to Watch’ in 2017.

The pv magazine weekly news digest

No Trump, no Musk: just a week filled with excellent technological breakthroughs, encouraging acquisitions and market growth, and just a hint of Brexit-themed fake news. But the good kind.