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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.

Spending less, getting more: renewables more cost-effective than ever in 2016, finds UN report

The latest Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2017 report by the UN Environment, Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre finds that while investment in clean energy fell last year, annual installations rose, revealing the cost-competitiveness of the sector.

Leading analyst forecasts point to global solar growth in 2017

Figures published today by both IHS Markit and GTM research forecast annual growth in the global solar market in 2017, albeit at a slower rate than was seen in 2016. The analysts predict continued demand from the four largest markets, particularly China and India, as the key drivers behind this growth.

Storage in store: battery pipeline reaches 3.4 GW in Q1, reports IHS Markit

Latest data from market analysts IHS Markit reveals a utility-scale global battery storage pipeline of 3.4 GW – a figure double that of last year and a growth that can trace its roots to rising demand in China and Asia.

REN21 renewables report finds strong hope for 100% renewable world by 2050

More than 70% of 114 global energy experts interviewed in REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report believe global transition to 100% renewable energy is feasible. However, challenges remain fiercest in areas of transport and larger economies.

British firm develops Brexit solar panel that harvests only UK sun

The two-facial module can be angled to ensure Brexit-supporting homeowners only harvest solar energy intended for the British Isles. 350 watt and ‘actual power’ versions available.

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The pv magazine weekly news digest

Trump declares war on clean energy, Tesla hurtles the other way down the fast lane towards a solar future, SolarWorld lays out its cost-cutting plans, and Algeria’s bold PV goals raise concerns.

IRENA: more solar than wind added in 2016 in strongest ever year for renewables

2016 was the strongest year ever for global renewable additions, reveals the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), with the growth of solar particularly dominant.

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Tesla to begin taking orders for Solar Roof in April

Production of the luxury BIPV product will not begin until “mid-2017”, and a waiting list has appeared on the Tesla site.

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