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Chinese PV Industry Brief: Zhonghuan raises wafer prices as president calls for faster action on emissions

Henan province immediately responded with a plan to deploy another 20 GW of solar and wind by 2025.

Exeger ramps up dye-sensitized solar cell production in Sweden

The Swedish company secured $38 million to build a manufacturing facility it has planned with the support of Swiss conglomerate ABB. The factory will be located in Stockholm and produce the company’s Powerfoyle products.


Italian PV sector cautious about Covid-19 recovery package

The Italian PV world remains cautiously skeptical about the €220 billion post-pandemic recovery plan that Rome presented last week. It outlines steps for agrivoltaics, but retains preferential treatment for the gas sector (biomethane and hydrogen), and notes the marginal role of batteries and pumping systems. However, the green policies are not final and could still be shaped by related decrees and non-financial measures.

Cadmium telluride solar cells for space applications, BIPV, unmanned aircraft

U.K. researchers have developed a flexible thin-film cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cell for use in ultra-thin glass for space applications.

Indian utility tenders 500 MW of hybrid wind-solar projects

The selected bidders in a new Indian tender will set up wind-solar hybrid power projects to supply power under 25-year PPAs. Bidding closes on June 8.

Australia’s solar capacity could hit 80 GW by 2030, says GlobalData

A new GlobalData report suggests that Australia’s solar capacity could reach 80 GW over the next decade.

Perovskites stick together for better performance

Scientists in the U.S. demonstrated an additive that acts as a “molecular glue” within a perovskite solar cell. Treating the cells with this self-assembled monolayer material was shown to greatly improve their long-term performance, whilst also providing a boost to conversion efficiency. And the scientists further point out that the treatment relies on simple processing and readily available materials – good signs for its applicability in manufacturing.


Turkey hits 7 GW milestone

According to official statistics from grid operator TEIAS, the country added around 400 MW of PV capacity in the first four months of 2021.


Organic solar for optical wireless data receivers

Researchers in the United Kingdom have built a 14%-efficient organic PV device that can be used in high-speed optical wireless communication systems. The cell consists of a 4×2.5mm photoactive layer fabricated with a bulk heterojunction of a polymer donor and fullerene and non-fullerene acceptors.

Indian utility tenders 500 MW, developer seeks EPC contractor for 190 MW

Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd. (MSEDCL) is seeking proposals to buy power under 25-year power purchase agreements, while Rising Sun Energy is seeking EPC partners for a 190 MW solar project in the Indian state of Rajasthan.

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