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Dealing with solar park visibility

Dutch researchers have studied how solar parks can be blended into the landscape across 11 “frontrunner” sites in Europe. They considered visual impact, land availability, and end-of-life issues.

Switzerland allocates $521 million for solar rebates in 2021

The Swiss federal government has also decided to improve the bureaucratic procedures for the installation of solar PV systems.

Redox launches high-voltage redox flow storage solution

Australia’s Redflow has unveiled its new Energy Pod Z module.

The Hydrogen Stream: Massive hydrogen/green ammonia project in Chile, hydrogen atlas for Germany

Furthermore, Canadian integrated energy company Suncor and Canadian holding company ATCO are looking into a potential “world scale clean hydrogen project” in Alberta, and Japanese energy company Eneos and Japanese multinational automotive manufacturer Toyota Motor, are exploring hydrogen applications at Woven City, a prototype city in Japan.

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.

France allocates 29 MW in PV tender for non-interconnected areas

Akuo, Amarenco and Voltalia secured the largest amount of capacity in the procurement exercise.

‘Hydrogen as a universal climate solution might be a bit of false promise’

Hydrogen and hydrogen-based fuels will not be able to move forward fast enough to replace fossil fuels and tackle climate change, according to a German-Swiss research team that claims direct electrification alternatives are cheaper and easier to implement. The scientists cite too-high prices, short-term scarcity and long-term uncertainty, as the main reasons for their skepticism.


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.

The best world regions for compressed air storage

Compressed air energy storage (CAES) may become an interesting solution for countries with weak interconnection with their neighbors, according to scientists from Finland’s Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT). North America and sub-Saharan Africa were found to have the largest portion of suitable areas for this kind of storage technology, and Western Canada in particular, to have the world’s strongest potential.


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