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Future of cadmium telluride PV tech

In the third interview of a series, pv magazine spoke to Prof. Arvind Shah of École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne and Associate Prof. Alessandro Romeo from the University of Verona about the challenges and opportunities of cadmium telluride (CdTe) PV tech. They said there is still potential to ramp up efficiency and cut costs, and claimed that the toxicity of cadmium should not be seen as a serious concern.

Micro III-V solar cell with 33.8% efficiency

Developed by a French-Canadian research group, the triple-junction cell is based on indium gallium phosphide (InGaP), indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) and germanium (Ge) and has an active area of only 0.089 mm2. It can be used for applications in micro-concentrator photovoltaics (CPV).

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Enapter develops MW-sized AEM electrolyzer

The new electrolyser with anion exchange membrane technology is expected to produce 450 kilograms per day and will be available on the market in 2022.

Rooftop CPV-thermal tech to produce electricity and freshwater

It’s claimed the decentralized desalination system can deliver a levelized cost for desalinated water of US$0.7-4.3/m3, depending on PV costs and electricity prices. It was built with several concentrated photovoltaic/thermal (CPV-T) collectors, a hot water tank, a V-MEMD module, a seawater feed tank, and a distillate tank.

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.

Indian incentives to support up to 13% of 240 GW of panel demand by fiscal 2030

India is targeting 280 GW of solar by 2030, of which 240 GW has yet to be built, but India Ratings says the country’s production-linked incentives will only cover up to 13% of future deployments.

US shingled module maker to move production out of Asia

GAF Energy has announced plans to set up a new manufacturing facility in California. It currently produces BIPV panels in South Korea.

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Redox launches high-voltage redox flow storage solution

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

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.

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