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Serial inventor aims to change PV value chain by addressing heat

Kent Kernahan has set out to take the heat out of solar cells. He and his partners may end up bringing solar manufacturing jobs to disadvantaged communities, while making low-cost rooftop solar more widely available.

Biden’s US ban on solar imports from China’s Xinjiang province stirs strong reactions

The Biden Administration’s decision to ban solar imports from four Xinjiang-based polysilicon manufacturers, Hoshine Silicon, Daqo, East Hope, and GCL New Energy Material, has already raised concerns. One analyst warns of a “significant negative impact” across the U.S. solar industry.

Using excess heat from PV modules for lithium-extraction process

Canada-based Enertopia filed provisional patents for technology that it said could boost PV system output by 10% or more and reduce panel heat stress.

Tool offers insight into how solar and wind impact wholesale electric prices

U.S. Department of Energy’s Berkeley Lab has devised a tool to allow users to compare pricing trends across locations, regions, and timeframes, down to the nodal level.

IEA calls for solar PV additions to reach 630 GW by 2030

According to the International Energy Agency, most of the global reductions in CO2 emissions between now and 2030 would come from technologies available today. In a recent report, the agency sets what it described as a “cost-effective and economically productive” pathway resulting in an energy economy “dominated by renewables like solar and wind.”


Tesla shifts battery chemistry for utility-scale Megapack energy storage system

The famous electric car manufacturer is reportedly shifting to cobalt-free lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries for its utility-scale battery.

Tesla touts the market strength of its Powerwall energy storage product

In an earnings call, the company said that storage deployments grew 71% YoY and solar installations were its strongest in 2.5 years.

United States county uses innovative method to identify optimal solar sites

A U.S. research group has used high-resolution data to drill down to individual parcels of land, in order to figure out how much space is available for solar at optimal locations and preferred sites.

Top Gun is one of 4 dozen US large-scale BESS projects set for service in 2021

Nearly 1.4 GW of battery energy storage capacity is under construction and slated for delivery in the United States during 2021, according to data from FERC and DOE.


Fluence gains investor to help drive energy storage growth

AES and Siemens will remain major shareholders and will continue to support Fluence’s long-term growth. The company currently has 2.4 GW of projects deployed or awarded across 24 countries and territories worldwide.