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Bromine-based flow batteries for renewables storage

Bromine-based flow batteries have the potential for high energy density in renewable energy storage. Their commercial adoption, however, remains challenging due to the cathode materials used for their construction. New research from China seeks to shed light on how to overcome these hurdles.

France defines standards for agrivoltaics

France’s environmental agency Ademe has released a set of new guidelines that clearly define “agrivoltaics.”


Photovoltaics vs. nuclear power on Mars

Solar might be more efficient than nuclear energy to supply power for a six-person extended mission to Mars that will involve a 480-day stay on the planet’s surface before returning to Earth, according to new US research.


Long-duration storage solution based on saltwater

Developed by Dutch start-up AquaBattery, the storage technology is claimed to independently amend power and energy capacity. The battery system utilises three storage tanks, one with fresh water, one with concentrated salt water and one with diluted salt water, and also relies on membrane stacks.

Malaysia’s water reservoir to host 150 MW floating solar plant

The floating facility will be built by Japan’s Shizen Energy and will sell power under unspecified conditions to local utility Syarikat Air Melaka Bhd (SAMB).


Growatt unveils solar rechargeable portable power station

Chinese inverter maker Growatt has launched Infinity 1500, a portable power station for off-grid applications.

Myanmar’s steeplechase towards renewable energy

Myanmar’s government has announced a plan to increase conventional and renewable energy generation to address electricity shortages. Reports from Burmese exiles, however, detail increasing issues for the construction of large scale solar projects tendered prior to the military coup in February 2021 and Chinese inverter manufacturer Sungrow said the project it secured in the country’s first tender has been canceled.

Panasonic combines fuel cells, batteries, PV to power factory in Japan

Japan’s Panasonic claims its new pilot solar-plus-hydrogen facility marks the first attempt to create a factory powered by 100% renewables, via the full-scale use of hydrogen.


Solar inverter fault detection techniques at a glance

New research has categorised all existing fault detection and localisation strategies for grid-connected PV inverters. The overview also provides a classification of various component failure modes and their potential causes in a tabular form.


Molecular thermal energy system can store solar energy for 18 years

Developed by a Chinese-Swedish research group, the device is an ultra-thin chip that could be integrated into electronics such as headphones, smartwatches and telephones. It combines a Molecular Solar Thermal Energy Storage System (MOST) with a micro-fabricated system that includes a thermoelectric generator (TEG) with a low-dimensional material-based microelectromechanical system (MEMS).

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