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Trina Solar achieves 25.5% efficiency in n-type TOPCon solar cell

The result was confirmed by the National Institute of Metrology of China. It was achieved with a cell size of 210x210mm.

Tesla opens gigafactory in Germany

The first Model Y electric cars have rolled off the assembly line at the US electric car manufacturer’s first European factory.

Plug & play electrolyser for green hydrogen production from Germany

Developed by Germany-based hydrogen specialist Enapter, the EL 4.0 electrolyser is based on a patented anion exchange membrane (AEM) technology. Commercial production is currently being prepared at the company’s Italian plant and the first shipments should be made in the summer.

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BloombergNEF says global solar will cross 200 GW mark for first time this year, expects lower panel prices

The analyst also forecasts strong growth for the storage business and a significant increase in PPAs for photovoltaic projects in Europe. It also said the newly installed PV capacity for 2021 reached 183 GW.

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Quantum dot layer pushes perovskite solar cell efficiency up to 25.7%

Researchers in Switzerland have replaced the electron transport layers in perovskite solar cells with a thin layer of quantum dots. On an area of 0.08cm2, they achieved a record efficiency of 25.7% and high operational stability.

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Germany’s new coalition wants to deploy 143.5 GW of solar this decade

The new plan would require the deployment of around 15 GW of new PV capacity each year to 2030. The agreement also includes the gradual phasing out of all coal power plants by the end of the decade.

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Fraunhofer CSP develops repair process for PERC solar cells

The performance of the solar cell contacts can be improved with laser-assisted current treatment. The process does not damage the solar cells but only optimises faulty semiconductor-metal contacts.

Meyer Burger plans to launch solar PV roof tiles in 2022

The Swiss group has acquired an integrated solar roof system solution from an unidentified German engineering service provider for this purpose. The aim is grow this sector from a niche market.

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Arc-shaped PV system for agrivoltaics from Germany

The PV mounting system was developed by Germany-based Goldbeck and will initially be available in the Netherlands from 2022. The company will test the new technology in a 45 MW PV project.

REC unveils second generation of its N-Peak solar module

The manufacturer plans to start production of the performance-enhanced solar modules in August. The first customers should then receive the products in October.

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