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Long-term, heat-based energy storage in aluminium

Nine partners from seven European countries are involved in the €3.6 million (AU$5.25 million) “Reveal” research project, which says buildings could be heated in the future by storing energy from PV, wind and water in aluminium.

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Supply chain difficulties translate into losses for SMA

SMA’s Home Solutions segment was particularly badly hit as the PV inverter manufacturer struggled to meet the demand due to the shortage of materials. The sales and results in the first half of 2022 were therefore significantly worse than in 2021. The company now wants to take “a series of measures to improve its long-term ability to deliver.”

Solarwatt obtains ‘cradle-to-cradle’ certification for its glass-glass solar modules

The ‘cradle-to-cradle’ certification is considered a globally recognised holistic product quality standard. The assessment is made for five categories: material health, recyclability of materials, energy management and CO2 emissions, water management and social responsibility

Megasol reveals new solar PV in-roof system

Swiss module manufacturer Megasol has unveiled a novel rooftop PV system in two variants — full-black and translucent. The installation consists of vertical supports, a ridge profile, and solar modules.

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Green hydrogen price may drop to $7.5/kg by 2025

Aurora Energy Research says in a new report that maximum green hydrogen project profitability could be achieved when solar and wind power plants are combined with electrolysers.

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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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