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Balance of Systems

Weekend Read: Blackouts trigger a PV pivot

Decades of mismanagement have eroded trust in South Africa’s state-owned energy utility, Eskom. Last year, households and businesses suffered daily blackouts of up to 10 hours, or even longer. Solar and battery energy storage are booming but a domestic PV manufacturing industry has yet to materialize.

Akaysha preps for arrival of ‘superload’ at Waratah battery site

Construction of the 850 MW / 1680 MWh Waratah Super Battery is well underway with developer Akaysha Energy announcing that the first of three high voltage transformers to be deployed as part of the project is due to arrive at the New South Wales site in the coming days.

Fortescue commits to major manufacturing facility in US

Fortescue has announced plans to open its first manufacturing centre in the United States, partnering with the state of Michigan to establish a production hub for automotive and heavy industry batteries, fast chargers and hydrogen electrolysers.

S-5! offers solar attachment solution to simplify wire management

S-5! has introduced a module-level power electronics mount for solar developers, installers, end users, and engineering, procurement and construction contractors who are looking for a mounting device for solar module frames, without attaching to rails.

pv magazine Awards 2023: The winners

More than 200 entries from across 39 countries made up the field for the pv magazine Awards 2023 and there was genuine innovation on display in all categories. Significant demands have been placed on the solar and energy storage industries in 2023, but that hasn’t stopped the sector from making great leaps in performance. The winners of the pv magazine Awards 2023 serve as shining examples of what can be achieved through a continuous improvement philosophy.

Fortescue continues US expansion with new clean energy manufacturing plant

Australian mining and green energy major Fortescue has revealed plans to establish a new clean energy technology manufacturing plant in the United States as it looks to take advantage of America’s $565 billion (USD 369 billion) Inflation Reduction Act.

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Bison signs tracker supply deal for five Australian solar farms

Japan-headquartered renewables developer Bison Energy has signed a supply agreement with tracker manufacturer GameChange Solar that is to underpin the development of five Australian solar projects totaling more than 125 MW.

Tritium to take EV charger manufacturing operations offshore

Australian electric vehicle charger manufacturer Tritium will close its Brisbane manufacturing facility and move production to the United States in a bid to ensure its financial survival.

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Sun Cable targets Tasmania for cable manufacturing plant

Sun Cable, which plans to build a 20 GW solar farm in the Northern Territory and export solar-generated electricity to Singapore via a 4,300-kilometre high-voltage undersea cable system, has announced plans to manufacture the power cables itself at a “multi-billion facility” in Tasmania.

Bluetti launches modular residential battery system

United States solar and energy storage solutions manufacturer Bluetti has launched a modular 7,600 W lithium iron phosphate battery system for residential settings with a flexible energy storage capacity ranging from 9.9 kWh to 19.8 kWh.

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