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Queensland council plots path from coal hub to green superpower

The Gladstone Regional Council has ratified an ambitious roadmap that will be used to help the central Queensland city navigate the transition from traditional coal and gas hub to a green hydrogen and renewable energy superpower.


JinkoSolar claims 23.86% efficiency for n-type, TOPCon monocrystalline panel

Chinese manufacturer JinkoSolar’s newest PV module has an efficiency rating of 23.86%. It is based on its TOPCon mono cell technology, which achieved a record efficiency of 26.1% in October, as confirmed by TÜV Rheinland.

DAH Solar releases 540-555 W solar modules with frameless frontside

China manufacturer DAH Solar offers four versions of its new panels, with power outputs ranging from 540 W to 555 W and efficiency ratings from 20.89% to 21.48%. The modules are reportedly ideal for steel rooftops with small installation angles.

Companies line up as Queensland plans renewables-led manufacturing boom

The Queensland government is forecasting a renewables-led manufacturing and jobs boom in the state with hundreds of Australian and international companies registering their interest in supplying the thousands of solar panels, batteries, wind turbines, and kilometres of transmission lines the state says it will need to deliver its $62 billion (USD 40 billion) energy transformation plan.

Rooftop PV performance during heatwaves

Chinese researchers have assessed the impact of residential rooftop PV arrays on energy use and surrounding air temperatures during extreme heatwaves. They found that panels with higher conversion efficiencies achieved the best results.


Quantitative methodologies to assess technical risks in PV

Researchers led by Germany’s TÜV Rheinland have created a database of technical risks and mitigation measures for PV installations. Their broad overview of quantification methods has shown that further standardization is required.

Energy Estate looks to cavern storage for Hunter Hydrogen Network

Developer Energy Estate has signed a deal with Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure, which has designed vertical manmade caverns for hydrogen storage. Energy Estate co-founder Simon Currie says the partnership is about shoring up projects like its proposed 1.6 GW Hunter Hydrogen Network.


New study looks at Sundrive’s 25.54% silver-free heterojunction solar cell

A new scientific paper takes a closer look at the record-breaking efficiency that Australia’s Sundrive announced for a silver-free heterojunction cell in September 2021, as certified by Germany’s Institute for Solar Energy Research.

Most new solar panels retain 80% production after 30 years

A five-year Sandia Labs study on solar module degradation shows that 13 out of 23 tested module types have effective lifetimes exceeding 30 years.

Could Australia still have a pathway to manufacturing green steel?

ARENA has awarded global technology company Calix $947,035 (USD 612,509) to help fund an eleven-month study into the feasibility of deploying the company’s proprietary Zero Emissions Steel Technology (ZESTY) at a demonstration plant – something both Calix and ARENA are touting as a pathway to green steel manufacturing using hydrogen in Australia.


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