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Sharp unveils new TOPCon solar modules

The Japanese electronics manufacturer has launched the NU-JC440 and NU-JC430B panels with efficiencies of 22.53% and 22.02%, respectively. Both products are IEC/EN61215 and IEC/EN61730-certified and rely on M10 wafers.

Ikea aims to drive EV uptake with nationwide charging network

The Australian arm of Swedish furniture giant Ikea will partner with Melbourne-based electric vehicle charging infrastructure company Jet Charge to establish a national charging network at its stores across the country.

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Report lists strategic recommendations to boost BIPV rollout

A new report from the International Energy Agency’s Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme presents a suite of strategic recommendations aimed at taking building integrated photovoltaics from niche market to mainstream.

Hitachi to deliver ‘Australian first’ converter tech for Marinus Link

Hitachi Energy has been tapped by Marinus Link to provide key voltage converter technology for the high-voltage transmission project that is to augment the existing connection linking the mainland Australian and Tasmanian electricity grids.

Weekend read: Déjà vu on the polysilicon market

Haven’t we been here before? The polysilicon industry is shifting from shortage to oversupply but a few things are different from market cycles of the past, as Bernreuter Research founder Johannes Bernreuter explains.

Stationary energy storage key priority in new national battery strategy

The Australian government has announced its new multi-billion-dollar National Battery Strategy aiming to boost the country’s domestic battery manufacturing capabilities and critical minerals processing capacity.

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New dates, rules for 2025 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

The organisers of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge have announced a new set of dates for the 2025 edition of their unique 3,000-kilometre solar car race across the Australian continent, along with some regulation changes.

Quinbrook reveals $3.5 billion ‘green iron’ project

Australian green infrastructure investor and developer Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners has announced plans to leverage its growing portfolio of renewable energy and storage projects and green hydrogen produced by a proposed 3 GW production facility to manufacture “green iron” in central Queensland.

Hydrogen power spreads its wings with vertical take-off and landing aircraft

Decarbonising the transport sector has taken to the skies thanks to Australian zero emission aircraft designer and manufacturer AMSL Aero, which is testing its hybrid electric hydrogen powered vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft in central western NSW.

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Weekend read: Perovskites move into production

Perovskites remain a great hope for the future of the solar industry, once the possibilities of tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) and heterojunction PV have been exhausted. A look at the latest perovskite research shows that industry optimism is built on a strong foundation.

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