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Study shows Nextracker’s machine learning software improves solar plant output

The software’s algorithms were found to boost output by leveraging Nextracker’s independent-row tracking system.

Longi announces new 415 W solar panel for residential, commercial applications

Longi unveiled a new 54-cell module at RE+ Anaheim last week, with outputs ranging up to 415 W, and an efficiency rating of 21.3%.

Australia backs new US deal to deliver billions in clean energy investments

The U.S. Department of State has suggested companies including Google, Unilever, and Amazon could invest billions of dollars in Australia’s renewable energy sector as a result of a newly inked clean energy initiative.

Fire at PG&E’s Tesla battery in California is now under control

A Tesla Megapack battery caught fire at PG&E’s Elkhorn large-scale battery storage facility in Monterey County, California, in the early hours of Sept. 21. The fire was brought fully under control by the late afternoon, and its cause is under investigation.

Sunpower launches two new batteries for residential applications

The two batteries have a storage capacity of 13 and 19.5 kWh, respectively. Both lithium-ion systems use LiFePO4 as the cathode material and have a round-trip efficiency of over 86%.

FTC Solar unveils new self-powered tracking system

United States-based engineering firm FTC Solar has unveiled a new self-powered solar tracking system which it says requires up to 36% fewer foundations than existing technologies and enables an estimated 5% greater energy output for a given parcel of land.

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New grid-scale LFP battery from Canadian Solar

Solar PV technology manufacturer Canadian Solar plans to quadruple its battery manufacturing capacity by the end of 2023. A part of that strategy is a new 2.8 MWh lithium-ferro phosphate battery which will be unveiled at the RE+ conference in California this week.

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Canadian Solar to unveil all-in-one residential battery and inverter

Chinese-Canadian PV heavyweight Canadian Solar is set to unveil a new residential energy storage unit that is compatible with new and existing solar arrays and is customisable from 9.9 kWh to 19.9 kWh capacities.

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Scientists study transparent organic PV materials for solar window applications

A team of scientists in the United States have designed a transparent organic photovoltaic material for solar window applications in commercial buildings.

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Australia is failing on EVs. California shows it’s possible to pick up the pace

Among the many similarities between California and Australia, both are impacted by bushfires and climate change, and both are home to larger cars and trucks than is the norm in developed countries. They are dissimilar, though, when it comes to electric vehicles and vehicle regulations. While California has been pursuing low-carbon and electric vehicles for decades, Australia has trailed most developed nations.

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