Photovoltaics for underwater wireless communication – pv magazine International

Researchers in China used commercially available solar cells to create an underwater optimized lens-free system for high-speed optical detection and have found that the PV devices enable a much larger detection area than commonly used photodiodes. February 17, 2022 Emiliano Bellini Although solar cells lose much of their power yield when submerged, as the devices … Read more

Europe’s gigafactory boom in full swing with another plant announcement – pv magazine International

The list of planned gigawatt-scale battery cell manufacturing plants in Europe has grown, with Anglo-Korean battery maker Eurocell announcing plans for a gigafab in Western Europe to start manufacturing at scale within 12 months. February 17, 2022 Marija Maisch In recent months, Europe has been shaping up as a hotspot of battery manufacturing activity with … Read more

Western Australia rolls out new rules to manage booming rooftop solar sector – pv magazine International

Western Australia has introduced new curtailment rules which will allow for all new and upgraded solar PV and battery energy storage installations with an inverter capacity of 5 kW or less to be remotely turned down or switched off in emergency situations. February 18, 2022 David Carroll From pv magazine Australia New Emergency Solar Management … Read more

Novel IBC solar cell architecture based on crystal photonics shows efficiency potential of 29.1% – pv magazine International

Scientists in Germany designed a poly-Si on oxide (POLO) interdigitated back-contact (IBC) solar cell integrating photon crystals and found this architecture has the potential to reach a power conversion efficiency of over 28%, which would be 1% higher than the current practical limit set by the scientific community. They also found that by improving passivation, … Read more

Microquanta builds 12 MW ground-mounted project with perovskite solar modules – pv magazine International

In other news, Haiyuan Material (HYM) said it will commission its 600 MW heterojunction cell factory in July and Polysilicon supplier Dako announced it is seeking to raise RMB11 billion ($1.74 billion) through a private share placement. February 18, 2022 Vincent Shaw and Max Hall Chinese perovskite cell maker Microquanta Semiconductor announced on Wednesday the … Read more

Flexible PV panels based on hyperconnected back-contact solar cells – pv magazine International

US start-up mPower Technology is scaling up its flexible crystalline silicon solar module technology for spatial and terrestrial applications. The back-contact solar panels consist of micro-singulated silicon dies that are “hyper-interconnected” in series or in parallel. The devices have efficiency ranging from 22 to 23% depending on the size or applications. February 18, 2022 Emiliano … Read more

India introduces green hydrogen policy – pv magazine International

The Green Hydrogen Policy is designed to promote green hydrogen and green ammonia projects with provisions like a 25-year waiver of inter-state transmission system (ISTS) charges and ISTS connectivity priority for renewable energy capacity set up for the purpose. February 18, 2022 Uma Gupta From pv magazine India India has unveiled its green hydrogen policy … Read more

Australian duo make shortlist for 600MW green hydrogen project in New Zealand – pv magazine International

Two of Australia’s most prominent energy players, Fortescue Future Industries and oil giant Woodside Energy, have been included on a shortlist of potential development partners for a proposed 600MW green hydrogen production and export facility on New Zealand’s South Island. February 17, 2022 David Carroll From pv magazine Australia Fortescue Future Industries (FFI), the wholly … Read more

New PV module recycling tech from France – pv magazine International

French start-up Rosi Solar has developed an industrial solution claimed to be capable of recovering high purity silicon, silver and copper contained in end-of-life PV modules. The company’s technology is based on a pyrolysis process that makes it possible to isolate the different metals from the cells. February 15, 2022 Marie Beyer From pv magazine … Read more