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NTPC awards India’s first green hydrogen microgrid project

The project would be a test case to assess the potential of solar-powered hydrogen to displace costly and polluting diesel-based energy generation systems in far-off regions of the country like Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir.

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Cost optimal solutions for residential solar-powered heat pumps in cold climates, isolated areas

A U.S.-Swedish research group has investigated the complex economic relationship between PV and heat pumps in cold climates under four different levels of electrification. It found that, compared to propane, solar heat pumps

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New tech to recover pure silicon from end-of-life solar cells

An Indian research group has used three different chemicals instead of commonly used hydrofluoric acid to separate silicon from the cell. The technique is claimed to be able to deliver recycled silicon with a purity of up to

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The changing landscape of the modular marketplace

The modular solar marketplace is growing, especially in Australia where remote mining and agricultural sites appreciate the benefits of compact, movable solar. One new entrant is Western Australia’s CDI Energy with its “R

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Solar module for east-west installations on flat rooftops

Dutch startup Solarge has developed a 500 W panel that weighs 50% less than conventional glass-back sheet modules. The new product can be fixed to rooftops with roofing anchors, which eliminates the need for ballast, accordin

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The best PV tech for Internet-of-Things devices

U.S. scientists have evaluated three different PV technologies – GaInP, GaAs, and silicon – for powering wireless temperature sensors. They found that the silicon solar module offers the lowest performance and also sugges

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Crystal arrangement results in 1,000x more power from ferroelectric solar cells

German researchers developed a lattice arrangement of three different layers of ferroelectric crystals that created a powerful photovoltaic effect. German researchers developed a lattice arrangement of three different layers

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Net zero could be 630-plus gigawatt annual opportunity for solar

Analyst BloombergNEF has gazed into its crystal ball and predicted three routes to a net zero world. The ‘green’ scenario fleshed out in its latest New Energy Outlook is bound to appeal far more to the solar industry than

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The long read: The impact of dust on solar panels matters

Anil Kottantharayil currently leads the Centre for Research in Nanotechnology and Science, as well as the Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facility, at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. He works on high-effi

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New process to recycle silicon, silver and glass from end-of-life PV panels

A €4.8 million EU-funded research project is aiming to develop a process that allows recovering all components of a photovoltaic module.

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Indian Railways tenders 740 MW of ground-mounted solar

The capacity—to be set up on a build, own, operate basis—will be installed on vacant railway land. Bidding closes on August 26.

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New report says India nearing 7 GW of rooftop solar

Bridge To India’s latest report shows India installed a cumulative rooftop solar capacity of 6,792 MW as of December 31, 2020. Capital expenditure (capex) model, wherein consumers own the system, accounted for a majority of

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Larsen & Toubro secures 1.5 GW solar EPC order in Saudi Arabia

The 1.5 GW Sudair Project is Saudi Arabia’s largest solar plant with power purchase agreement signed. It is also one of the world’s largest PV plants.

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