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Heavy-load vehicle traffic is responsible for 6 percent of the CO2 emissions in the European Union. Solar electricity generated directly on the vehicle can improve this balance by 5 to 7 percent. In the “Lade-PV” project under the direction of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, four industrial companies and two Fraunhofer institutes want to demonstrate the market feasibility of PV applications in the heavy-load transport. The aim is to develop an overall concept that makes the widespread use of integrated PV modules on electrical and other commercial vehicles (over 3.5 tons commercial load) possible. In the coming three years, not only singular components, such as PV modules and power electronic units, but also manufacturing and production concepts will be developed within this project in order to establish an efficient supply chain between the branches involved. The practical implementation of the prototypes shall be demonstrated on an electrical heavy-load truck. “Trucks provide lots of area with great sun exposure and electric-drive vehicles are equipped with large batteries. This combination presents an ideal situation for generating valuable on-board electricity with photovoltaics. This increases the driving range and all of that is provided with 100 percent renewable energy”, explains Dr. Harry Wirth,

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The first electrically self-sustaining, custom luxury homes from S2A will be powered by the only graphene solar panel in existence globally, changing the game with unprecedented energy production, durability, immunity to climate, and overall service life Exclusive: S2A is the only modular construction and real estate development entity with the rights to feature built-in FreeVolt’s patented PV Graf™ technology in the United States Breakthrough solar technology is unlike any other in existence: near-indestructible graphene eliminates degradation, moisture threat, and temperature effectiveness issues that other solar panels face PALO ALTO, Calif. (March 3, 2020) – S2A Modular – creator of the first electrically self-sustaining, custom and smart-connected luxury residence, the #GreenLuxHome – is the only modular residential/commercial building entity with the right to feature patented PV Graf™ technology from FreeVolt, a disruptive European solar company that has developed the world’s first and only graphene solar panel. Scientific Breakthrough: Patented Graphene Solar Panel Technology Marks A New Era Existing solar panels on the market face a variety of issues that are now a thing of the past. Far Longer Service Life, Lower Production Costs: Microcracks, caused by high-temperature soldering of expensive metals during production, have negatively affected power output, reliability, and overall

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Nairobi, Kenya, 03 April 2020: Azuri Technologies, a leader in pay-as-you-go solar home solutions for off-grid Africa, is helping to off-grid children across Kenya to continue education while schools remain closed. Kenyan schools have been shut down as a measure to contain spread of the Coronavirus. With more than 15 million primary and secondary students at home, the Ministry of Education announced it would broadcast lessons up to eight hours daily through dedicated radio and television channels. Azuri solar-powered satellite TV is helping rural children across the country to access the new education channels and ensures they are equally benefiting from the national initiative as fellow students in urban areas, connected by the grid. Thanks to off-grid systems like AzuriTV, rural households can access government channels like Edu TV Channel 029 featuring daily lessons including English, Kiswahili, Maths and Science, along with hygiene and nutrition lessons being broadcast to help inform students and families on best practice to help defeat the spread of Coronavirus. “Azuri is committed to supporting off-grid households through this challenging time and we want to do all we can to ensure that children in rural Kenya are not left behind in terms of learning progress due to the crisis facing the

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Following the news that Portugal has post-poned its 700MW auction until the market is less turbulent; Somik Das, Power Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view: “In a major blow to the nation, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused more than 4,200 deaths, which has made the market unpredictable. “That the auction has been delayed without a timeframe indicates the market situation, and it is unlikely that the the auction will be conducted until the pandemic is brought under control. “The fate of the auction depends on investor interest and confidence, which will largely depend on the successful implementation of projects subscribed under last year's auctions. With a proper plan of action in place, the nation may manage to abide by the 2030 targets it had initially set. “In 2019, the first round of auction was conducted where the tendered capacity was about 1.4 gigawatt (GW), in response to which bids worth 10GW were received from developers. The strike price under the fixed tariff auction was expected to be around €35-36/MWh based on the number of bids that were received in the previous auction conducted last year, and the interest it generated. However, due to the pandemic, the response bids,

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Solare Datensysteme GmbH launches the new online portal Solar-Log WEB Enerest™ 4 Fast. Powerful. Easy to use: Solar-Log™ launches the new Solar-Log WEB Enerest™ 4. The company releases the current release for the completely new developed monitoring platform for the market and users. Solar-Log WEB Enerest™ 4 is site monitoring at the highest level. Individual site management in fleets allows sites to be sorted according to the requirements of the user group. Views can be customized according to the requirements of the user group. Detailed failure analysis and fast problem solving prevent yield losses and secure the investment. This guarantees the user a reduced time and financial budget. Seamless communication between the WEB, data loggers and the individual components ensures that any problems are quickly detected, and yield losses are avoided at all times. An easy-to-use user and system administration offers extensive possibilities for filtering, grouping and views exactly according to the needs and wishes of the respective user, whether by region, system type, service contract or any other specification. Thanks to the structured display, the user never loses the overview. Solar-Log WEB Enerest™ 4 provides an intelligent compilation of individual plant information in real time, which is important for error analysis. This enables

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Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) announces today the closing of the sale of the inkjet printer business (PiXDRO) of Meyer Burger (Netherlands) B.V. in Eindhoven (NL) to SÜSS MicroTec SE, headquartered in Garching (Munich), Germany, which was announced on 20 December 2019. The final purchase price of the transferred assets amounts to CHF 4.1 million. The approximately 30 employees at the Eindhoven site in the Netherlands will be taken over by SÜSS MicroTec. The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on the world economy and thus also on the global solar industry. Temporary plant closures and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic at customers also delay Meyer Burger's activities. After Meyer Burger's employees at the Hohenstein-Ernstthal (Germany) site have already been working short-time since 16 March 2020, the company will now introduce short-time working for its Swiss sites in Thun and Hauterive as from 6 April 2020. This measure shall help Meyer Burger to compensate for the consequences of COVID-19 pandemic and to reduce personnel costs. In addition, the Board of Directors and the Executive Board of Meyer Burger have decided, as a sign of solidarity and in favour of the company, to immediately waive 15 percent of

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London, 01 April 2020 – Origami, a leading technology developer for energy companies, has announced the latest grid-scale battery storage project to use its smart technology is now operational. The 10MW battery, Lower Road, located in Brentwood, Essex, will be managed using Origami’s platform to help balance the national grid and provide additional capacity at times of need. The 10MW capacity battery project is owned by Gore Street Energy Storage Fund plc, (ticker: GSF), London’s first listed energy storage fund investing in income-producing assets in the UK and internationally. The energy storage facility, which uses batteries supplied by NEC, the Japanese engineering giant is now grid-connected, operational and generating regular income for Gore Street Energy Storage Fund. SSE Business Energy is the licenced supplier and power offtaker for the battery. Alex O’Cinneide, chief executive of Gore Street Capital, the energy storage fund’s investment adviser, commented: “We are delighted that Lower Road, our 10MW project in Brentwood, is now operational and directly contributing to our company’s revenue. “We are pleased to support Gore Street Energy Storage Fund in bringing one of Britain’s largest battery projects live using the Origami technology platform,” said Peter Bance, chief executive, Origami. “New battery projects provide much needed flexibility,

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Xi´an (CHINA) 1st April 2020 - LONGi today announces the signing of a distributor appointment and new sales agreement with Swedish distributor Senergia for the supply of 9.2 MW of its  high efficiency Hi-MO4 modules. Senergia is a specialized wholesaler in solar energy distributing products that create solar energy in Sweden, Norway and Finland. The agreement includes around 25,000 PV modules of various power: 23,400 pieces of 370 W and 1,320 pieces of 440 W. The modules will be delivered to the Finnish city of Oulu, where they will be distributed and installed in commercial projects (retail facilities) around Finland. Hi-MO4 series uses the new M6 wafer size (166mm) and is fast becoming the module of choice in PV as it offers a high power conversion efficiency rate. Even considering the slightly larger size, the modules are easy to install, thanks to their weight optimisation which makes them suitable for rooftop applications. Moreover, thanks to the higher output, the same number of modules installed in the limited space of a roof delivers substantially higher power. This means less installation time and improved efficiency, which considerably reduces overall installation costs. The agreement was entered into between Senergia’s subsidiary in Finland, Senergia Suomi Oy y Oulun Sähkönmyynti,

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Demand for storage systems on the rise despite COVID-19 Wittenberg/Germany, 1 April 2020 – Semi-automated production begins today in Europe’s first gigafactory for commercial battery storage systems, located in Wittenberg, Germany. Innovations in Tesvolt’s production process have enabled extremely flexible and efficient series manufacturing of its lithium-ion storage systems for industry and commerce. Production in the new factory is subject to stringent safety precautions. Additional measures are being taken to protect staff and customers from COVID-19. On a production area of 12,000 m² Tesvolt manufactures battery storage systems in various size categories with storage capacities ranging from 9.6 kWh into the megawatt range. Its new production line will allow the company to produce storage systems with a total capacity of up to one megawatt hour (MWh) every day and 255 MWh each year. The factory is designed so that the production capacity can be expanded to as much as one gigawatt. Tesvolt will be gradually adding capacity to account for the current increase in demand, seeing as its order volume has almost tripled since the same quarter last year. One of the most important innovations in the new production process is semi-automated full-cycling. Every battery module is fully charged and discharged and checked for anomalies

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The organization now offers expanded webinars, trainings and education to fill the void caused by “corona cancellations” ROCKLIN, Calif. – March 31, 2020 – As solar professionals grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, SMA America is tripling production of digital resources. The company’s goal is to help fill a void as in-person trade shows, events and meetings have been canceled across the globe. SMA has pivoted quickly to comply with social distancing and shelter-in-place standards and will continue to be nimble throughout the course of this outbreak. These web-based resources will allow customers and the industry-at-large to continue learning and sharing experiences. Recent topics have included a California Rule 21 update, residential storage for backup or energy management, ShadeFix and SunSpec shutdown and other timely topics. “It is vital for our solar community to stay connected amid this unprecedented time,” said Charles Ellis, vice president of sales at SMA America. “From our social media channels and our blog to online webinars, we are committed to offering resources to help educate and connect our customers and stakeholders.” The company will continue to team up with Authorized Distributors to share expertise during this period with webinars in the U.S. and Mexico. A few upcoming events include: Sunny

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