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German state supports balcony solar power generation via rebate program

The government of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has allocated €10 million ($9.93 million) to support the deployment of balcony solar modules with a power output of up to 600 W.

Long-term, heat-based energy storage in aluminum

Nine partners from seven European countries are involved in the €3.6 million ($3.7 million) “Reveal” research project, which says buildings could be heated in the future by storing energy from PV, wind and water in aluminum.

Industrial process for ‘mobile’ solar module recycling

German company Flaxres has developed an industrial process to recycle PV modules, and has begun operating a pilot facility at its new site where 10 tons of solar modules can be recycled daily. Flaxres plans to make equipment based on this facility available to international customers.

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New photovoltaic in-roof system from Switzerland

Swiss module manufacturer Megasol has unveiled a novel rooftop PV system in two variants — full-black and translucent. The installation consists of vertical supports, a ridge profile, and solar modules.

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Green hydrogen price may drop to €5 kg by 2025

Aurora Energy Research says in a new report that maximum green hydrogen project profitability could be achieved when solar and wind power plants are combined with electrolyzers.

High-voltage residential battery from Varta

The new high-voltage Varta.wall storage device features an aluminum design and is available in capacities ranging from 10 kWh to 20 kWh. It also boasts an emergency power function.

Trina Solar achieves 25.5% efficiency in n-type TOPCon solar cell

The result was confirmed by the National Institute of Metrology of China. It was achieved with a cell size of 210x210mm.

Tesla opens gigafactory in Germany

The first Model Y electric cars have rolled off the assembly line at the US electric car manufacturer’s first European factory.

Swiss manufacturer unveils 500W solar module with 23.2% efficiency

Megasol said the solar module relies on new back-contact technology that is able to reduce internal resistance, ohmic losses and cell spacing.

Plug & play electrolyzer for green hydrogen production from Germany

Developed by Germany-based hydrogen specialist Enapter, the EL 4.0 electrolyzer is based on a patented anion exchange membrane (AEM) technology. Commercial production is currently being prepared at the company’s Italian plant and the first shipments should be made in the summer.

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