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China solar cell prices hit record lows

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, OPIS, a Dow Jones company, provides a quick look at the main price trends in the global PV industry.

Tesla proposes battery storage factory in India 

Tesla has submitted a proposal to the Indian government to set up a battery storage factory in India as the company looks to develop Powerwall business in the nation.

IIT Mandi researchers evaluate solar plants across different climatic zones in India

Researchers at IIT Mandi evaluated seven NTPC solar PV plants across different climatic zones on economic, technical, environmental, and connectivity parameters. They used a fuzzy multi-criteria decision-making method to compare these solar PV plants and said the methodology would assist decision-makers in identifying suitable sites for solar power plants.

P-type solar products may be phased out by 2026 as n-type tech ‘rapidly’ expands

The rise of cost-effective TOPCon cell technology last year led to a ‘surge’ in production demand for solar n-type cell technology, with leading industry analysts TrendForce prophesying PERC cell capacities ‘may’ be phased out in two to three years. The company’s experts, however, warn that oversupply for p-type cells and modules may increase the price gap between n-type and p-type products in the upcoming months.

European Solar Manufacturing Council urges EU to adopt law against forced labor in PV industry

The European Solar Manufacturing Council (ESMC) is urging the European Union to adopt legislation against forced labor in the PV industry, by explicitly calling for measures to prevent solar products produced with forced labor from entering the European market.

NTPC tenders 120 MW ground-mount, 56 MW floating solar at Ramagundam thermal power station

NTPC is accepting bids to set up a 120 MW ground-mounted and 56 MW floating solar PV project at its Ramagundam superthermal power station in Telangana. Bidding closes on Oct. 20.

Gautam Solar launches n-type TOPCon solar module series in USA

The Indian manufacturer released product lines for residential, commercial, and utility-scale applications.

ABB to power Samskip’s new hydrogen-fueled container vessels

ABB has secured a complete power, propulsion, and automation systems order for Samskip Group’s hydrogen-powered container vessels. Built by Cochin Shipyard Ltd, the largest shipbuilding and maintenance facility in India, these vessels are among the first in the world to demonstrate the potential of hydrogen fuel cells as a clean and renewable fuel source.

Tata Power, Dugar Group tie up on solar deployment in Nepal

Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd (TPREL) and Dugar Power have partnered to deploy a range of on- and off-grid solar energy solutions in Nepal.

Enabling India’s self-reliance in lithium battery-grade materials

Attero Recycling, India’s largest e-waste and lithium-ion battery recycler, recently processed samples from the Jammu and Kashmir mining belt and was able to recover 200 PPM (parts per million) of lithium carbonate, which was close to the ballpark range shared by the government of India. Nitin Gupta, chief executive officer and co-founder of Attero Recycling, speaks to pv magazine about the significance of their extraction and refining methods in ensuring India’s self-reliance in critical battery-grade materials. 

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