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Tesla shifts battery chem for its Megapack energy storage system

The US electric car manufacturer is reportedly shifting to cobalt-free lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries for its utility-scale battery.

JSW’s steel production dips as it prioritizes medical oxygen supply

The company’s capacity utilization was 5% lower than in March as it prioritized medical oxygen supply over augmenting steel production.

States must plan now for utility-scale battery storage

A new report says the Indian States must develop plans to incentivize investments into the deployment of utility-scale battery storage—just as they did for solar. 

New tech to identify best locations for floating PV

Norway’s Glint Solar and the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute have developed an algorithm that is able to automatically calculate wave heights and wind directions at potential locations for floating PV arrays. It considers the geometry of the water surface as well as 40 years of data on wind conditions.

Bidding extended for 75 MW solar project in Uttar Pradesh

Developers now have until May 18 to bid for setting up the capacity in the Uttar Pradesh Solar Park. Technical bid shall be opened on May 19.

Solar 101: Working the angles to maximize your solar system’s output

Using Normal, Illinois, as a … well, normal … case study, we look at how a roof’s latitude, pitch, and azimuth affect energy output.

Maharashtra Discom tenders for purchase of 500 MW of wind-solar power

The selected bidders shall set up wind-solar hybrid power projects to supply the generated power under a 25-year PPA. Bidding closes on June 8.

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Recycling rare-earth elements from dead lithium batteries

American Resources Corporation is developing a process to separate pure rare earth metals from lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles or power plants based on renewable energy. The technique is described as a two-zone ligand-assisted displacement chromatography (LAD) that is able to produce metals with high yields and purity of over 99%.

India ranked third most attractive country for solar investment

India ranks behind the United States and China in IHS Markit’s latest rankings of most attractive solar markets.

The long read: The ‘other side’ of batteries

Graphite’s pivotal role in electric-vehicle battery technology is coming under increasing scrutiny. Graphite is almost exclusively produced in China, and while the processing of the mineral poses serious environmental issues, the alternatives appear costly. Ian Morse looks at what’s next for critical graphite supplies.

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