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A solar pavilion for India’s rooftops

India’s energy transition will not succeed without rooftop PV and roll-out is hindered not only by a lack of household finance, but by the fact many of the nation’s flat roofs are enjoyed by residents. Germany’s international development agency has proposed a solution.

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Fraunhofer ISE unveils 68.9%-efficient III-V solar cell for laser energy transmission systems

The German research institute said the gallium arsenide cell has achieved the highest efficiency to date for the conversion of light into electricity.

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.

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Axitec releases 540 W solar panels

German solar manufacturer Axitec has revealed plans to start selling its new half-cut PV modules from the second quarter. It manufactures the panels with 182 mm wafers.

Solar tile made in Germany

German manufacturer Autarq is selling its solar tiles at a price ranging from €25 to €30 per piece. It claims a PV system built with these products can cover around 70% of household needs.

India ranked the world’s most attractive solar PV market by Ernst & Young

The nation has earned the highest score of 62.7 in terms of attractiveness for solar PV investment and deployment in the latest ranking of top 40 countries by Ernst & Young.

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BMW selects KPIT software for next-generation EV charging electronics

The engagement covers software development, integration, and maintenance of combined powertrain coordination unit including charging control, and extends over several years.

UK investor NextEnergy acquires 27.4 MWp solar project in Odisha

The plant—constructed and operated by Germany-headquartered IBC Solar Energy—is NextEnergy’s first investment in India as part of its strategy to acquire ready-to-build or operational solar projects across high-growth international markets.

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Integrating agriculture and solar energy production

A study by Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems has evaluated the feasibility of horticulture PV at the site of Paras in Akola district of Maharashtra, where the state utility Maharashtra State Power Generation Co. Ltd (Mahagenco) is considering to install a ground-mounted solar system on more than 100 hectare (ha) of arable land.

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Germany to help India evaluate optimal power balancing with renewables

German development agency GIZ has hired DNV GL to study control reserve requirements of India’s southern states. The study—part of the Indo-German Energy Programme—will help ensure efficient and cost-effective integration of large-scale renewable energy supplies in the region.

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