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Heat pumps competitive with gas boilers in some markets, says IEA

The International Energy Agency (IEA) says unsubsidized heat pumps are already competitive with gas boilers in mature markets including the United States, Canada, Japan, Italy, and China. It says global sales will soar to record levels by 2030.

Mitsubishi unveils air source heat pump

Mitsubishi has released a cascaded air source heat pump that can produce between 7.8 kW and 640 kW of heat. It is reportedly able to generate hot water at a temperature of up to 158 F without boost heaters.

Canada set to hit 5 GW milestone

Canada is set to install 500 MW of new solar in 2022, bringing its total capacity to about 5 GW, according to data from Canmet Energy. The country is expected to hit 35 GW of total solar capacity by 2050.

Qcells, European consortium launch production line for tandem silicon-perovskite solar cells

South Korea-based Qcells and a research group led by Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) have established a pilot manufacturing line for silicon-perovskite tandem cells in Thalheim, Germany. The project aims to speed up the technology’s mass manufacturing and market penetration.

Solar for extreme Arctic conditions

US researchers have installed a pilot 4.3 kW solar system at Oliktok Point, Alaska, north of the Arctic Circle. They want to determine which PV system designs and technologies are most efficient in extremely cold climates with limited sunlight.

NREL updates interactive chart of solar cell efficiency

The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a new, interactive version of its research cell efficiency chart for a range of PV technologies.

Powin, BlackRock start working on world’s largest battery

US battery specialist Powin and US investment firm BlackRock have started work on a 909 MW/1,915 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) in Australia. Construction is set to begin in 2023 and will finish by mid-2025.

GameChange Solar launches mounting system for east-west oriented solar parks

GameChange Solar designed its new fixed-tilt racking system to maximize module density, with a ground coverage ratio of up to 98%. The systems costs $0.039/W in the United States and $0.029/W in other markets, for a typical 105 mph wind load.

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Air-source heat pump for harsh, cold climates

Carrier will soon begin field tests for a prototype air-source heat pump for cold climates. It is designed to provide high-efficiency heating performance in harsh climates with temperatures equal or below negative 20.2 degrees Fahrenheit, while being grid-interactive. The heating tech specialist expects to commercialize the solution by 2024.

PV modules with longer lifetimes could slash demand for materials

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) says in a new report that PV module lifetime extensions should be prioritized over closed-loop recycling to reduce demand for new materials.

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