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U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board rules in favor of Q Cells in patent dispute with REC

The Board issued a favorable decision for Hanwha Q Cells over REC Solar’s patent claims. The court has ruled that the contested claims of REC’s U.S. patent were not patentable. The decision is similar to those in courts in China and Europe, according to Q Cells.

Global solar capacity additions hit 268 GW in 2022: BNEF

BloombergNEF solar analyst Jenny Chase says 268 GW of new solar capacity came online in 2022, with annual installations expected to hit 315 GW in 2023.

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Solar tiles connected to an air heat pump

Germany’s Paxos is currently testing the solar tile in a testing facility connected to an air heat pump. The panel can provide heat and electricity at the same time, while also improving the heat pump’s coefficient of performance by around 25%.

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Meyer Burger secures $255.2 million to scale up production capacity to 3 GW

Swiss PV manufacturer Meyer Burger says it wants to rapidly expand its production of heterojunction solar cells and modules, following its recent supply agreement with U.S. project developer DE Shaw Renewable Investments.

A case for residential solar sharing

Technische Universität München researchers have run a series of tests to investigate the growing share of rooftop PV in Germany. They found that the sale and purchase of electricity between households could reduce consumption peaks and prevent grid bottlenecks.

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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Study confirms rule of thumb that PV inverters should run without faults for around 15 years

A new study by Bern University of Applied Sciences shows that the performance of most PV inverters and power optimizers remains optimal for up to 15 years. The inverters considered came mainly from the manufacturers Fronius, Sputnik, and SMA and most of the power optimizers examined came from Solaredge.

Tigo Energy files patent lawsuit against SMA Solar in the US

The lawsuit is related to six alleged infringement claims regarding the US patents owned by Tigo Energy.

Start-up unveils 3.6 kWh portable battery for independent power supply

The system can be expanded to a capacity of up to 25 kW, and its creator is using a Kickstarter platform to raise R&D money.

Longi releases statement on patent dispute with Hanwha Q-Cells

The Chinese photovoltaic manufacturer said the recent invalidation procedure for its patent at the Chinese Patent Office’s examination and invalidity department is only an administrative examination procedure that only examines whether or not the authorized Chinese patent complies with patent law requirements.

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