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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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Inverter builder SMA swings to profit in first three quarters of 2020, grows despite pandemic

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the photovoltaic inverter maker grew its revenue compared to the previous year.

Oxford PV’s German perovskite solar module plant backed by Brandenburg state with $10 million

Oxford PV is currently building a manufacturing facility for its silicon perovskite tandem solar cells in Brandenburg an der Havel.

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50-kW solar facade financed by PPA

A 50 kW PV system is being built on the facade of a radiology center near Marburg’s main train station. The Marburg municipal utilities and the Sonneninitiative association have concluded a PPA that ensures the long-term financing of the project.

Agrivoltaic project with vertically mounted bifacial panels goes online in Germany

The 4.1 MW array, developed by Next2Sun, was constricted with roughly 11,000 bifacial panels, provided by Chinese manufacturer Jolywood.

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