Manufacturing

Hemlock Semiconductor becomes vertically integrated polysilicon maker

The U.S. polysilicon manufacturer has acquired DuPont’s trichlorosilane business, in a move that will help it cut production costs and control supply.

North America’s first lithium-ion battery recycling hub is coming to New York

Li-Cycle, a Canadian battery recycling firm, has chosen Rochester as the home for its planned $175 million recycling facility, which promises to deliver recycled battery materials, beyond just lithium-ion, at market scale.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: 1 GW of distributed solar came online in August

More than 1 GW of subsidized small solar arrays were installed in China last month alone and manufacturer Suntech has announced the start of operations at its 500 MW Indonesian cell and module fab.

Nextracker inks 1 GW supply deal and claims up to 12% bifacial yield gain

The 1 GW fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai will feature NX Horizon trackers with the deal announced after the manufacturer published new bifacial yield gain claims.

Morning Brief: Duke Energy reaches deal with Sunrun, Vote Solar to modernize rooftop PV in South Carolina

Also in the brief: 67-MWdc Lotus Solar Farm in Madera County, California, developed by 8minute Solar Energy, is now fully operational. Plus First Solar’s secondary offering for the Waltons, and Natron gets $20 million for battery scale-up.

Tesla battery day bingo

Tesla battery day is next week. Earlier this year, Musk told analysts that what he had to say “will blow your mind. It blows my mind.” Here’s a list of battery hyperbole and terms you’re bound to hear at the event.

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First Solar changes course: now selling its thin-film solar panels into the distributed generation market

The utility-scale solar pioneer and specialist is going small. After decades of avoiding distributed generation, its distributors will now offer First Solar’s series 6 modules to “projects and customers of all shapes and sizes.”

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Secretive battery builder QuantumScape to go public via SPAC at $3.3 billion valuation

Aiming to win the EV battery race, the ten-year old solid-state battery builder has received more than $1 billion from investors including Bill Gates, Vinod Khosla and VW.

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Navigating the uncharted 500 W panel market – part I

This pv magazine series, done in collaboration with industry experts, will analyze the challenges and opportunities created by the new generation of 500 W and greater panels.

EnerVenue looks to shake up the battery market with metal hydrogen technology

The company launched today with $12 million in seed funding, boasting advantages over lithium-ion in performance, price, operability in extreme weather and decades of use in the aerospace industry.

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