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You picked ’em: Our most popular articles of 2020

Five articles (well, six, since news about Tesla made it twice) that captured the imagination of our audience during 2020.

Swift Solar secures financing to expand its perovskite R&D

The financing round was led by GitLab CEO Sid Sijbrandij and cryptocurrency expert James Fickel. Proceeds will be used to expand R&D, develop prototypes and add staff.

Large-scale PV wafers are poised to dominate the industry

Making wafers larger as a cost optimization strategy is not an entirely new idea. But it has quickly gained ground this year among all of the leading manufacturers, turning the market on its head.pv magazine takes a look at how we got to this point.

First Solar’s PV module technology completes 25 years of testing at NREL

“Determining how many years a solar panel will last can take, well, years.”

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Energy Transition Jobs: Plug Power readies for M&A with new VP, plus Solaria, Samsung SDI, Aurora Solar, QuantumScape

Executive jobs and job moves in solar, storage, cleantech, utilities and energy transition finance.

Solar needs aluminum, but the metal has a carbon problem

Few doubt that aluminum frames will be a part of the solar module for some time to come. And with PV manufacturing continuing to scale, the carbon footprint of this versatile metal may prove a sustainability challenge.

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pv magazine video: US storage market under spotlight

In pv magazine’s second roundtable session, Advanced technologies, the U.S. storage market came under the spotlight – in particular, the lessons that can be learned from solar as the market moves towards greater maturity. Also under discussion was the trend among PV manufacturers to producing ever larger cells and modules in the continuous drive to bring down LCOE. But is big necessarily better?

Chinese PV Industry Brief: JA Solar sells solar farms while Tongwei announces lower cell prices

JA Solar has agreed to sell three solar farms to China Power Investment Corporation, while Tongwei announced lower prices on a number of cells. Eight leading players are calling for the standardization of PV products with 210 mm wafers.

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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