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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.

Sunrise brief: Gas giants plan to make hydrogen from a solar-driven electroylzer

Also on the rise: Invenergy gets a $1 billion holiday gift; Tonight’s celestial thrill; Looser rules could boost Chinese glass capacity; NREL announces record-setting two-junction solar cells; ReneSolar notches a win in Poland’s solar auction

Energy storage investments 2020: VC and equity firms put more than $500 million in these 25 battery startups

Here’s a year-end round-up of VC investments across the energy storage value stack.


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.”


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.

Morning Brief: Swell raises $450M for VPPs, Terra-Gen and Mortenson start on world’s largest standalone solar and storage project

Also in the brief: CPS Energy opened bidding last week on a contract that will double its solar capacity and add 500 MW of backup power to the grid.

Relectrify gets the most out of second-life battery systems

After more than a year of testing, Relectrify has released interim results of a pilot that combines repurposed batteries from Nissan Leaf vehicles with proprietary inverter technology to create a battery system that has exceeded expectations.

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