Manufacturing

NREL looks to tackle PV waste before it’s too late

With up to 80 million tons of solar photovoltaic panels expected to hit landfills globally by 2050, the national lab has taken a look into refining how crystalline silicon module recycling is done — in order to establish a circular market.

Morning Brief: Trina launches 600 W solar module, Jinko hits 24.7% efficiency for n-type mono, Tesla tweaks PV price again

Also in the brief: Trump finalizes rollback of bedrock environmental law, how justice and climate change are inseparable

Job Moves: Lior Handelsman leaves SolarEdge, plus Form Energy, Generate, Omnidian, FirstLight, MP2, Jurchen

Executive, career and boardroom moves in solar, storage, cleantech, utilities and energy VC.

Traditional O&M teams are not equipped to recover distressed PV assets after severe weather events

In the U.S., this year alone, there have been ten weather/climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

A closer look at Jinko’s 565 W to 585 W panel

The module – which measures 2,411 mm × 1,134 mm × 35 mm, weighs 31.1 kg and features 156 p-type monocrystalline cells – is available in five versions with power outputs of 565 W to 585 W and efficiencies of 20.6% to 21.4%. Jinko says the Pro Tiger series will become the company’s main revenue stream in 2022, surpassing the Tiger 475 W panel.

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Update on Natron Energy, sodium-ion battery builder with $35M from ABB, Khosla, Chevron

The startup is “going after some applications that have been traditionally lead acid and some that have been lithium ion. Think ultra-fast discharges, unbelievable cycle lives, low cost, and non-toxic materials.”

Morning Brief: newer solar equipment ages gracefully, Solar FlexRack provides trackers for 14 MW of projects

Also in the brief: nearly 1 MW of solar has been installed on the roof of a 300,000-square-foot Kroger bakery facility, a big-rig driver installing solar on his truck, camouflage for solar panels and more.

Morning Brief: 294 MW Muscle Shoals solar project sold to Ørsted

Also in the brief: American solar supplier Aptos Solar added to Loanpal’s approved list, second life EV batteries for use in a microgrid, Maxeon upsizes convertible note offering

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Morning Brief: Maxeon raising money, SunPower and Nautilus expanding community solar

Also in the brief: Energy Toolbase integrates Delta.

Natron Energy, developer of sodium-ion batteries, raises $35M as investment in storage surges

The startup is building a battery using Prussian blue analogue electrodes and a sodium-ion electrolyte. Investors include ABB Technology Ventures, NanoDimension Capital, Volta Energy Technologies, Chevron, Khosla Ventures, and Prelude Ventures.

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