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Maxeon launches a line of frameless, conformable rooftop solar panels

Maxeon’s Air technology platform looks to bring solar to previously inaccessible roof spaces.

Sunrise brief: Hawaiian Electric calls for maximum customer-owned solar to hit decarbonization goals

Also on the rise: DOE funds university hydrogen research, Canadian Solar backs an AI-based energy storage tech provider, Mitsubishi partners to develop hydrogen storage for U.S. markets, and two Canadian companies float a ‘blue’ hydrogen plan.

First Solar and Nel to develop integrated solar-hydrogen power plants

The companies first will work to develop an integrated power plant control and SCADA system.

Sunrise brief: Trio of utilities want to spend $650 million for 465 MW of solar and storage

Also on the rise: Talen Energy has plans for energy storage at two fossil power plants, and a novel CSP technology passes a test that has its backers breathing a little easier.

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XPRIZE launches $100 million carbon removal challenge, backed by Musk Foundation

The four-year global competition invites innovators and teams to demonstrate solutions that can pull carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere or oceans.

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RPI launches energy institute with backing from Siemens and Lutron Electronics

The New York City-based institute will link architectural design and engineering to create infrastructure that is both net-zero in energy use and climate resilient.

EnerVenue signs its first major distribution agreement

The deal with Hong Kong’s Towngas will pilot the company’s nickel-hydrogen battery technology and serve as an audition for future deals to come.

A geospatial approach to evaluating potential solar sites

High-resolution data let the study group drill down to individual parcels in order to figure out how much land is available for solar in both optimal and preferred sites.

Sunrise brief: Xcel Energy files plans for a 460 MW solar plant in Minnesota

Also on the rise: PG&E launches its solar-based microgrid program, a report from Berkeley Lab says the power sector is halfway to becoming carbon free, and battery recycler Li-Cycle will build a facility near Phoenix.

Power quality issues challenge utilities as solar is added to the grid, survey finds

Power quality issues emerge in terms of voltage swags, swells, flickers, and harmonic distortions, among other things. Many utilities said they are not happy with their ability to gather useful data to address the problems.

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