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US and Australia sign energy agreements to mitigate over-reliance on China

Speaking at the Sydney Energy Forum, leaders from the United States and Australia have highlighted the importance of not only transitioning to renewables, but of ensuring the supply chains used to make the technologies do not remain as concentrated as they are today.

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Canadian Solar sells two Australian solar farms to US interests

Chinese-Canadian PV heavyweight Canadian Solar has for an undisclosed sum offloaded two of its Australian utility scale solar power projects with a combined generation capacity of 260 MW to an offshoot of United States renewable energy giant Berkshire Hathaway Energy.

Solar panels keeping sheep fed during drought

Two Australian farmers reported that their solar panels increased grazing quality during drought periods over a four year period, aligning with research suggesting solar panel microclimates might increase water retention, and grass production.

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Ultracapacitor sonar seeking a 100% solar and wind grid

Reactive Technologies uses an ultracapacitor to send signals into the grid that help managers determine the level of system inertia, supporting power grid stability, and they’re coming to the United States.

Goldman Sachs invests $250 million in Hydrostor to advance long-duration energy storage projects

The investment is planned to support development and construction of Hydrostor’s 1.1 GW, 8.7 GWh of Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage projects that are well underway in California and Australia, and help expand Hydrostor’s project development pipeline globally.

OpenSolar updates 3D design and sales software

The company worked with PVEL and NREL to test and validate its free design product.

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Startup Saturday: Greening the freight shipping chain for solar

Also starting up: Aussie startup claims a 25.54% silicon cell efficiency record, and Energy Vault exits startup status with a $1 billion offer.

Relectrify closes multi-million dollar round of funding

The company will use the funds to expand its team, as it looks to show off the innovation of its cell-level battery management system and inverter technology.

Green roofs can boost solar panel efficiency, study finds

The improvements are believed to stem from lower temperatures on the green roof.

Startup invents breakthrough non-toxic battery electrolyte that’s cheaper ‘by factor of 100’

It’s a breakthrough so simple that the Australian patent office needed convincing it counted as an invention.

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