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A case for residential solar sharing

Technische Universität München researchers have run a series of tests to investigate the growing share of rooftop PV in Germany. They found that the sale and purchase of electricity between households could reduce consumption peaks and prevent grid bottlenecks.

Enphase partners with Home Connect to manage home appliances from a single app

Integrated clean home energy and smart appliances platform lets users run appliances on battery-stored solar energy in pre-determined time frames.

Industrial process for ‘mobile’ solar module recycling

German company Flaxres has developed an industrial process to recycle PV modules, and has begun operating a pilot facility at its new site where 10 tons of solar modules can be recycled daily. Flaxres plans to make equipment based on this facility available to international customers.

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The mobility rEVolution: Rising gas prices supercharge EV adoption in the US

In the US, Volkswagen partners with Tesla cofounder’s company Redwood Materials to recycle EV batteries; in Germany, Volkswagen launches renewables-powered fast-charging EV park with second-life batteries; and Polestar, Mercedes and BMW release fresh sales figures.

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The stabilizing effect of vertical east-west oriented PV systems

German researchers have looked at how vertical PV systems could provide more electricity during periods of higher demand, while enabling a higher level of integration with agricultural activities.

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Solar trailer for range extension from Tesla

Tesla unveiled a fold-out solar trailer equipped with nine panels and a SpaceX Starlink satellite internet system.

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An American at Intersolar: Part III – Storage & robots

Across from a multitude of solar panel cleaning robots, ees Europe showed off flow batteries, and hydrogen – though lithium ion vendors dominated the conference.

Sunrise brief: Sandia turns to solar to power the Moon

Also on the rise: LG new battery storage solution. New Belgium brewing beer with the sun. What you need to know about solar and affordable housing. Is solar worth it–compared to paying the utility? Part II of an American at Intersolar. And more.

An American at Intersolar, Part II – Solar Panels

The first two halls at Intersolar Europe 2022 were packed with many variants of solar panels and innovations: from eight-foot-tall monsters, to red, green and blue modules, to small, climbable modules from Meyer Burger.

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Sunrise brief: PV Reliability Scorecard results in record number of Top Performers in every test

Also on the rise: An American at Intersolar. Why a long-term maintenance plan is essential. Solar that works in the shade. Scout Clean Energy buys nearly 400 MW of First Solar modules. Pine Gate purchases 2.4 GWh of EnerVenue batteries. And more.