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Startup Sunday: copper thin film material wins DOE award

Also starting up: Dutch two-seat solar EV for ride sharing, and French company Supersola releases a plug-and-play solar module.

East-west orientation? Here are two new approaches to designing your solar project

Developers say the design approach can prevent soil deterioration and still offer the same yield as south-oriented PV plants.

Startup Sunday: Blu Ox backs software scale up by Extensible Energy

Also starting up: Space Force awards $50k to flesh out an idea for a solar-thermal spacecraft, and Lightyear finds a manufacturer for its solar EV.

Clean energy funding roundup: batteries under solar panels, carbon capture acquisition, ultracaps

Yotta Energy just won seed funding to install batteries under solar modules — in an architecture analogous to microinverters and optimizers.

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SolarEdge boosted by record solar revenues in Europe and strong residential growth

Despite the pandemic, residential solar growth continues. Commercial solar, always the problem child, is having trouble coping with the virus.

SolarEdge stock jumps on Q2 revenue beat and solid earnings — despite Covid-19

SolarEdge was able to keep its streak of profitable quarters going — in what was expected to be a hard-hit quarter for solar. The company sees “signs of recovery in the U.S.”

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Despite revenue growth, Quick Mount PV to let 40 employees go and shutter California manufacturing

Despite strong revenue growth in the U.S., the racking company is abandoning its U.S. manufacturing (and rhetoric) to “create a globally diversified supply chain.” Quick Mount was acquired by Netherlands-based Esdec last year in a roll-up of U.S. racking companies.

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European consortium bid to bring 25.4%-efficient heterojunction-IBC solar cell into mass production

The EU-funded Nextbase project aims to manufacture heterojunction, interdigitated back-contact solar modules for less than €0.275/W. Solar panels featuring the Nextbase cell tech are expected to have a conversion efficiency of 23.2%, according to the European Commission.

Updated: A roundup of venture capital funding in clean energy

Batteries have won the lion’s share of recent cleantech venture capital — but here are some recent funding rounds for fusion, graphene, electrical panels, circuit breakers, geothermal drilling and direct-air capture of CO2.

Climeworks just raised $75M to pull CO2 out of the atmosphere

Direct-air capture, along with its mythic sisters, clean coal and carbon capture and sequestration, is a process where CO2 from fossil generators and industrial sources is captured, treated and injected into underground earth formations for permanent storage or for industrial use.

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