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Venture capital funding in solar, storage and energy intelligence sees a year-end surge

At least a dozen energy transition startups are getting their start during the pandemic holiday season.

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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Norway’s Statkraft to buy UK’s Solarcentury in latest solar-hydropower blend

The Norwegian hydropower business wants to pay $152 milllion for the London-based clean energy developer which claims to have brought to life 1.2 GWp of project capacity in seven countries since 2013.

Morning Brief: First long-duration energy storage procurement, EDFR and Geenex close on 4.5 GW PV pipeline

Also in the brief: Scatec Solar to buy state-owned hydropower firm SN Power in a $1.17 billion deal, Panasonic Solar and Service Finance Company rolled out a new home energy storage financing program.

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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.

Morning Brief: Oil-rich Norway finds carbon capture too expensive, House’s $1.5T infrastructure bill packed with pro-solar provisions

Also in the brief: largest operational battery in the U.S., more futile carbon capture and more landfill solar

PVEL splits from DNV GL

The testing lab is on its own again after a management buyout, and Jenya Meydbray is returning as CEO. PVEL will still collaborate with DNV GL on its annual module scorecard.

REC Silicon hit by falling demand in Q2

The polysilicon maker has been a casualty of the trade war between the United States and China. Following layoffs, the company expects its plant in Washington to run at only 25% capacity until the trade war is resolved.

REC Silicon lays off 40% of US workforce, reduces production

The Norwegian polysilicon maker has announced that it will today lay off around 100 employees from its Washington plant and reduce production, as a “direct result” of the trade dispute between the United States and China.

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Synergy or conflict?

EVs and solar: As the electric vehicle market begins to take off, many are hoping that this technology will be complementary to solar PV. And while the potential is there, a closer look shows that there are many unanswered questions, and there is still a lot of work to be done.

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