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Sunrise brief: Reports reveal which manufacturer is believed to have product seized under UFLPA

Also on the rise: California launches incentive program for cities to adopt SolarApp+. Enel launches EV charging network business. And more.

Invasion of Ukraine an inadvertent boost for green hydrogen

Rystad Energy and BloombergNEF indicate that the impact of the war has sent prices of fossil fuel-tied forms of hydrogen production surging, leaving the gradual but consistent downward price trend of green hydrogen now looking remarkably competitive.

Robot dog for PV plant monitoring

A robot dog developed by Boston Dynamics monitors a solar park by walking between the panel rows following a programmed route. It uses its built-in thermal vision system to generate thermographic reports on the status of the different PV plant components.

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Startup Sunday: EightTwenty shines light on Oklahoma solar

Also starting up: Watts Battery joins accelerator program, and an autonomous solar plane with a wingspan larger than a 747 takes flight.

Energy Funding: IPOs, M&A, VC and grants for flow batteries, fuel cells, PV trackers and equitable access to solar

Another busy funding week with solar IPOs on deck and venture capital investments — but no cleantech SPACs in the last few day, at least.

Soltec plans IPO — another solar tracker company going public

The Spanish solar tracker builder is hoping to debut on the stock markets of Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia this year. American solar tracker company Array Technologies has also filed to go public.

In search of the ‘most rational design’ for anti-reflective coating

Scientists in Spain have tested various properties of anti-reflective and anti-soiling coatings for PV module glass, aiming to develop a material that offers the best balance of desired material properties at the lowest cost. Over a year of testing, the best coatings were shown to boost module output by around 2%, and the group also made several observations that could influence future developments of coatings for PV module front glass.

Europe’s largest solar park goes online despite Covid-19

Iberdrola’s 500 MW Núñez de Balboa solar park has started commercial operations, following the completion of construction in December.

Morning Brief: China labor is returning, expected to be at 70% in March and over 90% in April

Also in the brief: The coronavirus response reduced electricity demand in every country across Europe last week

Morning Brief: GE completes first battery-assisted black start, Acciona to invest $4B in PV and wind

Also in the brief: A great month for solar in Oahu, Connecticut’s two biggest electric utilities are “dragging their feet” on shared solar, and Ørsted in Rhode Island.

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