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UK government launches competition to spur long-duration energy storage innovation

New tech which can store power for longer than four hours can secure funds toward demonstrator project costs.

These organic solar panels generate electricity (and maybe spread a little joy)

A French PV specialist and a Dutch designer who integrates PV into furniture, windows, and other objects, teamed up to provide technology for a pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai.

German start-up offers 5.2 kWh AC battery that works without inverter

Sax Power has developed a new residential battery which it describes as a game-changer in the battery technology.

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Sonnen battery still running after 28,000 full charge cycles

The battery maker published test results indicating the longevity of its storage systems after extended use.

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Solar beach umbrella design cools you… and your gelato

An origami-inspired umbrella that can power a refrigerator was designed by an MIT-spawned innovation firm along with architects and an Italian frozen-desserts brand.

VC funding in solar 2020: perovskites, silicon and utility-scale foundations, plus lots of software

Here’s a list of solar firms that VCs funded during this pandemic year.

Hydro-Québec launches grid-scale energy storage business

EVLO Energy Storage has signed an MOU for a 9 MWh storage system in the transmission system operated by France’s national transmission provider.

Another week, another wave of solar PPAs

Unsubsidized solar keeps moving forward in Germany, the US, Egypt, the Philippines, and South Africa.

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Energy Infrastructure Partners invests $640m in Baywa re

The Baywa group will maintain a 51% stake in the German renewable energy company.

QuantumScape finally unstealths — with breakthrough performance in solid state batteries

After ten secretive years, several hundred million dollars spent, and the efforts of hundreds of scientists and engineers, QuantumScape went public on a video call today with the performance results of its solid-state battery — and its potential impact on the electric vehicle industry.

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