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‘Pulsed Joule heating’ tech to remove snow, frost, ice from solar modules

University of Illinois scientists have developed a way to remove snow and ice from solar panels at a much faster rate than conventional approaches. It is based on a glass coating on a film with high optical transparency and superhydrophobicity.

Solar that works in the shade

Conditions that are 10% shaded can render a typical solar panel useless, but Optivolt said its technology can deliver up to 25 times more power in the shade than conventional panels.

Pine Gate purchases 2.4 GWh of EnerVenue batteries

EnerVenue’s batteries will be supplied to Pine Gate to provide a choice in storage technology for Pine Gate’s development partners, and marks EnerVenue’s second major battery supply deal since launching in 2020.

Sunrise brief: California solar policy misaligned with clean air board’s rooftop priority

Also on the rise: 1 TW of solar annually by 2030. Piloting solar for low- and moderate-income customers. Energy storage adds resiliency to Army garisson. 30 patents for lithium-ion battery alternatives. And more.

Argonne National Lab achieves battery patents for redox flow, solid-state, multivalent-ion and more

Joint Center for Energy Storage Research is developing alternative chemistries for batteries that may provide safer and longer lasting alternatives to the commonly used lithium-ion. The group has over 30 license-ready patents.

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US-based battery cell maker to supply 18 GWh to off-grid solar generator provider

The American Battery Factory lithium ferro-phosphate cells will be integrated with Lion Energy portable solar generators and energy storage devices ranging from residential to utility-scale applications.

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Urban Electric Power, Pine Gate Renewables agree on multi-GWh battery supply deal

Urban will Supply Pine Gate with 4.6 GWh of its rechargeable zinc alkaline batteries over the next five years to provide a choice in storage technology for Pine Gate’s development partners and customers.

California solar policy misaligned with clean air board’s rooftop priority

The California Air Resources Board identified rooftop solar as a key to California’s carbon neutrality, but proposed legislation slashes rooftop solar value in the state.

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A fate realized: 1 TW of solar to be deployed annually by 2030

Major players in the solar industry, such as LONGi Solar, are projecting accelerating growth in the near term.

Vermont utility launches solar pilot program for low- and moderate-income customers

The program will allow customers to subscribe to an energy share of an existing GMP installation, with time-of-use rates encouraging energy use when the sun is shining.

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