Ukraine receives solar panels to power hospitals
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by Patrick Jowett
1w ago
Over 5,800 solar panels manufactured by Italy’s Enel have been delivered to Ukraine to help power healthcare facilties. Ukraine has received a total of 5,876 solar panels made available under the Ray of Hope project, a joint initiative from the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and the European Commission. The panels, manufactured by Italian company Enel S.p.A, have a total capacity of around 2 MW. They will be delivered to healthcare facilities in the Zhytomyr, Volyn, Khmelnytskyi, Kyiv and Odesa regions.  The Ukrainian Health Ministry said the number ..read more
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Green Deal will remain after EU elections, just with different marketing, says analyst
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by Sergio Matalucci
3w ago
In an interview with pv magazine, Linda Kalcher, executive director at European think tank Strategic Perspectives, described the possible consequences of the recent EU elections on the continent's energy landscape. "Investors and businesses need security and predictability to thrive," she said. "If cleantech is not manufactured here, the jobs and investments go to the US and China and a deindustrialisation looms. This cannot be in the interest of any politician," pv magazine spoke with Linda Kalcher, executive director at Strategic Perspectives, to understand the consequences of the European e ..read more
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EU set to dig into raw materials supply
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by Andreas Walstad
3w ago
The European Union has drawn up new regulations to boost the domestic mining of raw materials and support production of renewable energy products and materials at home. Will it be enough to incentivize investment, or will Europe trail other major economies, such as the United States and China? From pv magazine 06/24 The EU Critical Raw Materials Act (CRMA) entered into force at the beginning of May 2024. In a bid to diversify the supply of strategic raw materials, the CRMA sets benchmarks for domestic production capacities of these materials. The regulation states that the EU’s domestic extrac ..read more
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Energy security in renewables-based systems
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by Patrick Jowett
1M ago
A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) examines the global energy system's transformation and its implications for energy security. It tells policymakers that energy security in renewables-based systems will require multi-dimensional thinking. A new IRENA report proposes a multi-dimensional approach to energy security to align with the renewables-based transformation of the global energy system. The “Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation: Energy Security” report advises policymakers not to transpose thinking from the fossil fuel era to a renewables-based sy ..read more
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US solar prices double European costs amid regulatory challenges
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by pv magazine
1M ago
The requirements of measures such as the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) mean that solar panel prices in the United States can be twice as much as in Europe. From pv magazine 05/24 The past two years have seen a surge in PV module production. Clean Energy Associates (CEA) expects a 15% increase in annual solar production capacity to May 2025, versus around 8% more demand. Several factors have contributed to this imbalance. The prospect of additional antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVDs) from the US government, with new countries potentially affected, further complicates th ..read more
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India, Australia sign deal to secure supply chains
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1M ago
Economic cooperation between India and Australia may open doors for investment in clean energy technology, but challenges still abound in a competitive global market. Vibhuti Garg and Shantanu Srivastava, of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), discuss the role that public funding and resource pooling could play in supporting manufacturing ambitions. From pv magazine 05/24 The recently announced Future Made in Australia Act sees the nation joining a steadily increasing list of countries that are committing public finance to domestic clean energy supply chains. Mir ..read more
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Solar key to easing Burundi’s severe energy crisis
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by Sergio Matalucci
2M ago
Burundi, the poorest country on earth, is unable to buy fossil fuels on theinternational market due to a lack of hard currency. pv magazine spoke with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and a PV analyst to assess the true potential of PV in the nation's current energy crisis. Burundi installed 340 kW of energy capacity in 2023, the UNDP told pv magazine, adding that the country could increase this in 2024. The local office was unable to provide a forecast for 2024 or the total installed capacity in 2022, as that many small-scale projects often go unnoticed.  “Photovoltai ..read more
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South Korea plans 120 GW space solar project
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by Lior Kahana
2M ago
Two Korean research institutes are designing the 2.2 km × 2.7 km Korean Space Solar Power Satellite project with the aim of providing approximately 1 TWh of electricity to the Earth per year. The proposed system should use 4,000 sub-solar arrays of 10 m × 270 m, made out of thin film roll-out, with a system power efficiency of 13.5%. Scientists from South Korea’s Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) and the Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute presented in a new paper the advancements of their Korean Space Solar Power Satellite (K-SSPS) project. Namely, they presented a conceptual d ..read more
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Attica-Crete leg of Mediterranean super grid due mid 2025
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by Ilias Tsagas
3M ago
Greece has grand plans for an interconnector network that runs from the Middle East through to the heart of Europe. pv magazine examines the latest developments on the road to a Mediterranean super grid and what it might mean for the regions involved. From pv magazine 04/24 There is great imagination in Greece’s interconnection strategy. Recent announcements about plans to connect the Greek grid with networks in Saudi Arabia, Austria, and Germany demonstrate huge ambition. Moreover, in recent years, the country has been steadily working to link with Cyprus, Israel, and Egypt. The idea of an el ..read more
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Why the EU should avoid PV protectionism
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4M ago
Rather than pondering the introduction of trade measures against solar imports, Europe should be pragmatic about its short-term reliance on Asian panels while moving now to nurture and incentivize a domestic supply chain of the future. The current debate about whether European Union trade measures should be put into effect to defend against low-priced solar imports has led to disagreement between manufacturers and policymakers. Otovo CEO Andreas Thorsheim. Image: Otovo Europe must maintain its momentum in deploying new renewable energy generation assets, necessitating imports, while also prior ..read more
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