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Photovoltaics can reduce economic poverty by 4.5% in China

Researchers from the University of Zurich and Wuhan University have assessed how solar energy resources affect social and economic development to reduce poverty in China, using empirical data from the country’s Photovoltaic Poverty Alleviation Project (PPAP). Through PPAP, the government provides monetary and material assistance for the installation of PV systems, which then enables poor households to …

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Longi announces 27.09% efficiency for heterojunction back contact solar cell

Chinese solar module manufacturer Longi has achieved a power conversion efficiency of 27.09% for an HBC solar cell. Germany’s Institute for Solar Energy Research (ISFH) has confirmed the result. Longi said the result was enabled through a new laser graphical process that costs less than conventional high-cost photolithography processes. “This substitution has effectively reduced the cost of the BC …

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Make PV modules as cheap as possible, but not cheaper

The dream of solar cell and PV module manufacturing outside of Asia has become increasingly distant. A combination of falling PV module prices and China’s PV module manufacturers allegedly sitting on up to two months’ worth of stock is adding to the maelstrom. Plans for GW-scale PV cell and module production facilities in the US and Europe …

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China’s monocrystalline PERC cell prices extend losses while TOPCon cells hold steady

  China’s monocrystalline PERC M10 and G12 cell prices extended losses this week, falling 4.54% and 16.69% to $0.0484/W and $0.0584/W respectively, while TOPCon M10 cells held steady at $0.0610/W. The price spread for PERC M10 cells has widened this week. As M10 cells fall to an average price of around CNY0.389 ($0.055)/W, a major …

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China module prices hit record lows, operating rates estimated around 60%

The Chinese Module Marker (CMM), which is the OPIS benchmark for mono PERC modules from China, and TOPCon module prices hit another historical low this week falling $0.008 per Watt peak (wp) and $0.002/wp to $0.130 and $0.140/wp respectively, according to OPIS data. Weak market sentiment and lackluster export demand continue to weigh on the …

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Global inventory map of floating photovoltaics

A group of researchers led by China’s Nanjing University has created a global-scale inventory map to determine the spatio-temporal distribution of floating photovoltaics. “Existing statistical reports on water-surface photovoltaics (WSPV) only provide aggregated summary statistics but lack spatiotemporal information, which hinders the environmental assessment and policy management,” the research’s lead author, Shanchuan Guo, told pv magazine. “We developed a new …

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JinkoSolar introduces all-in-one battery solution for C&I solar

China’s JinkoSolar has developed a new all-in-one energy storage system, including 215 kWh lithium-ion batteries with liquid cooling. The product, which comes as an outdoor cabinet, integrates battery packs, a battery management system (BMS), a power conversion system (PCS), and fire-fighting equipment. It also has a maximum input voltage of 1,000 V. The SunGiga JKS-215KLAA-100PLAA …

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China polysilicon prices rise for the eighth consecutive week

China Mono Grade, OPIS’ assessment for polysilicon in the country, extended gains for an eighth week, edging up 2.38% on-week to 75.50 CNY ($10.36)/kg. This market continues to contend with some short-term bullish factors. The increase in polysilicon production in August was still lower than expected, “mainly due to the shortage of electricity in summer,” …

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Prices of China’s PV upstream segments rise, module prices hold steady amid bearish sentiments

China Mono Grade, OPIS’ assessment for polysilicon price in the country, increased for a fifth week running, edging up 0.95% to CNY69.29 ($9.58)/kg. China’s polysilicon notches up toward the psychologically significant figure of CNY70/kg in a week that saw higher price quotes and lower-than-expected polysilicon output. The main reason for lower output is the expected …

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