Germany’s Encavis Buys 74.5 MW Wind Portfolio in France

Germany’s Encavis Asset Management has acquired five new wind farms in France, totalling 74.5 MW capacity, to implement the growth and diversification strategy for its special fund Encavis Infrastructure Fund II (EIF II). The seller of the renewable energy plants is the Swiss Axpo Holding AG, whose subsidiary Volkswind is responsible for planning, projecting and construction […]

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Enpal Raises €345 M for New Solar Projects in Germany

To accelerate the development of solar energy in Germany, solar solutions provider Enpal has secured debt commitments of €275 million from internationally leading investors BlackRock, Pricoa Private Capital (the private capital business of PGIM), and UniCredit in its recent round of fundraising. In addition, further institutional commitments of €70 million were signed in the form […]

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Vestas to Shut Down Three Offshore Wind Factories in Europe

Wind turbine maker Vestas is shutting down three of its European factories in Germany, Spain, and Denmark as part of the integration of its offshore business. The Danish company intends to cease production at its factories in Lauchhammer, Germany; Viveiro, Spain and Esbjerg, Denmark. “Today’s fast-moving energy transition, rapid introduction of new products and recent integration […]

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Sono Motors Receives 14,000 Orders Worth $350 M for Solar EV

German automobile startup Sono Motors has announced that it has achieved 14,000 private reservations for its Sion — “the world’s first Solar Electric Vehicle (SEV) for the masses” — with an average down-payment of $3,300. The company released its first generation Sion prototype in 2017. The company states that even prior to the commencement of […]

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China Surpasses Germany to Claim #2 in Offshore Wind Rankings

China has overtaken Germany as the world’s second largest offshore wind market with 7.9 GW of operational capacity, shows a new Global Offshore Wind report. The World Forum Offshore Wind’s first semi-annual report for 2021 also finds that global offshore wind installations reached 34,137 MW at the end of June. This demonstrates a slowdown in […]

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JinkoSolar Signs Long-term Deal with Germany’s Wacker For Polysilicon

China’s solar module manufacturer JinkoSolar Holding Co Ltd. has announced signing a deal with Munich-based chemical company Wacker Chemie AG to procure over 70,000 tonnes of polysilicon. The deal has been signed yesterday through its subsidiary Jinko Solar Co Ltd for a long-term polysilicon supply agreement with the German firm. Under the terms of the […]

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Kaco Launches New 1-Phase String Inverters for Residential PV Systems

Kaco new energy, a German manufacturer of inverters for grid-feed solar power, has begun shipping its next generation of devices: a new family of single-phase transformerless string inverters for residential PV systems, the blueplanet NX1 M2. These devices have output powers between three and five kVA. The designation M2 stands for the number of MPP trackers: in […]

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Solar Cells with Ferroelectric Crystal Lattice Produce 1,000 Times More Power

Researchers from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Germany, have developed a lattice arrangement of three different layers of ferroelectric crystals that induced a powerful effect in solar cells. The researchers believe that on integration with the ferroelectric crystal lattice, the solar cells can become thousand times more powerful. They say that combining ultra-thin layers of […]

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PV-driven Microbial Foods Can Produce Sustainable Agriculture: Study

A group of researchers has demonstrated that using solar energy to produce nutrient-rich microbes can have the twin benefits of increasing food production in an environmentally sustainable way. Scientists at the Göttingen University in Germany examined large-scale production of microbial biomass by combining ground-mounted photovoltaics, air, water, and nutrients. Their findings were published in the paper […]

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