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About Harsh Shukla

Harsh is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Previously with Indian Express, he has covered general interest stories. He holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune. More articles from Harsh Shukla.

harsh@mercomindia.com

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Fraunhofer Institute Reports New Record Efficiency of 25.9% for Tandem Solar Cells

Fraunhofer Institute Reports New Record Efficiency of 25.9% for Tandem Solar Cells

Researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE announced a new record efficiency of 25.9% for the III-V/Si tandem solar cell grown directly on silicon. The research and development ...
/ / Solar, Technology
Masdar to Acquire 50% Stake in EDF’s 1.6 GW of Renewable Projects

Masdar to Acquire 50% Stake in EDF’s 1.6 GW of Renewable Projects

Masdar (or the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company) announced that it has signed an agreement with EDF Renewables North America to acquire a 50% stake in eight renewable energy projects ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
A Cost-Effective Catalyst That Can Split Water to Produce Hydrogen

A Cost-Effective Catalyst That Can Split Water to Produce Hydrogen

Researchers at the Centre for Nano and Soft Science (CeNS) claimed that they had created an efficient and cost-effective palladium-based catalyst that can be used for electrochemical splitting of water ...
/ / Other, Technology
Researchers Develop a Hybrid Inverter That Integrates Distributed Energy Resources

Researchers Develop a Hybrid Inverter That Integrates Distributed Energy Resources

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) claimed that they had developed a power electronic inverter platform that can easily connect distributed solar panels, electric vehicles (EV), and electric storage ...
/ / Solar, Technology
Weekly News Wrap-Up_ Jinko’sSolar Cell Efficiency at 24.79%, Sungrow Launches New ESS

Weekly News Wrap-Up: Jinko’s Solar Cell Efficiency at 24.79%, Sungrow Launches New ESS

Here are some noteworthy cleantech news and announcements from the around the world week: Jinko Solar announced the launch of its new generation of 610W Tiger Pro High-efficiency monocrystalline transparent ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
BEL Provides Solar-Powered Classrooms to 122 Schools in Karnataka (1)

BEL Provides Solar-Powered Classrooms to 122 Schools in Karnataka

Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) announced that it had provided solar-powered smart class facilities to 122 government high schools at Yadgir, Karnataka, as a part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
To Push Electric Mobility, India Allows Sale of Electric Vehicles Without Batteries

To Push Electric Mobility, India Allows Sale of Electric Vehicles Without Batteries

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highway (MORTH) announced that all the states and union territories (UTs) have now been allowed the registration and sale of electric vehicles (EVs) without ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
South Africa’s Sasol Invites Bids for 20 MW of Solar Projects to Power its Facilities

South Africa’s Sasol Invites Bids for 20 MW of Solar Projects to Power its Facilities

Sasol, a South Africa-based integrated chemicals and energy company, has issued a request for proposal (RfP) to develop two solar projects of 10 MW at its Secunda and Sasolburg facilities ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
EIB to Provide $12.5 Million to ENGIE to Set Up Off-Grid Solar Systems in Uganda

EIB to Provide $12.5 Million to ENGIE to Set Up Off-Grid Solar Systems in Uganda

The European Investment Bank (EIB) announced that it would provide $12.5 million to solar system installer Fenix International, a subsidiary of ENGIE, to accelerate installations of off-grid solar systems in ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
World Bank Grants $300 Million to Promote Electricity Trade in West Africa

World Bank Grants $300 Million to Promote Electricity Trade in West Africa

The World Bank announced that it would provide $300 million (~₹22.50 billion) to the International Development Associations (IDA) to accelerate reforms to promote electricity trade in West Africa. The grant ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
ABB to Build a Manufacturing Facility in Italy to Meet Global Demand for EV Chargers

ABB to Build a Manufacturing Facility in Italy to Meet Global Demand for EV Chargers

Switzerland-based ABB announced that it had invested $30 million (~₹2.25 billion) to construct its new manufacturing facility in San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy. In its press statement, ABB said that the ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
French Solar Developer Technique Solaire Raises $29 Million to Expand its Portfolio

French Solar Developer Technique Solaire Raises $29 Million to Expand its Portfolio

Technique Solaire, a France-based solar developer, announced that it had raised €25 million (~$29.3 million) from its partners Bpifrance and Crédit Agricole Group. This marks the second round of funding for the company ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
News Wrap-Up_ Meyer Burger Buys SolarWorld’s Plant, BP to Build 50 GW of Renewables

News Wrap-Up: Meyer Burger Buys SolarWorld’s Plant, BP to Build 50 GW of Renewables

Here are some noteworthy cleantech news and announcements from the around the world week: Meyer Burger, a Switzerland-based engineering company, announced that it had secured new locations to set up ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
ReneSola Power Raises $12 Million to Construct 19 MW of Solar Projects in Poland

ReneSola Power Raises $12 Million to Construct 19 MW of Solar Projects in Poland

Solar developer ReneSola Power announced that it had raised €10.64 million (~$12 million) through bridge funding from Eiffel Energy Transition Fund to construct 19 MW of solar projects in Poland. ReneSola ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
State Bank of Pakistan Expands Scope of its Financing Program to Include Renewables

State Bank of Pakistan Expands Scope of its Financing Program to Include Renewables

To promote renewables, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has expanded the scope of its renewable energy refinancing program, allowing financing under category III of the program to solar and ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
IFC, EBRD, European Union Finance Armenia’s First Utility-Scale Solar Project

IFC, EBRD, European Union Finance Armenia’s First Utility-Scale Solar Project

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), European Union (EU), and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have joined hands to support the development of the first utility-scale solar power project ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Kerala Seeks Empanelled EPC Contractors to Set Up EV Charging Stations

Kerala Seeks Empanelled EPC Contractors to Set Up EV Charging Stations

Kerala State Electricity Boards Limited (KSEB) has invited bids from engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractors to install 26 electric vehicles (EV) charging stations at various government-owned locations in the ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
CIM Group Invests $40 Million in Solar Panel Cleaning Robotics Company Ecoppia

CIM Group Invests $40 Million in Solar Panel Cleaning Robotics Company Ecoppia

Robotic solar cleaning solutions provider Ecoppia announced that it secured a $40 million credit facility from a U.S.-based CIM Group. CIM is a community-focused real estate and infrastructure owner, operator, ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
CleanMax Installs a 15 MW Solar-Wind Hybrid Project for Food Corporation Cargill (1)

CleanMax Installs a 15 MW Solar-Wind Hybrid Project for Food Corporation Cargill

Cargill, a U.S.-based global food corporation, announced a joint venture with CleanMax, an Indian rooftop solar developer, to set up wind and solar hybrid power park in Karnataka. According to ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar