Interview with David Jung from Fraunhofer Chile

A Young Researcher's Agrivoltaics Journey in South America

David Jung works in Fraunhofer Chile at the Center for Solar Energy Technologies. He is currently running several field projects on agrivoltaics near Santiago.

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Campus Phase Spring 2021 was Online

Spring 2021 Campus Phase Week was Informative, Fun and Online!

This week is a big deal for us! The last time our traditional Campus Phase took place in Freiburg was in Autumn 2019. Since then, our events have been online.

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Sharing is Caring: Community-owned Renewable Energy

Sharing is Caring: Community-owned Renewable Energy

Community-owned renewable energy gains popularity. For many communities, self-ownership of energy means independence, empowerment, and reliability of energy.

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Interview with ABSOLAR: Brazil's Solar Revolution

Leading Brazil's Solar Energy Revolution with Action: ABSOLAR

Get your place in the sun and read this insightful interview we had with Rodrigo Lopes Sauaia from Brazil, the CEO of ABSOLAR.

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Solar and Other Renewables in 2020 and beyond

A Review of Solar Energy and Other Renewables in 2020

The first year of the decade began with the hopes of change, a change for better environment, climate policies, and justice.

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Interview with Dr Rashi Gupta: Influential Women in Energy

Dr Rashi Gupta: Among Asia’s Most Influential Women in Renewable Energy in 2020

Apart from her BE, MBA, LLM degrees and holding a PhD title, perhaps “Batterywali of India” is the one that defines Dr Rashi Gupta the most clearly and fondly.

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From Oil to Sustainable Systems Engineering

From Oil to Sustainable Systems Engineering: How a Young Researcher Made the "Switch"

Nick Harder is a PhD Student who studied Petroleum Engineering in his bachelor. Now he is working on Grid Integration at INATECH at the University of Freiburg.

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Solar Boat Twente

Solar Boat Twente: “We Want to Show to the Maritime Sector: It Can be Done Differently!”

Solar Boat Twente wants to contribute to a sustainable future by designing and building an innovative solar boat and joining solar boat races.

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Solar Grid Project in Yemen

Solar Grid Project Empowers Local Women in Yemen

Country’s first private solar energy grid brings hope to a local community and wins acclaimed international Ashden Awards for Humanitarian Energy.

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Welcome Message

Welcome Message to Students

We welcomed our new students from all over the world! The map shows their locations; we are thrilled to have such an international student profile.

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E-vehicles in India

E-Vehicles in India

Electric vehicles are a key technology to reduce air pollution in densely populated areas and a promising option to contribute to energy diversification.

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Solar Thermal Energy can be a game changer part 2

Can Solar Thermal Energy be a Game-Changer? — Part 2

In the second article of the series, Mr Wissenz dwells on how solar thermal energy brings many mitigation benefits as well as education opportunities.

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Can Solar Thermal Energy be a Game-Changer?

Can Solar Thermal Energy be a Game-Changer?

Solar Fire Concentration’s CEO, Eerik Wissenz, discusses the importance of innovative and ambitious business models related to new uses of solar energy.

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Methods for Detecing Defects and Failures in PV Systems

Failures & Defects in PV Systems: Typical Methods for Detecting Defects and Failures

There are various methods to detect failures and defects in a PV system. This article explores the positive and negative aspects of these methods.

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New Podcast SolarTransfusion by Dr. Frey Brownson

SOLAR TRANS•FUSION: A Podcast about Inclusivity and Belonging by Design

Prepare for stories of light, power, and difference. This is a show about people, pride of place, centering voices from the margins in fun stories of light.

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UP Initiaive and PV Module Recycling

UP Initiative and PV Module Recycling

PV Magazine has a new agenda: the UP initiative. Through the UP initiative, PV Magazine plans to discuss issues of sustainability in the PV world. #UPrising

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Monica Oliphant Reflects on the Pandemic and Climate Change

Monica Oliphant Reflects on the COVID-19 Pandemic and Climate Crisis

Undoubtedly 2020 will go down in history as the year of the global COVID-19 pandemic. In this situation, how do we tackle a pandemic and ongoing climate crisis?

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8 Quick Tips for Exam Preparation

8 Quick Tips for Exam Preparation

Online or offline, distant, or close whichever exam you are preparing for, here are some quick tips that can help you prepare for an exam efficiently.

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Research with Impact

Developing Research with Impact

If you are in academia, you probably want your research to generate positive impressions and have an influence on other researchers and possibly on the world.

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Globar Solar Council Webinar insights

Visions for Solar Energy’s Post-COVID-19 Future

Back in June, Global Solar Council had a webinar about how to "build back better" with the contribution of solar energy in the post-COVID-19 world.

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Interview in agrivoltaics with Andreas Steinhüser

Agrivoltaics: The Untapped Potential of the PV World - An Interview with Andreas Steinhüser

"Of all integrated PV approaches, agricultural PV technology has the most significant potential," says FraunhoferISE Agrivoltaic project manager Mr. Steinhüser.

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Welcome and Congratulations Prof. Dr Anke Weidlich

Welcome and Congratulations: Prof. Dr Anke Weidlich

We welcome Prof. Dr Anke Weidlich to our team. We are excited about sharing her vision and passion for sustainable energy!

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Filagot Tesfaye Interview

An Inspiring Woman in Ethiopian Clean Energy Sector: Filagot Tesfaye

A woman of many talents, Filagot Tesfaye, was so kind as to answer our questions. She is a consultant, an engineer and example of working for one's community!

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Anke Weidlich Interview

An Interview with Prof. Dr Anke Weidlich: New Director of SEE and a Successful Academic in Sustainable Solar Systems

The SEE department has just welcomed Prof. Dr Anke Weidlich as the co-director! She took over the position from Prof. Dr Leonhard Reindl after his retirement.

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We Recycle Solar

We Recycle Solar – A Pioneer Recycling Company in Solar Energy Industry

Have you ever wondered where do solar panels go at the end of their useful life? To landfills, if it were not for pioneers like We Recycle Solar.

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Monica Oliphant by Eve Krassovksi

An Interview with Monica Oliphant — A British-Australian Pioneer in the Renewable Energy Sector

A woman who has inspired many for more than 40 years, Monica is strongly influencing the energy transition as a maverick researcher and a tireless advocate.

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Debunking Five Prejudices

Debunking Five Prejudices and Concerns about Online Education

During a time when online training becomes more popular, here are five misconceptions you might have about online education and how to address them.

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Sabrina Hasni

Fraunhofer ISE | Annual Report 2019/2020

Fraunhofer ISE’s report encompasses a great variety of solar engineering subjects which are all very important to the energy transition towards renewables.

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2019 Reports of Gender Equality in Renewable Energy Sector

Three Reports from 2019 about Gender Equity in the Renewable Energy Sector

In this short article, I present the highlights from three different reports about gender equity and representation in renewable energy sectors.

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A journey in to Solar - Dilara Jurt

A Journey to Solar Energy: Student Testimonial - Dilara Kurt

By complete coincidence, I watched a travel documentary by Turkish journalist Coşkun Aral. It was called “The Utopia of Clean Energy: Freiburg”. I was hooked!

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Tips for Adult Students

Tips for Going Back to Education as a Working Adult

Whether it is to widen their range of skills or to specialize on a subject, or to get promoted, more and more professionals go back to studying.

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ethics and good research practices

Ethics & Good Research Practice: What Students and Researchers Should Know

Ethical norms are so ubiquitous that one might be tempted to regard them as simple common sense; however, there are guidelines for responsible research.

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Hamza Samdi

PV Module Power Increase: A Glance Behind the Scenes

PV module manufacturers compete to increase the power generated per PV module under STC conditions; this is not only to meet the demand.

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Luis del Aguila in AI for PV

Artificial Intelligence Applications in O&M of PV Plants

In the solar energy sector, AI is now being used to help push solar PV toward grid parity in markets throughout the world through two complementary approaches.

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Philipp Bucher

An Interview with SEE’s Program Coordinator Philipp Bucher

This interview is, however, a bit more personal. Philipp tells how he started to work in this industry; from its challenges and to rewarding experiences.

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Solar Panels in Buildings

Failures and Defects in PV Systems: Introduction

Identifying failures and defects is the first step to keep a PV system in high-performance condition as a part of an Operation and Maintenance strategy.

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Webinar in Pekin

Pekin - Webinar

Interactive, real-time seminar on solar energy and other renewables courses at the German universities. The seminar is aimed at Chinese students.

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Campus week spring 2019

Campus Week Spring 2019

Spring has come, so has the opportunity to reunite with our fellow students, lecturers, and tutors. This week is packed with lectures, workshops and networking.

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Campus week autumn 2019

Campus Week Autumn 2019

Finally, it is time for students, alumni, and Lecturers to get together again! A week full of presentations, lab visits, conferences, workshops and more.

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7th Solar Energy Forum

7th Solar Energy Forum

The event is offered to the students of the Online Master in Solar Energy Engineering during the Campus Phase in Freiburg.

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Graduation 2019

Graudation 2019

Our Graduation Ceremony took place in a wonderful atmosphere. Accomplishment, pride, comradeship, and joy were in the air.

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Online Campus Phase Spring 2020

Campus Week Spring 2020

We are hosting our first Online Campus Phase due to the pandemic. Talks, conferences and time management workshops are just some of the activities.

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10th Anniversary

September 21, 2020 — Our 10th Anniversary!

For the 10th year of our program, expect a special edition of our Autumn Campus Phase. Keep an eye on this page and save the date!

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SWC 50 - Session 1: Welcome and Overview of the Century of Energy Transformation

The International Solar Energy Society hosted it's SW 50 Conference and we want to share this great event with you. Session 1 highlighted major advancements and future visions and launched the SWC 50 virtual ISES Solar Energy Museum and the SWC50 celebratory booklet " The Century of Solar - Stories and Visions of Renewable Energy". Speakers of the session: Geoff Stapleton, Larry Kazmerski, Yogi Goswami, Klaus Vajen, Dave Renné, Gauri Singh, Paulo Frankl, Anna Skowron - all copyrights to ISES.org.

Towards a Net Zero Energy in Buildings - Policies, regulations, finance mechanisms and business models

The European Union Delegation to the State of Kuwait, the EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) are organizing a series of two virtual workshops on the net-zero energy buildings concepts. The aim of these workshops is to exchange relevant best practices, information and lessons learned and advance regional initiatives on the ZNE buildings principles in the context of energy transitions and climate change mitigation. More information and registration here.

Transmission Networks and the Integration of Renewable Energy Sources

Utility scale renewable energy sources (RES) are now connected to most power transmission grids in the world. As further decarbonisation goals are adopted, leading to increased RE generation, the impact on the steady-state behaviour of these networks becomes more challenging due to the operating characteristics of such generation. This online event discusses the challenges arising from intermittent and non-synchronous RE generation in maintaining transmission network stability and grid balancing. More information and registration here.

6th ARE Energy Access Investment Forum

EAIF is a well-established political exchange and business event organised by ARE with local and regional partners - aimed at assisting the private and public sector to get up to speed on the latest developments in the off-grid sector and do business. More information here.

ASES Webinar: SOLAR 20/20 Women in Solar Energy (WISE) Forum Recording

Happy Women's History Month! Let's celebrate women by taking a look back at our Women in Solar Energy (WISE) forum from SOLAR 20/20: Renewable Energy Vision.

The purpose of the WISE forum is to inspire women to become more technically involved in solar, not just peripheral to it. It’s easy for us to talk about what we do, but this isn’t a forum to just talk about our jobs, but about how we got where we are and the obstacles and barriers that we’ve come up against and broke through or just moved out of the way to continue on our path. Registration here.

Packed with Power: High-powered solutions for agile utility-scale solar projects

Utility-scale PV in Europe is set for rapid growth in 2021. But with opportunities come challenges, and new large scale solar markets are emerging in new regions and countries. This geographical expansion can mean complications when it comes to grid connection requirements, supply chain management, and system design and construction. Join this special pv magazine Webinar to hear from market analysts, technologists, and project financiers, to learn how the new generation of solar project components can unlock 2021’s market opportunities. More information and registration here.

MEA Renewable Energy Summit: Unlocking wind and solar power for a sustainable future

9-10 March

The renewable landscape in the Middle East and Africa is rapidly evolving, with investment increasing and several countries in the region becoming global front runners in renewable energy development. Over the course of the MEA Renewable Summit, experts from UL and industry-leading renewable energy organizations in the MEA region will explore how developers can tap into the potential of renewable energy and how stakeholders can mitigate risk as they work towards their sustainable energy targets. Detail and registration here.

Sustaining the grid of the future: the role of central inverters complemented with advanced PPC/EMS

In this pv magazine Webinar, we’ll take a closer look at Sungrow’s SG3125HV-30 central inverter, its ability to connect storage on the DC-side and, together with the Inaccess PPC/EMS, the litany of grid ancillary services – like voltage control, power frequency control, fault management and integration on weak grid algorithms. More information about speakers and registration here.

Agrivoltaic: A win-win for the Photovoltaic Sector and Agriculture

Fraunhofer IEE & ISE, the Universities of Kassel and Freiburg, together with Fraunhofer Academy, bring to you expertes in Agrivoltaics from Fraunhofer Chile to share with you their latest finds in this insightful webinar. More information and registration here.

Companies in Transition Towards 100% Renewable Energy: Focus on Heating and Cooling

This webinar will gather public and private sector stakeholders to discuss key opportunities and challenges faced by companies setting and implementing corporate renewable energy heating and cooling targets, including how policies can be designed to effectively encourage the use of renewable heating and cooling in industry. Discussions will highlight successful examples of companies that are transitioning to 100% renewable energy and have set ambitious renewable energy targets for their heating and cooling operations. More information and registration here.

Accelerating Energy Transition for Product Efficiency - VEF Virtual Series

The sessions in the Products Track will focus on energy efficiency in building-related products, specifically addressing the efficiency of appliances. Find more information and registration page here.

pv magazine Webinar | Meeting the expectation of a 30+ PV project operation lifetime, from the ground up

Utility scale solar developers are increasingly factoring in very long project lifetimes in their financial models. Given this, expectations for the durability of the components have never been higher. The mounting structure is literally the component on which the weight of these expectations rest – whether fixed tilt or single-axis tracker. But is the material from which the mounting structure is constructed built to last 25, 30 or even more years in the field?

Registration here.

11th Session of the IRENA Assembly

The event will take place in a virtual setting from 18 to 21 January 2021. The sessions will be live-streamed on the IRENA Assembly Live webpage.

The speakers will reassess long-standing assumptions, perceived barriers and default decisions, and discuss the energy transition as an investment in our collective future. Details can be found here.

The EU Market Outlook for Solar Power 2020-2024

The webinar will provide a summary of the EU Market Outlook for Solar Power 2020-2024 with emphasis on:

  • Solar in the EU today
  • 5-year solar market outlook for EU-27
  • Details on leading EU markets
  • Analysis of key solar trends with policy recommendations

Time: 11:00am CET, Duration: ca. 60 minutes, Free of charge - limited participation

More information and registration here.

Vienna Energy Forum - Youth, Gender and Equity

The January Session of the VEF Virtual Series (12-13 January 2021) will focus on the importance of empowering women and youth to accelerate the clean energy transition. Registration and details can be found here.

The event will feature women and youth leaders who have broken through barriers and become actors of change in the road towards a clean and inclusive energy transition.

How Solar Companies Can Leverage Operational Agility in Their Tech Stack to Accelerate Installations

This webinar is about how IT and business leaders, from companies of all sizes, can collaborate to dramatically shift the culture towards digital transformation from the bottom up. See speakers and register here.

Corporate PPAs in Africa: opportunities and challenges

In this webinar, SolarPower Europe in collaboration with GET.invest – a European programme supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria – invite you to explore the opportunities and barriers for corporate sourcing of renewable electricity in Africa. We will bring together European and African experts to discuss how corporate PPAs in Africa could be supported on the regulatory, technical, and financial level. Registration and more information here.

Energiewendetage

The energy transition days thrive on the commitment of every individual: helping to shape is not only desired, but crucial for joint projects. From citizens' initiatives to associations, from municipal utilities to companies, from local authorities to plant operators - everyone can participate and present their ideas to the general public in campaigns and events.

website: www.energiewendetage.baden-wuerttemberg.de/informieren

Conference on Renewable Energy Systems Environment Engineering

The conference will bring together academics, researchers, engineers, students, and industry professionals, to address and discuss the state of the art of renewable energy systems and environmental issues.

https://www.irese20.com/

AgriVoltaics2020 -The First Worldwide Congress on Agrivoltaic Systems

The first international AgriVoltaics Conference is trying its best to enable all interested parties to participate in the conference. Depending on the situation of the pandemic, the conference is planned to take place October 14-16, 2020 in Perpignan/France.

Agrivoltaics combines the agricultural use of land with the production of electric energy by photovoltaics. It provides solutions for production of food crop and, at the same time, electricity generation under consideration of soil protection and water savings.

Visit https://www.agrivoltaics-conference.org/home.html for more information and registration.

IRENA Innovation Week

The 3rd IRENA Innovation Week will take place online between Monday 5 and Thursday 8 October 2020 under the theme 'Renewable solutions for transport and industry'. There will be 5 technical sessions aimed at mid-to-senior officials and industry representatives, which will be co-organised with other partner organisations.

A particular session that might interest those in the solar energy field is "Smart electrification of end-use sectors: implications for the power system".

Find details and registration here: https://bit.ly/337vafw

Is Storage the Holy Grail for the Integration of Renewables?

Volker and Saša have asked themselves the same question "Is Storage the Holy Grail for the Integration of Renewables?" in their blog 5 years ago with a clear German answer - "Jein". What has changed in the past 5 years except the fact that we can found more than 1.380.000 hits in Google claiming to know the answer? Within the 30 min dialogue our experts will analyze the benefits of storage, classify where and why we should use it and see if the answer to this old question will become more explicit.

Registration: https://www.edudip.com/en/webinar/is-storage-the-holy-grail-for-the-integration-of-renewables/446546

Solar Power Summit 2020

September 28 (Monday) – October 2 (Friday)

The SolarPower Summit is SolarPower Europe’s annual flagship event, which will bring together over 500 industry representatives from all major energy players, as well as SMEs and a range of decision-makers from across the EU and beyond. Due to remaining uncertainties associated with COVID-19 and since the health and safety of our attendees is our foremost concern, the SolarPower Summit 2020 is going online for the first time ever. Free tickets (limited and conditional on certain criteria). Visit https://www.solarpowereurope.org/events2/solarpower-summit-2/ for detailed information and registration.

EuroSun 2020

13th International Conference on Solar Energy for Buildings and Industry 01-04 September 2020 In September 2020, the International Solar Energy Society is pleased to present EuroSun 2020 - the 13th Conference on Solar Energy for Buildings and Industry.

Contact: eurosun@ises.org

website: eventsair.com/eurosun20

Gender Summit: Quality Research and Innovation through Equality

The Gender Summit is creating regional and global multi-stakeholder communities committed to enhancing scientific excellence by: removing gender bias from science knowledge making; advancing gender equality in science structures and practices; and applying understanding of gender issues to advance more sustainable and effective research and innovation. Example organisations included in the programme are: UN agencies, World Bank, WWF, Global Research Council, Equal Measures, International Renewable Energy Agency, World Meteorological Organisation as well as universities, research funders and research publishers.

This year's programme is delivered in virtual format during 19-21 August 2020.

Detailed programme: https://gender-summit.com/gs19-2020-seoul/gs19-2020-programme

Free registration: https://gender-summit.com/gs19-2020-seoul/gs19-registration

Central vs. String Inverters: Myth & Reality

How can grid stability be ensured while grid compliance standards across Europe are changing? Hear from the experts how different regimes lead to different field practices within compliance verification. Join pv magazine and our initiative partner meteocontrol and DNV GL to discuss grid integration.

Webinar. https://bit.ly/2O7zFzq

Grid code compliance in Europe – Ways to a fast and safe grid connection

Solar plants are not merely «plugged» into the grid to feed-in power. To maintain a stable and resilient network, there is a range of standards and requirements to fulfil. Even within Europe, the criteria for project owners can vary, which can complicate commissioning on schedule.

Register to this webinar: https://bit.ly/38JdN75

Webinar on : Online Moderation

Fraunhofer Academy brings to you a highly relevant subject for all those managing online meetings.

Successful knowledge transfer meetings do not simply arise from the people and content involved. A good moderation provides orientation and supports the participants in achieving the goal through deliberately designed meeting phases and transitions.

Register: https://bit.ly/38GwE2z

Solarex İstanbul

Solarex Istanbul will take place on 09-11 July 2020 for the 13th time. It is a commercial platform to have the latest technologies, combination of new products from all around the world. It takes place annually at Istanbul Expo Center, Turkey. It is also called one the most important platforms for manufacturers, suppliers, dealers of solar industry in Eurasia.

https://solarexistanbul.com/en/

EU Sustainable Energy Week

Description: GWNET Executive Director, Christine Lins, will speak at the Women in the Energy Transition session of the EU Sustainable Energy Week, whose theme this year is “Beyond the crisis: Clean energy for Green Recovery and Growth.”

website: https://eusew.eu/

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