Scientists in Egypt have investigated the effectiveness of using water and a mixture of aluminum oxide and calcium chloride hexahydrate to cool PV modules. Optimal performance was observed with a solution of 75% water, according to the research findings.

French PV company Solea has developed a system which can produce 8-16 liters of solar-powered disinfectant solution per day.

This report elucidates the role of financial innovation in the off-grid solar sector and provides a roadmap for practitioners, financiers, and entrepreneurs navigating capital raises for companies active in the sector.

Sun-Connect East Africa’s survey of East African Solar companies has shown: SME need a customized solution that consists of several components. Repayable grants and grants are in the foreground, while soft loans (e.g. to reduce existing loan burdens with costly conditions) can only be considered after that.

As oil markets fluctuate wildly, how can the world economy still be running on a commodity that not only wreaks havoc on the planet when extracted and burned, but is unpredictable and volatile?

Through that experience, I learned a hard lesson: even when there seems to be an urgent need, simply providing resources without considering the local context is rarely the right approach.

The time frame from final funding approval to disbursement can be the most painful part of any financing process, and the access-to-electricity sector is not spared.

Four in five of the world’s workforce is on lockdown due to Covid-19, with no end in sight. The post-pandemic world order needs one familiar function to tie social sustainability together – human resources.

The idea of a Relief Fund for off-grid companies is in principle a good step, but if you look at the criteria for participating companies you will soon realize that the one now published by GOGLA is certainly not a Relief Fund for the whole industry. The Fund is likely to widen the gap between international and local companies because the special needs of local SMEs are not addressed. To avoid negative impacts the Fund urgently needs to be supplemented.

The effects of COVID-19 are anticipated to cause both supply and demand shocks across the sector and put existing energy systems under pressure. Here is how World Bank and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) want to help.

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