We need new solar supply chains. Here's why
weforum.org, January 17, 2023
In Sicily, in southern Italy, a solar panel factory (the 3SUN Gigafactory) has, through a combination of continuous innovation and production since 2010, positioned itself as a leader in the renewable energy space. The TANGO (iTaliAN pv Giga factOry) project, with the backing of the European Union, will now enable the facility to increase the current production level to 3 GW a year, thus becoming the largest solar factory in Europe. […] This giga-factory began with Japanese technology. It then developed HJT panels with France’s CEA-INES and is now working on the Tandem cell with Italian research institutes. These include ENEA (the national agency for new technologies, energy and sustainable development), the CHOSE center at the University of Rome in Tor Vergata, the Istituto di Struttura della Materia (the Institute for the Structure of Matter) at CNR (the National Research Council) and BeDimensional, a spin-off of Graphene Labs at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (the Italian Institute for Technology) in Genoa.