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Germany's solar PV supply: PV reliability means grid predictability

Professor Dr. Stefan Krauter of the University of Paderborn and the Photovoltaik Institut Berlin shares Germany's photovoltaics demand and FIT plans, as well as a look at the standards, certifications, and tests that will make PV more reliable and predictable.

Sharp's triple-junction solar cell gains efficiency by reducing resistance

Sharp Corporation has achieved 36.9% conversion efficiency in a 1cm2 triple-junction compound solar cell with a stacked three-layer photo-absorption structure.

Utility-scale solar zones redrawn in US southwest

The US DOI updated its plan to facilitate utility-scale solar development in 6 western states, encompassing 17 "solar energy zones" on ~285,000 acres that it deems "the areas best suited for utility-scale production of solar energy" in an effort to streamline the process for permitting large-scale solar projects on public lands.

First Solar's German PV plant expansion opens

First Solar opened its plant expansion in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany today, representing a $200 million investment and doubling First Solar's production capacity and jobs in Germany.

PanelClaw expands, opens research lab for solar mounting systems

Solar mounting systems maker PanelClaw has started high-volume manufacturing for its ballasted solar panel mounting systems at its North American facilities.


Photovoltaics Current Articles

AEIS string inverters ready for Smart Grid communication

Nov 10, 2011

Advanced Energy Industries Inc. launched the PV Powered HE String inverter line for rooftop installations. It offers standard ZigBee wireless monitoring, high-efficiency, and multiple ease-of-installation features.

Analyst: Big plunge in 2012 PV equipment sales, no V-shape recovery

Nov 10, 2011

Sales of PV manufacturing equipment will be more than chopped in half in 2012 due to realization that far less "new" capacity is needed, plus tighter demand for upgrading or replacing existing capacity

HCPV trends: GaAs challenges Ge, utility-scale projects in the pipeline

Nov 9, 2011 Yole released "High Concentration Photovoltaics: Technology, Applications, Industry & Market Report," evaluating the HCPV market potential through 2018. Some key trends? Supply chain collaborations, GaAs substrates, cost savings at t...

CPV maker Skyline Solar adds investor

Nov 8, 2011

Firsthand Technology Value Fund Inc. made a direct investment in concentrated photovoltaics (CPV) manufacturer Skyline Solar Inc., joining NEA and other investors. The investment sum was not disclosed.

Ampt optimizes PV modules with junction box suppliers' help

Nov 8, 2011 Ampt announced partnerships with Amphenol, Huber+Suhner, Multi-Contact, and Shoals Technologies Group to bring the company's DC/DC PV-module-level optimizers to the global solar photovoltaics market. Levent Gun, president and CEO, discusses the co...

Photovoltaics Industry News

Samsung supports ISOFOTON selective emitter solar cells with EUR50M

Nov 9, 2011 Samsung will invest EUR50 million over 2 installments in ISOFOTON, a solar photovoltaic technology manufacturer. The capacity increases will make M...

WLP start-up combines SunPower solar silicon fab with Cypress semiconductor interconnect

Nov 9, 2011 Deca Technologies, a new company backed by Cypress Semiconductor and SunPower, will combine solar wafer manufacturing methods with semiconductor ma...

China PV pipeline finds price/incentive ratio stimulating

Nov 7, 2011 Solarbuzz tracks solar photovoltaics installations in the US and China in 2011, finding China's projected 1.8GW installations at 195 projects match...

Solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations sprout up nationally

Nov 4, 2011 Here’s a breath of fresh air for the future of electric vehicles (EVs): Cities across the country have been given the green light to install more s...

First Solar's German PV plant expansion opens

Nov 3, 2011 First Solar opened its plant expansion in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany today, representing a $200 million investment and doubling First Solar's produc...

Photovoltaics Wire News

U.S. Department of State Partners to Host LAUNCH: Energy Forum

Thu, Nov 10, 2011 U.S. Department of State Partners to Host LAUNCH: Energy Forum Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 10, 2011 The U.S. Depa...

-Fairchild Semiconductor Receives Best Supplier Award from Eaton Asia Pacific

Thu, Nov 10, 2011 ENP Newswire - 10 November 2011 Release date- 09112011 - SAN JOSE, Calif. - Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE: FCS), a leading global supplier of high-...

Clean Power Finance Enhances Solar Sales Platform With Solmetric Partnership; Solmetric Shading and Equipment Performance Measurement Tools Now Integrated in Clean Power Finance's Solar Sales Platform; Clean Power Finance Offers Solar Installers Same-as-Cash Financing for Eighteen Months on the Solmetric SunEye(TM) 210

Thu, Nov 10, 2011 Clean Power Finance, a leading provider of residential financing and solar sales and system design tools, and Solmetric Corporation, a leading pr...

LG achieves LEED Gold Certification for First Multiple Building in Middle East

Thu, Nov 10, 2011 Dubai, Nov. 9 -- LG Electronics has been awarded the LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and Green Building Certification ...

Vineland New Jersey Dedicates 6.5-Megawatt Solar Generation Project from Constellation Energy

Thu, Nov 10, 2011 Constellation Energy (NYSE: CEG) and the city of Vineland, owner and operator of the Vineland Municipal Electric Utility, today announced the compl...

SageGlass protects one of America's most prized art collections from the sun's harmful rays; Vermont's St. Johnsbury Athenaeum replaces aging skylight system with dynamic glass to preserve historic art gallery and improve energy efficiency

Thu, Nov 10, 2011 Vermont's St. Johnsbury Athenaeum is using 21st-century glass technology in its historic 19th-century art gallery to protect its prized collections...

CRC Crystal Research Corporation Acquires Class 10 Clean Room Research Facility From Lam Research

Thu, Nov 10, 2011 NEW YORK, Nov. 9, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CRC Crystal Research Corporation (Pink Sheets:CYSA), a hi-tech technology, green energy, crystal and sem...

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Deca lands a 1-2 WLCSP punch -- and you won't see it coming

Amid the elegance of T.J. Rodgers' (Cypress Semiconductor president & CEO) home and winery in Woodside, CA, a new company -- Deca Technologies -- was announced to the media. The company's 67 employees plan to transform the interconnect space b... Read More>>

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    11/08/2011 Ampt announced partnerships with Amphenol, Huber+Suhner, Multi-Contact, and Shoals Technologies Group to bring the company's DC/DC PV-module-level ...

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    10/19/2011 Heraeus has introduced new silver pastes for thin-film and crystalline solar cell fabrication, focusing on lower silver content. Andy London of Her...

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    10/12/2011 Alan King, Canadian Solar, discusses the design rules for Intelligrated Power PV panels, debuting at Solar Power International. King also comments ...

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    Peter Brenner, global marketing manager, photovoltaics, at DuPont MCM, speaks about DuPont’s new lower-silver Solamet metallization pastes.