Photovoltaics (PV) News for June 2009

Photovoltaics (PV) News Archive

Tanaka: renewables have a "key role to play"

Speaking at the Renewable Energy Finance Forum in New York City, International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka, said that renewable energy sources have a "key role to play with respect to both energy security and climate change".

New report: "5 million US jobs possible in clean tech by 2020"

In a presentation before US policymakers and analysts, leading clean energy CEOs, venture capitalists and academics unveiled the “Gigaton Throwdown,” an assessment of the US’ clean energy potential.

EPIA report: PV set to "join mainstream by 2020"

Photovoltaic (PV) solar electricity is poised to become a significant and competitive supplier to the European electricity market, concludes a study conducted by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) with the strategic management consultancy A.T. Kearney.

California regulators green light SCE's ambitous solar plans

A plan proposed by Southern California Edison (SCE) for the largest US installation of advanced solar panels on otherwise unused large commercial rooftops across Southern California was approved today by the California Public Utilities Commission.

Negative dead layer provides route to thin film devices

The development of smaller ferroelectric capacitors with additional capacity is at least partly held up by the presence of a ‘dead layer’ at the surface.

SCE earmarks more green power development

Southern California Edison (SCE) has signed agreements with wind and solar suppliers for up to 960 MW of clean, renewable power.

Oerlikon simplifies manufacturing of crystalline solar cells

German Oerlikon Systems demonstrated SOLARIS, last month, a new production solution that, according to the company, simplifies the manufacturing of crystalline solar cells.

National Semiconductor and Suntech collaborate on SolarMagic solar PV systems

Californian National Semiconductor and the crystalline silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer, Suntech Power Holdings, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to evaluate National Semiconductor’s SolarMagic™ technology for enhancing solar efficiencies.

Enerqos constructs solar farms for NextEnergy Capital in Italy

Italian turnkey supplier of solar systems and plants, Enerqos, has started the construction of four 1 MW solar farms representing €1 billion of investment, in Apulia, Italy, for NextEnergy Capital, the European merchant bank specialising in renewable energy.

Oerlikon listed as "number one worldwide solar turnkey line supplier"

Solar thin-film silicon photovoltaic (PV) production equipment provider, Oerlikon Solar, it has been listed as the number one solar turnkey line supplier globally by market research and economic analysis company VLSI.

Phoenix Solar builds 5.8 MWp PV power plant in Germany

Phoenix Solar is building a 5.8 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant on behalf of utility Enovos Group in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

CENTROSOLAR has found new partner for Itarion solar cell company

CENTROSOLAR has found a new partner for the continuation of the Itarion solar cell company and the planned solar cell plant located near Porto, Portugal.

E.ON inaugurates its first solar farm near Marseille

E.ON has inaugurated its first solar farm near the southern French town of Le Lauzet, some 150 km north of Marseille with a capacity of 5 MW and distributed across a 20 hectares area.

Sharp encourages South Africa to include solar PV in renewable energy law

Sharp is urging South Africa to include solar photovoltaics (PV) into its recent renewable energy feed-in tariff.

CENTROSOLAR closes solar module plant due to Econcern crisis

CENTROSOLAR is closing the solar module plant in Doesburg, the Netherlands, run by its 100% subsidiary Ubbink Solar Modules BV (USM), as a repercussion to the financing problems at renewable energy developer Econcern.

Economic crisis hits EU and US clean energy, but investment still up

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says US$155 billion was invested in 2008 in clean energy companies and projects worldwide - not including large hydro – an increase over 2007, but growth is slowing with the economic crisis.

Blair supports UAE IRENA bid

The United Arab Emirates (UAE)'s bid to host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is a major boost for the developing world in the global quest for a sustainable future, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said.

Masdar 10 MW solar PV plant connects to Abu Dhabi power grid

Abu Dhabi-based solar integrator Enviromena Power Systems has completed the Masdar 10 MW solar power plant, the largest grid-connected solar system in the Middle East and North Africa.

NREL and Dutch Energy Research Centre team up on renewables

The US Department of Energy’s (DoE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) will cooperate on renewable energy research areas such as policy studies, energy analysis, wind energy and solar photovoltaic (PV) energy.

Oerlikon Solar wins Intersolar cell award 2009

Oerlikon Solar, a leading supplier of thin-film silicon photovoltaic (PV) process and production equipment, has been named winner of the 2009 CELL AWARD, presented at the Intersolar 2009 Conference in Munich.

First Solar to supply Pfalzsolar with solar PV modules

First Solar will provide solar photovoltaic (PV) modules under a long-term supply agreement to Pfalzsolar, a German solar project developer owned by Rhineland-Palatinate public utility Pfalzwerke AG.

President Obama: US$467m for geothermal and solar energy

President Obama has pledged over US$467 million from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act to expand and accelerate the development, deployment, and use of geothermal and solar energy throughout the USA.

Applied Materials receives IEC Certification of “world’s largest solar panels”

Applied Materials’ 5.7m2 solar photovoltaic (PV) modules produced by its SunFab Thin Film Line™, using both single and more advanced tandem junction technologies, have been awarded International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) certification.

Intersolar: SCHOTT Solar launches InDaX 225 module series

SCHOTT Solar has announced a new generation of modules for roof-integrated solar systems at the Intersolar 2009 event in Munich, Germany.

Intersolar: Oerlikon’s Micromorph technology breaks 11% barrier

Oerlikon Solar reports that it has achieved a new record efficiency level for commercial thin-film silicon PV modules.

S.A.G. Solarstrom AG to build 13 MWp PV plant in Czech Republic

S.A.G. Solarstrom AG of Freiburg, Germany, is set to construct a 13 MWp photovoltaic (PV) plant at a former military site in Stríbro (district of Plzen), Czech Republic.

Yingli partnership to develop high efficiency N-type silicon solar cells

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited, a vertically integrated photovoltaic (PV) product manufacturer, the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), and Amtech Systems, Inc. a supplier of production and automation systems and related supplies for the manufacture of solar cells, are to jointly develop next generation high efficiency solar cells.

Intersolar: Intersolar 2009 saw 60,000 visitors

Intersolar 2009, the trade show for solar technology, saw visitors numbers swell to around 60,000 representing 150 countries on 26-29 May in Munich, Germany.