Photovoltaics (PV) News for July 2009

Photovoltaics (PV) News Archive

Fraunhofer claims 99.3% efficiency inverters for solar PV systems Fraunhofer claims 99.3% efficiency inverters for solar PV systems

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) claims a record 99.3% efficiency for inverters used in solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

Solar power getting stronger with utilities ramping up

Leading solar power project developers are finding themselves in a “much stronger position at the end of the first half of 2009” –due to scaling utility involvement, amongst other things, says Reese Tisdale, Research Director at Emerging Energy Research.

Two-atom lead superconductor thinnest ever Two-atom lead superconductor thinnest ever

Paving the way for smaller and more efficient devices, a superconducting sheet just two atoms thick has been created at The University of Texas at Austin by Dr. Ken Shih and colleagues [Shengyong Qin, et al., DOI: 10.1126/science.1170775].

Energy Conversion Devices adds Solar Integrated Technologies to portfolio

Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD), a manufacturer of thin-film flexible solar laminate products for the building integrated and commercial rooftop markets (which includes the Uni-Solar brand) is to acquire Solar Integrated Technologies, Inc. (SIT), a provider of building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) roofing systems.

ENN's SunFab production line underway

ENN Solar Energy Co., Ltd has announced the launch of its new silicon thin film solar products manufactured with Applied Materials' “tandem junction” technology.

Canadian Solar joins ranks of PV Cycle

Canadian Solar Inc. is to become a member of PV CYCLE, an organisation based in Brussels, Belgium that promotes voluntary take-back and recycling of end-of-life PV modules, including seeking to define collection and recycling targets for the PV industry.

EDF and First Solar to partner in French market

EDF Energies Nouvelles and First Solar Inc are to form a joint venture to build France's largest solar panel manufacturing plant.

juwi group launches major project in the USA

juwi is to set up its first large-scale wind farm on US soil in south-eastern Nebraska.

Switzerland's largest solar PV module manufacturing facility in production

The Pramac Group has begun producing thin film PV modules at its new 30 MWp facility near Locarno, Switzerland.

Companies announce hybrid projects in Canada

Atlantic Wind and Solar (AWSL) and Centripetal Dynamics (CDI) are to collaborate on hybrid wind/solar energy projects in Ontario, Canada.

Renewable energy in Asia - a roundup

Renewable Energy Focus' Asian correspondent, Azam Mahmood, provides an overview over renewable energy projects and politics in Asia.

Solar-powered ‘Fun Pump’ provides clean water

Mono NOV develops a water system using an electric pump powered by a solar panel and a children’s merry-go-round.

Q-Cells hit by weak market development in Q2

Q-Cells has been hit by the continued weak development of the global solar photovoltaics (PV) markets in the second quarter (Q2).

North Africa’s deserts could provide 15% of Europe’s electricity North Africa’s deserts could provide 15% of Europe’s electricity

A large number of networked solar thermal power plants in the Middle East and North Africa could produce sufficient renewable power to meet around 15% of Europe’s electricity needs and large parts of the power needs of the producer countries.

Enfinity will develop 10 MWp solar PV power station in China

Enfinity together with a joint bidding team including China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding (CGNPC) and LDK Solar, have won the first 10 MWp solar concession project in China.

Prototype solar powered aircraft unveiled Prototype solar powered aircraft unveiled

The prototype Solar Impulse HB-SIA aircraft was recently unveiled. This carbon composite, solar powered craft is believed to be the first aircraft that will have the capability to be flown both during the day and night without using fossil fuel or emitting any pollutants.

Q-Cells takes over Solibro GmbH

German solar cell producer Q-Cells SE has increased its interest in Solibro GmbH from 67.5% to 100% by acquiring the Swedish joint venture partner Solibro AB.

Off-grid PV back on the map with developing countries

Off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) power has taken a back-seat in talk about solar power in recent years despite once holding 90% of the total installed capacity worldwide. However, as the thirst for energy increases in regions like Africa, Asia or Latin America, off-grid solar PV energy is experiencing a come-back.

DuPont and DoE plan US$9m solar research programme DuPont and DoE plan US$9m solar research programme

DuPont and the US Department of Energy (DoE) have announced plans for a US$9 million solar research programme, in line with DuPont’s aim to provide more mainstream solar photovoltaic (PV) products for commercial and residential applications.

The US House approves the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454) legislation.

Some – most notably Al Gore - are hailing the decision as the most important legislation Congress will ever pass. It sees the US pledging to cut emissions by 17% (below 2005 levels) by 2020, and 83% by 2050.

VC investment in green technologies "rebounds" with US$1.2 billion in Q2 2009

Greentech Media Inc., the online media company covering green technology news and analysis, has released the most recent quarterly data showing that venture capital (VC) investment in green technologies totalled US$1.2 bn in 85 deals in the second quarter of 2009.

Wells Fargo and SunPower Corp to partner on SunPower commercial-scale solar systems.

A new collaborative effort will result in funding of up to US$100 million in SunPower commercial-scale solar systems.

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