Photovoltaics (PV) News for August 2009

Photovoltaics (PV) News Archive

Analyst ranks top 10, 2008 suppliers of solar PV manufacturing equipment

VLSI Research Inc has ranked the top 10 suppliers of solar photovotalic (PV) manufacturing equipment worldwide for 2008.

First Solar to build 55 MW thin-film solar project for LADWP

First Solar has entered a contract with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to build a 55 MW thin-film solar power project in Imperial County, California, USA.

Flexible CdTe thin-film solar cells reach efficiency of 12.4%

An efficiency of 12.4% has been reached with flexible cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin-film solar cells by EMPA, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research in Dubendorf, Switzerland.

Intertape Polymer Group develops products for renewable energy market

Intertape Polymer Group (IPG) has announced plans to develop further products designed for the wind, solar, geothermal and biofuel generation markets.

First Solar builds 550 MW of solar PV for SCE

First Solar will build two thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) projects totalling 550 MW with an annual output of 1.2 TWh for Southern California Edison (SCE) in Southern California.

Suntech achieves 15.6% conversion efficiency for a multi-crystalline solar PV module

Suntech Power Holdings, a manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, has achieved a conversion efficiency of 15.6% on a commercial grade multi-crystalline silicon solar PV module.

Q-Cells cuts 500 solar jobs to save costs

German solar cell manufacturer Q-Cells says it will cut 500 jobs at its Thalheim solar cell production lines to cut costs following the negative results for the first half of 2009 announced earlier this summer.

ersol gets EU subsidies for solar cell production expansion

ersol Solar Energy AG has received approval of EU Commission subsidies towards investments ersol’s planned expansion of its solar cell production at Arnstadt, Germany.

NST places 120 MW order with Oerlikon Solar for solar PV factory in Russia

Nano Solar Technology (NST), a newly formed Russian high-tech firm, has ordered a 120 MW Micromorph® line for production of thin-film solar modules from Oerlikon Solar. With the envisaged production capacity of one million solar modules annually, this could the largest production equipment order to-date in 2009 for the thin-film photovoltaic (PV) market.

ersol launches new micromorph thin film module

With the start of series production, ersol Thin Film GmbH, a subsidiary of ersol Solar Energy AG, is launching its first micromorph thin-film module, under the name Vega-T.

India plans massive increase in solar energy

India is targeting 20GW of solar power as part of its climate and energy strategy.

Concentrix Solar achieves 25% system efficiency Concentrix Solar achieves 25% system efficiency

Concentrix Solar has increased the system efficiency (AC) of its concentrator systems to 25%. This record was achieved using its new, CX-75 generation of modules.

German company pushes organic PV boundaries

H.C. Starck Clevios GmbH reports that its Clevios materials have produced a new technology break conductivity record for organic solar cells.

REC to build solar plant in Singapore

Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) ASA of Norway is building a solar panel manufacturing complex in Singapore’s Jurong, which will reportedly be one of the largest in the world.

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Centrosolar pulls out of solar cell JV

Negotiations on the continuation of Itarion Solar Lda, the solar photovolatic (PV) cells manufacturing joint venture (JV) launched by Centrosolar Group and Qimonda have halted – Itarion Solar has filed for insolvency.