Photovoltaics (PV) News for June 2010

Photovoltaics (PV) News Archive

Solar PV roofs could generate 40% of EU electricity demand

More than 1.5 TWp of solar photovoltaics (PV) could be installed on European roofs producing 1400 TWh, or 40% of EU’s electricity demand by 2020, according to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA).

Danfoss with solar PV design tool

The solar photovoltaic (PV) design tool from Danfoss Solar Inverters, the LynxPlanner 1.0 is based on the coming PV*Express 4.0 platform from Valentin.

Q-Cells hands over Ahorn Solar Park to MCG

Q-Cells SE is handing over two solar energy systems with a total capacity of 11 MWp near Berolzheim in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, to the Berlin-based MCG Management Capital Group.

Trina Solar supplies PV modules to Queensland University

Trina Solar Ltd will supply solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for a 1.2 MW rooftop system at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

juwi solar PV panels to Senegal juwi solar PV panels to Senegal

The juwi group has set up a solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at a health centre serving particularly as a maternity ward in Senegal.

Silfab sets up 120 MW solar PV module manufacturing in Canada

Silfab SpA is expecting to complete a 120 MW highly automated solar photovoltaic (PV) module production site in Ontario, Canada, by the end of 2011.

APEC wants continued development of renewable energy

Renewable energy technologies are declining in cost but continued efforts are required to further reduce this, according to energy ministers from the 21-country Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

Sharp builds solar thin-film power plants in Germany

Sharp Energy Solution Europe is building two energy providers-commissioned thin-film solar power plants in Germany.

npower sees 80% increase in UK solar PV requests following feed-in tariff npower sees 80% increase in UK solar PV requests following feed-in tariff

Following the introduction of the UK feed-in tariffs in April, UK utility npower has seen an 80% increase in enquiries for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.

Isofotón connects 1 MW solar PV plant in Italy Isofotón connects 1 MW solar PV plant in Italy

Isofotón has connected a 1 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Renacati, Marche region, Italy.

Siemens to deliver 15 MWp solar PV plant to Italy

Siemens Energy will erect a 15 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) plant for Green Energy in the Apulia region of Italy.

Ownergy launches solar park developer service

Ownergy is launching as solar park developer service for managing all aspects of solar park development from design to installation and system management in the UK.

Q-cells and Innotech Solar enter solar PV partnership

Q-Cells SE and Innotech Solar (ITS) today have entered into a long-term strategic partnership where Q-Cells will sell all of its non-prime solar cells to ITS for conversion into solar photovoltaic (PV) solutions worldwide under the ITS brand name.

Enerqos to construct 5 MWp solar PV farm

Enerqos SPA and HFV, a solar power investment company, have signed an agreement for the construction of a 5 MWp AutorizzazioneUnica solar photovoltaic (PV) power station in Soleto in Lecce, Italy.

Australia & New Zealand solar PV market report

In Australia and New Zealand, solar photovoltaic (PV) market trends indicate burgeoning demand owing to strong governmental commitment to the promotion of solar energy and creation of sustainable cities – By Frost & Sullivan.

Siemens to build 6 solar PV plants in France

Siemens will do turnkey construction of 6 solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants totalling 30 MWp in Les Mées in the province Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France.

Masdar PV supplies 5 MW of solar thin-film modules to India

Masdar PV will supply of 5 MW of silicon-based thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for an industrial solar power station in the Indian desert.

Kyocera supplies solar modules to the Czech Republic Kyocera supplies solar modules to the Czech Republic

Japanese Kyocera has supplied 8960 solar modules for a 1.2 MWp outdoor solar power plant in the Czech Republic.

Guatemala develops hydropower and solar energy grid

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is supporting Guatemala’s 7-year plan for a national power grid, using hydropower and solar power to reach the country’s poorest regions.

Romag to provide rooftop solar PV for CES

Romag Holdings Plc will provide solar photovoltaic (PV) modules and roof mount kits for Community Energy Solutions (CES) in a contract worth up to £10.2 million.

Emerging renewables to have more profile in next statistical review

The ‘Statistical Review of World Energy’ does not include wind, solar or geothermal in its primary energy forecast, but these sources will be added next year because they are reaching “sufficient weight in a number of countries.”

Intersolar: 23% increase in 2010 visitor numbers

Intersolar Europe, the exhibition for solar energy, saw a 23% increase in visitor numbers to 72,000 visitors from around 150 countries this year in Munich, Germany on 9-11 June.

Intersolar: Solar PV conversion and storage project in field testing

Saft, Voltwerk and Tenesol, industrial partners in the EU-backed Sol-ion project have created an integrated energy conversion and storage kit, capable of production on an industrial scale, for decentralised on-grid, residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

Intersolar: JA Solar and ECN bring solar MWT into production

JA Solar Holdings Co Ltd and Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) have cooperated on getting metal wrap through (MWT) solar cell and module technology into production.

Intersolar: Solar modules incorporating SolarMagic

National Semiconductor Corp and Green Energy Solar (GESOLAR) have developed GESOLAR brand solar modules with embedded SolarMagic™ power optimisation technology from National.

Intersolar: Bosch Solar Energy combines thin-film modules with mounting systems

Bosch Solar Energy presented three products focusing on combining mounting systems and micromorphous thin-film solar modules at Intersolar in Munich, Germany, on 9-11 June.

Intersolar: Q-Cells reaches 13.0% solar thin-film efficiency

Q-Cells has reached an efficiency of 13% with its mass-produced CIGS solar thin-film modules Q.SMART UF manufactured by subsidiary Solibro GmbH.

Intersolar: Tougher times for solar thin-film

EuPD Research’s white paper International PV Thin Film Market Dynamics – From Introduction to Growth Stage, finds that the international solar thin-film market share increased from 8% in 2008 to 20% in 2009.

Intersolar: The 2010 Intersolar AWARD goes to...

This year’s Intersolar AWARD for innovation and improvements in solar power went to ABB Schweiz AG, Gehrlicher Solar AG, SMA Solar Technology AG, FSAVE Solartechnik GmbH, InvenSor GmbH, a research collaboration, Festo AG & Co. KG, GEMO-TEC Ltd, and Gebr. Schmid GmbH + Co.

Intersolar: juwi Solar creates 500 new jobs

juwi Solar says it will create 500 new solar jobs over the next two years world wide as international business activities expand for the solar photovoltaic (PV) project developer.

First Solar remains largest supplier in Q1

CdTE thin film module manufacturer, First Solar remained the largest supplier of PV modules with a global share of 8.4% in the first quarter of 2010 - according to the latest analysis of the PV module market from IMS Research.

US remains most attractive country for renewables

The United States remains the most attractive country in the world for renewable energy, although it now ties the top spot with China.

Solar powered boat sets sail in Shanghai Solar powered boat sets sail in Shanghai

Suntech Power Holdings Co has launched the Suntech-Guosheng solar sailor passenger vessel on the Huangpu River in Shanghai, China.

First Solar expands German thin-film solar module manufacturing

First Solar Inc intends to expand its German thin-film solar module manufacturing plant in Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany, doubling local production capacity.

Trina Solar and SERIS develop solar cells

Trina Solar Ltd and the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) will cooperate on an all-back-contact high-efficiency silicon wafer solar cell using Trina Solar's monocrystalline wafers.

Biomass overtakes wind as champion in renewable energy

Biomass facilities have become a more attractive investment than wind and solar technologies, according to the renewable energy sector.

Scheuten Solar wins Frost & Sullivan award

Analyst Frost & Sullivan has presented Scheuten Solar with the ‘2009 Global Frost & Sullivan Industry Innovation and Advancement of the Year Award’ for its “ability to focus on a rapidly developing market, understand the needs of the customers and provide solutions that blend innovative developments, years of experience, and above-average quality and service.”

Dow Corning invests in European solar PV

Dow Corning will invest up to US$13 million to expand its European innovation with silicon-based materials and technologies and for solar photovoltaics (PV).

Sharp solar PV turnover up 33% in 2009

Sharp says its solar photovoltaic (PV) turnover rose 33% in 2009 to US$2.2 billion.

European solar PV industry ready to co-finance €1235m of R&D

The European solar photovoltaic (PV) industry is launching the Solar Industry Initiative (SEII) this week at the European SET Plan Conference in Madrid, Spain.

JV builds 2.5 GW solar power in China

SanSca, a joint venture (JV) between Scatec Solar and Sahne group will build 2.5 GW of solar power in China.

Solar PV inverters reach 98.4% efficiency Solar PV inverters reach 98.4% efficiency

Siemens says its Sinvert PVS solar inverters for medium-sized and large solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants have achieved efficiencies of 98.4%.

Conergy builds 1.1 MW Czech solar power plant

Conergy Group is building a 1.1 MW solar power park near Louny in the Czech Republic set to be completed in July.