Photovoltaics (PV) News for October 2010

Photovoltaics (PV) News Archive

Polymer solar vehicle demoed at Risø DTU Polymer solar vehicle demoed at Risø DTU

A vehicle running on polymer solar cells capable of carrying one person has been demonstrated at Risø DTU, Denmark.

Fraunhofer ISE gets EARTO Prize for solar CPV

Fraunhofer ISE has received the EARTO Innovation Prize for its development of a solar concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) system.

juwi-Group sets up renewable energy subsidiary in India

Renewable energy project developer, the juwi-Group, has established a subsidiary in India.

Sunbelt countries could have 1.1 TW solar PV by 2030 Sunbelt countries could have 1.1 TW solar PV by 2030

The solar photovoltaic (PV) market in 66 Sunbelt countries identified by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) could have 1.1 TW installed solar PV capacity by 2030.

BIPV cell developer wins "disruptive solutions" competition

UK-based Oxford Photovoltaics has scooped £100,000 to commercialise new solar glazing technology, which the judges believe has the potential to become a dominant solution in the Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) market.

Hareon Solar opts for new solar PV manufacturing process

Hareon Solar, a manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, has announced the installation of the Applied Materials SmartFactory manufacturing system in its Chinese plants.

Wagner & Co creates UK solar PV joint venture

German Wagner & Co and UK solar photovoltaic (PV) equipment provider AC Solartechnic Ltd, are setting up a joint venture (JV), Wagner Solar UK.

Solar PV panel production above 15 GW in 2010

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panel production could grow 92% in 2010, eclipsing the previously estimated 15 GW, according to GTM Research.

REC’s Q3 2010 net loss narrows 11%

REC ASA’s net loss from total operations in the third quarter (Q3) 2010 narrowed 11% to NOK896 million as revenues soared 83% to NOK3783m.

Networks, not solar, driving rising electricity costs Networks, not solar, driving rising electricity costs

Australia’s Clean Energy Council says the cost of supporting residential solar power is a drop in the ocean compared to billions of dollars in network costs that are driving big increases in electricity prices in New South Wales, Australia.

Good Energies and NIBC acquire 40 MWp solar PV from Q-Cells

Good Energies and NIBC Infrastructure Partners are acquiring the solar photovoltaic (PV) plants Finsterwalde II and Finsterwalde III totalling 40 MWp in Brandenburg, Germany, from Q-Cells SE.

aleo solar increases production capacity to 390 MW

aleo solar AG is increasing its total annual solar module production capacity across its three factories from 250 MW to 390 MW by the end of 2011.

Oerlikon Solar supplies 40 MW thin-film production line to China

Oerlikon Solar will provide a 40 MW turnkey thin-film silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) production line to China’s Hunan Gongchuang Photovoltaic Science & Technology Co Ltd.

BHEL secures major turnkey solar contracts in India

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has won a major conract for setting up Grid-Interactive solar power plants of 1100 kW capacity on a turnkey basis, in the Lakshadweep islands.

Kyocera in world first testing success

The Corporation has announced that its solar module KD210GH-2PU is the first in the world to have passed the major sub-tests of the new “Long-Term Sequential Test” performed by TÜV Rheinland Japan Ltd. which independently evaluates solar module quality and reliability.

Suntech and Calisolar to create Ontario operation

The two organisations have inked a letter of intent to construct a solar silicon manufacturing facility in the Canadian province, as well as set up a long term power purchase agreement.

New measurement tool shortens cell innovation cycles

Sunways AG claims to be the first industrial user of an innovative measuring system, used in the development of high-efficiency silicon solar cells.

Yingli Green Energy to add 700 MW capacity

Projects will be located at Baoding headquarters and in Hainan province.

Environmental champion Hermann Scheer dies Environmental champion Hermann Scheer dies

One of Germany's most outspoken environmental politicians has died, at the age of 66. Hermann Scheer, a Social Democratic member of the German parliament, was a leading campaigner for renewable energy, in particular solar power.

National Semiconductor and Suntech collaborate on ‘Smart Panel’ technology

Multi-year relationship moves to development phase to create solar arrays with increased efficiency.

SPI2010: AMSC introduces grid interconnection solution for PV plants

The SolarTie solution combines two of AMSC’s proprietary technologies – D-VAR STATCOM solutions and PowerModule power converter systems.

SPI2010: 3M launches new solar mirror films

The new films - aimed at the solar thermal electricity and PV sectors respectively - are further evidence of the company leveraging its broad technology portfolio to commercialise innovative products.

Solarbuzz reports record levels of PV equipment spending

Quarterly manufacturing capacity added during Q3 2010 broke through the GW barrier for the first time, driving PV equipment spending to a new quarterly high, according to the Solarbuzz PV Equipment Quarterly.

China overtakes U.S. to become largest energy user

International Energy Agency (IEA) calculations based on preliminary data show that China has now overtaken the U.S. to become the world's largest energy user.

80 MW Solar PV project completed

First Solar and Enbridge have completed the 80 MW Sarnia Solar Project, a solar photovoltaic (PV) facility in Ontario, Canada, said to be the biggest in the world.

First Solar announces 380 MW increase in orders for 2011

The company reports that it has signed agreements with 7 key customers for a 380 MW increase in orders for 2011 over previously announced volumes.

Pressure mounts on UK Government over potential renewables betrayal

Politicians, environmental campaign groups, unions and academics are among those to have called for the protection of the UK’s solar power industry in an open letter to Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne.

Nanotechnology increases organic polymer solar thin-film potential

Researchers at the University of Stanford has found that by configuring the thickness of several layers of films, an organic polymer solar thin-film could absorb as much as 10 time more energy than previously thought possible.

UK solar market ro reach 60 MW by year end

Ofgem's prediction that the UK solar market is likely to reach 60 MW by the end of 2010 and 250 MW in 2011, has spurred Solar Power UK to extend its programme.

Acta installs 1 MW solar PV in Italy

Acta S.p.A. will install a 1 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) park in the Abruzzo region of Italy under a €3.5 million contract with Tesla S.r.l.

Turkey’s newest solar PV installation won’t leave a bitter taste Turkey’s newest solar PV installation won’t leave a bitter taste

Installed on the roof of a sweets confectioner near Istanbul Centrosolar has installed Turkey’s largest thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) power system to date.

First Reserve buys 70 MW solar plant from SunEdison

SunEdison has sold its 70 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant located in Northeast Italy, near the town of Rovigo to First Reserve.

Solarbuzz looks at increased UK solar PV demand

Market-research group Solarbuzz looks at the solar photovoltaic (PV) feed-in tariff (FiT) in the UK and the following surge in solar PV units installed.

Global solar PV demand up 54% in Q2

Solar energy market research company Solarbuzz says global solar photovoltaic (PV) demand escalated to 82 GW in Q2, up 54% quarter on quarter.

University of Manchester scientists win the Nobel Prize for physics

Two scientists who discovered graphene at The University of Manchester have today been awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics.

German solar PV degression could reach 13%

The German Federal Network Agency has published figures for newly installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacities for June, July and August, and EuPD Research says it expects that the degression will reach its maximum limit of 13% at the turn of the year.

Etrion acquires 28 MW Italian solar PV plant

SunPower Corp has completed the sale of its Montalto di Castro solar park to solar photovoltaic (PV) power producer Etrion for approximately €49 million.

ABB to install 17 MW of solar PV in Italy

ABB will install four solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in Sicily, Italy, totalling 17 MW under a US$27 million contract with Gestamp Solar.

German solar PV market reaches 4.8 GW this year

Registered solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in Germany have reached 4.8 GW in the first 8 months of 2010, up 327% on the same period last year, according to IMS Research.