Photovoltaics (PV) News for April 2011

Photovoltaics (PV) News Archive

Trina Solar to supply U.S. Fotowatio subsidiary, extends Oz agreement

The company has signed a sales agreement to supply solar modules to US-based FRV AE Solar, LLC, a subsidiary of Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, Inc., the independent solar power producer.

Q-Cells announces foray into Japan

Q-Cells is to enter the Japanese residential market with integrated photovoltaic solutions.

Schneider Electric: 1000 VDC solar disconnect switch

Schneider Electric has launched its Square D 1000 VDC, heavy-duty disconnect switch for the solar market.

Golden window electrodes for organic solar cells Golden window electrodes for organic solar cells

Researchers at the University of Warwick have developed a gold plated window as the transparent electrode for organic solar cells.

Tata Power commissions 3 MW solar power plant in Maharashtra

Spread over 12 acres of land and situated near Pune, the eighth largest metropolis in India, Tata claims that this is the first and largest solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Maharashtra, and one of the largest in India.

2010 PV inverter market share gainers revealed

Power-One was the PV inverter market’s largest share gainer in 2010, moving up to second in the global rankings - according to IMS Research’s latest report on the market.

Silfab and Espe found solar PV JV

Silfab Spa and Espe Srl have founded Espe Sunparc Srl to specialise in the development and installation of high-efficient solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in Italy and elsewhere.

Flexible, printable thin-film solar cells Flexible, printable thin-film solar cells

Swiss researchers at Empa have found a new, flexible material that could substitute indium tin oxide (ITO) in flexible thin-film solar cells.

Solar to chemical energy findings Solar to chemical energy findings

A team of researchers headed by the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) has made fundamental discoveries about the processes in photoelectrochemical cells that could have an impact on solar to chemical energy conversion.

Q-Cells introduces Next Generation solar cells

Q-Cells SE is introducing its Next Generation solar cells as well as its copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin-film solar module Q.SMART UF.

Platina Partners buy 10 MW of Italian solar PV

Equity fund manager Platina Partners LLP is acquiring 10 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the Puglia region of southern Italy from Degennaro Group.

Organic solar PV falls short of expectations

Organic solar photovoltaics' (OPV) relatively poor conversion efficiencies and short lifetimes, means it will not compete with conventional solar power technologies, according to Lux Research.

Bosch Solar reports 19.6% efficiency for silicon solar cell

Bosch Solar Energy AG has achieved 19.6% efficiency for a large-area passivated emitted and rear cell (PERC), monocrystalline silicon solar cell measuring 156 x 156 mm.

Solar water purification systems donated to Japan

WorldWater & Solar Technologies Inc and Gamesa are donating two solar driven water purification systems, Mobile MaxPure®(MMP), to Japan.

Conergy builds 1.7 MW rooftop solar PV system in Gran Canaria

Conergy has installed a 1.7 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop system on the 14,000 m2 roof of the coffee roaster Emicela in Aqüimes on Gran Canaria, Canary Islands.

LDK Solar invests in silane gas

LDK Solar Co Ltd has invested US$35 million in a manufacturing line to produce silane gas in its Mahong Plant in Xinyu City, Jiangxi Province, China, to meet semiconductor, solar and flat panel display demand.

Solar Junction reaches 43.5% efficiency for CPV Solar Junction reaches 43.5% efficiency for CPV

The developer of high efficiency multi-junction cells for the CPV market said its new world-record efficiency was obtained on a commercial-ready production cell.

Suntech largest solar PV module supplier in 2010

Suntech was the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) module supplier in 2010, growing its shipments by more than 130% over the previous year, according to IMS Research.

Screen-printed solar cells reach efficiencies over 20%

Researchers at Fraunhofer ISE have reached efficiencies over 20% for silicon solar cells using screen printing technology.

IBC SOLAR opens Beijing subsidiary

IBC SOLAR has opened its solar photovoltaic (PV) subsidiary office in Beijing, China.

Centrosolar 225 Wp solar PV panels to the UK Centrosolar 225 Wp solar PV panels to the UK

Centrosolar UK Ltd is introducing its 54-cell ‘Excellent’ solar photovoltaic (PV) module to the UK market.

LDK Solar invests US$40m in sapphire solar wafer capabilities

LDK Solar Co Ltd has invested approximately US$40 million in a new sapphire solar wafer manufacturing plant in Nanchang City, Jiangxi Province.

Kyocera solar PV on Japanese shopping centre Kyocera solar PV on Japanese shopping centre

Kyocera Corporation has installed 960 kW, or 4300 units, of its solar photovoltaic (PV) modules on the roof of the recently opened AEON Itami-Koya shopping centre in Itami City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.

Updated: SolarWorld tops green scorecard for solar PV producers

SolarWorld has come out top in the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) 2011 Solar Company Scorecard, which ranks solar photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturers according to environmental, sustainability and social justice factors.

Silfab Ontario and First Nation build 5 MW solar farm

Silfab Ontario Inc will build a 5 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) system consisting of 20,410 solar modules for Alderville First Nation in Southeastern Ontario, Canada.

Solar inverter market up 30% in Q4 2010

Global solar photovoltaic (PV) inverter revenues reached US$1.6 billion in Q4’10, 24% lower than the previous quarter, but 30% higher than in Q4’09, according to IMS Research.

Suntech installs 10 MW solar power at the Tibetan Plateau Suntech installs 10 MW solar power at the Tibetan Plateau

Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd plans a 10 MW solar installation at the Tibetan Plateau.

LDK Solar capacity reaches 570 MW

LDK Solar Co Ltd has added a solar cell manufacturing site in Hefei City, Anhui Province, taking the company’s annual solar cell capacity to 570 MW.

Suntech launches 245 W monocrystalline solar module Suntech launches 245 W monocrystalline solar module

Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd is launching a 245 W, monocrystalline, solar photovoltaic (PV) module designed for residential and small commercial rooftop applications in the European market.