Photovoltaics (PV) News for February 2012

Photovoltaics (PV) News Archive

Solar Frontier reaches 17.8% efficiency with CIS solar thin-film

Solar Frontier has achieved a 17.8% aperture area efficiency on a 30x30 cm CIS-based solar thin-film photovoltaic (PV) submodule in joint research with Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

Calyxo CdTe solar thin-film module reaches 13.4% efficiency

Calyxo GmbH says its 88.7 W cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar thin-film module has achieved an efficiency of 13.4% measured on aperture area - confirmed by testing body SGS Germany.

Dye-sensitised solar cell inventor awarded 2012 Albert Einstein award

The 'father' of the dye-sensitised solar cell (DSC), Professor Michael Grätzel, is being awarded the 2012 Albert Einstein World Award of Science by the World Cultural Council.

Suntech tops 2011 solar PV module rankings

Suntech Power was the largest supplier of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules by shipment volumes for the second consecutive year in 2011 as Chinese manufacturers tightened their grip on the market, according IMS Research.

REEEP funds clean energy in rural Cambodia, Ethiopia and Tanzania

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) is funding three projects to widen clean energy access in rural Cambodia, Ethiopia and Tanzania.

Antaris' solar PV panels sees heat resistance confirmed Antaris' solar PV panels sees heat resistance confirmed

In a temperature benchmark, the Photovoltaics Institut Berlin (PI) has found that Antaris Solar's solar photovoltaic (PV) panels keep their performance at high temperatures.

Sputnik Engineering adds three devices to its SolarMax solar PV inverter series

Sputnik Engineering is adding three solar photovoltaic (PV) inverters in the 10-15 kW range for large-scale decentralised installations to its SolarMax series.

Odersun bags iF gold award for aesthetic solar PV

Odersun has won the iF gold award for its solar photovoltaic (PV) modules designed for building integrated PV (BIPV) architecture.

Ceres buys solar CIGS thin-film assets from Veeco

Ceres Technologies is expanding its position in the solar photovoltaic (PV) equipment manufacturing supply chain with the purchase of CIGS thin-film technology and product assets formerly operated by Veeco Instruments Inc.

New Energy Technologies and NREL produce large organic solar PV device

New Energy Technologies Inc and scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have produced what they call the “largest-area” organic photovoltaic (OPV) solar module ever produced at NREL.

Sharp Electronics Europe also awarded Top Brand PV seal

Along with Q-Cells and Suntech, Sharp Electronics (Europe) GmbH has been awarded the seal Top Brand PV by EuPD Research.

Nanosolar secures US$20m for expansion

Nanosolar, which specialises in solar thin-film printing, has secured US$20 million to fund continued expansion as well as newly committed projects.

First Chinese award of TOP BRAND PV label

Suntech is the first solar photovoltaic (PV) module producer from China to be awarded the TOP BRAND PV label by EuPD Research.

Trina Solar's modules fulfil Italian feed-in tariff requirements

Trina Solar Ltd's multicrystalline solar photovoltaic (PV) modules manufactured with European-sourced silicon wafers have been certified by the Italian institute ICIM and fulfil GSE requirements for a 10% feed-in tariff premium in Italy.

Q-Cells awarded TOP BRAND PV by EuPD Research

Q-Cells has been awarded the TOP BRAND PV label in three European countries by EuPD Research.

REC sells €50m worth of solar plant equipment

As part of its solar manufacturing capacity cuts, REC is selling off €50 million worth of solar plant equipment.

US DoE adds US$12m to SunShot programme for solar innovations

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced over US$12 million to speed solar energy innovation from laboratories to the marketplace through the Department of Energy's (DoE) SunShot Incubator programme.

Lithium batteries could enhance solar energy

A joint research project between the University of Southampton and lithium battery technology company REAPsystems has found that a new type of lithium battery has the potential to improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of solar power.

EDF eyes up Photowatt

Electricité de France (EDF) has confirmed its interest in buying bankrupt solar company Photowatt.

Aries and Tianwei partner on solar PV EPC services

Aries Ingeniería y Sistemas and Tianwei Solution are forming a partnership to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for solar photovoltaic (PV) power projects worldwide.

Expiry of US Treasury Grant challenges solar PV market

The expiry of the Treasury Grant Program at the turn of the year, which has been one of the main drivers of solar photovoltaic (PV) market growth within the previous two years, is posing an added challenge for the industry.

Tata Power builds 25 MW solar project in India

Tata Power has secured financing for a 25 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power project at Mithapur, in the western state of Gujarat, India

20 GW of solar PV manufacturing equipment to be updated by 2016

There could be a 20 GW opportunity for the upgrade or replacement of existing solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing equipment by 2016 despite a bleak solar PV market outlook in 2012, according to IMS Research.

Bosch postpones Malaysian solar facility

Bosch Solar is postponing the construction of a €520 million solar production facility in Malaysia, according to media reports.

REC crashes into NOK10bn loss in 2011

REC Group has tumbled down from a profit of NOK989 million in 2010, to a loss of over NOK10 billion in 2011 due to a “weak solar market” and “aggressive polysilicon pricing”.

3TIER opens EMEA office

Solar and wind energy assessment and forecasting company 3TIER is opening an EMEA office in the UK in response to increasing demand in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

India saw US$10.3bn of clean energy investment in 2011

India saw clean energy investments reach US$10.3 billion in 2011, 52% higher than 2010, and accounting for 4% of global clean energy investment, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Semprius achieves 33.9% solar CPV module efficiency

Semprius Inc has reached an efficiency of 33.9% with one of its concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) solar modules.

Fronius sets up solar inverter subsidiary in China

Fronius plans to establish a solar photovoltaic (PV) inverter subsidiary in Shanghai, China, to tap into one of the fastest growing solar PV markets in the world.

US Department of Commerce finds massive surge in Chinese solar imports

The US Department of Commerce has found a large surge in Chinese solar imports, which could trigger 90-day retroactivity if it finds duties are warranted.

SolarBridge and Solartec introduce AC solar PV to Mexico

SolarBridge Technologies and Solartec Energia Renovable will introduce AC solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to Mexico.

SunPower closes Tenesol acquisition

SunPower Corp has completed the acquisition of Total SA's subsidiary Tenesol SA for US$165.4 million in cash.

Solar PV surge at the end of 2011 Solar PV surge at the end of 2011

The last quarter of 2011 saw a 23% rise in the European solar photovoltaic (PV) market, creating short-term optimism in the industry, according to NPD Solarbuzz.

Yingli to supply 180 MW of solar PV modules to IBC in 2012

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Ltd will supply 180 MW of multicrystalline and monocrystalline solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to IBC SOLAR AG in 2012.