Photovoltaics (PV) News for May 2012

Photovoltaics (PV) News Archive

World’s largest CIS thin-film solar power plant now online

Solar Frontier and Belectric have recently announced the completion of the world’s largest CIS thin-film solar power plant in Germany - now connected to the grid and fully operational.

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Honeywell launches protective laminate film for solar PV

Honeywell has launched a protective back-film which it claims will protect solar panels from harsh environmental conditions while maintaining its power output over a period of 25 years.

New study dismisses "myths" concerning competitiveness of solar power

A new research paper released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance claims that common perceptions advocating a lack of competitiveness of solar power are misleading and redundant.

eSolar and Sanmin-SCI form new partnership

The two companies have joined forces in order to combine their expertise in solar thermal, component design and manufacturing for utility scale solar.

World’s "largest solar park" to be created in Serbia

Representatives of the Serbian Government and Securum Equity Partners Europe have signed a memorandum regarding construction of what is claimed to be the largest solar park the world has seen so far.

PV markets face short term challenges, says new EPIA report

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) has released a comprehensive report assessing the state of PV markets in Europe and around the world which identifies Germany and Italy as the top markets for solar.

Italian solar tracking power plant now online

Convert Italia and Solaria Corporation have just completed the world’s largest low concentrating PV solar power plant which is now online and generating energy.

Global Solar Council formed

Representatives of international solar photovoltaic (PV) companies have formed the Global Solar Council – a CEO-level industry coalition to “expand the global deployment of solar energy in a sustainable and cost-competitive way”.

First Solar hit by lower prices and restructuring cost – new CEO

First Solar fell into loss of US$ 449.4 million in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012, compared with a net profit of US$116m in the same period last year, as the company was hit by low prices for solar and restructuring costs.

HCPV solar among top emerging technologies

Semprius Inc's high concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) solar modules have been named among MIT Technology Review's top 10 emerging technologies for 2012.

3D solar cell prototype underway in California

Solar3D Inc is currently producing a proof-of-concept prototype of its 3-dimensional (3D) solar photovoltaic (PV) cell technology at the University of California, Santa Barbara's Nanofabrication Facility.

Duke Energy buys Arizona solar farm from SOLON

Duke Energy Renewables has acquired the 10 MW Black Mountain Solar Project near Kingman, Arizona, USA, from SOLON Corporation for an undisclosed sum.

LDK Solar sales tumble on tough solar market

LDK Solar saw net sales more than halved to US$420.2 million in the fourth quarter (Q4) of fiscal 2011, compared with the same period the year before.