Photovoltaics (PV) News for October 2012

Photovoltaics (PV) News Archive

Kyocera supplies solar power systems to Tajikistan

Teaming up with Marubeni Corporation and Marubeni Protechs Corporation, the company supplied 160kW of solar power systems to medical facilities in Tajikistan.

Oxford University PV breakthrough offers lowest cost solar energy

Oxford researchers have developed a photovoltaic (PV) technology that has the potential to deliver low cost, efficient solar cells that can be readily incorporated into glass building facades.

Blog: Renewable energy at home - the 6 key steps to getting it right you need to know

As energy demand rises and consumer electricity bills increase, more and more attention is turning to renewables.

Ingeteam develops inverter to manage energy storage at solar PV power plants

The Ingecon EMS Plants, a new inverter concept for batteries, has been designed for large-scale solar PV plants and successfully tested at Acciona in Tudela (Navarre - Spain).

First TÜV-certified smart solar PV module to cut balance-of-system costs now available

In recent months, the race has been on within the solar PV industry to determine which "smart module" - incorporating performance-enhancing capabilities of onboard power electronics - will be the first to achieve certification across Europe and the US.

Germany: Thuringia celebrates its largest solar park in Ronneburg Germany: Thuringia celebrates its largest solar park in Ronneburg

The solar power plant, developed by juwi Solar, has an installed capacity of almost 20MW and will produce enough electricity to supply 5600 households.

Japan Railway Group chooses Siliken as its solar PV supplier

Siliken will provide its solar modules to Kyushu Railway, one of the new companies within the Japan Railway Group.

Around 900 job losses as SunPower trims back Philippines solar cell manufacturing operations

As part of the restructuring plan, the company is temporarily shutting down half of its Fab 2 cell manufacturing plant and 20% of panel manufacturing in the Philippines to "significantly reduce inventory, lower operational costs and improve efficiency".

Epuron acquires Australia's largest tracking solar power plant from SunPower

Australia’s Commonwealth Bank finances the purchase and becomes the country’s first financial institution to invest in large-scale solar.

Honeywell launches new film to protect solar panels against excess heat

The company has announced the launch of a new black laminate film designed to help make black solar panels cooler and more efficient.

Solar switch on for London's Kings Cross railway station

One of the UK’s largest and most complex building-integrated solar PV systems has just gone live.

Editor's Blog: A startling fact for you...

For the decade 2002 to 2011 there were some 4130 natural disasters globally, resulting in more than a million deaths and an economic loss of at least $1.195 trillion.

SCHMID announces efficiency record of 20.74% for PERC cells manufacturing

The efficiency rating was confirmed independently by ISE CalLab.

DAS Environmental Expert addresses waste streams to optimise PV process

The company presented its new technologies for water gas abatement at this year’s EU PVSEC conference in Frankfurt.

Fluor awarded 170MW design, build, operate and contract

Centinela Solar Energy LLC selected Fluor to work on its solar PV facility in California.