Photovoltaics (PV) News for May 2013

Photovoltaics (PV) News Archive

Ernst & Young: Energy Bill slow progress hinders UK's investment potential

The UK is missing out on a unique opportunity to become the market of choice for investment in renewables in Europe as political infighting delays the Energy Bill becoming a reality, according to the tenth anniversary edition of the Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Indices (RECAI), released by Ernst & Young this week.

ABB to produce solar PV inverters in South Africa

ABB plans to start production of central inverters in South Africa to support the rapidly growing local photovoltaic market and local content requirements. The company said it plans to open the new inverter production line at its existing facilities in Johannesburg in 2014.

Bisol Group invests €2mn in PV module production automatisation Bisol Group invests €2mn in PV module production automatisation

The Group used its own funds for the extensive investments into further automatisation of its photovoltaic (PV) module production environment.

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Martifer Solar to build Latin America's largest PV plant in Mexico

The Aura Solar I project will quadruple the total PV capacity installed in Mexico.

Segen to supply Renusol solar mounting systems to the UK

Segen said it has launched a new partnership with Renusol, a manufacturer of solar mounting systems for domestic and commercial arrays.

Frauenhofer ISE and Soitec develop multi-junction solar cells

In an ambitious industry project with the French company Soitec, Fraunhofer ISE is currently developing a new generation of multi-junction solar cells it says have a efficiency potential as high as 50% under concentrated sunlight.

Japanese rooftop PV-system to provide clean energy for 300 households

Joint venture juwi Shizen Energy has connected its first rooftop PV-system to the grid in Japan.

Intersolar Europe 2013: TÜV Rheinland expands quality programme for solar investors Intersolar Europe 2013: TÜV Rheinland expands quality programme for solar investors

The provider of testing services for the solar industry, TÜV Rheinland, will be at Intersolar 2013 presenting new, practical testing services for investors, project developers, and installers of photovoltaic (PV) systems.

Hager launches surge protection devices

Hager has launched type 1 + 2 surge protection devices (SPDs) that are designed to optimise arc extinction for both direct lightning strikes and for type 2 8/20 waveforms.

London has lowest solar panel uptake in UK

According to an analysis by environment & engineering consultancy WSP, London has ranked lowest in the UK for uptake of solar panels.

JCM Capital seeks partners for utility-scale solar PV project development in Japan

JCM Capital (JCM) has set up a company in Japan to invest in utility-scale ground based solar photovoltaic (PV) projects.

Aid project in Liberia: Trina Solar donates solar panels to provide school with electricity

Trina Solar is providing solar panels to support a joint aid project in Liberia carried out by the charities Project for Liberia and Engineers Without Borders.

Upsolar completes 1.5MW PV project in Greece

Upsolar has announced the completion of a 1.5MW solar electric system in Kozani, capital of the West Macedonia region in Greece. It marks the first installation in the region completed by Upsolar’s Project Development Department.

Canadian Solar donates PV modules to power OrcaLab Whale Research Centre

Solar power company Canadian Solar has announced that its subsidiary Canadian Solar Solutions has donated solar modules to help power the off-grid, world-renowned OrcaLab Whale Research Centre (OrcaLab) on a remote island off the British Columbia coast.

See-through cells have improved efficiency

New Energy Technologies has developed a range of see-through solar cells for generating electricity on glass windows that have faster fabrication time, improved transparency, and increased power conversion efficiency.

SwissINSO launches coloured glass for solar panels

SwissINSO Holding Inc has developed Kromatix, coloured glass designed to improve the aesthetics and overall effectiveness of integrated solar energy panels.

Proinso supplies 5MW to PV solar farm in India

PV solar materials supplier Proinso has supplied 5MW to the first PV solar farm on the grid on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a Union Territory off the coast of Southern India.

PV modules used for Vermont community

PV specialist ReneSola Ltd has provided solar modules to be used in three community-scale solar power projects in Vermont.

South Korean researchers bring polymer solar cells closer to commercialisation

Researchers have demonstrated high-performance polymer solar cells (PSCs) with a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 8.92% - the highest values reported to date for plasmonic PSCs using metal nanoparticles (NPs).

Iberdrola completes the geotechnical study for 400MW German offshore wind farm; lands South Africa solar PV project deal

Spanish energy company Iberdrola has completed a geotechnical feasibility study for its Wikinger offshore wind project in German – a key milestone in the ongoing certification and planning process.