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Lithium batteries leading electrochemical energy storage technologies

Lithium-Ion Battery for BMW i3 electric car

A new study by the Technical University of Munich indicates Asian developers are leading the way when it comes to energy storage systems and far outpacing U.S. and European rivals.


16. February 2011 | | Comment now

SiC Processing: Capital injection for Asian expansion

SiC Processing HQ building in Germany

Germany-based SiC Processing GmbH, a leading slurry recycler from wafer production, aims to expand in Asia. This will be financed through the proceeds of a €100 million corporate bond, issued today. R&D and capacity expansion are...


Scatec to build 6 MW Italian PV plant



Valle del Panaro, Italy

Scatec Solar is to build a six megawatt (MW) PV plant in Italy’s Emilia Romagna region.


Israel: 6.7 MWp PV system to be installed

Chalcolithic copper mine, Timna Valley, Israel

Soltec Renewable Energies and Shikun & Binui Solaria have said they will install a 7.5 megawatt peak (MWp) PV system in Israel. When completed, it will reportedly be one of the country’s largest.


7.4 MW PV portfolio sold in Czech Republic

Parabel PV park in Czech Republic

Despite the country's recent troubles, Austrian company Green Source GmbH and Berlin-based Parabel GmbH have sold a 7.4 megawatt (MW) PV park portfolio in the Czech Republic. It is said to be the sixth largest.


India revises benchmark PV costs

India's 120 kW PV array, Sagar Island, Bay of Bengal

The Indian Government has revised its benchmark costs for PV systems, effective from April 1, 2011.


900 MW Japanese thin film plant begins production

Solar Frontier's 900 MW thin film CIS Kunitomi factory in Japan

Solar Frontier has started commercial production at its new USD$1 billion Japanese CIS thin film solar module production plant. Full capacity is expected to be approached this summer.


Ontario: OPA alters FIT application laws

PV rooftop installation on house in Ontario, Canada

Under a new amendment, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) will no longer issue microFIT or FIT capacity allocation exempt (CAE) contracts for smaller PV projects, until it has been confirmed that there is available grid space.


Ontario: Siliken sets up PV module plant

Siliken HQ building

Siliken is on track to open a 50 megawatt (MW) PV module production plant in Ontario, Canada. The company is expecting delivery of the first production line at the end of this month.


ABB to supply PV plants worth 39 MW to Italy

Satellite image of Italy

Power and automation technology group ABB is to supply three PV power plants to Italy, following orders worth $33 million from Emmeesseenne.


14. February 2011 | | Comment now

China Sunergy and GCL-Poly sign 4,400 MW wafer agreement

GCL-Poly wafer manufacturing facilities

China Sunergy Co., Ltd. has entered into a 4,400 megawatt (MW) long-term wafer supply agreement with GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited.


Phoenix Solar to build PV park for Saudi oil company

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Phoenix Solar has been commissioned to build a 3.5 megawatt (MW) PV park for the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco). When complete, it will reportedly be Saudi Arabia's largest PV installation.


EPIA tells UK Government to "act carefully"

London bridge

Following the UK's announcement that it will bring its FIT review forward by one year, representatives from EPIA gathered in London to urge the Government to "act very carefully".


14. February 2011 | | Comment now

2011 PV prices continue to fall

Graoph showing polysilicon prices and supplier gross margins

New research reveals polysilicon, wafer, cell and module prices will continue to decline, with smaller companies expected to suffer the biggest price drop. However, the PV polysilicon market is forecast to grow nearly 20 percent...


France still struggling with PV incentives

French flag

The moratorium for PV plants in France will remain in force until March 8, after which a new regulation will be published. Charpin and Trink, political advisors charged with the task, are due to provide their report to the French...


Schott raises its revenues; focuses on cost reduction

Udo Ungeheuer, chairman of the management board of Schott

Schott AG has raised its sales revenues by 26 percent to €2.85 billion in fiscal 2009/2010. Having performed particularly well, the company’s solar subsidiary is looking to strengthen its global activities.


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