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EU PVSEC: Doors close on price war

Businessmen walking into the EU PVSEC.

Cold winds off the harbor blew hard as the 26th EU PVSEC closes in Hamburg. Visitor numbers were stagnant and many reported slow business and observed massively slashed module prices.


EU PVSEC business forum discusses partnerships, mergers and subsidies

Crowd shot, 26th EU PVSEC

For the first time, photovoltaic industry leaders have come together at a EU PVSEC conference to discuss future business models.


PV Legal releases recommendations for bureaucratic reduction

Hamburg Messe hall from outside with people walking in and out

PV Legal's guidelines for the reduction of bureaucratic barriers and administrative costs in terms of photovoltaic deployment have been released at the 26th EU PVSEC conference, currently underway in Hamburg, Germany.


Avancis hits 15.8 percent thin film efficiency

Photovoltaic company Avancis screenshot

Presenting its findings at the 26th EU PVSEC, Avancis says it has reached a thin film photovoltaic module efficiency of 15.8 percent.


Day4 Energy and R&R achieve 19.3 percent module efficiency

Si-HJT cell structure

Following Roth & Rau’s announcement yesterday that it achieved 20 percent wafer efficiency, it has now been publicized that it, along with Day4 Energy Inc., has produced a 19.3 percent efficient photovoltaic module.


Brazil garnering EU PVSEC’s attention

Electricity lines in Brazil

At the 26th EU PVSEC, among the leading photovoltaic technology developers, quieter Halls A and C, and some questionable marketing campaigns (more to come on those later), was one country garnering attention, without even being...


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Freiburg physicist named Junior Einstein

SolarWorld's Frank Asbeck

Thirty-year-old Paul Gundel, who has developed new microscopic measuring methods for the characterization of silicon and solar cells, has been presented with the SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award.


Roth & Rau racks up 20 percent efficiency

A mechanised Roth and Rau piece of kit.

German crystalline photovoltaic technology and equipment supplier Roth & Rau has achieved 20 percent efficiency with its 156mm industrial monocrystalline silicon wafers.


EU PVSEC: Einstein winner takes political stance

Frank Asbeck in animated discussion.

Accepting his award from SolarWorld’s Frank Asbeck at last night’s Einstein Award ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, Bertrand Piccard compared the fight for integrating clean tech into mainstream energy usage with that of persuading...


26th EU PVSEC: What will happen next?

A picture taken from a height of the big screens and stages at the EUPVSEC conference.

Accelerated consolidation and increased competition among photovoltaic producers are two key themes set to characterize 2012’s solar industry. Meanwhile, the "easy phase" of making money is said to be over.


EU PVSEC: Details emerge for proposed 10 GW "Project Helios"

A Conergy photovoltaic plant in Greece.

With plenty of sun and not much liquidity, Greece has been forced to be creative as to how to get its economy going and create jobs. One plan to do so has become clear at the European photovoltaic conference in Hamburg today, in...


05. September 2011 | | Comment now

TÜV Rheinland's new test facilities

TÜV Rheinland will be presenting its new test facilities and the results of current developments for test procedures.


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Solutronic presents mini solar power plant

Solutronic AG will be introducing at the 26th EU PVSEC in Hamburg its new SOL-Energymanager, a mini solar power plant that combines a photovoltaic inverter, battery inverter, energy management system and Li-ion battery, and...


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Solutronic introduces SOLPLUS+

Solutronic AG’s SOLPLUS+ will be presented at the 26th EU PVSEC, Stand B7/C26.


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Kaco’s Powador PV-pilot

Kaco’s new completely redesigned successor of Kacocalc Pro is the Powador PV-pilot.


05. September 2011 | | Comment now

DDS presents PV systems planning solutions

Data Design Systems offers a comprehensive solution for PV systems planning, the DDS-CAD PV.


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