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PID-related performance drop in a solar farm

Solar cells that show up as dark spots on an electroluminescence image can be an indication of potential-induced degradation.

Black Sheep campaign: Some PV panels or batches of modules are susceptible to potential induced degradation (PID), while others are scarcely affected. Currently, many PV farm operators are experiencing this reality. The third...


Sika appoints new chief technology officer

Thomas Hasler, Sika

Swiss specialty chemicals company Sika has tapped Thomas Hasler as its new chief technology officer and member of the group's management, effective Jan. 1.


Intersolar South America preview

Sao Paulo.

With a predicted 13 GW of capacity by 2017, the lure of South America for PV companies should ensure a positive turnout at the first Intersolar South America trade show. Brazilian and German exhibitors dominate at the Sao Paulo...


EUR 22 million remains in grants for German household storage

PV battery storage.

Only around EUR 3.3 million of the EUR 25 million made available by the German government to subsidize household PV storage systems has been claimed. With a further EUR 25 million expected for 2014, householders have been urged...


Electric vehicle charger maker faces lawsuits

Ecotality charger

San Fran-based Ecotality is facing a class action lawsuit that alleges the EV charging technology company failed to disclose a string of problems, including the fact its chargers were overheating and melting during use.


First Solar and Belectric announce JV

A Belectric solar park.

The U.S. thin film giant will supply the modules and Belectric the Balance of Systems for the proposed joint venture. PV Projects will aim to develop schemes in Europe and North America as well as smaller projects in the U.S.


North Carolina researchers improve stacked solar cell connections

Solar panels

The breakthrough will allow solar cell manufacturers to create stacked solar cells that can handle high-intensity solar energies without losing voltage at the connecting junctions, potentially improving conversion efficiency.


Investment group plans £200 million UK solar investment

A U.K. solar farm.

The Foresight Solar Fund would finance eight U.K. ground mount plants with the profits from a planned London IPO. A partner for the fund says solar offers a more attractive investment in the UK than wind.


UK firm to develop 600 MW Zimbabwean plants

Harare.

The Thompson Cole Consortium will reportedly develop eight farms in rural locations across Zimbabwe. The chairman of local developer Twalumba Holdings says he is eager to work with the relevant departments of Robert Mugabe's...


Brazilian PV developers pitch for 2.7 GW

Rio de Janeiro.

The first federal energy auction to feature solar in Brazil has prompted applications for 2.7 GW of projects. Some 1.75 GW of the applications are for projects in Bahia state.


Plans for 12 Russian PV plants still at negotiation stage

The Urals.

An Avelar Energy representative told pv magazine, plans for PV plants in three Russian regions are still at the planning stage. An Interfax report says the plants will total 120 MW of solar.


Diehl Controls cuts 50 jobs

Photovoltaic manufacturer Diehl Controls plans to let go of 50 employees in its production facility in Wangen, Germany. The works council and trade union have already agreed upon a severance package for the employees.


Solar Frontier trumpets module performance in MENA installation

A solar carpark installation.

Japanese thin film producers and PV developer Solar Frontier is trumpeting the performance of its modules in hot climates, having released production data from its 10.5 MW Al-Midra Tower solar car park installation.


Wirsol and Greenpower Capital acquire 22 MW Japan plant

Wirsol and Japanese guy shake hands. The Japanese guy is much shorter than the German.

Gremany's Wirsol Solar and Greenpower Capital, through their Japanese JV, have announced today the acquisition of a 22 MW utility scale PV installation in Japan. The project was initially developed by Japan's Chikyu Factory...


India: Propects looking bleak for cell manufacturers

Indian crystalline silicon PV cell manufacturers saw their manufacturing capacity fall to a five-year low this year. Majority of the production tools are now idle.


Poland: Energy policy U-turn

End of spring, an informal working group started meeting regularly at the Polish Prime Minister's Office to analyse the energy market situation and the promotion of renewable energy sources. The outcome: FITs in Poland and a...


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