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ZSW sets European CIGS efficiency record of 22%

ZSW's 22% conversion efficiency for a CIGS cell is the highest yet acheived in Europe, and just 0.3% off the world record set by Japan's Solar Frontier.

The German research center raises the conversion efficiency of thin-film CIGS solar cells to 22% in optimized laboratory conditions; Japan's Solar Frontier remains frontrunner worldwide with 22.3% efficiency.


Renesola aims for Japanese expansion

PV Expo Japan 2011.

CEO of Chinese manufacturer says Japan will become company's third biggest market after U.S. and Europe as he announces deal to supply up to 32 MW of modules to Japanese client.


Intersolar North America: positive responses from exhibitors

Fanuc LR Mate assembly robot at Intersolar North America 2013

The second day of the Intersolar North America trade show in San Francisco wound down on Wednesday with upbeat assessments from exhibitors as the event continued its focus on new technologies, products and funding opportunities.


Schmid delivers first TinPad systems

PV equipment manufacturer Schmid Group has delivered the first TinPad systems for mass production and has also successfully attained module certification for cells with tin rear contacts. The system has been delivered to central...


First A credit rating for an Indian solar plant

Astonfield solar park in Gujarat.

Rajasthan project receives A rating by CRISIL, a division of S&P's McGraw Hill Corp.


US: 10 GW PV capacity reached

The solar photovoltaic capacity in the U.S. has now reached the 10 GW milestone. More than 1.8 GW of new solar PV capacity was installed in the first half of this year.


Canadian Solar and Strata add 18 MW in North Carolina

Canadian Solar panels.

Canadian Solar and Strata have finished four projects totaling 24.4 MW that are part of a 15-project, 85 MW portfolio in the state. The latest installations will use more than 60,000 Canadian Solar panels.


Dii refutes Desertec claims

Desertec Foundation map.

Dii comms chief claims Desertec Foundation's complaint about poor communications is ironic. Spokesman claims his organization read of the foundation's decision to part company with the consortium via Frankfurter Allgemeine...


Solar Impulse lands in New York

The Solar Impulse has completed its "Across America" mission and landed in New York's JFK airport on Saturday, July, 6 at 11:09 EDT. Despite a tear in the fabric of the left wing the pilots managed to land the plane.


Lower revenue for Aleo Solar in the first half of 2013

Module manufacturer Aleo Solar AG has reported that it expects a plunge in revenue. The profound decline in demand in Europe and the price erosion have been quoted as reasons.


Indonesia: Auctions to award solar projects

Indonesia has decided to embark on using the auction system to award solar power projects. 172.5 MW of capacity are in the pipelines to be auctioned.


EU trade case: Short-term compromise becomes evident

The tendency is mounting towards a possible short-term agreement in the ongoing trade dispute between the EU and China. According to the EU trade commissioner Karel de Gucht's spokesperson, the EU is doing everything in its power...


Romania installs 175.5 MW of new PV in six months

Electricity power lines in Romania.

Romania reaches 203.5 MW of installed PV capacity of which 175.5 MW has been electrified in the first half of 2013. Country's PV pipeline amounts to 2.7 GW in coming years.


Chile's energy and mining ministers inaugurate 2.3 MW plant

Arica y Parinacota.

Solar park in the northern Chilean region of Arica y Parinacota will provide energy to mining company Quiborax. New PV plant inaugurated yesterday by government ministers is the country's largest to date.


Juwi commissions solar plants in France and Japan

Juwi installs 10.5 MW plant in southern France. Company claims the development was nothing to do with the government call-for-tender system, launched in 2011.


Conergy files for insolvency

German solutions provider Conergy filed for insolvency on Friday at the Hamburg District Court. Subsidiaries Mountain Systems and Conergy SolarModule also opened insolvency proceedings. Conergy's management board expects German...


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