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26th EU PVSEC conference chairman confirmed

Dr. Heinz Ossenbrink

Heinz Ossenbrink of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has been named as next year’s European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (EU PVSEC) chairman.


13. September 2010 | | Comment now

EU PVSEC: PV developing in right direction

Visitors walking into the 25th EU PVSEC in Valencia, Spain

The 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition / 5th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (25th EU PVSEC / WCPEC-5) closed its doors last Friday after five days in Valencia, Spain.


Exclusive: Eurener to enter Chile; PV-powered bus stop could hit market next year

Atacama desert, Chile, South America

Spain-based photovoltaics (PV) module maker, Eurener has told pv magazine it is working with the Chilean government and University of Atacama to develop a PV installation in the Atacama desert. Although still in the planning...


08. September 2010 | | Comment now

EU PVSEC: Day 3 takes off as Germany ups the promotion ante

Crowd shot at 2010 EU PVSEC in Valencia

The third day of the 25th EU PVSEC has really seen things taking off. The crowds thickened, the buzz got louder and the jackets were shrugged off to expose a more relaxed, Spanish-inspired side of business.


imec reports large-area silicon solar cells with high efficiency

imec’s Cu-plated large-area silicon solar cell with 19.4 percent efficiency

imec has announced it will present several large-area silicon solar cells with a conversion efficiency above 19 percent at this year’s EU PVSEC, currently being held in Valencia, Spain.


“Record breaking”: Oerlikon Solar drives down thin film production costs to €0.50; reports highest lab cell efficiency

Inside Oerlikon Solar's factory

Swiss company, Oerlikon Solar, has launched a new production line 'ThinFab' for the manufacturing of thin film silicon modules at the EU PVSEC, which is says will achieve "record breaking" production costs of €0.50 per Watt peak...


EPIA launches European Photovoltaic Observatory

Ingmar Wilhelm

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) has launched a European Photovoltaic Observatory at this year’s EU PVSEC, designed to identify “beneficial conditions” for market development and best practices for...


EU PVSEC is focussed on the future

Photo from outside the Feria Valencia fairground in Valencia, Spain

Having opened its doors to the public yesterday in Valencia, Spain, it seems the 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition / 5th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (25th EU PVSEC / WCPEC-5)...


World’s first flexible CIGS modules receive UL certification

Solopower CIGS modules on a rooftop

In what has been described as a “watershed breakthrough” for the photovoltaics (PV) industry, U.S.-based SoloPower has said its flexible copper indium gallium (di) selenide (CIGS) modules are the first of their kind to receive...


Sputnik Engineering to enter UK PV market

Sputnik Engineering AG solar inverter

Switzerland-based Sputnik Engineering AG has announced it will be supplying the U.K. photovoltaics (PV) market with its solar inverters, starting from the fourth quarter of this year.


EU PVSEC opening day: Can PV take the energy throne?

EU PVSEC Valencia building in Spain

The excitement level at this year’s EU PVSEC is slowly picking up. Visions are going beyond the magical year 2020 and stretching to 2050. Speaking to a full hall at the opening conference of the trade show, which opened today in...


06. September 2010 | | Comment now

High-tech adhesives

Henkel is to present its new hotmelt adhesive the Terostat MS 500 for framing crystalline solar modules at the EU PVSEC. The patented adhesive technology based on modified silane polymers has a high initial bond strength directly...


06. September 2010 | | Comment now

Drying and firing

Rehm Thermal Systems has a new series of drying and firing systems for solar cell metallization. The Solardryer RDS 2100 and RDS 3000 are drying processes of a combination of five IR zones and one central convection zone.


06. September 2010 | | Comment now

A universal composition

The PIA Nova is Von Ardenne’s universal composition, a machinery platform for sputtering contact and precursor layers for solar cells.


06. September 2010 | | Comment now

Flexibility in production

The new metallization line by Dek Solar, the Eclipse platform, is said to be very flexible according to the company.


06. September 2010 | | Comment now

Gripping without contact

Zimmermann and Schilp has introduced a non-contact gripper that is based on ultrasonic sound for module glass substrates. In order to create a safe transport system, the system maintains the balance between the attracting and...


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