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Finnish scientists claim leaf-like polymer coating can deliver 17% solar cell output increase

By applying this leaf-like structure to solar cells, reflection is reduced, thereby increasing energy output.

Physicists at the University of Oulu have developed a nano surface that mimics the structure of plant leaves and can, they claim, increase the output of solar cells by 17%.

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Solar needs a lie down this week. We all do.

Trump up the volume: there was no escaping The Donald this week as the U.S. presidential election rocked the world, and with it, the solar sector. Other stuff happened too. Promise.

Australia to ratify Paris climate agreement, but has much work to do

Malcolm Turnbull.

"When Australia makes a commitment to a global agreement, we follow through and that is exactly what we are doing," said Malcolm Turnbull after government announced plan to ratify Paris Agreement by end of year.

Chile: Acciona inaugurates the 246 MW El Romero Solar plant

The 246 MW solar PV plant is the largest in Latin America and was brought online by Acciona ahead of schedule.

The largest PV plant in Latin America began commercial operation last week after a 13-month construction period.

Etrion financial improvement continues in Q3

Project Salvador.

The Swiss power producer ups revenues and EBITDA year-over-year for Q3, one time impairment expense of $75.7 million on Chileasn solar write-down sees net loss soar, however.

Oxford PV to open perovskite fab in Germany

Henry Snaith, Oxford PV.

British solar technology pioneer acquires former thin-film production site of Bosch Solar in Brandenburg an der Havel, and will equip fab with pilot-scale capacity for perovskite wafers.

Sunrun sprinting to 2016 finish line on strong Q3 results

Sunrun van.

Third party U.S. residential PV provider raises its outlook for the year after posting solid revenue and deployment figures in its third quarter financials.

SunPower results improve during Q3

SunPower reported impressive operational results, but continued losses and warned of impacts over the next few quarters as it copes with intense module price pressures.

SolarCity again uneven in Q3 as loans and system sales make their mark

SolarCity residential installation.

Representing 23% of gross residential megawatts booked in the third quarter, SolarCity loan and cash sales helped drive a 76% revenue increase year-over-year as company exceeds 300,000 solar customers.

SolarEdge returns to revenue growth in Q1 FY 2017

SolarEdge's Q1 FY 2017 financial results are largely strong across the board.

The Israeli power electronics company posts revenue for the quarter ended September 30 of $128.5 million, which is both a sequential and year-on-year growth, while operating income reaches $18.2 million.

SMA earnings to Q3 grow strongly despite global inverter price pressures

"To tap into foreign markets, Chinese competitors, who are fighting for survival, are trying to offset the disadvantages in the functionality and quality of their products, and the lack of service infrastructure with an aggressive pricing policy" - Urbon

The German solar inverter specialist reports 3.2% year-on-year sales increase to the end of Q3, while operating earnings increase considerably against same period last year. CEO warns of unknowns of Trump presidency, and rails...

Interview: Coveme CEO talks backsheets and Indian market opportunities

Coveme CEO Gian Paolo Fedrigo.

Gian Paolo Fedrigo, CEO of Italian backsheet specialist Coveme, discusses the company's R&D strategy, product innovation, and plans for the growing Indian market.

Fraunhofer ISE achieves 30.2% efficiency for silicon multi-junction solar cell

Wafer-bonded III-V / Si multi-junction solar cell with 30.2 percent efficiency.

Germany's Fraunhofer ISE has collaborated with Austrian company EV Group to achieve the record-breaking efficiency for silicon-based multi-junction solar cells.

UK: solar still being blocked in next CFD auction

Solar installation in England.

The second Contracts for Difference auction for renewables has been announced for April 2017, chief focus of GBP 290 million funding pot to be less established technologies as solar once more misses out.

US election: solar, renewable and climate advocates cool on Trump win

Trump and Pence at a rally in Pennslyvania.

While those within the U.S. are understandably nervy after Trump's victory, global observers have taken a more sanguine view on the potential impact of his Presidency on solar markets.

India: SECI tender set to drive solar tariffs to record low of 6 US cents/kWh

Solar array.

The latest 750 MW solar tender by the Solar Corporation of India (SECI) is likely to see tariffs dip below INR 4/kWh for the first time ever, with desire growing to see further fall in rates.

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