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MIT, Stanford team achieve 1.65 V perovskite tandem cell

PV tandem cell.

Researchers have achieved an open voltage perovskite-cSi tandem cell with an open circuit (Voc) voltage of 1.65 V and a conversion efficiency of 13.7%. The team from MIT and Stanford report its work has identified key challenges...

JinkoSolar to build cell and module facility in Malaysia

A solar park from JinkoSolar

Chinese solar manufacturer JinkoSolar will add 500 MW of solar cell and 450 MW of module manufacturing capacity in Penang, Malaysia. Jinko has signed a lease for factory space and will invest US$100 million in new tooling.

DNV GL finds energy executives positive for high-penetration RE future

Solar-powered smart grid.

Survey results suggest 82% of energy professionals believe world can be more than 70% renewable by 2050 provided future debate migrates from integration to whole-system assessments.

IHS: 75 GW annual PV market tipped for 2019

A PV power plant.

Analyst group IHS predicts that 11 national solar markets will grow to more than 1 GW p.a. of solar demand by 2019, resulting in a more stable market of more than 75 GW p.a. IHS predicts total installed capacity to reach 500 GW...

Interview: ET Solar to expand Europe operations despite MIP ruling

Patrick Guo, ET Solar.

Chinese solar company undeterred by European Commission's findings that it had breached the terms of the minimum import price agreement, says ET Solar VP for operation and sales, Patrick Guo.

California Energy Commission awards Bosch-led team $2.8 million for micro-grid demonstration

Bosch site, Farmington Hills, Michigan

The funds will assist the demonstration and deployment of Bosch's direct-current building-scale micro-grid platform, which the company says will provide a more reliable and resilient power supply to critical loads.

Egypt: Philadelphia signs 50 MW agreement

Philadelphia CEO Basim Saleh and NREA Chairman Mohamed Sobki sign an MoU on March 15, 2015, in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

The country appears to be on a major solar roll with yet another government-backed PV deal. Jordan's Philadelphia Solar is the latest firm to sign on for a large-scale project, but doubts are growing about the sustainability of...

Energy storage, PV-hybrid systems offer huge potential for off-grid mining sector

Rio Tinto Alcan bauxite mine, Australia

Declining module costs are making PV-hybrid systems increasingly appealing to off-grid mining operators eager to reduce fossil fuel costs, according to a new study by Apricum.

Israeli election matters for PV industry

Negev Desert, Israel

Tuesday's elections will lead to the formation of a new government that will decide whether Israel will meet the high expectations of becoming the region's real PV powerhouse or simply continue its favorable but not exactly...

Brazil sets second solar auction in 2015

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The South American nation is ramping up solar development with another solar auction scheduled for November.

China boosts 2015 solar target by 20%

The Chinese flag.

China's National Energy Administration has announced that it will boost its 2015 solar target to 17.8 GW. The NEA has cited the need to, "stabilize and expand the solar application market," as the reason for the move.

Egypt signs 3 GW solar deal with SkyPower, IGD

Cairo, Egypt

The project comes on the heels of the Egyptian government's announcement to build a new capital city for $45 billion. The Canadian solar giant describes the $5 billion investment for 3,000 MW of utility-scale solar PV projects as...

Congress debates distributed solar ahead of new legislation

A U.S. residential solar array.

United States senators on Tuesday received testimony from representatives of the electric power industry, energy regulators and national laboratories on the state of innovation related to the grid.

Chinese social media questions Jinko's fire prevention measures

JinkoSolar fire.

Users on Chinese micro blogging site Weibo have raised questions about JinkoSolar's fire prevention measures at its Jianxi fab. Informal reports indicate a tower that is a part of the Jinko facilities appears totally destroyed.

Australia: Rooftop solar subsidies appear safe, storage program launched

The Alkimos Beach development.

Signals from the Australian Federal Government appear to indicate that rooftop solar will remain free from subsidy cuts. Program to trial solar plus storage at new housing development announced.

Italy to switch off PV plants over 100 kW during solar eclipse

Solar eclipse from Japan

In Germany, the debate is still on as to how to deal with large PV systems during the solar eclipse on Friday. Italian transmission grid operator Terna has made the decision to switch off large-scale PV plants for an entire...

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