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First Solar sets new world record for thin film solar PV at 21%

The U.S. PV maker's new cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cell narrowly beats Solar Frontier's 20.9% record for copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) solar PV.

Cloudy skies over Intersolar Europe

Intersolar Europe crowd shot

With mixed feelings and under darkened skies, Intersolar Europe started today in Munich. For the first time the number of exhibitors fell by 16 percent, compared to the previous year. In terms of visitor numbers, Solar...

US: New CIGS PV roadmap announced

Richard Swanson SunPower

Three photovoltaic industry executives have been chosen to lead a new U.S. CIGS PV Roadmap. The aim is to create a national plan for the CIGS industry in order to boost its competitiveness.

US installs "record" amount of PV in Q1; to exceed 3.2 GW in 2012

US California solar photovoltaic installation

According to SEIA and GTM Research 506 MW of photovoltaics were installed in Q1 2012. This, they say, represents "more than any other first quarter on record." Overall, it is predicted that 3.2 GW will be installed throughout the...

China module manufacturer tops SVTC solar scorecard

Trina Solar screenshot

Trina Solar ranked first in the U.S.-based Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition’s (SVTC’s) latest solar scorecard. The Chinese photovoltaic module manufacturer ironically knocked SolarWorld off the top spot.

CASM: Chinese solar imports to US fall "sharply"

China US flags

According to the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM), Chinese solar imports to the U.S. fell "sharply" in April, following the issuance of preliminary dumping tariffs from the Department of Commerce (DOC).

Bosch Solar to enter Turkish market

Bosch solar photovoltaic module

Bosch Solar Energy AG has announced it will open a new sales office in Turkey. The company said it will focus on planning and installing turnkey photovoltaic parks in the country.

Calyxo ramps up thin film capacity in Germany

Calyxo HQ

Calyxo GmbH will ramp up capacity of its cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin film photovoltaic modules in Germany’s in Saxony-Anhalt.

Trina and E3/DC announce storage collaboration

E3/DC energy storage system

China’s Trina Solar Limited and Germany-based E3/DC have said they will collaborate on next generation energy storage solutions.

Intersolar: A view to post-FIT PV

Intersolar flags

Markets in which photovoltaics can be a true competitor with traditional energy sources was one of the themes emerging from the first day of the Intersolar Europe Convention, which began in Munich yesterday. German market...

Germany: First Solar to continue production until year end

First Solar FF02 production facility

First Solar Inc. has announced it will keep its manufacturing facilities in Germany’s Frankfurt (Oder) up and running until the end of the year, due to the short-term increase in demand. After this, the facilities will be...

Soltecture searches for investor; announces new CIGSe efficiency

Soltecture facade Berlin CIGSe photovoltaic

The insolvent Soltecture, a Berlin-based CIGSe photovoltaic module manufacturer, has announced that the search is on to find an investor. It is believed a buyer will be found soon. In related news, the company has achieved a new...

Sovello hunts for investors

Sovello solar photovoltaic production

Germany-based Sovello GmbH has launched an international M&A process in a bid to find suitable investors.

Scheuten saved by Aikosolar

Scheuten Solar photovoltaic modules rooftop

The insolvent Netherlands-based Scheuten Solar has been saved from closure by Chinese solar cell manufacturer, Aikosolar. No financial details were disclosed.

US must develop national cleantech policy

US California solar photovoltaic park

The U.S. may have been ranked as the second biggest cleantech country in 2011 by WWF. However, for it to stay competitive, it must develop a cohesive national policy.

Amendment: Global Solar Energy seeks investors

A picture of the Global Solar manufacturing facility in Germany.

Flexible CIGS manufacturer, Global Solar Energy has announced it is looking for new investors to come on board, in order for business to progress to the next phase.

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