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Sunpower introduces new PV module design, offers 2016 guidance

Sunpower has introduced a new PV module series based upon a novel interconnection technology, as well as warning of a fall in revenues and a loss in 2016 as it plows more projects into its yieldco.

09. November 2015 | | Comment now

Trina sets a new world record of 21.25% efficiency with multicrystalline silicon

This new world record for a multi c-Si cell beats Trina's previous record of 20.78%. Trina says that the processes used can be easily integrated into mass production.

SolarEdge reports record revenues, healthy profit in Q1 FY 2016 results

The power electronics firm notes that cost reductions have out-paced the fall in selling prices. During the most recent quarter SolarEdge rolled out its HD Wave, which features a novel inverter architecture.

Smart and AC module market to grow nine-fold by 2020

GTM Research predicts that integrated smart and AC modules will not only benefit from growth in the larger module-level power electronics market, but will gain a larger share of that market over the next five years.

19.1% efficient PERC PV cell produced using 1366's Direct Wafer technology

Customer trials have yielded PERC PV cells with an average 19% efficiency on industrial lines. 1366 says its cast wafers can be produced at half the cost of conventional processes.

Off-grid solar market worth $300 million annually

The solar lighting market is booming

The off-grid solar market now represents US$300 million annually, with more than 13 million products having been sold to date, according to a new report. The sub-Saharan market is said to be reporting the strongest growth,...

12. October 2015 | | Comment now

Neo Solar Power produces 21.1% efficient mono-PERC solar cell

NSP will show the new PERC cell at the PV Taiwan trade show this week, and the product will be ready for engineering sampling at the end of 2015.

1366 chooses New York to build its first commercial-scale wafer facility

After years of delays, 1366 Technologies has announced plans to break ground on the factory to produce its proprietary Direct Wafers no later than the second quarter of 2016.

SolarCity to begin production of >22% efficient PV modules this month

Calling it the “world's most efficient rooftop solar panel”, the company says it will produce PV modules with greater than 22% efficiency at a pilot facility.

Fraunhofer debuts world record 25.1% efficient TOPCon solar cell

The Fraunhofer has created a full-area passivated back contact solar cell

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has achieved an efficiency of 25.1% on a both sides-contacted silicon solar cell. In addition to increasing efficiencies, the TOPCon technology is said to simplify...

GTM Research: BoS cost reductions drive falling PV system prices

GTM Research's latest report estimates that global PV system prices will fall an average of 40% by 2020, driven by balance of systems cost reductions.

3 GW of potential solar capacity on San Francisco roofs

Solar mapping provider Mapdwell has expanded to San Francisco, estimating that the city can host up to 3 GW of rooftop PV. This is a higher capacity per square mile than other cities.

Applied Materials eliminates wafer sawing and solar implant lines

Applied announced it would cut two of its solar product lines in its latest quarterly results, which caused a further bleeding of red ink in its Energy and Environmental Solutions business unit.

REC Group becomes third-largest PV supplier to US residential market

REC Group has risen rapidly in the U.S. residential sector, growing its market share five-fold in one year. It expects to grow this share further in 2015. The company has benefited from both technology innovation and political...

Expert analysis: The solar storage story

"Sonnenbatterie seems to be pushing longer life times and aggregated depths of discharge, which are both interesting"

Led by the charge of Tesla’s headline-hogging Powerwall announcement, the selection of storage technologies unveiled at this year's Intersolar Europe was refreshingly innovative, says IHS’s Sam Wilkinson.

BYD: EVA-free solar modules, 3 new energy storage batteries

At this year's Intersolar Europe, BYD introduced a solar PV module without EVA, which promises an extended service life and improved efficiencies. Production is expected to reach up to 500 MW in 2016. It also unveiled a new...

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