Latest headlines

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...


Sharp says it won't exit solar business

The head of Sharp Corp.'s energy business on Monday told reporters in Japan the company would not "quit or sell" its solar business, but would instead return to profit.


Troubled Sharp sells Recurrent Energy to Canadian Solar

$265 million sale to Canadian Solar follows tough few years for the Japanese manufacturing giant.


1366 achieves 18% efficiency with PERC technology

The kerfless wafer maker has announced both efficiency improvements and operational milestones in advance of the launch of its first mass production facility.


Enphase unveils multi-faceted solar energy management and storage system

The company has launched an integrated energy management system and an AC storage solution at the Solar Power International trade show. These products will be available for residential and commercial PV systems in the second half...


TMEIC to make inverters in Texas

Despite a booming market in Japan, the world's fourth-largest inverter maker has expanded to the United States, and IHS says that it expects more inverter companies to follow suit.


Meyer Burger to supply Q-Cells with PERC PV cell upgrade equipment

Meyer Burger will ship the systems in late 2014 and the first half of 2015 to Hanwha Q-Cells facilities in Germany and Malaysia, to enable increased cell efficiencies.


Hitachi Chemical's wavelength conversion particles increase cell efficiency

Hitachi Chemical wavelength conversion particles graph

The Japanese company says its wavelength conversion particles for solar encapsulant sheets improves power generation efficiency up to 2.2% over conventional products.


GT secures key certifications for Merlin interconnection technology

The U.S. equipment maker has secured three certifications which will enable modules produced using its Merlin copper mesh interconnection technology to be used in PV systems. GT plans to commercially roll out Merlin in 2015.


SunPower to supply solar panels for 29 MW-DC Japanese PV plant

The American PV maker will supply its high-efficiency E20/327 modules to a Japanese conglomerate for a project in Southern Japan. SunPower has supplied around 400 MW of PV modules to the nation to date.


Locus Energy launches Virtual Irradiance solar analytics product

Solar irradiance modelling tool is the first in the company's new PVIQ suite of analytics tools.


11. April 2014 | | 3 comments

Panasonic breaks conversion efficiency record

Panasonic's HIT cells

Panasonic's HIT module has broken the conversion efficiency record and is the first module to surpass the 25% barrier.


Page 1 of 29

Subscribe today!

Choose between a digital and print subscription from pv magazine publisher Solarpraxis AG’s online shop!

Photovoltaic jobs

Explore thousands of photovoltaic jobs to find your next job in the industry.

Newsletter

Keep your finger firmly on the photovoltaic pulse: sign up for our daily newsletter!

Press releases

Want to publish your press releases for free? Simply log in or register, enter the information you want to appear and we'll publish it for you!