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Intersolar Awards celebrate innovation, European projects

Intersolar Europe 2013

For the sixth year running the Intersolar Awards were presented to the best innovations in the field of photovoltaics and solar thermal technology as well as in the new category of solar projects in Europe.

Record Q4 PV inverter shipments predicted; China to overtake Germany

Conery solar photovoltaic inverter

Global photovoltaic inverter shipments are expected to reach 8.6 GW in Q4 2012, thus representing the "largest final quarter ever recorded". Despite this, falling inverter prices are predicted to dampen revenues. Meanwhile, in...

SoloPower opens US CIGS manufacturing facility

SoloPower CIGS thin film solar photovoltaic

SoloPower has officially opened its new CIGS thin film photovoltaics manufacturing facility in Portland, Oregon. It is targeting 400 MW of annual capacity.

Bosch opens second PV module line in France

Bosch France solar photovoltaic manufacturing facility

Bosch has opened a second photovoltaic module line at its manufacturing facility in France, thus taking capacity to 150 MW.

German PV equipment sales continue to decline; stronger cooperation urged

Solar photovoltaic equipment

On the back of weakened demand from Asian customers, sales of German photovoltaic equipment have fallen by half in Q2 2012, compared to the same period last year. To maintain competitiveness, cooperation with local industry is...

Solar inverter plant opens in South Africa

AEG new Protect PV630 solar photovoltaic inverters

Netherlands-based power equipment supplier, 3W Power/AEG Power Solutions, has officially inaugurated its new solar inverter manufacturing facility in South Africa.

Meyer Burger announces 303 Watt PV module

Meyer Burger HQ Switzerland

Using just 60 solar cells, Meyer Burger Technology Ltd has created a 303 W photovoltaic module in production conditions. "Significant" cost reductions are expected to follow.

21. September 2012 | | Comment now

Heraeus challenges DuPont infringement lawsuit

DuPont solar photvoltaic metalization cell

Heraeus Precious Metals North America Conshohocken LLC has hit back at DuPont’s infringement lawsuit, saying that not only has it not infringed on the DuPont patent relating to front-side sliver pastes, but that DuPont is...

Roth & Rau unveils nickel busbars for solar cells

Roth Rau building photovoltaics

Germany’s Roth & Rau has developed a new concept for the metallization of solar cell busbars using nickel instead of silver, thus introducing savings of between 50 and 70%.

PV polysilicon prices continue to plummet


Oversupply is continuing to plague the photovoltaic polysilicon market, according to IHS iSuppi, which say Tier 1 suppliers need to reduce production to alleviate the market. A revival could be seen this year; however,...

Fronius expands US operations; aims to become number 1 inverter supplier

Underpinning its U.S. market expansion, Fronius has announced it will begin inverter production at new headquarters in Portage, Indiana soon. The Austrian-based company will also introduce its Fronius Service Program to the U.S.

SPI a hotbed for PV technology launches

SPI 2012

A host of new photovoltaic technology advances and new products were unveiled during the Solar Power International show in Orlando this week, alongside concerned conversations about the U.S.-China trade case, and new partnerships...

Yingli unveils 72 cell PV module for US market

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has unveiled a new 72 cell photovoltaic module, the YGE-U 72 Cell, at this year's Solar Power International in Orlando, Florida. Designed specifically to supply the North American...

10. September 2012 | | Comment now

PV module recycling mandatory for all EU members by Q1 2014

Recycling solar photovoltaic module

By Q1 2014, the amended WEEE Directive, which obliges producers to take back, for free, and recycle photovoltaic modules, must be transferred into national law in all EU countries. This was underlined to pv magazine by PV Cycle...

US: Isofotón to open Ohio manufacturing facility

Isofoton HQ Spain

Spain-based Isofotón will announce the opening of its new photovoltaic manufacturing facility in Napoleon, Ohio during next week’s Solar Power International event. Production at the facility is scheduled to commence in November.

Manz reaches 14.6% CIGS panel efficiency

Manz 14.6percent CIGS thin film solar photovoltaic module

Germany-based Manz AG has announced its CIGS thin film photovoltaic panels have reached an efficiency of 14.6% in production conditions. The company adds that it will able to supply power costing as little as €0.04/kWh in the...

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