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Midsummer reduces CIGS active layer to 800nm

A Midsummer flex module.

Swedish thin film equipment supplier Midsummer has reduced the active layer in its CIGS deposition process to 800nm. The tool supplier claims that this is less than half of what other suppliers offer, substantially reducing costs.


SMA joins research study on balancing power with PV

Grid power lines in Denver, Colorado

Backed by the German government, the PV-Regel project aims to study how PV can balance power, particularly on an international level, and to develop requirement profiles for PV to balance power in the future.


Organic electronics market to be worth $79.6 billion by 2020

Heliatek organic PV in production.

Allied Market Research growth forecast predicts rapid rise in organic electronics within a decade, driven largely by organic displays but PV to play pivotal role.


Trina's Honey sets new P-type mono module record

Trina's Honey module.

Trina Solar's Honey module has set a new P-type mono record, achieving a peak power of 335.2 W with a 60 cell module. It beats its earlier record achieved earlier this year.


Swiss-American duo wins Israeli prize for work in solar-based fuels

Michael Grätzel of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.

Thomas Meyer and Michael Grätzel have developed a method to use solar-generated electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen -- a critical step in the generation of solar-based fuels, whose only emission is water.


CIGS in space: Ascent Solar chosen for space-based PV project

Vanguard's solar-in-space plans.

The thin film PV manufacturer has again been selected by Vanguard Space Technologies to provide modules for its space research program and unmanned aerial vehicles.


Key technology and equipment take-aways from EU PVSEC

The EU PVSEC conference.

Two weeks ago today, the 29th EU PVSEC trade show and conference opened its doors in Amsterdam. The trade show has continued to shrink, but the event still provides some key insights into where PV is heading in terms of...


Chint Power PID prevention tech awarded innovation patent

Solar PV panels.

The Energy Balancer, awarded a patent by the Chinese Intellectual Property Office, prevents potential induced degradation of PV panels.


REC launches TwinPeak PV module

REC rooftop installation, Germany.

The Norwegian solar panel producer has launched a new multicrystalline panel that delivers 17% efficiency.


Forecast 2030: stored electricity at $0.05/kWh

Solar battery storage

Winfried Hoffmann, a well-known figure throughout the PV world, has created a learning curve for battery storage that predicts costs will fall much faster than many experts believe.


Under the hood of the latest 21.7% CIGS world record

ZSW head Michael Powalla.

ZSW head Michael Powalla discusses the processes that led researchers to the 21.7% CIGS efficiency record.


Utility SCE unveils largest battery storage system in US

SCE battery storage system.

The 32 MWh storage system has been part-funded by the Department of Energy and is set to push the capabilities of energy storage on the grid.


Manz secures EUR 20 million loan for CIGS research

Manz ZSW CIGS solar panel

The credit line is part of an initiative to support midcap companies launched by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank, which describes Manz as "a technology leader well on a par with international competitors."


Kyocera jumps aboard imec's solar cell R&D program

Imec scientist.

The Belgian nanoelectronics research center's industrial affiliation program to advance next-gen solar cells has attracted the Japanese electronics giant.


ZSW sets 21.7% thin film efficiency record

Flexible CIGS cell.

Scientists at Stuttgart's Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research have regained the gong for CIGS efficiency, improving upon the previous record of 21%.


ISC Konstanz, MegaCell sign transfer deal for N-Type BiSoN cell technology

MegaCell founder Franco Traverso

The agreement will help Franco Traverso's recently launched Italian cell company to reach an annual capacity of 80 MW for bifacial BiSoN solar cells with 30% more energy yield. The German R&D institute's partnership with...


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