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Lithium-ion battery test centre opens in Canberra, Australia

Canberra landscape.

The Canberra Institute of Technology has opened the new facility, backed by a A$450,000 ($344,525) grant from Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), to assess the potential for residential energy storage.


Berkeley Lab discovery could push perovskites to 31 percent efficiency

Berkeley Lab perovskite research team.

New research has indicated a pathway for perovskites to achieve a conversion efficiency of 31%. The findings were published by researchers from Berkeley Lab this week. Nanoscale images of perovskite solar cells revealed a...


First Solar's Malaysian fab to begin Series 5 module assembly

Module production at First Solar.

U.S. solar firm will end production of its TetraSun crystalline silicon solar panels at the plant, and expects to incur impairment charges of around $100 million as transition is made.


Trina Solar hits 21.1% efficiency for mono PERC cells produced in industrial conditions

Trina Solar cell production.

The Chinese solar module producer says it has achieved 21.1% average efficiency for P-type monocrystalline PERC cells produced in industrial standard conditions.


European solar industry puts forward case to end trade measures on Chinese PV

34 European solar and renewable energy organizations signed the letter

SolarPower Europe appears to be the driving force behind a letter, signed by 34 European solar and renewable energy organizations, calling on the EU to immediately remove the trade measures that exist against imports of Chinese...


Jinko Solar looking to invest in innovation

Jinko Solar’s Senior Technical Manager Juan Carlos González

Jinko Solar's Senior Technical Manager Juan Carlos González joined pv magazine's Jonathan Gifford to talk about Jinko’s award winning new modules, the Eagle series. The new modules have been optimized by Silicon Valley company...


Solar panels power spacecraft into Jupiter's orbit 800 million KM away from the sun

Artist concept of NASA's Juno spacecraft at Jupiter. Image NASA

It is the furthest away from the sun that solar panels have produced energy, helping NASA's Juno spacecraft enter the orbit of the solar system’s largest planet, in a groundbreaking mission that highlights the capabilities of...


Das Energy expects big things from its flexible lightweight modules

DAS Energy’s managing director Matthias Schoft

DAS Energy’s managing director Matthias Schoft spoke to pv magazine about its innovative new glass-less modules. DAS Energy is a joint venture of Diamond Aircraft Industries and Alternative Energy Solutions, which it believes...


Neo Solar Power: High-density solar modules on their way

pv magazine's Jonathan Gifford meets NSP Neo Solar Power’s senior vice president Alex Wen.

Video: pv magazine’s Jonathan Gifford met with NSP Neo Solar Power’s senior vice president Alex Wen to discuss NSP’s transformation from solely a cell manufacturer into module manufacturing and downstream development.


Siemens to invest EUR1 billion in new startup unit

next47 logo. Image courtesy of Siemens.

Siemens has announced the forming of a new dedicated startup unit, next47, with a war chest of EUR1 billion to be spent on it that will, among various other important innovations, focus on decentralized electrification.


Coveme: Pushing boundaries on bifacial modules

Jonathan Gifford interviewing Coveme's Alessandro Anderlini at Intersolar Europe.

pv magazine's Jonathan Gifford caught up with Coveme Division Manager Photovoltaic, Alessandro Anderlini, at Intersolar Europe to get an update on the Italian company's latest innovations and to get his perspectives on the...


IBC Solar and Dhybrid enter cooperation for hybrid systems

IBC Solar and DHYBRID sign cooperation agreement. Image IBC Solar.

The two German companies signed the cooperation agreement in a bid to become one of the world’s leading providers of diesel-PV hybrid systems.


KfW Development Bank to fund two floating solar projects in India

Floating solar park in London

The German-based development bank has agreed to build the projects as part of a study to assess the potential of floating parks within India, and to show the technical practicality of large-scale solar.


SunPower sets new solar efficiency record

SunPower E20 PV module

US company SunPower achieved an efficiency of 24.1% for a module using silicon cells, which is just the latest in a number of efficiency records for solar technology, showing that the modules are moving in the right direction.


Solar Impulse completes historic flight across the Atlantic

Solar Impulse crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Image by Solar Impulse.

Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard landed the solar-powered plane in Seville on Thursday morning, achieving one of the most iconic stretches on the journey, and getting one step closer to completing the mission to fly around the world...


Intersolar Awards 2016: Five winners of Outstanding Solar Projects

The winners from the Intersolar Awards 2016

The award this year was a consolidation of various awards from previous years, with five winners taking home prizes. A theme for the winners was the projects’ social impacts on the communities that benefit from them.


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