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NREL partners with GE on microgrid development project

Grid.

Collaboration includes involvement from the Electric Power Research Institute and focuses on $8 million program to leverage capabilities of energy systems integration facilities.


JA Solar multi-Si 60-cell solar module sets output record, surpasses 280 W

JA Solar module inspection

The output power of the record-setting solar modules can be further improved by fine tuning the company's module assembly process and encapsulation materials, the company says.


Solar panels carry Rosetta's lander to comet

Rosetta: Philae landing, ESA artist's impression

Humanity yesterday celebrated an historic step towards unlocking the mysteries of the oldest building blocks of our Solar System: Comets. Solar cells carried the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe, Philae, onto the first-ever...


World's first solar-powered cycle path to open in Amsterdam

SolaRoad being installed in Amsterdam.

A 70-meter stretch of the cycle path in the Dutch capital has been fitted with solar panels that will generate clean power for the local grid.


Kyocera signs deal for solar-powered smartphone technology

Sunpartner's Wysips technology.

The Japanese electrical giant has entered into a technical and marketing partnership with Sunpartner, which has developed the Wysips Crystal technology for touch screens.


Storage and energy management installed at 9 MW PV plant in Pennsylvania

PbC battery from Axion.

Once complete, the 48-acre solar farm will be largest in the state, with Axion Power International providing its PbC batteries and PowerCube technology as storage.


Round-the-world solar flight taxiing towards take off

The Si2 in its Payenne hangar.

The Solar Impulse story will enter its second chapter in March next year as it attempts to circumnavigate the globe using only the power of the sun.


SolarWorld to wins $4 million US grant for next-generation crystallization tech

SolarWorld U.S. headquarters, Hillsboro, Oregon

The group is working on the $12 million R&D project at both its U.S. and German facilities "to propel the company's full-production module power density beyond a once-unimaginable milestone of 300 watts-peak."


US Energy Secretary Moniz announces $53 million in funding for solar R&D at SPI

At the Solar Power International trade show the head of the Department of Energy announced new investments in projects to drive down the cost of electricity from solar, as well as a new round of loan guarantees to be launched in...


Sunpreme unveils 500 W bifacial double glass module with 22.2% efficiency

A 150 kW Sunpreme rooftop installation at a hospital in India.

Fraunhofer ISE and the company's Global Advisory Board member Eicke Weber says the record module efficiency has moved Sunpreme "to the top of the class."


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...


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