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Cologne PV workshop: A life in the day of a solar module

The focus of the event was on topics related to increasing the lifetime of solar modules as well as the avoidance and identification of failures in photovoltaic systems.

Around 150 experts headed to Cologne for the 13th TÜV-Module workshop. The focus of the event was on topics related to increasing the lifetime of solar modules and the avoidance and identification of failures in PV systems.


Avancis partners with Sunpartner for BIPV market

Avancis PowerMax Skala PV modules on a construction in planning in Poland. Image by Avancis.

German PV module manufacturer Avancis has signed a strategic partnership with French solar tech company Sunpartner Technologies to incorporate its CIGS thin-film PV cells into Sunpartner’s energy generating glass.


Heliatek raises EUR 80m for OPV expansion

Heliafilm.

The German developer of organic PV materials has raised a sizable amount of funding to finance its manufacturing expansion and worldwide market development.


Huge growth in PV and wind helped renewables grow to over 30% of installed global power

Image by World Energy Council.

The encouraging news that renewables now account for over 30% of global installed power generation capacity was part of a World Energy Council report, which highlighted the success of solar PV and wind energy, and set out...


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Kaneka achieves new efficiency record for a practical size crystalline silicon PV cell

Panasonic HIT cell. Image by Panasonic.

The Japanese tech company broke the existing record with an impressive efficiency of 26.33% – the first time that 26% has been breached – during a NEDO project, which Kaneka Corporation hopes will lead the solar industry towards...


EU PVSEC to be hosted separately from Intersolar Europe in 2017

Intersolar Europe 2016.

After a short-lived collaboration, Europe's two major solar events will be hosted four months apart in 2017, with EU PVSEC opting to travel to Amsterdam for its world leading PV solar energy conference.


Solar Power International 2016: Five key takeaways

Photo: Nicole Hubbs

This year's SPI trade show comes at a time of dynamic growth for the solar industry and an increasing integration of solar into energy management. But not all the news is good.


China Singyes to spin off materials unit

China Singyes Solar Technologies Holdings has confirmed that it has received formal approval to list shares of its Singyes New Materials subsidiary on the Hong Kong stock exchange’s secondary board.


NREL takes lead on $30m consortium to improve PV technology performance

The DOE SunShot Initiative will fund the consortium to the tune of $30m over the next five years.

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory will lead a consortium comprising Sandia National Laboratories and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on the development of new solar module materials.


Strong investment in German PV production equipment during Q2

German national flag. Flickr image by prizepony.

Sector research from the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) shows that sales of German PV production equipment in the second quarter of 2016 grew 55% from Q1, continuing a trend which has seen orders of German equipment...


Singulus gets prepayment notification from CNBM for CIGS equipment

Singulus building in Germany. Image by Singulus Technologies.

The German PV production equipment supplier has received an announcement that it has finally been sent prepayment for the EUR110 million of CIGS equipment from China National Building Materials (CNBM).


Ultra-high efficiency arrays being developed for the residential PV market

Insolight founders Laurent Coulot, Mathieu Ackermann and Florian Gerlich, holding an Insolight module. Image from Insolight.

Swiss startup Insolight is taking the initiative of concentrating sunlight onto space-age solar cells to make such technology affordable for residential PV customers, resulting in reduced costs for electricity consumption.


U.S. boosts energy storage 126% in Q2

Storage battery. Image by Andreas Schlegel.

According to the latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor, a quarterly publication from GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association (ESA), the United States deployed 41.2 megawatts of energy storage in the second quarter of 2016,...


SMA intelligent management system now integrates Bosch and Siemens appliances

SMA smart home system. Image by SMA.

SMA's Sunny Home Manager has added the prestigious brands of Bosch and Siemens to the list of appliances that it can easily integrate, adding to its ability to optimize power usage from a residential solar system and to continue...


Asian growth to drive global DG solar boom — report

AES Distributed Energy 453 kW Rosamond CA. Image by AES Distributed Energy.

Falling technology costs and international efforts to reduce carbon emissions will help make PV the biggest segment of the global distributed-generation market in the coming years, led by rapid growth in Asia, according to a new...


Quality: Minor differences in yield percentage make the difference between good and bad investment

George Touloupos at Intersolar Europe 2016.

Changing technology, pressure to cut costs, dizzying price slumps and a number of other issues make solar module quality control as relevant as ever. The danger that modules could fail outright remains slim, so module reliability...


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