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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."


Dubai offers $1 million solar solution prize to tackle water shortage

Dubai desert.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will award $1 million to any research institute that devises a solar-powered way to solve the region's water scarcity.


Photon Energy employs German tech for pilot project Down Under

Photon Energy 283 kW plant in Sydney

The group has secured funding from the German government to design, install and operate a PV battery power supply for a broadcast antenna in Australia operated by communications infrastructure provider BAI.


Fraunhofer ISE sets new world record with 36.7% efficient CPV module

Fraunhofer ISE miniatured version of a CPV module

The German research institute set the new record using a Soitec quadruple-junction solar PV cell and Fresnel lens concentrators. Commercialization of this technology is expected in one to two years.


NREL Research, Crystal Solar win R&D 100 Award

NREL campus, Golden, Colorado

The research facility and the California PV company were honored for their breakthrough in silicon solar cells. NREL has won a total of 57 "Oscars of Innovation" since 1982.


N-type mono is coming, but when?

HiCZ ingot puller

A drive for higher efficiency solar PV technologies is expected to spur increased production of n-type mono wafers. However, analysts remain cautious about the exact timing of market adoption.


Kyocera sues Hanwha Q CELLS Japan over patent infringement

Kyocera fab, Japan.

The Japanese company files lawsuit at the Tokyo District Court against Hanwha Q CELLS Japan for alleged patent infringement of its three-busbar solar cell technology.


GT to begin offering Merlin metallization technology in 2015

Merlin cell

GT Advanced Technologies has revealed further details of its Merlin metallization and interconnection technology at the Intersolar North America trade show, including a timeframe to offer the solution to customers in early 2015.


IBM Research launches Green Horizon in China

Smoggy Beijing

The project aims to help the country reach its ambitious goals and includes the development of a renewable energy forecasting system to help energy grids manage alternative energy sources.


French institute recognizes Hanwha Q CELLS' low carbon solar modules

Hanwha Q CELLS HQ, Germany.

Solstyce analyzed various data of Q CELLS' cell and module production and found that the products consumed less than 400 kg of C02 per kWp, making them eligible for public tender in France.


TÜV Rheinland announces major impact of climate on energy yield

TUV Rheinland PV module testing

In evaluating energy yield of solar modules in different climates, TÜV Rheinland reports that it expects yield differences of more than 10% for individual module types.


Add a pinch of salt for cheaper solar, say scientists

Salt deposits, Bolivia.

British scientists have discovered that magnesium chloride (salt found in seawater) is an effective replacement for cadmium chloride used during the production of solar panels, and is both a cheaper and less toxic alternative.


Wavelabs acquires Fraunhofer CSP as customer

WAVELABS' product.

Germany's Fraunhofer Institute has purchased Wavelabs' SINUS-220 solar simulator to bolster its PV testing and optimization research.


Hanergy to make Aston Martin Racing cars cool

Aston Martin Racing

The Chinese company is exploring wider applications of its technologies and investigating how solar can be incorporated into new areas to improve efficiency and enhance performance as part of its ambitious growth strategy.


Southern Research Institute completes solar research center

A solar cell from LG.

The new facility, located in Birmingham, Alabama, is intended to provide key insights into the optimal design of solar PV systems.


PV CYCLE elects international-looking board

PV module being recycled.

The European take-back and recycling association has appointed Luis Torres from SunPower as its new president, with other solar luminaries joining the board.


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