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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.


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.


PV innovations helping to push the French market forward

La Réunion

Philippe Malbranche, Directeur Général of the French solar research institute INES, explains why his organization is hosting a workshop on innovations from France. The varying innovations take part in the whole PV value chain,...


Overheating and incompatible plug connectors

At the PV farm in question, actual black and white sheep occasionally graze beneath the solar panels.

Black sheep I: In a Bavarian solar farm, experts discovered overheated junction boxes after commissioning and, later, overheated plug connectors as well.


EUPVSEC opens with rallying call to Europe's solar industry

The opening sessions of the EUPVSEC 2016 conference began today, and will run all week.

This morning EUPVSEC kicked off at the International Conference Center in Munich. Some 6,500 authors and co-authors from 88 countries had submitted their abstracts for presentation at the week-long event. This year for the first...


Hanwha Q Cells sets 19.5% efficiency record for standard 301W multicrystalline module

Hanwha Q Cells production.

Verified by Fraunhofer ISE CalLab, the rating of 19.5% efficiency for a standard module of 1,670 x 1,000 mm2 sets a new world record for multicrystalline panels; Hanwha achieved the result using its Q.ANTUM cells with four...


The pv magazine weekly news digest

Solar panel in the sunshine.

In a week shaped by three pivotal reports that each forecast a bright future for solar, there was still a reminder of the industry's unforgiving landscape for companies that fail to move with the times, and markets.


Energy storage market to grow to USD250 billion by 2040

Battery energy storage unit

This is the forecast in Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s New Energy Outlook 2016 report, which expects to see the price for energy storage systems significantly drop, as batteries will help to wean power dependency away from...


EPFL achieves 19.6% perovskite efficiency using vacuum coating

Perovskite

Switzerland's Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has used vacuum coating to deposit and grow a perovskite semiconductor layer, resulting in a 19.6% efficient cell. Researchers have applied a mild vacuum for 20...


Solar boat attempting to cross the Atlantic

Map of the Solar Voyager's progress

The Solar Voyager, built by two friends in their spare time, is an autonomous boat that is attempting to be the very first to cross any ocean using solely solar power, as it travels slowly across the Atlantic Ocean.


North American solar investors concerned about H2 oversupply

SunEdison worker.

Deutsche Bank released some market analysis, addressing the concerns of North American solar investors, who fear a potential PV oversupply is on the horizon, changes to net metering policies, and rising Chinese competition.


Russian company to buy PV production equipment from Meyer Burger

Meyer Burger Smartwire cell

Russia's largest integrated solar company, Hevel LLC, has placed an order for CHF 22 million (USD22.5 million) of production equipment that covers the entire PV value chain from Meyer Burger.


Solar industry set for renewed oversupply and shakeout

PV manufacturing in China. Photo Suntech

Research from IHS Technology forecasts that there will be a new period of oversupply in the solar industry, due to a sharp drop in global demand, which will cause a shakeout in the industry.


PV to be 1 of 3 dominant sources of energy, according to Reuters

1500 V Belectric solar PV plant.

Thompson Reuters predicts that solar PV, hydro power, and nuclear fusion will be the three dominant sources of energy over the next three decades, in its report Powering the Planet 2045.


Dow seeks further opportunities in China’s PV encapsulant film market

Dow film production in Germany

Dow Chemical Company, one of the world’s largest chemical material companies, expressed an ambition of becoming a supplier of materials for the encapsulation and protection of PV cells within modules, particularly targeting the...


Five takeaways from SNEC 2016

SNEC 2016 tradeshow banner. Photo Dave Tacon.

The 10th annual SNEC trade show in Shanghai opened its doors one week ago today, attracting huge crowds to the 150,000 square meter complex with around 1,500 exhibitors. The event saw the debut of pv magazine’s Solar Superheroes,...


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