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CEO interview: Innovations in solar technology; PERC the new PV benchmark

Goetz Fischbeck.

Goetz Fischbeck, CEO of Smart Solar Consulting, casts his eye across the solar PV cell and module technologies featured in pv magazine's 50 Array Changing Technologies free download, available now. In addition to the importance...


Solartech expands multi PERC to 240 MW

Solar cell

Taiwan’s Solartech Energy will expand its multicrystalline PERC production to 240 MW. The PERC expansion will add one PERC line per month July through September of this year, finishing up with four lines by the end of that month.


Soitec hits 38.9% with four-junction CPV cell

Soitec cell

France’s Soitec has achieved 38.9% conversion efficiency with a four-junction cell, assembled into a CPV module. The cell set an efficiency world record in December last year, and has now been incorporated into a CPV application.


Solar Frontier sees first install of its flexible modules

Solar Frontier fab

Leading CIGS producer Solar Frontier has announced the first installation using its flexible modules. The modules have been install at Singapore’s newest port terminal, operated by PSA Singapore Terminals.


SoLayTec to deliver InPassion tooling to two Chinese manufacturers

A tool.

Holland’s SoLayTec will ship four of its InPassion PECVD tooling to two Chinese Tier 1 manufacturers. One tool is for a new customer’s R&D line, while three will go to an existing customer for volume production.


First Solar full module efficiency of 18.2%

A First Solar efficiency record.

U.S. thin film manufacturer First Solar has achieved a major boost in module efficiency using its cadmium telluride technology. Today the company announced a full module efficiency of 18.2%, from an 18.6% aperture efficiency...


Fraunhofer launches company to transfer kerfless wafer technology into production

Germany’s Fraunhofer has announced the launch of a spin-off company, NexWafe GmbH to transfer its kerfless wafer production technology into production. Fraunhofer Venture will supply seed funding.


PI Berlin to introduce new PV error analysis method at Intersolar Europe

Modules on the array are supplied with current during twilight hours to enable accurate, high-resolution EL imaging that can detect faults.

The Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin has developed a new automated process whereby up to 1,000 solar modules daily can be examined using electroluminescence measurements.


Australia's CSIRO rolls out PV residential monitoring platform

The Eddy.

Australian-made technology that will allow householders to remotely monitor and control their electricity usage, and utilities to coordinate demand management programs, is being trialed in the city of Perth and regional...


Perovskite flaws revealed, points to major efficiency upside

Perovskite material.

New research has revealed microscopic flaws in perovskite crystals used in PV applications. The discovery indicates that there is a very large potential for conversion efficiency gains, if these faults can be removed.


MIT Energy Initiative: solar best potential for meeting humanity's needs

Solar sunrise over power lines.

Solar has been singled out by the MIT Energy Initiative (METEI) as holding the best potential for meeting humanity's future long-term energy needs while cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The research calls for more funding into...


IEA: Clean-energy innovation essential to meeting climate goals

IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven

The International Energy Agency presented its Energy Technology Perspectives 2015 report in Paris on Monday, which calls for a tripling of public spending on low-carbon technology R&D.


Heraeus to open R&D centers in China, Taiwan

Heraeus' metallization pastes

The German engineering group is expanding oversees with new facilities focusing on local metallization paste modifications. Heraeus recently relocated its PV business unit headquarters to Shanghai.


Manz claims 16% CIGS module record

Manz HQ

German PV and battery manufacturing equipment supplier Manz has claimed a module efficiency world record for CIGS technology on its innovation line. The 16% conversion efficiency record was unveiled on Monday at the SNEC...


Inside the Singulus repositioning and debt restructuring

A dapper gentleman.

Germany's Singulus is one of the European and North American PV equipment suppliers that has had a difficult time in recent years. The company on Friday announced a restructuring of its debt and an acceleration of its move into...


Trina sets new efficiency record for multi-crystalline silicon modules

Trina Solar module production

The latest achievement marks the first time that a multi-crystalline Silicon PV module has reached an efficiency higher than 19%. Trina's multi-crystalline Honey Plus solar cells, the brand name for the company's PERC solar...


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