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Professor Eicke Weber to retire from Fraunhofer ISE

After ten years heading one of the world’s leading solar energy research institutes, Eicke Weber has announced his retirement from Germany's Fraunhofer ISE as of the end of the year. It is not known who his replacement will be.

Philae's comet location revealed while Rosetta's PV prepares for last adventure

ESA's Rosetta spacecraft. Image by C. Carreau ATG medialab.

The European Space Agency (ESA) has tracked down Philae, Rosetta's spacecraft probe, resting in a dark crack on Comet 67P. The news bears great scientific significance for ESA as well as a certain emotional value for PV fans who...

Jinko Solar and Heraeus enter into fresh collaboration

Heraeus paste. Image by Heraeus.

The established partners enter a new phase of their cooperation, as Jinko Solar is using Heraeus Photovoltaics’ front-side silver paste on its new high-efficiency solar cells.

USAID to fund solar research projects in India and Morocco

USAID logo. Image by USAID.

The U.S. Agency for International development (USAID) announced that it will provide USD10 million in funding to a number of projects aimed at addressing critical areas of development, two of the projects center on solar research...

Dyesol secures $1m funding for Perovskite cell research

Dyesol's research has uncovered efficiency improvement potential when combing TiO2 with Perovskite cells.

The grant from the U.K.'s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council will enable the Australian organic cell developer to better understand the impact of halide modified titania on Perovskite cell performance.

Hareon is investing in a new PV research institute

China national flag. Flickr image by Renato Ganoza.

Chinese PV firm Hareon Solar Technology has announced that it will make a 10 million yuan investment in a new PV research institute, which will help to support its solar business.

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.

Grid-scale battery storage not yet 'panacea' for Australia renewables

Battery storage system for solar. Image by Solarpraxis.

A senior solar energy researcher from the University of Queensland has questioned the role of grid-scale battery storage as the "missing link" of Australia's shift to renewables, and suggested that much more research needs to be...

Berkeley and GRID research partnership to explore off-grid solar potential

University of California, Berkeley Campus. Flickr image by brainchildvn

The University of California's Berkeley research institute has teamed up with GRID Alternatives to study 'energy access' off-grid solar projects with a view to expanding the reach of off-grid solar around the world.

France gets a step closer to solar roads

The worlds largest PV sound barrier at Freising, Germany. Image by

French energy minister Ségolène Royal has inaugurated a manufacturing plant that will produce the so-called "Wattway" paving, made of solar PV. One of its pilot projects will be a 1 kilometer solar road, built in the same region...

Danish university develops tungsten-based technique to capture broader solar wavelength

Aalborg University.

Researchers at Aalborg University are working on a new approach at capturing a broader spectrum of sunlight using new, high-temperature materials that can withstand 800 degrees Celsius and convert sunlight into electricity.

HPQ Silicon invests in PyroGenesis' PUREVAP technology for polysilicon production

Solar grade polysilicon.

The Canadian material exploration company has acquired the intellectual property for the PUREVAP process, as well as a pilot plant from PyroGenesis, to produce solar grade silicon metal from quartz.

Longi Silicon and Zhonghuan Semiconductor announce new expansions with over 10GW of new capacity planned

Yunnan Province in China.

The two Chinese companies are making movements on significant capacity increases for their mono-crystalline products.

Uganda set to roll with solar PV bus

Kiira Motor Corp.'s Kayoola solar PV bus, Uganda

The East African country is leading the way in green vehicle manufacturing. The state-owned Kiira Motors Corporation has developed three electric vehicles, including the Kayoola, which could become a first on the continent.

SolarWindow unveils electricity transportation system for solar glass

SolarWindow invisible wire glass panel

The prospect of a virtually invisible electricity transportation system within and on the surface of windows could be especially attractive to architects, designers and building occupants in tall towers and skyscrapers.

Meyer Burger receives another significant order for its MAiA technology

Meyer Burger CEO Peter Pauli

The Swiss company is continuing with its strong year, this time confirming an order from an unnamed Chinese manufacturer worth CHF 18 million for its MAiA 2.1 technology upgrade platform.

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