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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.


Hanwha Q Cells to evaluate SoLayTec InPassion technology

Hanwha Q Cells.

Dutch research spinoff SoLayTec has announced that Hanwha Q Cells has begun evaluating its atomic layer deposition (ALD) technology. The InPassion ALD can be deployed for PERC upgrades and n-type cell production.


DNV GL to provide grid storage testing to ARPA-E

A battery.

Renewable energy and sustainability advisory DNV GL has signed a four-year deal to supply performance testing for U.S. government agency ARPA-E. The testing will validate the performance, reliability and safety of grid-tied...


South Korean researchers develop new and improved perovskite formula

Perovskite

The blend addresses the technology's inherent instability problems and reportedly delivers the highest-efficiency perovskite cell to date, according to IEEE Spectrum.


Dyesol to commercialize perovskite cells in Turkey

Dyesol cell

The successful completion of a pilot line phase would lead to the start of mass manufacturing in 2018, according to plans by Dyesol and Turkish partner Nesli DSC.


Amtech acquires SoLayTec from RENA

A Amtech piece of equipment.

U.S.-based Amtech Systems has acquired p-type PERC and n-type technology supplier SoLayTec from RENA. SoLayTec will be brought into the Amtech group through its Dutch subsidiary Tempress Group Holding.


MegaCell, RCT sign bi-facial poly-crystalline technology transfer deal

MegaCell Chairman and CEO Franco Traverso

The Italian company plans to use the technology for its expansion capacity project in Europe as well as for PV manufacturers interested in poly-cristalline bi-facial cells and modules.


SEMI: Equipment sales fall as book-to-bill remains negative

SEMI graph.

Worldwide PV equipment billings have fallen in Q3 2014, decreasing to $264 million, a fall over 17% quarter-on-quarter. Bookings also fell to $157 million, 33% below Q2, with the book-to-bill ratio remaining below parity.


NREL partners with GE on microgrid development project

Grid.

Collaboration includes involvement from the Electric Power Research Institute and focuses on $8 million program to leverage capabilities of energy systems integration facilities.


Niche solar products enjoying their moment in sun

Solar Cloth application.

From spray-on and peel and stick to solar cloth and solar-powered cycle paths, PV's potential is being examined across a number of innovative applications.


Cleantech disruption to reduce annual utility revenues by up to $123 billion

A power pole.

The growth of distributed generation and energy efficiency is set to reduce utility revenues by up to $123 billion a year by 2025. This is the finding of a new report by consultants Accenture, in its Digitally Enabled Grid...


UNSW researchers achieve 40.4% CPV cell result with outdoor testing

A power tower diagram.

Researchers from Australian Center for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW))have achieved a conversion efficiency world record, for a cell testing in outdoor facilities. The 40.4% efficiency...


TU Delft student sets new tandem thin film silicon efficiency record

Researcher Hairen Tan.

A PhD student at TU Delft has recorded a conversion efficiency of 14.8% with a tandem thin film silicon cell. Hairen Tan achieved the result through applying a number of innovative techniques, for which he picked up the Young...


Peel-and-stick solar cells

Stanford University campus.

Stanford professor says peel-away solar cells could revolutionize BIPV. Chinese academic is working on scaling up the technology.


Report finds more info on solar, mini-grids needed to address energy gap

Offgrid project in Africa.

Practical Action has released a report that outlines gaps in the evidence that the UK-based NGO claims is tainting the energy debate in favor of the world's richer population. More information and policy support for solar and...


SunShot scheme awarded $9m solar R&D funding

Ernie Moniz.

The US Department of Energy will back all breakthrough research and development projects that advance solar PV to the tune of $9 million.


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