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Germany: Energy storage opportunity for struggling PV installers

Of the over 750 companies surveyed, 85% are either already offering energy storage solutions, or are planning to do so.

Germany's solar PV installers are "struggling" to deal with a changing manufacturer landscape, says EuPD Research. Energy storage, however, may offer them new opportunities. The company also finds that homeowners without solar...


Trina testing lab receives TÜV service certificate

TUV Rheinland PV module inspection

Trina Solar's State Key Laboratory Testing Center has received the TÜV Rheinland Power Measurement Uncertainty Assessment Service Certificate. Trina is the first solar company to receive the recognition.


Industry urges European PV research sector to 'wake up'

Sophia Symposium, France.

Gathering of leading solar researchers and industry representatives at the Sophia research infrastructure symposium stokes passionate debate about future of European PV.


Stanford researchers develop perovskite tandem technology using transparent electrodes

The perovskite element.

Researchers at California’s Stanford University have developed what they claim to be a new technique for the production of perovskite tandem cells, in combination with either a c-Si or CIGS semiconductor layer. In a key...


Future PV: Incremental innovations to drive change

Arno Stassen presenting at the Forum.

The future of PV will lie in incremental changes to drive up conversion efficiencies, according to Arno Stassen, the head of business opportunity development at Heraeus. And in good news, continues the technologist from the metal...


100% Northeast Asian renewable system plotted

China regional installation.

Finnish researchers have concluded that a 100% renewable energy system is feasible in China, Korea and Japan. They conclude that within 10 years solar and wind will be the cheapest sources of electricity in Northeast Asia.


Imec reports 22% efficiency for large area PERT cell

Imec PERT cell

The micro and nanoelectronics research center says the new developments, resulting in additional improvement in conversion efficiency, further confirm the potential of n-type PERT cells for next-generation highly efficient...


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.


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