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INDEOtec sells Octopus II PECVD tool to French institute

A HJT cell.

Swiss PECVD tool developer INDEOtec has sold one of its Octopus II PECVD tools to France’s IPVF (Institut Photovoltaique d’Ile-de-France). The Octopus II tool is a deposition platform for high efficiency PV cell production, such...

China's first PV-biomass power plant now in operation

The solar-biomass plant is the first of its kind in China.

Combined solar PV and biomass power generation plant is the first of its kind in China. 1.44 MW solar element due to come online later this month.

InnoLas reports 2014 growth on the back of PERC rollout

Markus Nicht.

German laser systems provider InnoLas Solutions has reported that its 2014 bookings have shown an increase on 2013, on the back of orders for its Ultrafast PERC equipment. It reports bookings of over 1 GW of upgrades in Q1 2015.

MIT, Stanford team achieve 1.65 V perovskite tandem cell

PV tandem cell.

Researchers have achieved an open voltage perovskite-cSi tandem cell with an open circuit (Voc) voltage of 1.65 V and a conversion efficiency of 13.7%. The team from MIT and Stanford report its work has identified key challenges...

California Energy Commission awards Bosch-led team $2.8 million for micro-grid demonstration

Bosch site, Farmington Hills, Michigan

The funds will assist the demonstration and deployment of Bosch's direct-current building-scale micro-grid platform, which the company says will provide a more reliable and resilient power supply to critical loads.

Schmid promotes PERT over PERC

A PERC cell.

German PV equipment supplier Schmid is promoting its PERT technology as resulting in significantly reduced light-induced degradation than occurs in PERC multicrystalline cells. PERT refers to Passivated Emitter Rear Totally...

Australia: Study finds PV can supply more than 60% of electricity demand in Alice Springs

Australian outback.

A study released today has found that solar can supply more than 60% of electricity demand in the remote town of Alice Springs and the grid remain stable. The study concludes that an additional 10 MW of PV can be added to the...

Singulus books 'high performance' cell tool order

Dr Stefan Rinck.

German PV production equipment supplier Singulus has booked a "substantial" order for process machines for the production of "high performance" solar cells. The order, in the "double digit of millions," brings Singulus' solar...

Oxford PV raises over US$12 million to commercialize perovskites

Tandem PV.

UK-based perovskite technology developer Oxford PV has closed an £8 million (US$12.15 million) first-tranche B equity round to continue to develop its solar perovskite technology. The round doubles the amount of equity...

1366 Tech partners with Hanwha Q Cells in wafer launch

The 1366 Tech and Hanwha Q Cells team.

This latest generation of the company's kerfless wafer production machinery, which avoids feedstock waste by forming wafers directly from molten silicon, is designed to make more than 5 MW per year.

Heliatek supplies Asia's largest BIOPV installation

Heliatek organic solar film

The Dresden-based organic PV provider is partnering with vTrium Energy on a pilot program that will contribute to the creation of a base for Singapore's future energy mix while also delivering comprehensive data on the...

ZSW boosts efficiency of cadmium-free thin-film cells to world record level

A ZSW researcher prepares solar cells for measurement under the sun simulator.

Researchers replaced intermediate films consisting of cadmium sulfide and zinc oxide with zinc oxysulfide and zinc magnesium oxide. As a buffer layer, zinc oxide-sulfide is more transparent to light in the blue wavelength range,...

PV+Test 2.0: Hanwha module improves to Good (+)

A solar module undergoes the TÜV Rheinland stress test.

Hanwha Solar has again submitted a polycrystalline module from the HSL 60 Poly series for testing by PV + Test. Achieving improvements, particularly in performance, the module was rated Good (+).

International consortium carries out PV performance R&D project

imec clean room

Financed by the European Commission, the Performance Plus project was launched with the goal of making PV systems more reliable and cost-effective and improving their overall performance.

SMA's 1 MW central inverter lands in Asia

The 1 MW Sunny Central 1000CP XT inverter delivers a power output of 2 MW when combined with SMA's Medium Voltage Power Station, and has been designed for PV installations in Asia.

Device has been developed for PV projects that are planned in 1 MW generation blocks and will form part of SMA's Medium Voltage Power Station.

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