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Heliatek raises EUR 80m for OPV expansion

Heliafilm.

The German developer of organic PV materials has raised a sizable amount of funding to finance its manufacturing expansion and worldwide market development.


Coveme: Pushing boundaries on bifacial modules

Jonathan Gifford interviewing Coveme's Alessandro Anderlini at Intersolar Europe.

pv magazine's Jonathan Gifford caught up with Coveme Division Manager Photovoltaic, Alessandro Anderlini, at Intersolar Europe to get an update on the Italian company's latest innovations and to get his perspectives on the...


IBC Solar and Dhybrid enter cooperation for hybrid systems

IBC Solar and DHYBRID sign cooperation agreement. Image IBC Solar.

The two German companies signed the cooperation agreement in a bid to become one of the world’s leading providers of diesel-PV hybrid systems.


KfW Development Bank to fund two floating solar projects in India

Floating solar park in London

The German-based development bank has agreed to build the projects as part of a study to assess the potential of floating parks within India, and to show the technical practicality of large-scale solar.


SunPower sets new solar efficiency record

SunPower E20 PV module

US company SunPower achieved an efficiency of 24.1% for a module using silicon cells, which is just the latest in a number of efficiency records for solar technology, showing that the modules are moving in the right direction.


Solar Impulse completes historic flight across the Atlantic

Solar Impulse crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Image by Solar Impulse.

Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard landed the solar-powered plane in Seville on Thursday morning, achieving one of the most iconic stretches on the journey, and getting one step closer to completing the mission to fly around the world...


Intersolar Awards 2016: Five winners of Outstanding Solar Projects

The winners from the Intersolar Awards 2016

The award this year was a consolidation of various awards from previous years, with five winners taking home prizes. A theme for the winners was the projects’ social impacts on the communities that benefit from them.


PV innovations helping to push the French market forward

La Réunion

Philippe Malbranche, Directeur Général of the French solar research institute INES, explains why his organization is hosting a workshop on innovations from France. The varying innovations take part in the whole PV value chain,...


Overheating and incompatible plug connectors

At the PV farm in question, actual black and white sheep occasionally graze beneath the solar panels.

Black sheep I: In a Bavarian solar farm, experts discovered overheated junction boxes after commissioning and, later, overheated plug connectors as well.


EUPVSEC opens with rallying call to Europe's solar industry

The opening sessions of the EUPVSEC 2016 conference began today, and will run all week.

This morning EUPVSEC kicked off at the International Conference Center in Munich. Some 6,500 authors and co-authors from 88 countries had submitted their abstracts for presentation at the week-long event. This year for the first...


Hanwha Q Cells sets 19.5% efficiency record for standard 301W multicrystalline module

Hanwha Q Cells production.

Verified by Fraunhofer ISE CalLab, the rating of 19.5% efficiency for a standard module of 1,670 x 1,000 mm2 sets a new world record for multicrystalline panels; Hanwha achieved the result using its Q.ANTUM cells with four...


The pv magazine weekly news digest

Solar panel in the sunshine.

In a week shaped by three pivotal reports that each forecast a bright future for solar, there was still a reminder of the industry's unforgiving landscape for companies that fail to move with the times, and markets.


Energy storage market to grow to USD250 billion by 2040

Battery energy storage unit

This is the forecast in Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s New Energy Outlook 2016 report, which expects to see the price for energy storage systems significantly drop, as batteries will help to wean power dependency away from...


EPFL achieves 19.6% perovskite efficiency using vacuum coating

Perovskite

Switzerland's Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has used vacuum coating to deposit and grow a perovskite semiconductor layer, resulting in a 19.6% efficient cell. Researchers have applied a mild vacuum for 20...


Solar boat attempting to cross the Atlantic

Map of the Solar Voyager's progress

The Solar Voyager, built by two friends in their spare time, is an autonomous boat that is attempting to be the very first to cross any ocean using solely solar power, as it travels slowly across the Atlantic Ocean.


North American solar investors concerned about H2 oversupply

SunEdison worker.

Deutsche Bank released some market analysis, addressing the concerns of North American solar investors, who fear a potential PV oversupply is on the horizon, changes to net metering policies, and rising Chinese competition.


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