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CTF Solar to supply equipment for CTIEC’S first CdTe module factory

CTF Solar and CTIEC supplier contract signing.

The two parties signed equipment procurement contracts for the 100 MW factory, which will produce cadmium telluride thin-film modules, during the SNEC tradeshow that is currently taking place in Shanghai.

Panasonic joins Solliance project on perovskite solar research

imec has already achieved significant perovskite breakthroughs, and Panasonic's partnership with Solliance should yield further progression.

Japanese tech corporation becomes industrial partner of the Solliance R&D project to aid further development of roll-to-roll production of flexible perovskite solar cells.

Calls for UK renewable energy policy reform before the release of the budget

Solar PV site and wind farm in the UK

After conducting a pre-budget analysis, Green Alliance finds that investing in renewables instead of giving general energy subsidies would save GBP 420 million, while the Solar Trade Association calls for a ‘level playing field’...

Recharge invests in Younicos’ groundbreaking island renewable storage project

The hybrid renewable energy storage projecton on the Azorean island of Graciosa

The green investor takes 50.1% of the 24 million EUR hybrid renewable energy storage project on the Portuguese island, which, once completed, will allow the island to be totally powered by renewable energy, except for prolonged...

Obama, Trudeau pledge to advance renewable energy integration as part of climate pact

The wide-ranging pact between the leaders pledges work on integrating more renewable energy on the grid and elimination of fossil fuel subsidies

IRENA: Renewables can help China reduce water use in power sector

45% of China’s power generation facilities are located in areas of high water stress

By achieving a 26% share of renewable energy in 2030 China would not only cut carbon emissions of power generation by 37%, but also reduce water-intensity by 42%, IRENA reports.

Smart energy revolution could help UK save GBP 8bn, finds report

Conergy solar farm in Kencot, UK

NIC report finds that the U.K. could benefit greatly from adopting a smarter energy policy, which includes higher interconnections, electricity storage and demand flexibility; current government regulations are standing in the...

NexWafe raises 6 million euro for its kerfless wafer technology

A PV wafer production tool

Switzerland's Lynwood will invest €6 million (US$6.61 million) in NexWafe's EpiWafer technology. The funding round will support the Nexwafe's continuing commercialization of its gas-to-wafer production technology.

SolarPower Europe calls for 35% by 2030 renewable target

The audience during the COP21 in Paris

Europe’s leading solar trade body, SolarPower Europe, has called on the European Union to set a renewable energy target of 35% to be achieved by 2030, which may require flexible regulatory frameworks. Echoing the conclusion...

LSE: China's carbon emissions likely to peak by 2025

Researchers predict an early peak in China's CO2 emissions.

China's CO2 emissions, if they grow at all, are likely to peak at some point in the decade before 2025, note LSE economists Fergus Green and Nicholas Stern.

IASS: Solar and wind can reduce global water scarcity

Solar PV systems and wind turbines are the most water-friendly electricity technologies

The German Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) is calling for more water-friendly decisions and more transparency regarding water use in the energy sector.

Heraeus Photovoltaics establishes new lab in Japan

Heraeus new product modification lab in Tokyo

The regional product modification center will strengthen the company's R&D presence in the Asia Pacific region and accelerate innovation for customers, Heraeus said.

Panasonic claims world record module efficiency record with 23.8%

Panasonic HIT cell

Panasonic Corporation has claimed the world record module efficiency title by a full 1%, achieving 23.8% aperture efficiency on an 11.5-square-centimeter research module.

NREL researchers push past 1V CdTe cell barrier

First Solar research team

A research team lead by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory has developed a technique by which cadmium telluride (CdTe) PV cells can be produced with an open-circuit voltage exceeding 1 volt. The team claims the...

The pv magazine weekly news digest


Developments in the U.S. continued to make headlines this week as utilities across the country carry out systematic attacks on net metering and a California city weighs a PPA for possibly the lowest solar power price on record.

Giga Solar lightweight PV modules pass Fraunhofer CSE tests

Giga Solar lightweight PV module

The manufacturer's lightweight, glass-free modules enable innovative, low-cost rooftop and speedier mounting methods without the need for racking hardware or roof penetrations. The test results demonstrate that the solar PV...

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