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Lithuanian university develops new generation organic semi-conductors

Researchers at the Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) in Lithuania have announced the development of a cheaper semi-conductor for use in hybrid solar cells. The development has been registered at the European Patent Office.


Imec perovskite breakthrough yields 11.9% efficiency

Imec's perovskite thin film PV module has achieved conversion efficiencies above 11% in recent tests.

Belgian nano-electronics researchers Imec achieve record active area efficiency on thin film perovskite PV cell, measured over an aperture area of 16cm2.


US: Solar to account for 24% of cumulative microgrid capacity by 2020

Microgrids increasingly emerging as a PV integration strategy

A new GTM Research report estimates that the U.S. microgrid market will reach a cumulative capacity of around 2.8 GW in 2020. Of this, renewables are set to account for 26%, led by solar.


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...


US: 100% conversion to wind, water and solar power by 2050 feasible, PV to account for 38%

Solar PV a could account for 38% of power generation in the U.S. in 2050

In a new study by Stanford University, a solid financial, technical and economical case for the U.S to convert its all-purpose energy systems to ones powered by wind, water and sunlight (WWS) has been made. Based on their...


Analysis: Innovation is mounting

A floating PV array.

Cormac Gilligan from IHS examines pv magazine's 50 array-changing technologies selection and finds that while innovation in mounting technologies remains slow-paced, the signs are positive that change is coming. In the area of...


CEO interview: Innovations in solar technology; PERC the new PV benchmark

Goetz Fischbeck.

Goetz Fischbeck, CEO of Smart Solar Consulting, casts his eye across the solar PV cell and module technologies featured in pv magazine's 50 Array Changing Technologies free download, available now. In addition to the importance...


Solartech expands multi PERC to 240 MW

Solar cell

Taiwan’s Solartech Energy will expand its multicrystalline PERC production to 240 MW. The PERC expansion will add one PERC line per month July through September of this year, finishing up with four lines by the end of that month.


Soitec hits 38.9% with four-junction CPV cell

Soitec cell

France’s Soitec has achieved 38.9% conversion efficiency with a four-junction cell, assembled into a CPV module. The cell set an efficiency world record in December last year, and has now been incorporated into a CPV application.


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.


SoLayTec to deliver InPassion tooling to two Chinese manufacturers

A tool.

Holland’s SoLayTec will ship four of its InPassion PECVD tooling to two Chinese Tier 1 manufacturers. One tool is for a new customer’s R&D line, while three will go to an existing customer for volume production.


First Solar full module efficiency of 18.2%

A First Solar efficiency record.

U.S. thin film manufacturer First Solar has achieved a major boost in module efficiency using its cadmium telluride technology. Today the company announced a full module efficiency of 18.2%, from an 18.6% aperture efficiency...


Fraunhofer launches company to transfer kerfless wafer technology into production

Germany’s Fraunhofer has announced the launch of a spin-off company, NexWafe GmbH to transfer its kerfless wafer production technology into production. Fraunhofer Venture will supply seed funding.


PI Berlin to introduce new PV error analysis method at Intersolar Europe

Modules on the array are supplied with current during twilight hours to enable accurate, high-resolution EL imaging that can detect faults.

The Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin has developed a new automated process whereby up to 1,000 solar modules daily can be examined using electroluminescence measurements.


Australia's CSIRO rolls out PV residential monitoring platform

The Eddy.

Australian-made technology that will allow householders to remotely monitor and control their electricity usage, and utilities to coordinate demand management programs, is being trialed in the city of Perth and regional...


Perovskite flaws revealed, points to major efficiency upside

Perovskite material.

New research has revealed microscopic flaws in perovskite crystals used in PV applications. The discovery indicates that there is a very large potential for conversion efficiency gains, if these faults can be removed.


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