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Samsung SDI to begin producing PV paste in China after unveiling new 8800 Series

Samsung SDI at SNEC 2016. Photo Samsung SDI

The South Korean company is due to start operations at its Wuxi Plant in June to have a production base in China, where the PV industry is thriving.


CSEM inaugurates expanded solar research and testing facilities

The Swiss research institute’s PV-center is now “fully operational” with a cleanroom and module production and testing labs.


Australia's UNSW sets sunlight-to-electricity efficiency record of 34.5%

Mark Keevers with the four-junction solar mini-module built at UNSW and which has recorded sunlight conversion efficiency of 34.5%.

Result by engineers at that University of New South Wales edges the solar industry closer to the theoretical limits of PV efficiency, smashing previous record of 24% set by Alta Devices of the U.S.


Meyer Burger, Eternal Sun named as 2016 Technology Highlights award winners

Award winner badge

Meyer Burger's DW288 Series 3 diamond wire saw, and Eternal Sun's Climate Chamber and Solar Simulator have been named as the winners of the 2016 Technology Highlights award. The award recognizes excellence in innovation and...


GT Advanced Technologies to release new multicrystalline furnace at SNEC

GT Advanced Technologies HiCZ ingot puller

It’s more positive news for GT Advanced Technologies after emerging from bankruptcy earlier in the year, with the new furnace capable of producing more than 20 MW worth of ingots annually.


Enphase Energy launches its Enphase AC Battery in Australia and New Zealand

Enphase distributors are now taking orders in Australia and New Zealand for its Enphase AC Battery.

The two countries will be the first region in the world where the California-based company will be selling its Enphase Home Energy Solution, as it continues to expand into international markets.


Siva Power to build CIGS pilot line

Siva Power module image

Siva Power has raised US$5 million, in a series D round, to construct a pilot line for its CIGS PV technology. The line will be installed at the company's Santa Clara base.


CLP India aiming to enter the solar market with purchase of Suzlon projects

Telangana kachiguda railway station

Reports coming out of India suggest that wind energy giant Suzlon is negotiating a deal with CLP India to sell 100 MW of PV projects, marking CLP’s first steps in India’s growing solar market.


Developments on over 1 GW of new PV in India

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Progress on three solar schemes and projects in India, which have a potential combined capacity of 1050 MW, including 500 MW of rooftop PV being tendered by SECI, a piece of land being assigned for a 200 MW project in Rajasthan,...


Alta Devices sets new dual-junction solar efficiency record at 31.6%

The company has set its latest record using gallium arsenide technology, and now holds world records for both single-junction and dual-junction at one sun.


Schmid supplies APVCD tooling for high efficiency cell research

Schmid tool

Schmid has announced that three PV research institutes have deployed its APCVD solution for the development of PERL (passivated emitter and rear locally diffused) and IBC cells. The high efficiency cell concepts can employ the...


UNSW takes out CZTS efficiency world record

UNSW researcher with solar cell.

Researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have achieved a world record conversion efficiency of 7.6% for a 1cm2 copper zinc tin sulfide (CZTS) solar cell. Japan's Solar Frontier, with IBM and Tokyo Ohka Kogyo, have...


Trina Solar sets new IBC cell efficiency record

Trina Solar Photovoltaic module production - Image Shen

The Chinese company achieved an impressive 23.5% efficiency for its large-area Interdigitated Back Contact mono-crystalline silicon solar cell, to go with the company’s other efficiency records.


Italian companies to build 1 GW of solar farms in Iran

Road from Qazvin into Valley of the Assassins - image by Julia Maudlin

Reports have surfaced that Italian companies Genesis and Dynkun have signed a memorandum of understanding with officials from Iran’s northwestern Qazvin province, for 100 PV plants of 10 MW each.


Sungrow expands in the UK market with over 100 MW’s of inverters connected in Q1

Sungrow inverter in the UK

It is good news for the Chinese inverter manufacturer, which has shown that its popularity is growing in many different markets worldwide, now supplying the largest volume of PV inverters globally.


Solar Impulse pilot spoke with U.N. from cockpit during testing leg of journey

The Solar Impulse 2 flies over San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge

Bertrand Piccard, one of two Swiss pilots that are taking shifts to fly the Solar Impulse 2 around the world, spoke to Ban Ki-moon after the signing of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, while in mid-flight across the Pacific...


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