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Germany slates $210 million for sustainable power grid research

Transmission tower maintenance, Germany

Some 200 research institutes and companies are taking part in the initiative, part of the country's ambitious goal of an 80% renewable energy share by 2050.


Factory delays spurring higher cell efficiencies, finds NPD Solarbuzz

NPD Solarbuzz chart.

Solar PV manufacturers are stepping up R&D efforts to achieve greater efficiencies, with industry standard modules set to reach 275 W within a year, research finds.


Amtech receives order for IonSolar implant system, announces Q3 FY results

Production line.

The U.S.-based solar equipment manufacturer will ship its IonSolar Implant system to an unnamed Chinese solar company within six months.


pv magazine's weekly news roundup

MS Turano PlanetSolar boat.

A quick look back at the biggest solar news stories that have grabbed our attention over these past seven days.


World's largest solar boat charts course for ancient Greece

MS Turano PlanetSolar

Solar boat MS Turanor PlanetSolar has become a research vessel for archaeological expeditions in Greece. The catamaran completed a round-the-world trip in 2012 powered only by sun.


Organic polymer tandem cell reaches record 11.5% efficiency

Polymer cell prototype.

UCLA researchers have improved upon the performance ratio of a polymer organic cell, employing a triple-junction approach to create a new efficiency record.


Solexel raises $31 million in D-round financing

The Solexel cell.

Thin-crystalline cell and module startup Solexel has closed a D-round of financing, bringing in a further $31 million. The funds will be used to begin commercial production of its advanced thin-silicon PV modules.


Giant PV duck energizes Copenhagen design competition

Energy Duck

The Land Art Generator Initiative seeks to promote collective action in support of reneawble energy. The Energy Duck would generate electricity 24 hours a day and serve as an educational visitor center.


Dubai offers $1 million solar solution prize to tackle water shortage

Dubai desert.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will award $1 million to any research institute that devises a solar-powered way to solve the region's water scarcity.


Photon Energy employs German tech for pilot project Down Under

Photon Energy 283 kW plant in Sydney

The group has secured funding from the German government to design, install and operate a PV battery power supply for a broadcast antenna in Australia operated by communications infrastructure provider BAI.


Fraunhofer ISE sets new world record with 36.7% efficient CPV module

Fraunhofer ISE miniatured version of a CPV module

The German research institute set the new record using a Soitec quadruple-junction solar PV cell and Fresnel lens concentrators. Commercialization of this technology is expected in one to two years.


NREL Research, Crystal Solar win R&D 100 Award

NREL campus, Golden, Colorado

The research facility and the California PV company were honored for their breakthrough in silicon solar cells. NREL has won a total of 57 "Oscars of Innovation" since 1982.


N-type mono is coming, but when?

HiCZ ingot puller

A drive for higher efficiency solar PV technologies is expected to spur increased production of n-type mono wafers. However, analysts remain cautious about the exact timing of market adoption.


Kyocera sues Hanwha Q CELLS Japan over patent infringement

Kyocera fab, Japan.

The Japanese company files lawsuit at the Tokyo District Court against Hanwha Q CELLS Japan for alleged patent infringement of its three-busbar solar cell technology.


GT to begin offering Merlin metallization technology in 2015

Merlin cell

GT Advanced Technologies has revealed further details of its Merlin metallization and interconnection technology at the Intersolar North America trade show, including a timeframe to offer the solution to customers in early 2015.


IBM Research launches Green Horizon in China

Smoggy Beijing

The project aims to help the country reach its ambitious goals and includes the development of a renewable energy forecasting system to help energy grids manage alternative energy sources.


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