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SEMI: Equipment sales fall as book-to-bill remains negative

SEMI graph.

Worldwide PV equipment billings have fallen in Q3 2014, decreasing to $264 million, a fall over 17% quarter-on-quarter. Bookings also fell to $157 million, 33% below Q2, with the book-to-bill ratio remaining below parity.


NREL partners with GE on microgrid development project

Grid.

Collaboration includes involvement from the Electric Power Research Institute and focuses on $8 million program to leverage capabilities of energy systems integration facilities.


Niche solar products enjoying their moment in sun

Solar Cloth application.

From spray-on and peel and stick to solar cloth and solar-powered cycle paths, PV's potential is being examined across a number of innovative applications.


Cleantech disruption to reduce annual utility revenues by up to $123 billion

A power pole.

The growth of distributed generation and energy efficiency is set to reduce utility revenues by up to $123 billion a year by 2025. This is the finding of a new report by consultants Accenture, in its Digitally Enabled Grid...


UNSW researchers achieve 40.4% CPV cell result with outdoor testing

A power tower diagram.

Researchers from Australian Center for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW))have achieved a conversion efficiency world record, for a cell testing in outdoor facilities. The 40.4% efficiency...


TU Delft student sets new tandem thin film silicon efficiency record

Researcher Hairen Tan.

A PhD student at TU Delft has recorded a conversion efficiency of 14.8% with a tandem thin film silicon cell. Hairen Tan achieved the result through applying a number of innovative techniques, for which he picked up the Young...


Peel-and-stick solar cells

Stanford University campus.

Stanford professor says peel-away solar cells could revolutionize BIPV. Chinese academic is working on scaling up the technology.


Report finds more info on solar, mini-grids needed to address energy gap

Offgrid project in Africa.

Practical Action has released a report that outlines gaps in the evidence that the UK-based NGO claims is tainting the energy debate in favor of the world's richer population. More information and policy support for solar and...


SunShot scheme awarded $9m solar R&D funding

Ernie Moniz.

The US Department of Energy will back all breakthrough research and development projects that advance solar PV to the tune of $9 million.


Future PV Forum brings close-to-commercialization technologies into focus

Andreas Liebheit.

The 15th Forum Solarpraxis played host to the first Future PV Forum today in Berlin. 10 presentations across the solar innovation value chain showcased a range of technologies from the much-hyped perovskites to laser 3D printing...


Midsummer reduces CIGS active layer to 800nm

A Midsummer flex module.

Swedish thin film equipment supplier Midsummer has reduced the active layer in its CIGS deposition process to 800nm. The tool supplier claims that this is less than half of what other suppliers offer, substantially reducing costs.


Fraunhofer CSE installs first 'Plug and Play' PV system

Fraunhofer CSE residential rooftop Plug and Play PV System

The R&D laboratory says once the residential rooftop PV system is commercially available, homeowners will be able to purchase and install the system as easily as installing a washer and dryer.


Fraunhofer ISE pursues titania rearside coating

A high efficiency cell.

Using a technique it has labeled 'Snow Globe Coating,' Germany's Fraunhofer ISE is pursuing a titania rearside cell coating technology. Fraunhofer says it provides a reflective back coating to cells, boosting efficiency.


Inside Meyer Burger's new HJT pilot line

Christophe Ballif, director of CSEM's PV-center.

Interview: On Monday the Meyer Burger Group and the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) inaugurated their Swiss-Inno pilot line for heterojunction technology (HJT) in Neuchatel, Switzerland. Christophe Ballif,...


Meyer Burger inaugurates heterojunction pilot line

An HJT cell.

Swiss PV equipment supplier Meyer Burger inaugurated its first heterojunction (HJT) cell pilot line, in Neuchatel, Switzerland today. The line will be operated in partnership with the Swiss research body CSEM.


Trina Solar sets new efficiency record for silicon cells

Trina Solar PV module production

While the technologies are not currently in production, they will be part of the company's future commercialized Honey Plus and IBC products, says Trina Vice President and chief scientist Pierre Verlinden.


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