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Dow seeks further opportunities in China’s PV encapsulant film market

Dow film production in Germany

Dow Chemical Company, one of the world’s largest chemical material companies, expressed an ambition of becoming a supplier of materials for the encapsulation and protection of PV cells within modules, particularly targeting the...


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New initiative looks to space for solar energy

Space

An U.S.-India initiative says it is seeking to ease the global energy crisis by harvesting solar power from space.


Incremental innovations at Clean Energy Expo

Picture of Clean Energy Expo branding and people walking into conference

The Clean Energy Expo opened its doors on Tuesday in Singapore. Two major sessions - solar power commercialization and solar power technology - were the highlights of the day, with a range of prominent speakers who were well...


China: PV still at “take-off” stage

R&D picture from Suntech, with man sitting at a PV machine

China's photovoltaics (PV) sector is still at the take-off stage, with an “unevenly” developed industry chain, according to a new research report, which investigates the policy and economy risks associated with entering the...


Study: appropriate pricing of PV in Germany would reduce electricity charges

Solar panels in a field in Germany

A new study, "The True Value of Photovoltaics in Germany", says the stock market price on the Leipzig-based European Energy Exchange is "unsuitable" as a benchmark for pricing photovoltaic (PV) electricity.


PEPPER PV project receives €9.4 million EC funding

Thin film equipment

Thin film silicon solar research project – called PEPPER and led by Oerlikon Solar – has received a €9.4 million grant under the Framework Programme for Research of the European Union, coordinated by the DG Energy of the European...


Study: PV expansion won’t affect Germany’s power grids

Ground mount PV installation, Germany

A new study has concluded that Germany’s power grids are “well prepared” to handle the future expansion of photovoltaics (PV) generation to the planned 52 gigawatts by 2020, the level stipulated by the country’s government in its...


New US solar research facility awarded USD$6 million

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm

U.S.-based Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) board has approved a COEE (Centers of Energy Excellence) designation and USD$6 million in funding to establish the Solar Valley Research Enterprise (SVRE).


Report: PV poised to become mainstream source of energy in Sunbelt countries

General PV panel against the sky image

According to a new report, Sunbelt countries - those located within +/- 35° latitude around the equator - constitute an “immense” opportunity for photovoltaics (PV) to become mainstream by 2020; by 2030 they could develop into a...



China: 1 million solar electric cars to be developed

Solar electric car, white

China Trends Holdings Limited has said it is looking to develop one million solar electric cars, along with China Innovation Investment Limited and China Oriental Numerical Control Company Limited.


Polysilicon enables strong PV growth

The lead author of the market report, The Who's Who of Solar Silicon Production, Johannes Bernreuter will present at the 11th Forum Solarpraxis.

Bernreuter Research states that the feedstock is sufficient for 27.5 gigawatts in 2011.


Easier and faster certification and market entry

TÜV Rheinland and FM Approvals will cooperate on PV modules testing.

A new testing service from FM Approvals and TÜV Rheinland can now enable photovoltaic module manufacturers to get certification and market entry quicker and easier.


Solar Frontier and IBM to develop CZTS cell

IBM will develop CZTS cells with Solar Frontier.

Solar Frontier announced today that it has signed a deal with IBM to jointly develop thin film technology based on copper, zinc, tin, sulfur and selenium (CZTS).


Indian solar on a roll

India is on the right path for solar.

India is ahead of its intital target for solar power. The ambitious Solar Mission plan issued last year seems to be hitting the right numbers.


Thin-Film substrate, encapsulation market at $1.3 billion by 2015

New materials could upstage the traditional glass.

A new report released by industry analyst firm NanoMarkets states that new materials for thin films will grow in importance.


Market acceptance for CIGS developers

Size of factories and bank accounts do matter in the world of CIGS developers.

How can thin films that use copper, indium, gallium and selenium find fast market acceptance has been a big question for CIGS technology developers. The answer, perhaps not surprisingly, depends on the size of their bank accounts...


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