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USAID to fund solar research projects in India and Morocco

USAID logo. Image by USAID.

The U.S. Agency for International development (USAID) announced that it will provide USD10 million in funding to a number of projects aimed at addressing critical areas of development, two of the projects center on solar research...

Solar Junction CPV cell hits 41.4 percent efficiency

Solar Junction 40 % efficient CPV cell

Solar Junction has achieved 41.4 percent cell efficiency on a concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) multi-junction production cell. The results have been confirmed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

High inventories expected as PV installation demand decreases

iSuppli PV material and product supplier inventory graphic

According to research, a decrease in demand for new PV installations in the first quarter of the year is expected to cause a "surge" in company inventories.

Suniva achieves 19 percent screen printed cell efficiency

Ajeet Rohatgi, Suniva founder and CTO

Suniva, Inc. has claimed its ARTisun Select series solar cells, which are now in full-scale production, are achieving over 19 percent conversion efficiencies. This, says the company, is a record.

NREL to invest in early-stage solar technologies

NREL incubator manager Martha Symko-Davies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has said up to USD$7 million will be invested in the development and commercialization of emerging solar energy technologies.

EU renewable energy goals fall short

Germany solar park

The EU’s renewable energy goals for 2010, which include power generated from photovoltaics, solar thermal and concentrating solar power, have fallen short of expectations.

France: New joint research laboratory for PV polymers

INES building

A new public-private mixed research laboratory dedicated to the development of polymer materials for photovoltaic (PV) module technologies has been set up in France.

Abu Dhabi solar power plant on schedule

The Gulf emirate CSP plant is on track.

Masdar, Total S.A. and Abengoa Solar are on track to begin operations at the 100 megawatt concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in the Gulf emirate in the third quarter of 2012 according to the Spanish Abengoa.

20.5 GWs of PV installations predicted for 2011

IMS Research PV installation forecast graph for 2011

Latest estimates state that new photovoltaics (PV) installations grew by 130 percent last year to reach 17.5 gigawatts (GWs). This year, installations are forecast to hit 20.5 GWs, thus taking total installed capacity to 58 GWs.

US solar market shows increased M&A activity

2 MW PV installation at Denver International Airport

According to a new report, the U.S. greentech mergers and acquisitions (M&A) landscape posted a record year in 2010, with the solar sector displaying increased activity.

BIPV to compensate for PV panel commoditization

Suntech HQ in Wuxi, China with worl's largest PV facade

A new report states that the photovoltaics (PV) industry is at a crossroads, with a growing realization that PV panels are becoming commoditized. But, it believes building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) could provide a strategic...

France releases PV initiative aimed at fighting Chinese competition

French flag flying before a building

The French Government is looking to motivate its national photovoltaics (PV) industry through the introduction of a new R&D program, which is aimed at reducing China’s grip on the global PV market.

PV inverter service plans and extended warranties to grow five-fold

IMS Research's PV Inverter Service Plan & Extended Warranty - Jan-11 graph

The market for photovoltaics (PV) inverter service plans and extended warranties is forecast to grow by over 480 percent between over the next three years, thus creating "huge" growth opportunities for inverter suppliers.

US PV system integrators gain global foothold

First Solar 2.2 MW Marche, Spain PV Plant

New research states that, for the first time, three of the ten largest global photovoltaics (PV) system integrators in 2010 were U.S.-based.

Australian solar car breaks Guinness World Record

The Sunswift IVy solar car in action

A solar powered car, designed by students at the University of New South Wales, has officially become the world’s fastest solar vehicle after reaching speeds of more than 88 km/h.

PV module demand strong as shipments reach 5.4 GWs

JA Solar solar cell

New research has revealed that shipments of photovoltaic (PV) modules increased by 20 percent in the third quarter of this year, in order to reach 5.4 gigawatts.

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