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Cloaking technology refracts light around metallization fingers

German researchers have applied the approach used by invisibility cloak research to direct sunlight around busbars and metallization fingers to potentially increase PV cell and module efficiency. The research was carried out by a...


Eu’s largest PV energy conversion and storage project enters field trial phase  

PV panels


The development phase of creating an integrated energy conversion and storage kit capable of production on an industrial scale for decentralized on-grid, residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems has been successfully...


Asian solar market set to expand; Singapore ready to step up to the challenge

Mr Goh Chee Kiong

The Asian solar market is going to experience tremendous growth and when that happens, Singapore will be well positioned to serve this market, a key industry figure has told pv magazine.


R&D department part of First Solar's expansion plans

First Solar's Frankfurt (Oder) facility

As part of its plans to expand the Frankfurt (Oder) plant in Germany, First Solar has told pv magazine it will be developing a research and development (R&D) department, which will focus on downstream system installations.


Suntech solar panels receive ammonia resistance certification

Suntech PV panels.

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd's core products have been certified by TÜV Rheinland Japan, according to the DIN 5096:1985 T2 standard to maintain high performance when exposed to ammonia.


First Solar still ahead of the PV module pack

First Solar production facility

Thin film manufacturer, First Solar remained the largest supplier of photovoltaic (PV) modules with a global share of 8.4 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to the latest analysis of the PV module market from...


Solexant's nanocrystal solar technology receives USD$41.5 million

Dr. Paul Alivisatos

Third generation thin film developer Solexant Corp. has secured USD$41.5 million during the first close of a Series C financing round, following the “successful completion” of a two megawatt (MW) pilot line operating at the...


US: New research agreement “central” to future of solar power

Frieder Seible, Dean of the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering (L) and Mitsuru Homma, executive vice president of Sanyo

A research collaboration agreement has been announced between the Sanyo Electric Group and the University of California, San Diego, the U.S. which will see a number of solar energy research projects undertaken.


MIT launches flight simulator to help set solar prices

John Sterman

A new management flight simulator, aimed at helping users set prices for solar panels, has been launched by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Indian PV market set to expand

Indian PV panels

The Indian solar photovoltaics (PV) market is predicted to grow five-fold over the next few years and will become a global player by 2022.


Global solar PV cell production booming

Photovoltaic panel

Global photovoltaic (PV) cell production grew last year by 51% from 7.1 gigawatts (GW) in 2008 to 10.7 GW in 2009, according to a research note published by GTM Research.


New solar cell facility for Melbourne, Australia

Professor Min Gu

The Swinburne University of Technology and Suntech have announced the opening of a new solar cell facility in Melbourne Australia.


€1.2 billion “urgently” needed to boost European PV industry

Madrid cityscape.

Over a billion euros must “urgently” be invested into research and development (R&D) for the photovoltaics (PV) industry, says the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), so that it can compete with traditional power...


Panasonic Group pushes ahead with "full-scale" entry into solar cell business

SANYO HIT solar panel.

The Panasonic Group has announced its plans to launch its HIT(R) 215 Series household solar power generation systems on July 1, thus highlighting the company’s aim for a "full-scale entry" into the solar cell business.


Arizona could become alternative energy hotspot

Kris Mayes

More than 80 applications for solar and wind power plants have been submitted by developers in the state of Arizona, which are valued at tens of billions of dollars, reports The Arizona Republic.


Hawaii: CPV terrestrial power investigation underway

CPV array

A U.S. industry consortium is investigating the viability of concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) technology for terrestrial power generation in Hawaii, the U.S.


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