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Woes deepen for SunEdison, Mexico's energy reform invites 1.7 GW of solar, and Huawei shuffles to the top of the global inverter pack as another busy week in solar comes to a close.


Research: New way to funnel solar energy "100 times more concentrated than PV"

Carbon nanotube graphic

Using carbon nanotubes - hollow tubes of carbon atoms - Massachusetts Institute of Technology chemical engineers say they have found a way to concentrate solar energy 100 times more than a regular photovoltaic (PV) cell. Such...


Trony to develop solar battery technology

Trony Solar Holdings Company Limited solar modules installed against a mountain backdrop

Thin film solar module producer, Trony Solar Holdings Company Limited has signed separate agreements with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) to co-develop solar battery...


Japan aims to build first solar panel recycling facility soon

View over Kitakyushu City in Japan

A spokesperson at Solar Frontier has told pv magazine that its parent company, Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K, has established a joint venture with Kitakyushu City in Japan, with the aim of establishing the country’s first recycling...


SunPower awarded USD$1.8 million research grant

Jim Pape

In a second round of funding by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), U.S.-based SunPower Corp. is set to receive a grant of around USD$1.8 million from the California Solar Initiative Research, Development,...


US: DOE announces USD$8.5 million investment to advance solar energy grid integration systems

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced that the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Sandia National Laboratories is investing USD$8.5 million for four projects, which have reached Stage III of the Solar Energy Grid Integration...


imec reports large-area silicon solar cells with high efficiency

imec’s Cu-plated large-area silicon solar cell with 19.4 percent efficiency

imec has announced it will present several large-area silicon solar cells with a conversion efficiency above 19 percent at this year’s EU PVSEC, currently being held in Valencia, Spain.


“Record breaking”: Oerlikon Solar drives down thin film production costs to €0.50; reports highest lab cell efficiency

Inside Oerlikon Solar's factory

Swiss company, Oerlikon Solar, has launched a new production line 'ThinFab' for the manufacturing of thin film silicon modules at the EU PVSEC, which is says will achieve "record breaking" production costs of €0.50 per Watt peak...


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Research: Self-repairing solar cells

Proof-of-concept version of the photoelectrochemical cell, which was used for laboratory tests

By looking at how plants convert sunlight into stored energy, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have succeeded in mimicking a key aspect of the process in solar cells.


Frauenhofer’s megawatt laboratory for PV inverters begins operation

View into the new megawatt laboratory at Fraunhofer ISE for testing inverters in the power range up to 1 MW

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany has announced that operations have begun at its megawatt laboratory for photovoltaics (PV) inverters.


Report: Three "key" US states to account for 48 percent of country’s PV market by 2012

Scottsdale, Arizona

Three key states will account for 48 percent of the U.S.’s total photovoltaics (PV) market, according to a new report issued by EuPD Research. Aimed at helping the industry understand the downstream PV market, it added that...


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Australian research institute awarded AUD$320,000 grant to increase organic polymer solar cells efficiency

University of Wollongong building in Australia

Researchers at the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI) at the University of Wollongong in Australia have been awarded a new Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant of AUD$320,000 over three years. As such, they...


Mars: Self-cleaning technology can keep solar panels dust-free

Solar farm in the desert

Research scientists from Boston University's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering have presented their findings on self-dusting solar panels to the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS).


World first for transformerless inverters as SMA receives UL certification

SMA Solar Technology AG UL certified transformerless inverter (orange)

Germany-based SMA Solar Technology AG has received certification from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for its transformerless inverters. This, says the company, is a world first for transformerless inverters and means that it can...


Research: PV microinverters and power optimizer revenues predicted to hit around USD$1.5 billion over next 5 years

Photovoltaics research director, Ash Sharma

Solar microinverters and DC-DC power optimizers are forecast to generate more than USD$1.5 billion in revenues over the next five years, according to IMS Research. It says that shipments of the devices are forecast to grow over...


US annual PV installations to reach 1.9 GW by 2014, says new study

First Solar commercial rooftop PV installation

The U.S. is expected to install around 1.9 gigawatts (GW) of photovoltaics (PV) annually by 2014, according to new research, which states that the country’s market is growing at fast pace, thanks to government support and...


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