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A big step for LED flashers in cell production

LED flashers.

Hanwha Q Cells adopts LED flasher from Wavelabs as a fully fledged replacement for the xenon flasher during cell testing and production.


Differentiating thin film

Looking towards the sun

Some industry representatives have raised more than a big question mark as to what the future holds for the production of thin film modules. A quick spot check shows, however, that things are developing and progressing swiftly...


Google buys solar-powered drone company

Titan Aerospace drone.

The tech giant snaps up New Mexico-based Titan Aerospace, a startup that is developing unmanned, solar-powered jets designed to fly nonstop for years at a time.


Solar Frontier sets thin-film PV world record with 20.9% CIS cell

Solar Frontier plant

Germany's Fraunhofer Institute has verified the new CIS conversion efficiency breakthrough, achieved at the Atsugi Research Center (ARC) in Kanagawa, Japan.


Panasonic develops stand-alone PV power system

Pansonic's Power Supply Container.

The company’s Power Supply Container generates and stores solar energy, and is ideal for for rural off-grid areas.


Heliatek breaks efficiency record for 40% transparent organic cells

Heliatek's OPV cell.

The organic solar film producers have achieved a new record in efficiency for 40% transparent solar cells, achieving 7.2% in recent lab tests.


Berlin startup launches plug & play storage system

Berlin skyline.

The concept from Qinous, which delivers 100% renewable energy, is to be unveiled this week at the Energy Storage Conference in Düsseldorf.


Manz refines its CIGS fab

Manz's 14.5% CIGS thin film module.

After a three-year R&D program, the German solar company has finalized its new fab, which promises to reduce CIGS manufacturing costs by 10%.


Solar revival sparking next-gen tech revolution, says IHS

CdTe thin fim cell.

The analysts anticipate advanced PV technologies to find their way into the mainstream this year as solar capital expenditure bounces back.


Trina Solar and ANU develop 24.4% efficient solar cell

Fraunhofer researcher.

The Chinese PV company teamed up with the Australian National University to develop the high efficiency IBC solar cell.


SMA, Danfoss join forces, form major converter alliance

SMA solar inverter production

The new European powerhouse merges leading inverter and automated drive technologies while looking to expand global operations in a bold move that signals confidence in the solar sector.


Meyer Burger, CSEM partner on Swiss heterojunction technology project

Heterojunction silicon technology offers a higher level of efficiency than standard cells and a simpler production process. It also boasts remarkable temperature characteristics and low-cost mass production of PV modules.


Google funds $650,000 SolarAid study in Africa

Priscilla and son in Zambia.

The search engine giants have given financial backing to SolarAid to assess the impact solar power can play in alleviating poverty in Africa.


Just two EU countries comply in time with WEEE PV deadline

Only the U.K. and Bulgaria transposed the latest Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) on PV modules into national law before the Feb. 14 deadline.


Solar Frontier soars to profitability

Solar Frontier

The Japanese thin-film module manufacturer helped its corporate unit reach profitability for the first time ever ast year due to increased business in the growing domestic market.


British academics receive €2.4 million grant for PV cell research

CdTe thin film PV cell.

A consortium of scientists led by Bristol University will use the funds to develop new active materials for PV cells using low-cost and abundant natural elements.


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