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China imposes punitive duties on EU polysilicon

Chinese Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng

Anti-dumping duties of 42% will apply to German, Italian and Spanish companies, including Schmid, Joint Solar Silicon, MEMC Electronic Materials and Siliken Spain.

Wacker sees first-quarter net profit soar

Wacker polysilicon

A one-off windfall from a restructured solar sector deal resulted in stratospheric profits for the polysilicon giant.

TÜV Rheinland partners with TRaC Global on new desert climate tests

TUV Rheinland PV module testing

With an eye on the burgeoning PV market in the MENA region, the testing and certification organizations are bolstering test offerings for PV systems in desert conditions with simulated sandstorms.

Heraeus achieves 21.2% record efficiency with metallization pastes

Heraeus metallization paste

It is the highest efficiency ever achieved on an industrial screen-printed PERC silicon solar cell, according to the German company.

Power-One rebranded as ABB

ABB building

The move is part of the power and technology group's full integration of the U.S. inverter manufacturer ahead of this year's major trade fairs.

German center to work with Saudi university

A collaboration between Stuttgart's ZSW and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology could advance thin film solar and open up the MENA market.

The Stuttgart-based ZSW will work with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. The five-year collaboration will drive research into the performance of thin film cells under desert conditions.

Researchers develop 'unleaded' solar cell

Northwestern University

Employing tin instead of lead, the new cell may well lead to an environmentally friendly breakthrough in photovoltaics.

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