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3M plans ninth solar manufacturing site in China

3M has said it will manufacture its Scotchshield solar backside barrier film (pictured) at the new plant

3M has said it will build a manufacturing facility for photovoltaic materials and renewable energy products in China’s Hefei High-tech Park.


SolarWorld tops SVTC solar scorecard rankings

SolarWorld photovoltaic module finished

The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) has published its 2011 Solar Company Scorecard. SolarWorld has come out on top, with Trina Solar following close behind. A number of other leading companies, however, failed to...


3Sun granted €49.06 million in state aid

The photovoltaic module plant is located in Catania, Italy (pictured)

The European Commission has granted 3Sun Srl €49.06 million of regional investment aid. The funds will be used towards the establishment of a 240 megawatt, €358.68 million photovoltaic module production plant.


LDK expands cell capacity

Hefei skyline, China

LDK Solar Co., Ltd. has expanded its annual photovoltaic cell capacity to 570 megawatts, having added a new manufacturing site in Hefei City, China.


New Energy and NREL enter into R&D agreement

Screen shot of New Energy Technologies SolarWindow website page

New Energy Technologies, Inc. and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA).


Q-Cells achieves "world record" thin film efficiency

Q-Cells HQ

In another "efficiency record" for today, Q-Cells SE says it has reached an efficiency of 14.7 percent for a mass-produced CIGS thin film solar module, which has been manufactured via monolithic integration. This figure has been...


Solar Frontier claims new thin film CIS efficiency record

Solar Frontier solar module

According to its in-house measurements, Solar Frontier says it has achieved 17.2 percent aperture area efficiency on a 30 x 30 cm thin film CIS-based PV submodule. This, states the company, is a world record.


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