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SolarWorld to wins $4 million US grant for next-generation crystallization tech

SolarWorld U.S. headquarters, Hillsboro, Oregon

The group is working on the $12 million R&D project at both its U.S. and German facilities "to propel the company's full-production module power density beyond a once-unimaginable milestone of 300 watts-peak."


US Energy Secretary Moniz announces $53 million in funding for solar R&D at SPI

At the Solar Power International trade show the head of the Department of Energy announced new investments in projects to drive down the cost of electricity from solar, as well as a new round of loan guarantees to be launched in...


Sunpreme unveils 500 W bifacial double glass module with 22.2% efficiency

A 150 kW Sunpreme rooftop installation at a hospital in India.

Fraunhofer ISE and the company's Global Advisory Board member Eicke Weber says the record module efficiency has moved Sunpreme "to the top of the class."


SMA joins research study on balancing power with PV

Grid power lines in Denver, Colorado

Backed by the German government, the PV-Regel project aims to study how PV can balance power, particularly on an international level, and to develop requirement profiles for PV to balance power in the future.


Organic electronics market to be worth $79.6 billion by 2020

Heliatek organic PV in production.

Allied Market Research growth forecast predicts rapid rise in organic electronics within a decade, driven largely by organic displays but PV to play pivotal role.


Trina's Honey sets new P-type mono module record

Trina's Honey module.

Trina Solar's Honey module has set a new P-type mono record, achieving a peak power of 335.2 W with a 60 cell module. It beats its earlier record achieved earlier this year.


Swiss-American duo wins Israeli prize for work in solar-based fuels

Michael Grätzel of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.

Thomas Meyer and Michael Grätzel have developed a method to use solar-generated electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen -- a critical step in the generation of solar-based fuels, whose only emission is water.


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