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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%.


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