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Solexel raises $31 million in D-round financing

The Solexel cell.

Thin-crystalline cell and module startup Solexel has closed a D-round of financing, bringing in a further $31 million. The funds will be used to begin commercial production of its advanced thin-silicon PV modules.


Giant PV duck energizes Copenhagen design competition

Energy Duck

The Land Art Generator Initiative seeks to promote collective action in support of reneawble energy. The Energy Duck would generate electricity 24 hours a day and serve as an educational visitor center.


Dubai offers $1 million solar solution prize to tackle water shortage

Dubai desert.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will award $1 million to any research institute that devises a solar-powered way to solve the region's water scarcity.


Photon Energy employs German tech for pilot project Down Under

Photon Energy 283 kW plant in Sydney

The Dutch group has secured funding from the German government to design, install and operate a PV battery power supply for a broadcast antenna in Australia operated by communications infrastructure provider BAI.


PV monitoring heats up as demand for investment-grade PV data rises

Christos Georgopoulos examines the growing monitoring system market and the increasing role in-depth analysis and data on technical and financial performance is playing for stakeholders.


Fraunhofer ISE sets new world record with 36.7% efficient CPV module

Fraunhofer ISE miniatured version of a CPV module

The German research institute set the new record using a Soitec quadruple-junction solar PV cell and Fresnel lens concentrators. Commercialization of this technology is expected in one to two years.


NREL Research, Crystal Solar win R&D 100 Award

NREL campus, Golden, Colorado

The research facility and the California PV company were honored for their breakthrough in silicon solar cells. NREL has won a total of 57 "Oscars of Innovation" since 1982.


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