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Avancis partners with Sunpartner for BIPV market

Avancis PowerMax Skala PV modules on a construction in planning in Poland. Image by Avancis.

German PV module manufacturer Avancis has signed a strategic partnership with French solar tech company Sunpartner Technologies to incorporate its CIGS thin-film PV cells into Sunpartner’s energy generating glass.


Heliatek raises EUR 80m for OPV expansion

Heliafilm.

The German developer of organic PV materials has raised a sizable amount of funding to finance its manufacturing expansion and worldwide market development.


Huge growth in PV and wind helped renewables grow to over 30% of installed global power

Image by World Energy Council.

The encouraging news that renewables now account for over 30% of global installed power generation capacity was part of a World Energy Council report, which highlighted the success of solar PV and wind energy, and set out...


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Kaneka achieves new efficiency record for a practical size crystalline silicon PV cell

Panasonic HIT cell. Image by Panasonic.

The Japanese tech company broke the existing record with an impressive efficiency of 26.33% – the first time that 26% has been breached – during a NEDO project, which Kaneka Corporation hopes will lead the solar industry towards...


EU PVSEC to be hosted separately from Intersolar Europe in 2017

Intersolar Europe 2016.

After a short-lived collaboration, Europe's two major solar events will be hosted four months apart in 2017, with EU PVSEC opting to travel to Amsterdam for its world leading PV solar energy conference.


Solar Power International 2016: Five key takeaways

Photo: Nicole Hubbs

This year's SPI trade show comes at a time of dynamic growth for the solar industry and an increasing integration of solar into energy management. But not all the news is good.


China Singyes to spin off materials unit

China Singyes Solar Technologies Holdings has confirmed that it has received formal approval to list shares of its Singyes New Materials subsidiary on the Hong Kong stock exchange’s secondary board.


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