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SNEC continues to provide a platform for solar innovation and deal making on day two

The Solar Superheroes remained out in force to continue their campaign of returning coal underground.

Day two of the SNEC tradeshow in Shanghai, China, and the exhibition lived up to its billing as the world's largest solar show, with many new innovative products on show, as well as the continued presence of the Solar Superheros...


Intevac receives multi-system order for implant systems used for c-Si cell manufacturing

Intevac matrix

The California-based equipment supplier received an order for two of its ENERGi implant systems for advanced solar cell manufacturing, from an unnamed solar cell manufacturer in China.


CTF Solar to supply equipment for CTIEC’S first CdTe module factory

CTF Solar and CTIEC supplier contract signing.

The two parties signed equipment procurement contracts for the 100 MW factory, which will produce cadmium telluride thin-film modules, during the SNEC tradeshow that is currently taking place in Shanghai.


Stellar Homes Group to include solar panels in new Florida homes

Lake Mary, Florida. Image Naufragio.

The homebuilding company will introduce the PV solar systems as a standard feature in all of its new homes, making it the first company in South Florida to do so.


Samsung SDI to begin producing PV paste in China after unveiling new 8800 Series

Samsung SDI at SNEC 2016. Photo Samsung SDI

The South Korean company is due to start operations at its Wuxi Plant in June to have a production base in China, where the PV industry is thriving.


CSEM inaugurates expanded solar research and testing facilities

The Swiss research institute’s PV-center is now “fully operational” with a cleanroom and module production and testing labs.


Australia's UNSW sets sunlight-to-electricity efficiency record of 34.5%

Mark Keevers with the four-junction solar mini-module built at UNSW and which has recorded sunlight conversion efficiency of 34.5%.

Result by engineers at that University of New South Wales edges the solar industry closer to the theoretical limits of PV efficiency, smashing previous record of 24% set by Alta Devices of the U.S.


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