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Developments on over 1 GW of new PV in India

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Progress on three solar schemes and projects in India, which have a potential combined capacity of 1050 MW, including 500 MW of rooftop PV being tendered by SECI, a piece of land being assigned for a 200 MW project in Rajasthan,...


Alta Devices sets new dual-junction solar efficiency record at 31.6%

The company has set its latest record using gallium arsenide technology, and now holds world records for both single-junction and dual-junction at one sun.


Schmid supplies APVCD tooling for high efficiency cell research

Schmid tool

Schmid has announced that three PV research institutes have deployed its APCVD solution for the development of PERL (passivated emitter and rear locally diffused) and IBC cells. The high efficiency cell concepts can employ the...


UNSW takes out CZTS efficiency world record

UNSW researcher with solar cell.

Researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have achieved a world record conversion efficiency of 7.6% for a 1cm2 copper zinc tin sulfide (CZTS) solar cell. Japan's Solar Frontier, with IBM and Tokyo Ohka Kogyo, have...


Trina Solar sets new IBC cell efficiency record

Trina Solar Photovoltaic module production - Image Shen

The Chinese company achieved an impressive 23.5% efficiency for its large-area Interdigitated Back Contact mono-crystalline silicon solar cell, to go with the company’s other efficiency records.


Italian companies to build 1 GW of solar farms in Iran

Road from Qazvin into Valley of the Assassins - image by Julia Maudlin

Reports have surfaced that Italian companies Genesis and Dynkun have signed a memorandum of understanding with officials from Iran’s northwestern Qazvin province, for 100 PV plants of 10 MW each.


Sungrow expands in the UK market with over 100 MW’s of inverters connected in Q1

Sungrow inverter in the UK

It is good news for the Chinese inverter manufacturer, which has shown that its popularity is growing in many different markets worldwide, now supplying the largest volume of PV inverters globally.


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