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Fraunhofer ISE pursues titania rearside coating

A high efficiency cell.

Using a technique it has labeled 'Snow Globe Coating,' Germany's Fraunhofer ISE is pursuing a titania rearside cell coating technology. Fraunhofer says it provides a reflective back coating to cells, boosting efficiency.


Inside Meyer Burger's new HJT pilot line

Christophe Ballif, director of CSEM's PV-center.

Interview: On Monday the Meyer Burger Group and the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) inaugurated their Swiss-Inno pilot line for heterojunction technology (HJT) in Neuchatel, Switzerland. Christophe Ballif,...


Meyer Burger inaugurates heterojunction pilot line

An HJT cell.

Swiss PV equipment supplier Meyer Burger inaugurated its first heterojunction (HJT) cell pilot line, in Neuchatel, Switzerland today. The line will be operated in partnership with the Swiss research body CSEM.


Trina Solar sets new efficiency record for silicon cells

Trina Solar PV module production

While the technologies are not currently in production, they will be part of the company's future commercialized Honey Plus and IBC products, says Trina Vice President and chief scientist Pierre Verlinden.


JA Solar multi-Si 60-cell solar module sets output record, surpasses 280 W

JA Solar module inspection

The output power of the record-setting solar modules can be further improved by fine tuning the company's module assembly process and encapsulation materials, the company says.


Solar panels carry Rosetta's lander to comet

Rosetta: Philae landing, ESA artist's impression

Humanity yesterday celebrated an historic step towards unlocking the mysteries of the oldest building blocks of our Solar System: Comets. Solar cells carried the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe, Philae, onto the first-ever...


World's first solar-powered cycle path to open in Amsterdam

SolaRoad being installed in Amsterdam.

A 70-meter stretch of the cycle path in the Dutch capital has been fitted with solar panels that will generate clean power for the local grid.


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