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US: 100% conversion to wind, water and solar power by 2050 feasible, PV to account for 38%

Solar PV a could account for 38% of power generation in the U.S. in 2050

In a new study by Stanford University, a solid financial, technical and economical case for the U.S to convert its all-purpose energy systems to ones powered by wind, water and sunlight (WWS) has been made. Based on their...


Analysis: Innovation is mounting

A floating PV array.

Cormac Gilligan from IHS examines pv magazine's 50 array-changing technologies selection and finds that while innovation in mounting technologies remains slow-paced, the signs are positive that change is coming. In the area of...


CEO interview: Innovations in solar technology; PERC the new PV benchmark

Goetz Fischbeck.

Goetz Fischbeck, CEO of Smart Solar Consulting, casts his eye across the solar PV cell and module technologies featured in pv magazine's 50 Array Changing Technologies free download, available now. In addition to the importance...


Solartech expands multi PERC to 240 MW

Solar cell

Taiwan’s Solartech Energy will expand its multicrystalline PERC production to 240 MW. The PERC expansion will add one PERC line per month July through September of this year, finishing up with four lines by the end of that month.


Soitec hits 38.9% with four-junction CPV cell

Soitec cell

France’s Soitec has achieved 38.9% conversion efficiency with a four-junction cell, assembled into a CPV module. The cell set an efficiency world record in December last year, and has now been incorporated into a CPV application.


Solar Frontier sees first install of its flexible modules

Solar Frontier fab

Leading CIGS producer Solar Frontier has announced the first installation using its flexible modules. The modules have been install at Singapore’s newest port terminal, operated by PSA Singapore Terminals.


SoLayTec to deliver InPassion tooling to two Chinese manufacturers

A tool.

Holland’s SoLayTec will ship four of its InPassion PECVD tooling to two Chinese Tier 1 manufacturers. One tool is for a new customer’s R&D line, while three will go to an existing customer for volume production.


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