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Belgian solar glass maker files for insolvency

Ducatt had to start insolvency proceedings due to the insolvency of German solar module manufacturer SolarWorld. Around 50% of Ducatt’s revenue came from orders placed by SolarWorld, as reported by local media.

Announcement

China’s Top Runner project

The forthcoming pv magazine special – to be published at Intersolar Europe – explores the latest technological advances, solutions and services offered by Huawei. pv magazine will publish a selection of this content online. Today: how Huawei’s FusionSolar is playing a role in the top runner project.

Announcement

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Markets & Policy

Engie acquires Sungevity’s European unit

The French energy giant made another move to expand its presence in the solar sector. Sungevity filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States in mid-March.

Markets & Policy

Chile to allocate 2 GW of installed capacity in upcoming power auction

In a meeting held in Berlin the head of Chile’s National Commission for Energy (CNE) presented the upcoming technology neutral power auction, which will be held in December. Solar, however, is expected to have a significant share thanks to very favorable conditions.

Energy Storage

HPX invests in Pu Neng’s storage tech

Pu Neng claims it has now drawn more than $90 million in total investment in its vanadium redox flow battery technology, but the Beijing-based manufacturer did not disclose the terms of its deal with High Power Exploration (HPX).

Installations

Argentina plans 1 GW solar + storage project

Following on the progress of 300 MW of solar projects in Cauchari, the province of Jujuy has announced another gigawatt of solar PV to be installed in the northern region.

Markets & Policy

India: solar tax will be 5%, minister confirms

In tweet sent yesterday, India revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia said that all solar equipment will be subject to only 5% Goods and Services Tax, allaying fears cells and modules would be placed in 18% bracket.

Markets & Policy

Trump stalls on Paris climate agreement

The U.S. president declined to sign on to consensus language composed by G7 leaders, and has said that a decision will come some time this week. However, implications for solar and renewables may be limited.

Technology

JinkoSolar to collaborate with SERIS on new bifacial solar cells

Chinese Tier-1 solar company JinkoSolar is embarking on a research collaboration with the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore to develop high-efficiency bifacial solar cells.

Markets & Policy

Featured

Building a solar civilization

Interview: Jeremy Leggett, British social entrepreneur, writer, campaigner and founder of Solarcentury and SolarAid, tells pv magazine how a solar civilazation can be an effective buck-stop against the populist forces that seek to undermine and discredit the transformative power of renewable technologies It is solar, in all its forms, that is bringing the fight against malign forces, he says.

U.K. solar shatters generation record on year’s hottest day

With the temperature reaching 29.5 degrees Celsius, solar panel installations across the U.K. generated a record amount of electricity on Friday, overtaking nuclear for the first time ever.

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Italy: study predicts deployment of additional 2.3 GW of PV capacity by 2020

A report published by the Energy and Strategy Group at the Polytechnic University of Milan forecasts that a further 4.4 GW of renewable energy generation capacity could be installed in Italy in the period 2017-2020. Solar and wind are expected to have the largest share.

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Hanwha Q Cells returns to profit in Q1

The South Korean-headquartered solar company posts operating income of $28 million following loss of $21 million in Q4 2016. Revenue was steady, but shipment figures were once again left undisclosed.

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Installations

Featured

Solar power from the exclusion zone

Chernobyl mega project: Stuck in a conflict with Russia and highly dependent on fossil fuels as well as nuclear power, Ukraine strives for energy self-sufficiency. More than three decades after the catastrophic Chernobyl meltdown, the nuclear wasteland is now set to pave the way for a solar future that could still hold risks.

Solar’s share of India electricity output grew 81% in last fiscal year

Data from the Central Electricity Authority shows that electricity from solar jumped 81% year-over-year in fiscal year 2016-17 to reach ~13.5 billion units, reports Mercom Capital Group.

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IEEFA report: NTPC plays central role in India’s energy transition

One of the top 10 coal-fired power generators in the world, Indian energy conglomerate NTPC is today leading the charge in the country’s energy market transformation, finds report.

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University of Jordan announces 16 MW net metering PV tender

The University of Jordan has announced a new tender for a 16 MW photovoltaic net metering system and 5th June is the last day to purchase the tender documents. Investors can submit their offer by 28th August.

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Quality Roundtable: Rain in the box

Quality issues: A solar power plant investor finds out that neither the warranty of the EPC, nor the warranty of the module manufacturer, was adequate. It would be good to clarify in advance what should happen in the event of a serial defect, and how the term “serial defect” should be defined at all.

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Technology

Featured

Making DW multi a reality

2017 Technology Highlights award winner: Christian Buchner, VP Business Unit Photovoltaics for Schmid Group, speaks to pv magazine after picking up the 2017 Technology Highlights award.

Carnegie completes plans for Mauritius wave, solar + storage microgrid

By Sophie Vorrath Carnegie Clean Energy’s plans to use its world-leading CETO wave energy technology to develop a renewable energy microgrid for the island Republic of Mauritius are beginning to take shape, with the completion of plans for stage one of the hybrid power station. The ASX-listed company said on Monday it had completed the […]

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Sol Voltaics moves toward commercialization for GaAs film solution

Swedish materials company Sol Voltaics announced that it has successfully produced gallium arsenide (GaAs) nanowires, bringing its efficiency boosting film a step closer to commercialization.

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Russian researchers develop process for crystalline perovskite film

A research team at Lomonosov Moscow State University has developed a new process to obtain organic/inorganic crystalline perovskite films for solar cells. The team says that the process allows for the development of compositions with optimal stability, and that it’s discovery could give fresh impetus to the research into perovskite solar cells.

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Teamtechnik & research partners develop award winning lead-free PV system

A joint project conducted by the Carinthian Tech Research Center and the Austrian Institute of Technology, in conjunction with German equipment manufacturer teamtechnik has developed a lead-free PV system using glued ribbon technology.

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Manufacturing

Featured

Copper plating innovation

2017 Technology Highlights award winner: U.S.-based MacDermid Ehthone's Global Applications Manager Photovoltaics Bruce Lee sets out the Helios PoSi process and its market potential.

Japan module shipments rise 23% in fiscal 2016

Roughly 6.85 GW of solar panels were shipped in Japan in the fiscal year to the end of March 2017, from about 5.56 GW in the preceding year, according to new statistics from the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA).

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APVIA sees steady Q1 growth in Asian PV

The expansion of the Asian solar market in the first quarter of 2017 was broadly similar to the growth seen in the first quarter of last year, although most countries in the region have yet to reveal official installation statistics for the January-March period, the Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association (APVIA) said in a new report.

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Innolas receives order for laser machine platform

German equipment supplier Innolas announced that it has received a further order for its ILS-TTnx platform, from an unnamed Asian customer. The tool is suitable for a range of applications in cell technology, but is particularly seen as a cost-effective method for laser contact opening in PERC cells.

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BREAKING: SolarWorld Americas joins Suniva’s trade petition

After originally being cool to Suniva’s petition to the U.S. International Trade Commission for protection from its Chinese competitors, SolarWorld Americas has reversed its stance and joined the complaint as a co-petitioner.

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Press Releases

KRAFTWERK’S pipeline of rooftop PV plants expands to 20 MWp

German EPC provider KRAFTWERK Renewable Power Solutions continues to establish itself as the leading experts in PV plants for industrial rooftops. This week KRAFTWERK announced that it will install 20 MWp of rooftop PV plants in Germany by the end of 2018.

CONQUEST acquires 6 solar parks in France from Solairedirect

CONQUEST Asset Management reached a final agreement with Solairedirect, a subsidiary of Engie (ENGI. PA), to acquire a portfolio of six solar photovoltaic parks in France.

PV & storage Systems for residential – commercial projects

PV distributor Krannich Solar will once again be at this year’s Intersolar Europe in Munich, Germany, presenting a range of impressive solutions for the PV market based on the motto “PV & STORAGE SYSTEMS FOR RESIDENTIAL – COMMERCIAL – PROJECTS”. Visitors can see these for themselves with live demonstrations in Hall A3, Stand 480.