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Swiss researchers develop new process for back contact cell production

A team of researchers from École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Swiss center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) has developed a new process for fabricating cells with all electrical contacts at the rear. According to EPFL, the process has already achieved lab efficiencies in excess of 23%.

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Upcoming pv magazine webinar (in Chinese only)

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Energy Storage

UK energy storage: government in no hurry

A seminar on the outlook for the U.K.’s energy storage market that took place this week in London highlighted the vibrant activity taking place in the sector, but was unable to answer when or if government can come up with a meaningful policy.

Markets & Policy

Denmark’s Energy Commission says incentives for renewables should be phased-out

A recently created Energy Commission has advised the Danish government to phase-out incentives for renewables, at the same rate as the technology becomes competitive with other energy sources. Meanwhile, Denmark has added only 3.7 MW of PV so far this year.

Installations

Hareon Solar, Azure Power to develop 118 MW PV project in India

The Chinese solar and PV cell manufacturer and India’s largest independent solar power company are looking to invest in a large-scale solar power project in the Indian state of Telangana.

Technology

EPFL researchers investigate effect of light in perovskite cell formation

Scientists at Swiss research center École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne have published research showing how the presence of light can affect perovskite film formation. The study could result in higher efficiencies and better reproducibility in perovskite cell production.

Installations

France announces winners of 150 MW tender round for rooftop PV projects exceeding 100 kW

The French governenment announced that 361 projects were selected in the first 150 MW round of the 1.35 GW tender for rooftop PV. The next tender round will be held in July.

Installations

India to add 10 GW of solar this year, forecasts Mercom Capital

A record 12 months in store for the Indian solar market say the analysts, who expect a 130% increase in annual installations compared to 2016.

Markets & Policy

German government approves draft regulation for tenants’ solar power supply

The new regulation will likely to come into force by the end of this year. The German solar association BSW has welcomed the government’s decision, although it has asked for improvements.

Markets & Policy

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Policy Gridlock

Kenya’s PV market: Hopes for greater utility-scale solar development in Kenya have risen steadily over the past two years. But build-out remains negligible, with the International Renewable Energy Agency estimating the country’s cumulative installed capacity at a paltry 24 MW by the end of 2015.

Dangote Industries and Blackstone plan 100 MW solar plant in Nigeria

The Nigerian industrial group was granted funds to conduct the feasibility study for the 100 MW facility by the USTDA. The plant would be built in Kano State, in the north of Nigeria, where the two companies are also planning to construct a 1 GW coal power plant.

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Kosovo must do more for renewables, EU says

The European Commission has said that Kosovo’s government needs to increase efforts to improve its energy system, and to provide more support for renewables, although it has recently revised its energy (and renewable energy) strategy up to 2020.

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BREAKING: Suniva petition could start new global solar trade war

Today Suniva filed for relief under a little-known act that could exempt the United States from global trade agreements and allow President Trump to take trade action against solar imports from multiple nations. Suniva is asking for a minimum import price of US$0.78 per watt for modules and $0.40 for cells.

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Installations

Canadian Solar supplies modules to Uganda’s largest PV project

The Chinese solar manufacturer and developer has supplied 10 MW of solar PV modules to the Soroti Photovoltaics Plant in Uganda.

Japan may cancel 27.7 GW of approved PV capacity

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has said that it may cancel feed-in tariff (FIT) approvals for 456,000 projects, or roughly 27.6 GW of capacity, as the prospective developers of those projects failed to lock in grid-connection agreements by the government’s March 31 deadline.

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South Africa makes it easier to deploy large-scale solar in renewable energy zones

The country’s Ministry of Environmental Affairs has simplified the environmental impact assessment process for large-scale solar and wind power projects in South Africa’s eight Renewable Energy Development Zones.

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Canadian Solar snags $97 million for 92 MW U.S. project

Already under construction in conjunction with a long-term PPA with Duke Energy Progress, the new round of funding will allow the project to continue on its path to commercial operation by the third quarter.

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Cambodia’s solar development moves forward with 10 MW project

The Asian Development Bank will provide Singapore-based Sunseap Group with $9.2 million. The company will use the funds to construct Cambodia’s first large-scale PV plant, a 10 MW facility located in Svay Rieng Province.

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Technology

2017: a year for PERC & Black Silicon

Module trends: As China looks set for another big year of installations, the biggest module manufacturers are consolidating their market share, with the top 5 manufacturers set to represent more than 40% of global shipments. Mono PERC and diamond wire cut Multi combined with black silicon are set to be the dominant trends in technology.

Video: Solar Superheroes return to SNEC

The Solar Superheroes made their live action debut at the SNEC show in 2016, and this year they returned, once again drawing huge crowds wherever they prowled or performed.

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Japanese scientists seek to develop solar cell able to absorb spectral components of longer wavelengths

The new technology is designed to capture the spectral components of longer wavelengths that are usually lost during transmission through the solar cell. The Japanese scientists are using up-conversion of below-gap photons to reduce power losses and increase the cell efficiency.

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The age of plenty on steroids (with charts)

Despite the climate-denying Trump Administration, Michael Liebreich gave plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future in his address to the BNEF Future of Energy Summit.

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Greece’s first battery storage system under way in the Aegean Sea

The island of Tilos in Greece’s Aegean Sea is going to host the country’s first renewable energy plus battery storage system. pv magazine explores why this is so significant for Greece.

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Manufacturing

Featured

The big stuff

Thin film: First Solar is moving to a much larger format for its Series 6 modules, which are due to begin production next year. Is this the signal that the thin film industry has been looking for to move to larger formats?

Tempress receives follow-on order for turnkey line

Tempress systems, a subsidiary of U.S. based Amtech, has received a follow-on order for a multi-phase 1 GW project. The turnkey order is for an n-type bifacial manufacturing line, and includes high throughput PECVD and diffusion platforms.

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Trina Solar ships first 20 MW batch of new DUOMAX twin modules

The Chinese PV behemoth has supplied 20 MW of its newly launched bifacial module DUOMAX twin to a project in China’s Qinghai province.

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Kyocera says PV output steady despite domestic plant closure

The Japanese manufacturer says it expects to produce about 1 GW of solar panels in the year to March 2018, roughly in line with its output in the preceding fiscal year.

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REC launches TwinPeak 2S 72 Series rated up to 350 Wp

Norway’s PV manufacturer REC has begun commercial production of what it claims to be the highest power 72-cell multicrystalline solar panel in the world, with nominal output of 350 Wp.

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Energy Storage

Power to the people

Distributed storage costs: With the average payback cost of a home battery storage system sticking stubbornly at around ten years, skeptics remain unconvinced that mass-market adoption of distributed storage is on the cards any time soon. So what measures is the industry taking to expedite cost reductions, improve storage technology, and shift the conversation from a ‘nice to have’ to a ‘must have’?

The inmates have taken over the asylum: BNEF The Future of Energy Summit kicks off in New York

An interview with professional climate denier Myron Ebell, along with Kevin de León and Debbie Dooley shaking hands were among the top moments from the opening of the 2017 BNEF Future of Energy summit.

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Getting ready for terawatts of solar (with charts)

Researchers from NREL, Fraunhofer ISE and Japan’s AIST have released a new paper which looks at the barriers to deploying multiple terawatts of solar PV and what can be done to overcome them.

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Netherlands’ Gasunie launches 1 MW power-to-gas pilot project powered by solar

The Dutch gas provider is building Netherlands’ first MW-sized power-to-gas installation. The plant will be powered by 5,000 solar modules.

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Anesco and Limejump to build 185 MW UK storage portfolio

Renewable energy developer Anesco will partner with Limejump – which operates one of Europe’s largest aggregated battery networks – to develop the capacity, which is expected to be online by the end of 2018.

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Press Releases

DMSolar’s Warehouse opening and distributed generation panel

On April 26th, a panel of distributed photovoltaic generation was carried out to expand DMSolar, a Mexican wholesale distributor. The new distribution center will be North of the country in the city of Monterrey.

Flex reports fourth quarter and fiscal 2017 results

Flex announced results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2017.

Solar Bankability launches best practice guidelines to minimise solar PV investment risks

Today Solar Bankability announced its final publication Best Practice Guidelines for Risk Identification, Assessment and Mitigation and unveiled two new tools aimed at reducing technical risks associated with solar PV.

Dulas completes Alderman’s House solar installation

Leading on-site renewable energy developer installs 9kWp solar array atop nine story building in City of London