Austria´s new PV installations reaches 156 MW in 2016

A small increase of 2.6 % was recorded in the Central European country last year. The Austrian Photovoltaic Association is still calling for an adjustment of the state´s Green Electricity Act to unleash the limited PV extension.

NASA tests new roll-out solar array in space

The space agency has successfully deployed its new roll out solar array in space for testing. The new panels are lighter and more flexible than the standard folded arrays on older satellites.

Bernreuter Research: Silicon consumption drops to 3.6 grams/W by 2020

The use of diamond wire significantly reduces wafer saw losses. Some photovoltaic manufacturers have begun to switch their production, after technical problems appear to have been resolved.

New alloy could pave the way for next generation solar cells

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new semiconductor alloy that can capture near-infrared light in the leading edge of the visible light spectrum. This could be a major step forward the development of a new generation of solar cells called “concentrator photovoltaics”.

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GCL-SI achieves 20.1% efficiency for its PERC solar cells in mass production

The Chinese PV manufacturer has achieved a new efficiency breakthrough for its PERC solar cells, with the help of nanostructured black silicon. GCL-SI plans to reach an efficiency of up to 21.0% by the end of this year.

Helsinki Airport goes solar

A new rooftop PV system will help to lower the airport´s carbon footprint. Finavia plans to reduce the emissions on all of the company’s 21 airports to zero by 2020. The Helsinki airport will meet this goal by this year, expects the Finnish company.

German start-up launches smart DC mini grid in India

Since the beginning of June, the first 30 households in India have been connected to a mini-grid system powered by PV and equipped with a hybrid storage facility. In addition to the successful inauguration, the german start up BOS has introduced Indian technicians and villagers to the new technology.

Punjab cabinet approves privatization of 100 MW solar park in Pakistan

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif promised a transparent privatization. The 100 MW solar park is part of a 1 GW PV project in the Punjab region.

Pfalzsolar sells two PV plants in UK

London based Empower Community has purchased two solar power plants from Pfalzsolar on the British island. The solar systems, each with 5 MW capacity, are expected to deliver green electricity for the region as a community project.

E.ON completes 10 MW energy storage system in Arizona

The Iron Horse project is paired with a 2 MW solar array and will provide frequency regulation as well as voltage control support.

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