Ecosummit 2017: Eneco Group to invest in Next Kraftwerke

Dutch energy company Eneco Group announced its acquisition of a 34% stake in Next Kraftwerke, a German company operating one of Europe’s largest virtual power plant networks. The investment was announced at the Ecosummit cleantech event in Berlin today.

REC Silicon posts US$57.5 million revenue for first quarter 2017

Quarterly financial results from Norwegian based polysilicon producer REC Silicon show a drop in revenue from $80.4 million the previous quarter. EBITDA for the quarter was $4.6 million, also down from $4.9 million in the previous quarter.

Natcore achieves 20.7% efficiency on silver-free back contact cell

The latest efficiency milestone for Natcore’s Foil Cell is verified by the NanoPower Research Lab at Rochester Institute for Technology. The result was achieved on the Natcore Foil Cell, which utilizes a lasering process and novel metallization strategy, eliminating the need for costly silver.

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Masdar & MIT develop method for high efficiency semiconductor materials

Researchers from the Abu Dhabi based Masdar Institute and the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology have jointly published the development of a fabrication method, which they say could make high efficiency semiconductor materials such as gallium-arsenide, indium phosphide and others more competitive with crystalline silicon.

Mercom Capital: $3.2 billion total corporate funding for solar raised in Q1

Information published by industry analysts Mercom Capital Group shows that a total of $3.2 billion was raised from 60 deals in the first quarter of 2016. This represents a major increase from the previous quarter, when $1.6 billion was raised in 45 deals.

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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%.

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.

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.

4JET launches CIGS processing tool

German equipment supplier 4JET microtech has launched its new MPCT solution which it says will enable laser edge deletion, bus bar exposure and via drilling operations in CIGS glass substrates.

STA calls on UK Government to remove tax barriers to solar

Data released this week by Britain’s Solar Trade Association shows that rooftop deployments across the country plummeted in the first quarter of 2017, after a hike in the business rates for small solar installations took effect earlier in the year.

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