Manz sets up CIGS joint venture with Chinese partners

The German PV equipment provider will partner with Shanghai Electric Group and Shenhua Group to further develop the CIGS technology. NICE PV Research has already started R&D activities.

University of Twente publishes research on back reflector materials

Researchers at the Netherlands’ University of Twente have developed a material comprising thin, diamond-like photonic nanostructures which reflect a surprisingly wide range of colours of light, from all angles. This could make the material ideally suited for use as a back reflector for PV modules.

KIT researchers detect nanostripes on perovskites

KIT scientists have researched the underlying physical mechanisms of perovskites to understand the reason for their high efficiency potential. For the first time proof for nanostructures in the perovskite layers has been provided.

Kyocera supplies modules for 92 MW PV plant in Japan

A joint venture of four Japanese firms invest $315 million for a solar project in the south of the country. The solar park is scheduled to start operation in January 2020, producing 99 MWh annually.

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Enel gets approval for 60 MW PV plant in Brazil

Brazil’s energy regulator has approved a 60 MW solar project under development by the Italian power utility in the state of Bahia. The project was selected in a renewable energy auction held by the Brazilian government.

Photon Energy plans to deploy 50 MW of PV capacity in Hungary

The Dutch project developer plans to build PV plants for its own portfolio in the European country.

Solarex Istanbul: Key takeaways from the Turkish trade show

Solarex Istanbul, the PV trade fair, opened its gates yesterday for the tenth edition of the exhibition. After attracting some 20,000 visitors last year, organizers are optimistic that this year’s attendance will exceed 25,000.

Storage is becoming more attractive in German power market

Video interview: Dirk Uwe Sauer, Professor of storage system technologies at RWTH Aachen, speaks about the future of batteries at the Energy Storage Europe 2017

British firm develops Brexit solar panel that harvests only UK sun

The two-facial module can be angled to ensure Brexit-supporting homeowners only harvest solar energy intended for the British Isles. 350 watt and ‘actual power’ versions available.

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World’s biggest solar + battery storage plant ready to build in South Australia

The world’s biggest solar and battery storage plant – and Australia’s biggest solar farm – could begin construction this year, after the project was formally launched in Adelaide on Thursday.