Solar power generation has risen 13% in Germany this year

The proportion of German electricity generated from renewables is five percentage points higher already than it was in the first nine months of last year.

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Fraunhofer ISE develops organic solar cell with 14.9% efficiency

The record was obtained with a 1.1 sq cm device.

German researchers identify source of impurities in multicrystalline silicon

Scientists from Fraunhofer IISB, Wacker Chemie and Alzchem say unwelcome metals enter the silicon primarily through coating of the quartz crucible. The finding could enable manufacturers to make predictions about the quality of silicon blocks.

SMA reports 42% increase in turnover, Meyer Burger swings to a loss

German inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology reported solid financial results for the first half of 2020 despite the Covid-19 crisis. Meyer Burger, however, saw sales and profits decline.

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Another record year for small-sized solar in Germany

Germany may see the deployment of around 800 MW of PV systems not exceeding 10 kW in size so far this year, according to EUPD Research. If this result is achieved, this year may even surpass record year 2011.

Germany’s untapped potential for balcony PV panels

In the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, a balcony module, with an upfront investment of €350 to €500, can provide electricity with a current value of €54 per year. The payback period ranges from six to nine years.

Hydrogen can be transported by rail, German railway company says

A study by DB Energie shows that technically and legally there is nothing to be said against the transport of hydrogen by rail. However, there is still a lack of suitable transport containers.

Tesla may become power provider in Germany

The high-profile electric car maker is conducting a survey of German customers to gauge their interest in a Tesla electricity tariff.

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German PV tender concludes with lowest price of €0.0490/kWh

The country’s latest tech-specific PV tender was oversubscribed, but the final prices are slightly lower than those recorded in the last procurement round.

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Renewables met half Germany’s power demand in first half

The Federal Environment Agency said clean energy provided 8% more electricity in the first six months of the year than in the same period of 2019. Solar accounted for 28 TWh.

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