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IEA: Clean-energy innovation essential to meeting climate goals

The International Energy Agency presented its Energy Technology Perspectives 2015 report in Paris on Monday, which calls for a tripling of public spending on low-carbon technology R&D.

Heraeus to open R&D centers in China, Taiwan

The German engineering group is expanding oversees with new facilities focusing on local metallization paste modifications. Heraeus recently relocated its PV business unit headquarters to Shanghai.

Manz claims 16% CIGS module record

German PV and battery manufacturing equipment supplier Manz has claimed a module efficiency world record for CIGS technology on its innovation line. The 16% conversion efficiency record was unveiled on Monday at the SNEC conference and trade show in Shanghai.

Masdar launches UAE's first independent solar testing and R&D lab

The Masdar Solar Hub will serve as a platform to test solar energy systems and deliver new innovative technologies to market.

Trina sets new efficiency record for multi-crystalline silicon modules

The latest achievement marks the first time that a multi-crystalline Silicon PV module has reached an efficiency higher than 19%. Trina’s multi-crystalline Honey Plus solar cells, the brand name for the company’s PERC solar cells, are now in mass production.

Inside the Singulus repositioning and debt restructuring

Germany’s Singulus is one of the European and North American PV equipment suppliers that has had a difficult time in recent years. The company on Friday announced a restructuring of its debt and an acceleration of its move into new markets. pv magazine spoke to Singulus CEO Stefan Rinck.

pv magazine launches SNEC 50 Technology Highlights Special

Special download gives the lowdown on our hand-selected next generation technologies that will take solar PV manufacturing to the next level.

Hanergy to build 10 MW GaAs thin film R&D fab in Wuhan

The project, which is receiving extensive support from the local government and backing from national, provincial and municipal funding, marks Hanergy’s first GaAs R&D project in China since acquiring U.S. company Alta Devices.

Storage and solar companies feature in BNEF New Energy Pioneer awards

Solar PV and battery storage companies have featured prominently in BNEF’s New Energy Pioneers awards, handed down last night in New York. The awards are presented as a part of the 8th BNEF summit currently under way.

Multicrystalline PERC to deliver 25% efficiencies

Leading solar researcher Professor Martin Green says that the solar industry has entered a new phase of manufacturing, in which the focus is firmly on efficiency gains. The University of New South Wales (UNSW) researcher believes that PERC technology is leading the way in terms of wide scale adoption, and that conversion efficiencies of 25% can be expected with multicrystalline PERC cells.

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