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Oxford PV raises over US$12 million to commercialize perovskites

UK-based perovskite technology developer Oxford PV has closed an £8 million (US$12.15 million) first-tranche B equity round to continue to develop its solar perovskite technology. The round doubles the amount of equity investment Oxford PV has raised to date.

1366 Tech partners with Hanwha Q Cells in wafer launch

This latest generation of the company’s kerfless wafer production machinery, which avoids feedstock waste by forming wafers directly from molten silicon, is designed to make more than 5 MW per year.

Heliatek supplies Asia's largest BIOPV installation

The Dresden-based organic PV provider is partnering with vTrium Energy on a pilot program that will contribute to the creation of a base for Singapore’s future energy mix while also delivering comprehensive data on the performance of the company’s solar films in tropical climates.

ZSW boosts efficiency of cadmium-free thin-film cells to world record level

Researchers replaced intermediate films consisting of cadmium sulfide and zinc oxide with zinc oxysulfide and zinc magnesium oxide. As a buffer layer, zinc oxide-sulfide is more transparent to light in the blue wavelength range, providing more sunlight to the CIGS absorber layer.

PV+Test 2.0: Hanwha module improves to Good (+)

Hanwha Solar has again submitted a polycrystalline module from the HSL 60 Poly series for testing by PV + Test. Achieving improvements, particularly in performance, the module was rated Good (+).

International consortium carries out PV performance R&D project

Financed by the European Commission, the Performance Plus project was launched with the goal of making PV systems more reliable and cost-effective and improving their overall performance.

SMA's 1 MW central inverter lands in Asia

Device has been developed for PV projects that are planned in 1 MW generation blocks and will form part of SMA’s Medium Voltage Power Station.

First Solar raises bar for CdTe with 21.5% efficiency record

The new record for cadmium-telluride cell conversion efficiency certified at the Newport Corporation’s Technology and Applications Center lab boosts First Solar’s research roadmap.

Joint Fraunhofer ISE and NREL report hints at CPV maturation

Higher efficiencies and levelized costs of electricity at levels similar to ordinary PV reported as CPV sector set to grow in 2015.

Malaysian government reaffirms renewables research support in 'Smart Villages' project

Announcements arrives amid international cooperation on off-grid technology

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