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Easier and faster certification and market entry

A new testing service from FM Approvals and TÜV Rheinland can now enable photovoltaic module manufacturers to get certification and market entry quicker and easier.

Solar Frontier and IBM to develop CZTS cell

Solar Frontier announced today that it has signed a deal with IBM to jointly develop thin film technology based on copper, zinc, tin, sulfur and selenium (CZTS).

Indian solar on a roll

India is ahead of its intital target for solar power. The ambitious Solar Mission plan issued last year seems to be hitting the right numbers.

Thin-Film substrate, encapsulation market at $1.3 billion by 2015

A new report released by industry analyst firm NanoMarkets states that new materials for thin films will grow in importance.

Market acceptance for CIGS developers

How can thin films that use copper, indium, gallium and selenium find fast market acceptance has been a big question for CIGS technology developers. The answer, perhaps not surprisingly, depends on the size of their bank accounts and factories.

Research: US to face challenges in reaching “aggressive” solar energy targets

U.S. states and utilities are likely to face a number of challenges in meeting aggressive solar energy targets, according to Ryan Wiser, co-author of a new study issued from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).

Spire produces CPV solar cell with 42.3 percent efficiency

Spire Semiconductor, LLC, a subsidiary of Spire Corporation, has produced a concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solar cell, with a “world record” efficiency of 42.3 percent.

Suntech announces multiple collaborations aimed at developing smart panel technology

Photovoltaics (PV) module manufacturer, Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. has announced it is to undertake a number of new collaborations with other industry players, aimed at developing smart panel technology for PV installations.

Research: Joint project between QSTP and Fraunhofer to focus on developing solar cracking reactor

Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) and Germany-based Fraunhofer have officially signed an agreement to undertake a joint research project focusing on the development of a solar cracking reactor.

PV to be used for cooling of India's telecom towers

India’s Federal Minster for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Dr. Farooq Abdullah, has announced that the government is looking at running the country’s telecom towers on photovoltaic (PV) power.

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