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Suniva achieves 19 percent screen printed cell efficiency

Suniva, Inc. has claimed its ARTisun Select series solar cells, which are now in full-scale production, are achieving over 19 percent conversion efficiencies. This, says the company, is a record.

NREL to invest in early-stage solar technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has said up to USD$7 million will be invested in the development and commercialization of emerging solar energy technologies.

EU renewable energy goals fall short

The EU’s renewable energy goals for 2010, which include power generated from photovoltaics, solar thermal and concentrating solar power, have fallen short of expectations.

France: New joint research laboratory for PV polymers

A new public-private mixed research laboratory dedicated to the development of polymer materials for photovoltaic (PV) module technologies has been set up in France.

Abu Dhabi solar power plant on schedule

Masdar, Total S.A. and Abengoa Solar are on track to begin operations at the 100 megawatt concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in the Gulf emirate in the third quarter of 2012 according to the Spanish Abengoa.

20.5 GWs of PV installations predicted for 2011

Latest estimates state that new photovoltaics (PV) installations grew by 130 percent last year to reach 17.5 gigawatts (GWs). This year, installations are forecast to hit 20.5 GWs, thus taking total installed capacity to 58 GWs.

BIPV to compensate for PV panel commoditization

A new report states that the photovoltaics (PV) industry is at a crossroads, with a growing realization that PV panels are becoming commoditized. But, it believes building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) could provide a strategic solution.

US solar market shows increased M&A activity

According to a new report, the U.S. greentech mergers and acquisitions (M&A) landscape posted a record year in 2010, with the solar sector displaying increased activity.

France releases PV initiative aimed at fighting Chinese competition

The French Government is looking to motivate its national photovoltaics (PV) industry through the introduction of a new R&D program, which is aimed at reducing China’s grip on the global PV market.

PV inverter service plans and extended warranties to grow five-fold

The market for photovoltaics (PV) inverter service plans and extended warranties is forecast to grow by over 480 percent between over the next three years, thus creating “huge” growth opportunities for inverter suppliers.

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