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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.

US PV system integrators gain global foothold

New research states that, for the first time, three of the ten largest global photovoltaics (PV) system integrators in 2010 were U.S.-based.

Australian solar car breaks Guinness World Record

A solar powered car, designed by students at the University of New South Wales, has officially become the world’s fastest solar vehicle after reaching speeds of more than 88 km/h.

PV module demand strong as shipments reach 5.4 GWs

New research has revealed that shipments of photovoltaic (PV) modules increased by 20 percent in the third quarter of this year, in order to reach 5.4 gigawatts.

Sanyo 21.6 percent cell efficiency not independently verified, but company confident

Last Friday, Sanyo announced that it had achieved the world’s highest cell conversion efficiency at 21.6 percent. However, responding to questions from pv magazine, the efficiency has not been independently verified and there are no plans for outside testing.

TÜV undertakes research project examining PV and fire risk

TÜV Rheinland has announced it is carrying out a three-year research project to examine the risk of fire with photovoltaics (PV) systems.

Survey reveals 80 percent of UK farms want rooftop PV, but confusion over FITs exists

A recent survey has revealed that 80.6 percent of UK farmers are considering installing rooftop photovoltaics (PV) on their farm buildings by 2013. According to the findings, interest has been spurred by the country’s attractive feed-in tariffs (FITs).

NREL reports breakthrough in PV cell light harvesting yield

A 35 percent increase in light harvesting yield in cells for photovoltaics and solar fuels could be achieved, following a breakthrough in the U.S.

Sanyo hits 21.6 percent cell conversion efficiency

Sanyo Component Europe GmbH has achieved what it says is the world’s highest cell conversion efficiency at 21.6 percent.

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