Technology and R&D

Fraunhofer ISE reclaims multicrystalline PV cell efficiency record with 21.9%

German solar research institute Fraunhofer ISE has reclaimed the multicrystalline PV cell efficiency record, achieving 21.9%. Fraunhofer researchers deployed n-type high-performance multicrystalline technology to produce the record-setting PV cell.

Entries now open for pv magazine Technology Highlights & Award

Since 2015, our Technology Highlights feature has sought out the latest and greatest technological developments in PV. Now we’re ready to receive entries from across the industry for the 2017 feature, which will be a major highlight of our April edition, and enjoy a large media presence at the SNEC show in Shanghai.

Sumitomo Corp. to develop 32.3 MW in Fukushima

The Tokyo-based group will oversee construction of the ¥13 billion ($114.3 million) project in the city of Minamisoma, on the east coast of the Japanese island of Honshu.

Daqo New Energy cranks new 18,000 MT polysilicon facility into gear

The company’s Phase 3A facility in China’s Xinjiang is now up and running, and should reach full production capacity of 18,000 metric tons of polysilicon the first quarter of the year.

Dyesol receives AU$2.5 million grant for perovskite technology development

The Australian company will lead a research project focused on the commercialization of perovskite solar cell technology. The grant is being awarded under the Cooperative Research Centre Projects programme, administered by the Australian Department of Industry.

The pv magazine weekly news digest

With record-breaking announcements, job losses, company reshuffles and top-down branding decisions, it’s just another typical week in the fast-paced world of solar PV.

EU project aims for improved solar-based hydrogen

The €2.5 million EU Horizon 2020 project coordinated by HZB tests materials to stabilize a membrane for photovoltaic-based hydrogen production.

Solar and EVs to grab 10% of fossil fuel market share within decade, says study

Carbon Tracker and Imperial College London report calls solar power and electric vehicles ‘game changers’ whose potential impact is consistently underestimated by large utilities.

Midsummer announce lightweight CIGS modules at 14% efficiency

Swedish production manufacturer Midsummer today announced that its client, an Asian module manufacturer, is producing lightweight flexible modules with CIGS technology with a conversion efficiency of 14%.

Amtech/Tempress secures US$60 million in solar tool orders

The bookings for the last four months include PECVD orders and an n-type bifacial turnkey line for customers in Asia, and will ship in the next six to nine months.