Technology and R&D

Manz enters into massive CIGS partnership in China

The German tool maker will supply €263 million worth of thin-film production equipment to two Chinese companies, as well as turning over its R&D company to a joint venture.

Meteorology matters: An interview with Vaisala’s Gwendalyn Bender

Interview: Financiers are cautious. They would rather not finance a project than risk their investment in betting on the weather. As a result, many promising projects are not realized. Gwendalyn Bender, Vaisalas Head of Solar Product Development explains how to reduce uncertainty and improve financing probabilities and conditions.

Berkeley Lab finds negligible potential rate impacts from distributed solar

The latest report from the respected national lab finds that even if – big if – behind-the-meter solar is raising the rates of other utility customers, the impacts are tiny, especially compared to other activities.

World Bank unveils Global Solar Atlas

The international financial institution is offering the free, web-based resource in collaboration with the International Solar Alliance

Miraikikai launches water-free solar module cleaner at WFES

Miraikikai’s offering is the first water-free and automated cleaning robot for utility-scale solar plants, which could help solve the challenge of dust in arid regions and deserts, which can be a real problem for plant energy generation rates.

MESIA solar awards winners announced at WFES

U.S. company Array Technologies and Indian EPC Sterling & Wilson were amongst the winners of the Middle East Solar Industry Association’s (MESIA) annual awards ceremony, which was presented at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2017 being held in Abu Dhabi.

UL to provide information on IEC 61730 updates

The international PV module standard IEC 61730 went through significant alterations this year, and on Thursday UL will host a webinar to explain the changes.

Solar PV powers desalination plant in Abu Dhabi

Solar PV’s dynamism stems from its ability to take on different forms. An emerging application for the technology is seawater desalination using electricity generated through solar PV.

SolarWorld invests in diamond wire saws for German wafering

The German PV maker will introduce the diamond wire saws at Europe’s largest solar wafer plant in Freiburg.

The pv magazine weekly news digest

It’s back to business as usual for solar in the second week of January. After a brief new year’s rest, the global industry is hitting 2017 at full speed and already showing the beginnings of another action packed year.