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U.S. researcher awarded grant to help build efficient organic solar cells

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has presented a South Dakota State University researcher with a grant of USD$400,000 — USD$80,000 per year for the next five years, in order to build new high-performance organic solar cells with increased efficiency.

New world efficiency record set for thin film tandem junction silicon module, says Sunfilm

Sunfilm AG has announced it has set a world record of 9.6 percent total area efficiency for a thin film tandem junction silicon solar module of 2.6 meters x 2.2 meters. The record module, Model F, achieved a maximum stabilized output power of 546 Wp, says the company.

Yingli and Innovalight to collaborate on silicon ink project

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has signed a technology, research and production collaboration agreement with Innovalight, Inc. under which they will attempt to raise the average efficiency of the multicrystalline cells produced on its commercial production lines.

1,000 MW to be installed under Indian national solar mission

The Indian government has unveiled its Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) guidelines.

Time for US to adopt FITs "long overdue"

It is time for the U.S. to implement feed-in tariffs (FITs), according to representatives of the state and regional solar industry associations, who met during last week’s Intersolar North America, held in San Francisco.

Shock for Spain’s solar industry, pv magazine told

Spain’s government wants to pass drastic retroactive and future cuts as well as ceilings for photovoltaics (PV) feed-in tariffs, pv magazine has learnt. This is the result of a two-day round of talks between government and industry representatives.

S.A.G. Solarstrom AG to implement 48 MWp large-scale PV project in northern Italy

Germany-based S.A.G. Solarstrom AG has announced it is to set up a 28 megawatt (MW) ground-mounted photovoltaics (PV) system in the northern Italian region of Veneto, in the municipality of Canaro. Once completed, the company says it will be one of the largest connected ground-mounted projects in the region and its largest project to date. Construction is due to start before the end of the year.

Solar powered aircraft breaks number of world records as it prepares to land after two weeks in the air

QinetiQ will today bring Zephyr, its solar powered high-altitude long endurance (HALE) Unmanned Air System (UAS) back to earth after two weeks in the air. Celebrating, the company says it has smashed a number of long-standing official and unofficial world records.

AEG PS announces inverter sales will increase ten fold as its inverter achieves 98.7 percent efficiency grade

AEG Power Solutions (AEG PS) has said it expects sales of its solar inverters to increase ten fold this year, following the news its Protect PV.250 solar inverter has yielded an efficiency grade of 98.7 percent from the the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) and Bureau Veritas.

Leoni raises 2010 sales and earnings forecasts by more than 20 percent to between €2.6 and €2.7 billion

Leoni AG of Nuremberg, Germany has significantly raised its sales and earnings forecast for this year. The company, which supplies power cables to photovoltaic (PV) plants and a flat wire for PV panels, among other business activities, told pv magazine that the solar industry “is increasingly contributing to [its] sales and earnings”.

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