26th EU PVSEC

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EU PVSEC: Doors close on price war

Cold winds off the harbor blew hard as the 26th EU PVSEC closes in Hamburg. Visitor numbers were stagnant and many reported slow business and observed massively slashed module prices.

EU PVSEC business forum discusses partnerships, mergers and subsidies

For the first time, photovoltaic industry leaders have come together at a EU PVSEC conference to discuss future business models.

Brazil garnering EU PVSEC’s attention

At the 26th EU PVSEC, among the leading photovoltaic technology developers, quieter Halls A and C, and some questionable marketing campaigns (more to come on those later), was one country garnering attention, without even being present: Brazil.

Day4 Energy and R&R achieve 19.3 percent module efficiency

Following Roth & Rau’s announcement yesterday that it achieved 20 percent wafer efficiency, it has now been publicized that it, along with Day4 Energy Inc., has produced a 19.3 percent efficient photovoltaic module.

Avancis hits 15.8 percent thin film efficiency

Presenting its findings at the 26th EU PVSEC, Avancis says it has reached a thin film photovoltaic module efficiency of 15.8 percent.

PV Legal releases recommendations for bureaucratic reduction

PV Legal’s guidelines for the reduction of bureaucratic barriers and administrative costs in terms of photovoltaic deployment have been released at the 26th EU PVSEC conference, currently underway in Hamburg, Germany.

EU PVSEC: Einstein winner takes political stance

Accepting his award from SolarWorld’s Frank Asbeck at last night’s Einstein Award ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, Bertrand Piccard compared the fight for integrating clean tech into mainstream energy usage with that of persuading people the world was round.

Roth & Rau racks up 20 percent efficiency

German crystalline photovoltaic technology and equipment supplier Roth & Rau has achieved 20 percent efficiency with its 156mm industrial monocrystalline silicon wafers.

Freiburg physicist named Junior Einstein

Thirty-year-old Paul Gundel, who has developed new microscopic measuring methods for the characterization of silicon and solar cells, has been presented with the SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award.