Germany

NexWafe secures $9.4 million for kerfless wafer project, targets 50% cost reductions

NexWafe GmbH has completed €8 million (around US$9.4 million) in financing for the next stage of its kerfless wafer manufacturing plans. The company sees big market potential for the product, which projects cost reductions of 50%.

Phoenix Solar to file for insolvency in Germany

The construction contractor will start insolvency proceedings at the district court in Munich next week.

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Germany opens 2018 auction for large-scale PV, announces joint wind/solar auction

The deadline to submit project proposals is February 1. In addition, the Bundesnetzagentur has scheduled the first joint auction for large-scale wind and solar projects for April 1, 2018.

Singulus develops new diamond wire multi wafer texturing process

The German tooling firm announces the development of a new texturing process for multicrystalline wafers using diamond wire sawing on its LINEX inline system. Company believes process can boost multi wafer market in 2018.

RENA leans on solar knowledge to develop mass etching process for lithium-ion batteries

German PV equipment manufacturer to team with Kiel University to develop scalable production of silicon anodes to boost lithium-ion battery performance.

Manufacturing innovations on show at European Solar Technology Forum

This week, pv magazine attended the European Solar Technology Forum, where researchers unveiled new innovations from across the manufacturing spectrum, prompting plenty of discussion over how the future will look for solar in terms of the technology available and its applications. Bold claims of the potential for a further 20% cost reduction in manufacturing were made.

Germany adds 150 MW of solar in October

In the first ten months of 2017, new PV additions totaled 1,465 MW, which is almost the same amount of installed solar capacity installed in the same period of last year.

Germany develops hybrid compensation plant system combined with storage, converter

In the system, the research team combined energy storage with a very powerful converter that can influence the signal flow in the power grid. This should help reduce the number of individual systems that are used for system services and expand the use of storage.

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Singulus bags another HJT order

The new order comes from an unspecified customer from China, and includes the shipment of Singulus’ new sputtering system.

PV increases efficiency of cultivatable land use by more than 60%, Fraunhofer ISE says

Until now, cultivatable land was destined either for the generation of energy, or for food production. However, a pilot project, run by the Fraunhofer ISE, shows the two are compatible.

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