Germany

Germany starts first mixed wind-solar auction

Bids for solar PV ground-mounted projects and wind farms on land can be submitted to the Federal Network Agency by April 3. Overall, the German government will allocate around 200 MW of capacity in the tender.

Germany’s Allgäu region connects first large-scale battery storage system

ADS-TEC, a southern German battery solutions provider, has this week connected a 1 MW+ lithium-ion storage facility in the Allgäu region of the country.

Teamtechnik receives stringer order for HJT module line

German PV equipment manufacturer, teamtechnik today announced that it has received an order for its TT1400 ECA stringer from an Italian PV manufacturer. The tool will be integrated into a line producing high efficiency heterojunction PV modules.

Wacker Chemie boosts 2017 sales volume by 6% Y-O-Y

German-headquartered polysilicon producer attains 2017 sales and earnings target, posting €4.92 billion in sales and net income of €885 million.

Germany’s ISFH announces 26.1% efficiency for p-type crystalline cells

The Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH) and the Leibniz Universität Hannover claim that this result is a world record for p-type silicon material, as well as a European record for crystalline silicon.

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OPES Solution, Fraunhofer CSP develop ultra-light solar modules

The new products for off-grid applications are two thirds lighter than standard modules.

Hanergy’s Solibro achieves 18.72% CIGS module efficiency record

TÜV Rheinland has confirmed the efficiency record, achieved by the German subsidiary of Chinese thin film manufacturer, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Limited.

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TÜV, NRW solar module workshop goes international

The module workshop hosted by TÜV Rheinland and Germany’s energy agency, NRW was held for the first time in English and for an international audience. The main conclusion of the event, held in Germany, is that the latest technologies and trends should be constantly observed and evaluated.

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Germany installed 1.75 GW of PV in 2017

New additions for December totaled 157.9 MW. More than half of this capacity comes in the form of ground-mounted solar PV power plants.

SMA raises revenue outlook for 2017

Despite raised forecasts, last year’s revenue and EBIDTA were lower than those registred in 2016. Shipments grew year-on-year, from 8.2 GW to 8.5 GW.