Sentis Capital urges Meyer Burger to establish GW-scale HJT production

Meyer Burger’s largest single shareholder has requested the company change strategy. Sentis Capital has urged the Swiss technology company’s board to raise sufficient capital for it to set up its own GW-sized production facility for its heterojunction and tandem cell PV technology. Meyer Burger has responded that it is view of only one shareholder.

Switzerland’s third largest canton launches $3 million incentive scheme for solar-plus-storage

The scheme will provide incentives for solar-plus-storage projects for self-consumption, as well as for projects for virtual power storage.

Leclanché plans for debt restructure helped by Swiss Takeover Board

Agreement to wave requirement for chief shareholder FEFAM to conduct a full takeover paves way for shareholders to vote through a debt-for-equity swap that will reduce the historic battery maker’s debts by a reported 65% next Tuesday.

EGM vote to reduce historic battery maker’s debts

Venerable Swiss brand Leclanché is on an expansionist trail, notably in India and low-carbon shipping, but restructuring its debts will involve ceding even more control of the famous company to institutional investors.

Rooftop solar may see lower development in border regions, study says

While analyzing the role of social spillovers in the adoption of solar energy solutions, a research team has found that cultural and language barriers may represent a factor causing lower levels of development. In particular, they discovered that the adoption of rooftop PV solutions may be up to 20% lower in border regions between the French-speaking and the German-speaking parts of Switzerland.

Scientists propose new recipes for perovskite cell

Researchers from Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania, working with the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, have found an additive commonly used to improve performance in perovskite solar cells speeds up degradation of the material.

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Meyer Burger to lay off 100 workers and relocate most of PV business to Asia

There may be a much-vaunted ‘solar renaissance’ in the offing for Europe, but it hasn’t come quickly enough for the Swiss PV equipment supplier, which wants to handle most of its sales and services from China.

Bankset Energy announces GW-scale plans for solar railways the world over

Bankset Energy Corporation has ambitious plans to install gigawatts of solar PV on railway sleepers across the globe. While the first installation took place in Switzerland, work is under way on projects in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, the United States, China and Italy; and gearing up in Austria and Spain. pv magazine speaks to Bankset Group president, Patrick Buri.

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Leclanché: Revenues doubled, EBITDA in the red

While revenues have doubled year on year, Leclanché says its EBITDA is suffering from high operational expenses and one-off payments. However, the goal to post a positive EBITDA by 2020 is on track, it adds.

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Scientists add new layer to perovskite

A team led by Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne has developed a low-dimensional perovskite layer it says can be used as a capping layer on perovskite solar cell material, improving stability and water resistance. The team reports a 20% efficient cell incorporating the material.

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