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ZSW and IPVF Launch Cooperation in CIGS Thin-film Photovoltaics

The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the Institut Photovoltaïque d'Île de France (IPVF) are joining forces to cooperate closely in energy research. The aim of this Franco-German alliance is to develop the next generation of CIGS thin-film solar cells. The partners recently signed the deal in Stuttgart to collaborate on this special variant of flexible photovoltaics featuring a semiconductor made of copper, indium, gallium and selenium (CIGS). The agreement's initial term is five years.

18.01.2018

Government of Canada investing in clean technology

Navdeep Bains, Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, joined by Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced that the Government of Canada will invest $700 million through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) over the next five years to grow Canada’s clean technology industry, protect the environment and create jobs.

18.01.2018

Siemens Gamesa continues to grow in China, having signed two new agreements for the supply of 96 MW

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy continues to grow in China – the world’s biggest wind market - having signed two new agreements for the supply of 96 MW: 48 MW to the Chinese utility Datang and other 48 MW to the Chinese General Nuclear Power Group (CGN). Under the terms of the contract signed with Datang, Siemens Gamesa will supply and commission 24 of its G114-2.0 MW turbines at the Yangshugou wind farm located in the province of Liaoning, in north-eastern China.

17.01.2018

Siemens Gamesa awarded two wind turbine projects totaling 330 MW of G132-3.465 MW turbines in the U.S.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has signed two orders in the U.S. for the supply of 95 of its G132-3.465 MW wind turbines totaling 330 MW. Once both wind farms are completed, they can produce enough energy to power over 100,000 average U.S. homes.

18.01.2018

New report highlights impact of tracker reliability on utility-scale solar in MENA region

Array Technologies brought tracker reliability and its impact on utility-scale solar operations and maintenance costs (O&M) into sharp focus at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) this week in Abu Dhabi. The company presented the results of an independent analysis by TÜV Rheinland, which indicated Array’s centralized tracker architecture delivers an LCOE advantage over decentralized systems of 6.7%. This is due largely to lower scheduled and unscheduled maintenance costs.

17.01.2018

SMA Reaches 10 GW of Installed Sunny Central Inverters in North America

While the new year is just beginning, SMA has already crossed a major milestone as it reached 10 GW of installed Sunny Central inverters in North America. This translates to approximately 10,000 inverters powering commercial and utility plants across the region, which is enough energy to electrify more than 2 million homes.

16.01.2018

Waxman Energy Partner with Valk Solar Systems to Launch New Range of Mounting Systems

Waxman Energy, specialist distributor in Solar PV & Battery Storage, is pleased to introduce Valk Solar Systems to their expanding product range. Well known in the PV Industry, Valk Solar Systems develop s olar mounting systems fo r residential, commercial and ground mount projects.

16.01.2018

BayWa r.e sells 42 MW Lacedonia wind farm in Italy

BayWa r.e., a global renewable energy developer, service provider, and wholesaler, has sold its stake in the 41.7 MW Lacedonia wind farm in the Campania region of Italy, to developer NISIDA.

16.01.2018

Panasonic announces release of new black back sheet solar module

Panasonic Eco Solutions Europe today introduced its newest product innovation, the HIT® KURO (“kuro” is the Japanese word for “black”). With a 325 Wp and a 320 Wp version, this module has a uniform dark appearance. Boasting a module efficiency of 19.4% (for the 325 Wp version), the panel is a perfect fit for most residential rooftops.

16.01.2018

Perovskite solar cells: perfection not required!

Metal-organic perovskite layers for solar cells are frequently fabricated using the spin coating technique. If you follow the simplest synthesis pathway and use industry-relevant compact substrates, the perovskite layers laid down by spin coating generally exhibit numerous holes, yet attain astonishingly high levels of efficiency. The reason that these holes do not lead to significant short circuits between the front and back contact and thus high-rate charge carrier recombination has now been discovered by a HZB team headed by Dr.-Ing. Marcus Bär in cooperation with the group headed by Prof. Henry Snaith (Oxford Univ.) at BESSY II.

15.01.2018

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