Photovoltaic

Fraunhofer ISE takes back the world record: 21.9 % multicrystalline

Multicrystalline world record solar cell made of n-type HPM silicon material (Photo: Fraunhofer ISE)

In all the commotion about falling module prices, the subject of cell efficiency is sometimes overlooked. Fraunhofer ISE, which is based in Freiburg, has put the topic back in the spotlight by announcing a new world record for efficiency with multicrystalline cells: 21.9 %.

20.02.2017

PV Hybrid Lowers Electricity Costs in East Africa’s Largest Salt Factory

Even while constructing the factory, Krystalline Salt has planned space for a PV system to reduce our carbon footprint and the amount of electricity generated with diesel generators. (Photo: SMA)

In Malindi one of Kenya’s largest solar hybrid systems has started operation. The SMA Fuel Save Controller smartly integrates the PV system including 34 Sunny Tripower inverters to the public grid and the diesel generators. With an annual output of 1.6 MWh the system is expected to reduce the electricity costs of Krystalline Salt Ltd by 25 %.

15.02.2017

ABB delivers substation for 200MW solar park in Dubai

The substation includes 11 bays of 400 kV and 21 bays of compact 132 kV Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS), power transformers and IEC 61850-based open architecture automation and control systems. (Photo: ABB)

The substation for the Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park has been successfully energized. ABB was responsible for the design, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning of the gas-infused switchgear substation. The project is an essential element of the vision to reach a renewable share of 7 % of Dubai’s energy consumption.

15.02.2017

The polysilicon market in 2020

Johannes Bernreuter's encouragement for the industry is scant: "We see no signs of a positive change in the low-price segment by 2020." (Photo: Bernreuter)

Johannes Bernreuter from the market research company Bernreuter Research has published a new study. Like previous studies, it examines the polysilicon market, this time providing an overview through the year 2020. The data that was used for the study – and there is quite a lot of it – is from November 2016. This means the data is very current. It is unlikely that anyone has a more up-to-date study. A more thorough market study probably does not exist either.

10.02.2017

Reliability of TPedge PV Modules Successfully Tested

TPedge module with 2 mm thick glass undergoing distributed load test. (Photo: Fraunhofer ISE)

The TPedge concept reduces the material and production costs of PV modules, since encapsulation foils and the lamination process are no longer needed. At the same time, the aging stability of the PV module increases appreciably. In cooperation with its partners the Fraunhofer ISE has developed processes so that the innovative PV modules can be manufactured on an industrial scale.

08.02.2017

Global solar power demand grows nearly 50% in 2016, Europe drops

European countries installed around 6.9 GW of solar power systems in 2016 - a 20 % decrease compared to the 8.6 GW that was grid-connected in 2015, according to SolarPower Europe. In the same period, the global on-grid solar power market grew by about 49 % to around 76.1 GW in 2016, from about 51.2 GW in 2015.

07.02.2017

WWEA and Intersolar Europe will team up and co-host the World Small Wind Conference

The World Wind Energy Association WWEA and Intersolar Europe have agreed to co-host World Small Wind Conference together. Small and medium wind stakeholders as well as the solar PV and energy storage industry are welcome to participate in the event, taking plac in Munich on 1st and 2nd June 2017 in parallel with the Intersolar Europe exhibition 2017 (31 May - 2 June).

06.02.2017

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