Increased production capacity for HIT solar cells

The Japanese manufacturer will build new production facilities in its Nishikinohama factory in Kaizuka City, Osaka, where Sanyo already produces its proprietary HIT solar cells. Construction works are scheduled to be finished in October 2009, production is to start in 2010.

European Business Award for Q-Cells

The awards have been conferred annually since 2006. It is the purpose of the independent competition to acknowledge and support companies in the European Union that are distinguished by outstanding entrepreneurial achievements and a high capacity for innovation.

Schott joins IMEC research programme

The Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC) is one of the largest research centres for nano and microelectronics in Europe. Its research programme IIAP (IMEC Industrial Affiliation Programme), in which many partners are involved, is intended to accelerate market growth of silicon solar cells.

Wet chemistry for CIS solar cells

Conventionally, the copper layer of the absorber is generated using a galvanic process. The two other layers are produced by means of vaporization processes in a vacuum.

World Bank approves US$ 130 million for solar systems in Bangladesh

This credit is additional financing for the Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development Credit, a project that since 2003 has connected 600,000 consumers to the electricity grid, constructed about 8,500 km of new distribution, and provided 320,000 consumers with solar home systems.

IBC Solar opens office in Czech Republic

The office will be headed by Gerhard Travnicek, who joined the company in June 2008 to develop new markets in Eastern Europe. After creating first partnerships from its German headquarters the local office is the next step to better serve installation partners in the Czech market.

Sharp announces cell efficiency world record

The result obtained with the triple-junction compound solar cell means that efficiency has been boosted from the previous value of 31.5 % to 35.8 %. The compound solar cell utilizes photo-absorption layers made from compounds consisting of two or more elements such as indium and gallium.