Showa Shell sets up two new branches

The branches in Munich, Germany, and in Northern California will be opened in April. There, Showa Shell will sell its CIS modules under the brand name "Solar Frontier", for which the company is expanding its production capacity. At the end of 2011, Showa Shell plans to put into operation a 900 MW plant in Miyazaki, Japan.

US solar energy market grows 37 % in 2009

Solar thermal capacity also grew by 10 % and approached a capacity of 24,000 MWth. The most important factors for the growth in solar electricity were doubling of the residential market and three new CSP plants. Total US electricity capacity from both technologies combined climbed past 2,000 MW.

Market launch for new emitter technology from Manz

The three customers will implement the Manz system in their pilot production in the coming months and then verify it in series production. In a press release, Manz calls the orders a "decisive step on the way from the new development to the commercialization of the innovative selective emitter process."

DuPont opens North America PV research facility

<b>The DuPont North American photovoltaic applications lab will support materials development for the photovoltaic energy market.</b><br><br><i>Photo: DuPont</i><br>

The lab’s research targets are to create new photovoltaic materials and engineering innovations. The lab will have access to a full-size module fabrication and state-of-the-art testing capabilities.

Global PV Market to Reach 14.6 GW in 2010 Forecasts IMS Research

Wellingborough, UK (8th July 2010) - 14.6 GW of new PV capacity will be added worldwide in 2010 according to latest forecasts from IMS Research. This 95% increase in installations will be driven by a number of countries, most notably Germany.

High-precision PC-based solar tracking

The TwinCAT Solar Position Algorithm software function block from Beckhoff enables exact calculation of sun angles anywhere in the world at any time, without the use of sensors. This flexible solution is ideal for parabolic mirror and photovoltaic systems as well as for other solar power plant designs that automatically track the sun's position for optimum utilisation of the sun's rays.

Manz Automation Introduces its Extended Business Model

Reutlingen - At a joint press conference today, July 27, 2010 in Schwäbisch Hall, Manz Automation AG and Würth Solar GmbH & Co. KG provided background information on their strategic alliance in the field of CIGS production technology.