Photovoltaic

Manz CIGS Technology GmbH sold

The Manz AG has announced today that the sale of its subsidiary Manz CIGS Technology has been completet. The transaction was part of an strategic cooperation deal with the Chinese partners Shanghai Electric Group and Shenhua Group.

09.05.2017

Experts outline pathway for generating up to 10 TW of power from sunlight by 2030

The annual potential of solar energy far exceeds the world’s energy consumption, but the goal of using the sun to provide a significant fraction of global electricity demand is far from being realized. Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), their counterparts from similar institutes in Japan and Germany, along with researchers at universities and industry, assessed the recent trajectory of photovoltaics and outlined a potential worldwide pathway to produce a significant portion of the world’s electricity from solar power in the new Science paper, Terawatt-Scale Photovoltaics: Trajectories and Challenges.

02.05.2017

skytron energy installs power plant control system in Japan

The “Date” solar farm has a total capacity of 10.32 MW and an annual electricity generation of 11 Mill. kWh. (Photo: skytron energy)

The 10.32-MW-project “Date” on the island of Hokkaido in Japan has been equipped with a system for monitoring, control and remote supervision by skytron energy. To cope with increasing demand in Japan and ensure timely local support there, skytron energy also will open a subsidiary in Tokyo in the first half of this year.

26.04.2017

Solarnova acquires new Stringer

A Stringer is the core of photovoltaic module manufacturing: its function is to perform the welding between cells in order to form chains, leaving the cells perfectly aligned with each other while making a quality analysis of each cell, looking for micro-tears, scratches or broken edges. (Photo: solarnova)

Solarnova produces conventional PV modules as well as BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaic). Now the company has acquired a new stringer built by Teamtechnik. The Stringer is meant to increase the number of modules produced while maintaining the company’s quality standards.

24.04.2017

Imec Develops Bifacial n-PERT Solar Cell with a Record Percent Front-Side Efficiency

Imec announced it has realized bifacial n-PERT solar cells using an industrially-compatible process with a record-setting front-side conversion efficiency of 22.8 %. Used bifacially under standard front illuminations conditions in conjunction with an additional 0.15 sun rear illumination, these cells can produce the equivalent energy of 26.2 % monofacial cells, as the  research and innovation hub in nano-electronics, energy and digital technology and partner in EnergyVille points out.

18.04.2017

GE Installed the First 1,500-Volt Solar Inverter in Japan

GE was chosen to provide two, LV5 1-MW, 1,500-volt inverters to Looop Co., Ltd. (Photo: GE)

Following an agreement reached last year, GE has successfully delivered and installed one of two 1,500-Volt solar inverters in the Ibaragi prefecture. The unit is now in smooth operation in Looop Co. Ltd.’s PV-plant, as the manufacturer announced. The successful commercial operation of the unit marks the entry of 1,500-volt solar technology in Japan’s solar market.

13.04.2017

Installation of 8.79-MW-system at New Toyota Headquarters Underway

When complete, more than 20,000 solar panels mounted on seel carport structures will cover the area equal to 10 football fields. (Photo: SunPower)

SunPower has announced that construction has begun on an 8.79 MW solar system at Toyota Motor North America's new headquarters in Plano (Texas). Close to one megawatt larger than originally planned, it is expected to be Texas' largest corporate office on-site solar installation among non-utility companies.

11.04.2017

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