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Applied Materials announces new PV metallization system to boost solar cell efficiency, set low Cost-of-Ownership benchmark

2015-04-24 |

Ahead of the SNEC International Photovoltaic Power Generation Exhibition being held next week, Applied Materials, Inc. (Santa Clara, California, US) on April 24th, 2015 announced its “Applied Tempo” metallization system that is setting new efficiency, high-productivity and low-cost benchmarks for manufacturing advanced high-efficiency solar photovoltaic (PV) cell designs. Supporting Applied's “Fine Line Double Print” (FLDP) technology and record throughput, the Tempo platform delivers substantial efficiency, yield and cost benefits that translate into the industry's lowest cost of ownership and lowest overall cost-per-watt solution for cell manufacturing, reads the press release. Read more...

 
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Applied Tempo solar PV metallization system

Applied Materials announces new PV metallization system to boost solar cell efficiency, set low Cost-of-Ownership benchmark

2015-04-24

Ahead of the SNEC International Photovoltaic Power Generation Exhibition being held next week, Applied Materials, Inc. (Santa Clara, California, US) on April 24th, 2015 announced its “Applied Tempo” metallization system that is setting new efficiency, high-productivity and low-cost benchmarks for manufacturing advanced high-efficiency solar photovoltaic (PV) cell designs. Supporting Applied's “Fine Line Double Print” (FLDP) technology and record throughput, the Tempo platform delivers substantial efficiency, yield and cost benefits that translate into the industry's lowest cost of ownership and lowest overall cost-per-watt solution for cell manufacturing, reads the press release. Read more...

Temple Beth El, a synagogue in Stamford, Connecticut, US, benefits from a 210 kW Kingspan solar PV system

Ireland-based Kingspan group launches commercial solar PV operations in the U.S.

2015-04-24

On April 23rd, 2015 Kingspan Group plc (Cavan, Ireland) announced the U.S. launch of its solar photovoltaic (PV) solutions provider, Kingspan Energy. The company offers end-to-end PV installations to the commercial and public sectors, including feasibility, design, installation, and financing. Read more...

BELECTRIC emphasizes that its Mildura solar PV plant in Australia has a proven track record of more than 98.5% uptime

PV in Australia: BELECTRIC’s Mildura plant proves first year of reliable solar power generation with 98.5% uptime

2015-04-24

The utility-scale PV plant was constructed between November 2013 and March 2014. Grid connection was supported by Clean Technology Partners. Since then it has been feeding solar power into the local grid with the electricity purchased by Diamond Energy through a PPA agreement. Read more...

The 2.3 MWp solar PV plant is currently being implemented on the outskirts of Lagos in the Algarve

Asunim supplies PV panels totalling 2.3 MW to a project in Portugal

2015-04-24

During the first quarter of 2015, the solar company Asunim (Ankara, Turkey) delivered 2.3 MWp of solar PV modules to a large ground-mounted system currently being implemented on the outskirts of Lagos in the Algarve (southern Portugal). Read more...

Solar-Tectic obtained US patent for "Enhancing Critical Current Density of Cuprate Superconductors"

US Patent Office awards Solar-Tectic a patent for superconductivity invention

2015-04-24

Solar-Tectic LLC (ST, Briarcliff Manor, New York, US), a thin-film specialist with a primary focus on developing patented technologies for single crystal or highly textured semiconductor films on glass or metal tapes, on April 23rd, 2015 announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has allowed a patent for enhancing the electricity carrying capability of superconducting wires or tapes. Read more...

Market leader Trina Solar announced to add 1 GW of PV module capacity in 2014. Image: Trina Solar

IHS: Chinese suppliers continued to lead the solar PV module market in 2014; Trina Solar rose to become #1

2015-04-24

According to a new report from IHS Inc. (Englewood, Colorado, U.S.), with shipments of 23.7 gigawatts (GW) the top 10 solar photovoltaic (PV) module suppliers grew their combined market share slightly in 2014, from 48 percent in 2013 to 49 percent in 2014. Boasting the largest domestic market for PV modules, Chinese suppliers continued to dominate the market last year. Read more...

SunPower’s record of solar innovation began nearly four decades ago, when co-founder, Dr. Richard Swanson (pictured), was pondering ways to deal with the oil crisis

SunPower celebrates 30 years as a solar industry leader

2015-04-24

April 24th, 2015 marks the thirtieth anniversary of SunPower Corp. (San Jose, California, U.S.), the global solar technology and energy services company founded with a mission to develop the industry’s most efficient solar cells. Three decades later, SunPower not only produces the highest efficiency solar photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules on the market, but also offers complete solar energy solutions to residential, commercial and utility customers around the world. Read more...

A 1.6-megawatt array of SolarWorld solar panels spreads over acreage on the campus of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's George Washington Carver Center. The system of 72-cell modules was commissioned on Wednesday, April 22nd

PV plant with 72-cell SolarWorld panels totaling 1.5 MW will power USDA office and research facility

2015-04-24

SolarWorld (Bonn, Germany, and Hillsboro, Oregon, U.S.) , the largest U.S. solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer for 40 years, has provided 1.6 megawatts of 315-watt, 72-cell monocrystalline solar PV panels for a PV project to power the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) George Washington Carver Center. Read more...

IRENA launched a comprehensive platform to facilitate the effective development of renewable energy projects (e.g. PV, CSP, wind) worldwide

IRENA launches tool to help develop solar and other renewable energy projects

2015-04-23

A comprehensive platform to facilitate the effective development of renewable energy projects (e.g. PV, CSP, wind) worldwide is now available online. The Project Navigator tool, launched on April 22nd, 2015 by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), provides project developers with the knowledge, tools, case studies and best practices needed to support the successful completion of their projects. Read more...

meteocontrol announced that around 37,500 PV systems are currently monitored in the safer’Sun and Virtual Control Room (VCOM) portals

meteocontrol announces new milestone: PV service company exceeds 10 GWp mark for monitored solar power

2015-04-23

With more than 10 GWp of monitored solar power, meteocontrol GmbH (Augsburg, Germany) is the front-runner among the inverter-independent providers of PV monitoring systems, the company announced on April 23rd, 2015. Around 37,500 PV systems are currently monitored in the safer’Sun and Virtual Control Room (VCOM) portals. The PV systems are primarily monitored with the data loggers WEB’log and the new blue’Log X series. Read more...

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