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Italian PV producer MegaCell announces industrially-manufactured polycrystalline bifacial solar cells

2015-04-17 |

MegaCell Engineering Srl. (Carmignano di Brenta, Italy) already active in monocrystalline bifacial solar photovoltaic (PV) production, at Solarexpo announced that the first polycrystalline bifacial solar cells, never industrially made before, have been produced in its factory located Padua. According to MegaCell, the production line has already registered outstanding efficiency data: 18% on the front side and 15.3% on the back side of the solar cell, with a 85% of bifaciality factor and an overall cell efficiency of 22.5%. Read more...

 
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According to MegaCell, the bifacial PV production line has already registered outstanding efficiency data

Italian PV producer MegaCell announces industrially-manufactured polycrystalline bifacial solar cells

2015-04-17

MegaCell Engineering Srl. (Carmignano di Brenta, Italy) already active in monocrystalline bifacial solar photovoltaic (PV) production, at Solarexpo announced that the first polycrystalline bifacial solar cells, never industrially made before, have been produced in its factory located Padua. According to MegaCell, the production line has already registered outstanding efficiency data: 18% on the front side and 15.3% on the back side of the solar cell, with a 85% of bifaciality factor and an overall cell efficiency of 22.5%. Read more...

The PV project will enable the Department of the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps to meet critical renewable energy and energy security goals, while helping Duke Energy further its commitment to renewable energy in the state

Duke Energy to build a 17 MW solar PV project at Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune

2015-04-17

Duke Energy (Charlotte, N.C., US) received regulatory approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) on April 14th, 2015 to construct a solar farm at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Onslow County, N.C. The 13 megawatt (AC) project (17 MW DC) is Duke Energy's first solar PV facility at a military base. Covering 80 acres, the PV plant will be owned and operated by Duke Energy Progress (DEP) and is expected to be online in 2015. Read more...

SECI has signed tripartite arrangements on 100 MW of PV projects in the Indian state of Kerala

Solar in India: SECI to set up PV projects totaling 100 MW in the state of Kerala

2015-04-17

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) in April 2015 finalized the modalities for development of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the State of Kerala including transfer of land for solar parks. A tripartite arrangement has been signed among utilities Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and Tehri Hydro Power Development Corporation India Limited (THDCIL) and SECI, the government group conducting India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), to set up a 50 MW PV project in Kasaragod District of Kerala. Read more...

Carpet plot of solar irradiation on a solar PV module

Valentin presents new versions solar PV software with lithium-ion battery storage, minute values for simulation of self-consumption and power-clipping

2015-04-17

Valentin Software (Berlin, Germany) has updated the solar PV design software PV*SOL and PV*SOL premium, and adapted the programs to reflect the latest developments in the market. The result is that the detailed design, visualization and in particular yield calculation of PV systems has become even more relevant. Read more...

The Intersolar China Conference particularly focused on present and future expansion in the Chinese solar market

Intersolar China 2015 closes with considerable impetus for the solar industry

2015-04-17

The latest edition of Intersolar China took place in Beijing from April 1–3, 2015. For the second time, the exhibition and conference for the solar industry were held together with Clean Energy Expo China and CIPV Expo China, which is organized under the Clean Energy Expo umbrella. Upwards of 12,000 visitors to the China International Exhibition Center (CIEC) received information on technology, solar industry products and services, energy storage, grid technology, biomass, and wind energy from around 300 exhibitors. Read more...

The project consists of more than 454,000 of First Solar's PV modules

Southern Company subsidiary acquires fourth California solar PV project; 32 MW Lost Hills-Blackwell facility

2015-04-17

Reflecting its long-standing commitment to develop the full portfolio of energy resources, Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power (Atlanta, Georgia, US) on April 16th, 2015 announced the acquisition of a controlling interest in the 32 megawatt (MW) Lost Hills-Blackwell Solar Facility in California from First Solar, Inc. (Tempe, Arizona, US). Remaining interest in the project will be owned by an affiliate of First Solar. Construction of the project began in April 2014, and is expected to be completed shortly after this acquisition. The facility will be operated and maintained by First Solar. Read more...

The projects combine single-axis LCPV tracking technology and high efficiency Maxeon solar cells

SunPower partners with Apple to build two PV projects totaling 40 MW in China

2015-04-17

Continuing its growth in the world's largest solar photovoltaic market, SunPower Corporation (San Jose, California, US) on April 16th, 2015 announced that it plans to partner with Apple to build two solar photovoltaic (PV) projects totaling 40 megawatts (MW) in China When complete, the two PV plants in the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefectures, Sichuan Province will be co-owned by Sichuan Shengtian New Energy Development Co., Ltd., SunPower's project development joint venture, and Apple. Read more...

ET Solar reference PV plant

ET Solar to build a 70 MW solar PV plant in the Philippines

2015-04-17

ET Solar (Nanjing, China) on April 16th, 2015 announces that it has executed an agreement to build a 70 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) project in the Philippines, along with local partner Gate Solar Philippines Corp. ET Solar is partnering with Gate Solar to develop, invest, finance, construct, and operate the PV project. The construction is expected to be started in the last quarter of 2015 and the commercial operation is expected to be achieved in March 2016. Read more...

The solar PV farms are forecast to generate over 133 GWh of solar power annually

ib vogt, vogt solar Ltd. commission 8 solar PV farms totaling 132.4 MW in the UK in Q1

2015-04-16

ib vogt GmbH (Berlin, Germany) and its British subsidiary vogt solar ltd commissioned eight solar farms with a total capacity of 132.4 MWp in the first quarter of 2015 in the United Kingdom. All the solar photovoltaic (PV) plants were connected on time for the UK “1.4” ROC policy incentive deadline for ground mounted solar systems. And all projects have been purchased by institutional investors, the companies note. Read more...

The new dual-source X-ray battery scanner at ZSW

Energy storage: ZSW assesses battery damages with 3D HD scanner

2015-04-16

As lithium-ion cells for electric cars, e-bikes and energy storage make inroads into the market, the ability to analyze aging and defective batteries is becoming increasingly important. In cases of damage, such assessments often aim to determine what caused the impairment - improper use, manufacturing defects or design flaws. To conduct these examinations, the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wuerttemberg (ZSW) now has a dual-source X-ray scanner that peers deep into batteries' inner workings. Read more...

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