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31.3 % efficiency: Fraunhofer ISE tops its own record for a new type of solar PV cell in only a couple of months

2017-03-27 |

In November 2016, Fraunhofer ISE (Freiburg, Germany) reached a record efficiency for a triple-junction solar cell made of III-V and silicon material. Now, in the short amount of time, the researchers in Freiburg have surpassed their own record. Their newest result boasts an efficiency of 31.3 percent for a fully integrated silicon-based multi-junction solar cell. Read more...

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Hanwha Q CELLS reference solar PV plant

Kalyon Enerji and Hanwha Q CELLS awarded 1 GW solar PV project in Turkey


A joint venture formed by Kalyon Enerji (Istanbul, Turkey) and Hanwha Q CELLS (Seoul, South Korea) on March 20th,2017 won the tender to build a 1.000 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the Karapınar region in Turkey with the bid of USD 0.07 cent per kWh of solar power, the International Solar Energy Society’s Turkey Division (GUNDER) reports. Read more...

Phoenix Solar rooftop PV system in Singapore

Phoenix Solar regains full control over Asia/Pacific operations from minority shareholders in Singapore


Phoenix Solar AG (Sulzemoos, Germany) has acquired the outstanding minority shares in its Singapore based subsidiary Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd., the company announced on March 21st, 2017. They were held by a group of former directors of this enterprise. After the transaction Phoenix Solar AG will own 100 per cent of the company. The parties agreed not to disclose further details. Read more...

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer speaking at the inauguration of the second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

200MW second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park inaugurated


HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on March 20, 2017 has inaugurated the 200 megawatt second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The project reflects a new era in the excellence and leadership of the UAE, as it increases the share of clean and renewable energy, ME NewsWire reports. Read more...

17 MW Solar PV reference plant by Dominion

Dominion announces two large-scale solar PV projects in South Carolina


Dominion (Richmond, Va., U.S.) on March 20, 2017 announced that it plans to construct, own and operate 81 megawatts of solar generating capacity in Jasper County, S.C. Two projects – a 71.4-megawatt facility that would be South Carolina's largest and a 10-megawatt array – are expected to enter service in 2017. Read more...

MAiA 2.1 solar PV production system platform

Meyer Burger announces further contract for MB PERC solar cell upgrade technology


Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (Thun, Switzerland) on March 2oth, 2017 announced the conclusion of a further contract with an existing Asian customer for MB PERC on the MAiA 2.1 technology platform. Read more...

U.S. Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) joined leaders of the Moapa Band of Paiutes for a commissioning ceremony of the 250 MW Moapa Southern Paiute solar PV project near Las Vegas. Photo: Business Wire

First Solar begins operation of 250 MW Moapa Southern Paiute solar PV project north of Las Vegas


On March 17th, 2017, First Solar, Inc. (Tempe, AZ, US) and the Moapa Band of Paiutes joined Sen. Dean Heller, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Nevada State Energy Office Director Angela Dykema, Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick, executives from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and other community and energy industry leaders to celebrate the commissioning of the Moapa Southern Paiute solar PV project. The 250 MWac Moapa Southern Paiute solar photovoltaic (PV) project is capable of generating enough clean energy to power an estimated 111,000 homes. Read more...

The report calls for policy efforts to create an enabling framework and re-design of energy markets

New IRENA study: Eliminating global energy-related carbon emissions led by renewables is possible


Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions can be reduced by 70% by 2050 and completely phased-out by 2060 with a net positive economic outlook, according to new findings released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). “Perspectives for the Energy Transition: Investment Needs for a Low-Carbon Energy Transition”, was launched on the occasion of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue. Read more...

The contract was signed after the successful commissioning of the first governmentally licensed PV project built in Elaziğ, Turkey

Phoenix Solar to build an 11.2 MW PV plant on behalf of Akfen Renewable Energy in Turkey


Phoenix Solar Yenilenebilir Enerji A. Ş., Ankara, the newly established Turkish subsidiary of Phoenix Solar AG (Sulzemoos, Germany), has been awarded an order by a consortium led by Akfen Renewable Energy, the energy arm of a Turkish conglomerate, to build a photovoltaic (PV) plant with a total capacity of 11.2 MWp in Amasya in Northern Turkey, close to the Black Sea. Read more...

JA Solar announced a manufacturing capacity expansion to 3.0 GW for wafers, 7.0 GW for solar cells, and 6.0 GW for PV modules by the end of 2017

JA Solar 2016 results: 5.2 GW shipped, net revenue increased


JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (Beijing, China) on March 16th, 2017 announced its unaudited financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31st, 2016. JA Solar’s total 2016 shipments were 5.2 gigawatts (GW), consisting of 4,606.6 MW of PV modules and module tolling and 313.8 MW of solar cells and cell tolling to external customers, and 245.8 MW of modules to the Company’s downstream projects. Read more...

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LONGi Green Energy Technology's revenue nearly doubled in 2016


The monocrystalline ingot, wafer and module manufacturer LONGi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd.'s (Xi'an, China) published its 2016 earnings report last week. The financial results show that the company posted RMB11.531 billion (USD1.67 billion) in revenue, an increase of 93.89% from 2015, and net profit of RMB1.547 billion (USD 224 million), a significant increase of 197.36% from the year before. Read more...

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