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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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Annual megawatt-scale U.S. solar PV installations. Source: IHS Markit Solar Deal Tracker.

IHS Markit: Blattner Energy tops list of U.S. solar PV installers in 2016


According to IHS Markit (London, UK), Blattner Energy (Avon, MN, US) headed the list of U.S. solar of photovoltaic (PV) installers in 2016, followed closely by First Solar, the vertically integrated PV component supplier, and Swinerton Renewable Energy, the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm. Read more...

EDF RE will focus on distributed solar photovoltaics (PV) and energy storage projects in the U.S.

EDF Renewable Energy expands into distributed solar PV and energy storage in the U.S.


EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE, Paris, France) on March 15th, 2017 announced the creation of a new business unit, Distributed Electricity and Storage (DES), to focus on distributed solar photovoltaics (PV) and energy storage projects up to 30 megawatts (MW). Read more...

OST Energy advises Wirsol and BayernLB on 197 MW UK solar PV portfolio


OST Energy (OST, Brighton, UK), an independent engineering consultancy, has worked with international solar energy provider Wirsol Energy Limited and German bank BayernLB to provide technical due diligence and independent engineering support for two UK solar photovoltaic (PV) portfolios with a combined capacity of 107 MW. Read more...

The solar cell and PV module capacity expansion, the second in less than three years, is a testimony to Tata Power Solar’s commitment to manufacturing, in line with India’s ‘Make in India’ campaign, the company emphasizes

Tata Power Solar increases PV module capacity by 100% and solar cell capacity by 65%


Tata Power Solar (TPS, Bangalore, India), India's largest integrated solar company, on March 14th, 2017 announced a significant expansion and modernisation of its solar cell and photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing facility. Read more...

Neoen, ZESCO signed the PPA for a 54 MW solar PV plant

Neoen inks PPA for a 54 MW solar PV plant in Zambia


Neoen (Paris, France) on March 3rd, 2017 signed a 25 years PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) with ZESCO (the Zambian national utility), for a 54 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant. Read more...

Intersolar North America 2017 will celebrate its 10th anniversary

Intersolar North America and ees North America open registration


Intersolar North America, the most attended solar industry exhibition and conference in North America, and ees North America, the exhibition and conference dedicated to the energy storage market, on March 15th, 2017 announced the opening of registration for their much-anticipated 2017 exhibitions and conferences. Taking place on July 11th through July 13th in San Francisco, the events will be co-located at the Moscone Center. Read more...

Utility-scale ET Solar PV plant

ET Solar starts construction of a 60.9 MW PV project in Jordan


ET Solutions AG (Munich, Germany), a subsidiary of ET Energy (ET Solar; Nanjing, China), on March 15th, 2017 announced that it has started the construction of a 60.9 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Jordan for ACWA Power, a Saudi-based independent power producer. The PV project will become one of the largest 1,500V PV plants in Europe, the Middle East and Africa after completion. Read more...

Tesvolt announces next-generation energy storage system using Samsung SDI batteries


Commercial energy storage system manufacturer Tesvolt (Wittenberg, Germany) collaborated with Samsung SDI (Seoul, South Korea) to develop a high-voltage storage system which, according to the company, is setting new standards for safety and also boasts a 30 year lifespan. The battery contains Samsung SDI’s new prismatic lithium cells, which BMW recently introduced into their electric cars, thereby almost doubling their range. Read more...

Canadian Solar PV plant, Delhi International Airport, India

Canadian Solar signs PPAs with SECI to develop 80 MWac PV projects in Maharashtra, India


Canadian Solar Inc. (Guelph, Ontario) on March 14th, 2017 announced that it has secured Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for an aggregate 80 MWac of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), a public sector undertaking of the Government of India. Canadian Solar was awarded these projects under a 450 MWac solar capacity tender in the state of Maharashtra, through a competitive auction process. Read more...

Samsung SDI presented new lineup of its comprehensive ESS solutions at the Energy Storage Europe 2017. Photo: Business Wire

Samsung SDI launches new lineup of ESS batteries to expand into the European market


Samsung SDI (Seoul, South Korea) launched its new energy storage (ESS) products that adopted innovative design technology at Energy Storage Europe 2017, an international exhibition held for three days from March 14th, 2017 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The company showcased new ESS products at the exhibition, high-capacity E2 and high-power P3 models, whose energy density is sharply increased. Read more...

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