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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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The current project is one of the largest battery energy storage systems in Germany

BELECTRIC builds 15.9 MWh battery storage system in Chemnitz; Largest EES in Saxony


As a general contractor for “eins - energie in sachsen GmbH & Co. KG” BELECTRIC (Kolitzheim, Germany) is currently constructing the largest battery storage system of Saxony in Chemnitz. The energy storage system with 15.9 MWh rated capacity will provide primary frequency response for the electricity market, expected to be available for the 2nd quarter 2017. Read more...

Jingfeng Xiong  has led the PANDA research and development project for high efficiency monocrystalline PV cells

Yingli Solar announces changes to its board of directors


Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (Baoding, China), known as "Yingli Solar", on March 7th, 2017 announced that Xiangdong Wang has resigned from his position as an executive director of the Company due to personal reasons. The Company's board of directors has appointed Jingfeng Xiong, a vice president of the Company, to replace Mr. Wang as an executive director effective as of March 3rd, 2017. Read more...

Manz AG expects a profitable business performance for 2017

Manz AG releases preliminary figures for 2016: Revenue about 4% higher than previous year


Manz AG (Reutlingen, Germany), a globally active high-tech equipment manufacturer with an extensive technology portfolio covering the three strategic business segments of "Solar" (PV), "Electronics" and "Energy Storage," published its preliminary economic figures for the 2016 fiscal year on March 7th, 2017. According to the figures, the company was able to increase its revenues in a difficult 2016 fiscal year by 4.0%, from EUR 222.0 million in the previous year to EUR 231.0 million. Read more...

Presentation at the EPC signing ceremony for the Solara4 PV project

WElink Energy announces 220 MW Solara4 PV project in Portugal


WElink Energy( Dublin, Irland) on March 3rd, 2017 announced to build Europe’s largest privately funded solar farm in Portugal following the signing of the EPC contract with China Triumph International Engineering Co. Ltd (CTIEC). Read more...

Rendering of SolarReserve's 450 MW Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Tamarugal Solar Project with 5.8 GW-hours of energy storage

SolarReserve receives environmental approval for 450 MW 24/7 baseload CSP, energy storage facility in Chile


SolarReserve LLC (Santa Monica, California, U.S.) has received environmental approval from the Chilean government to build one of the world’s largest concentrating solar power (CSP) projects with energy storage. Utilizing SolarReserve’s proprietary solar thermal energy storage technology, the Tamarugal Solar Project in the Tarapacá region of Chile, will be comprised of three 150 megawatt (MW) solar thermal towers, each with 13 hours of full load energy storage. Read more...

Canadian Solar's investments to accelerate solar energy generation in Brazil include the operation of the country's largest solar PV module manufacturing facility

Canadian Solar raises USD 20 million funding for solar PV projects in Brazil, including the 191 MWp Pirapora I Project


Canadian Solar Inc. (Guelph, Ontario) on March 6th, 2017 announced that it has received USD 20 million unsecured funding from the China and Portuguese-speaking Countries Cooperation and Development Fund (CPDFund) to support the development of eligible solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in Brazil, including the 191 MWp Pirapora I Project in the state of Minas Gerais. Read more...

In the longstanding TestLab Power Electronics of Fraunhofer ISE, power converters of all types are tested and developed up to the range of 1 MW. With the new lab facility in Freiburg, the solar research institute is expanding its services to include the multi-megawatt range

Fraunhofer ISE constructs new research lab for power electronics and grid technologies in the multi-megawatt range


With the grid expansion and modernization process for the German energy transformation, a growing number of applications for advanced power electronics and grid technologies arise. Power electronics and grid technologies are assuming a central role in an ever widening field of applications. Needed for both PV power plants and storage systems, they are also a main building block in electric mobility and micro grids and also ensure the reliability of the power supply for the railroad networks or large data centers to name a few examples. Read more...

Signing the contract at KACO new energy’s headquarters in Neckarsulm: David Kim (CEO of DNE Solar Ltd.) and David Mabille (CSO of KACO new energy GmbH)

KACO new energy and DNE Solar ink framework agreement for the delivery of string PV inverters totaling 300 MW


Neckarsulm, Germany-based manufacturer KACO new energy GmbH will deliver 300 megawatts worth of solar photovoltaic (PV) inverter power to the South Korean distributor and EPC, DNE Solar Ltd. Read more...

Aerial view of two Amazon fulfillment facilities with solar PV systems on their rooftops

Amazon announces solar energy initiative, initial PV projects totaling up to 41 MW


Amazon on March 2nd, 2017 announced a new initiative to generate clean energy by installing solar panels on its fulfillment facilities around the world. The company plans to deploy large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on rooftops of more than 15 fulfillment and sortation centers in the U.S. this year and is planning to deploy solar PV systems on 50 fulfillment and sortation centers globally by 2020. Read more...

Upsolar reference solar PV plant

Upsolar wins contract for their largest solar PV project in Turkey


Upsolar (Shanghai, China), a provider of solar PV modules, announced a new milestone after being awarded a contract by Hilvan Enerji to supply PV panels for a 23.6 MW solar farm in Hilvan, Sanliurfa, Turkey. When operational, the solar power generated by the facility will be able to provide enough electricity to power approximately 17,500 households to the region. Read more...

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