A group of researchers from Russia has invented a 8.8% amorphous silicon solar cell
The newly created photovoltaic cell is based on p-type transparent conductive film manufactured of carbon nanotubes. The innovation is announced to provide efficiency 16 per cent over the existing amorphous cells
Nov 18, 2019 // Technology, Europe, Asia, solar cell, Russia, amorphous silicon
Bangladesh sets new power tariffs for slow solar developers
Government of Bangladesh is dissatisfied by slow development of a number of photovoltaic projects and is establishing new power tariffs associated with solar production cost reduction.
Nov 15, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Tariffs, Bangladesh, Asia, tariffs
Daqo expands polysilicon production and reduces cost below $7 per kilo
Daqo New Energy, major crystalline silicon manufacturer, got revenue of $83.9m and gross profit of $18.1m during Q3 of 2019. The new facility with 35,000MT production capacity is to be commissioned by the end of the year.
Nov 15, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, China, Asia, Daqo New Energy, crystalline silicon
Organic dopants for a stable perovskite
Researchers at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology have demonstrated a method they say could improve the stability of perovskite structures. The group found adding an organic dopant served to increase the strength of chemical bonds between organic and inorganic elements of a perovskite.
Nov 15, 2019 // Technology, Saudi Arabia, Asia, perovskite, KAUST, Aleksandra Oranskaia
DMEGC offers new half-cell modules with up to 440 W production output
The newly developed mono half-cell solar module by DMAGC is based on PERC technology. Its conversion efficiency is as high as 19.78%. The product is available in two versions: with glass and white backsheet structure.
Nov 15, 2019 // Manufacturing News, China, Asia, DMEGC, half-cell modules
Tesla is building the first huge Europe-based fab in Germany
Elon Musk has announced a factory next to Berlin, which is forecasted to provide about 10,000 new vacancies. Tesla is intended to build the plant in the proximity of new Berlin airport.
Nov 14, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Storage, TESLA, Elon Musk, China, Asia, Berlin, Axel Springer
Ecoppia is deploying cleaning solutions for more than 400 megawatts of solar systems in India
Ecoppia, the world-leading supplier of cutting-edge solar panel cleaning technologies, is contracted by Fortum to spread out its solutions across numerous projects throughout India, with a total capacity of 427 megawatts.
Nov 14, 2019 // Manufacturing News, India, First Solar, Asia, Ecoppia
Three steps to fast-charging potassium batteries
Scientists led by Moscow’s Skolkovo Institute of Technology have drawn upon several of their recent battery material innovations to create a potassium-ion device. The institute says its development will pave the way for ultrafast and durable, high capacity metal-ion batteries, to supply rising demand for energy storage innovations.
Nov 14, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Storage, Lithium-ion batteries, Pavel Troshin, Skoltech, Europe, Asia, Russia, Moscow, Roman Kapaev, Philipp Obrezkov
Canadian Solar sees turnover and profits retreat
The Chinese-Canadian manufacturer reported a 1% decrease in sales in the third quarter, with net profit falling 19%, to US$55.2 million. Quarterly shipments were up significantly year on year, from 1.59 GW in July-to-September last year to 2,387 MW this time around. The company expects to ship up to 8.5 GW of panels and achieve turnover of up to US$3.16 billion this year.
Nov 13, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, Canada, Canadian Solar, China, Asia, North America, Yan Zhuang
Tata Power gains a new 50-megawatt project as part of Dholera Solar Park
The Indian power corporation is deploying more capacity at a gigantic 5-gigawatt Gujarat solar farm.
Nov 13, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, India, Asia, Tata Power Renewable, GUVNL
IRENA predicts LCOE of solar will drop to $0.01-0.05 by mid century
The latest study published by the International Renewable Energy Agency says the average solar electricity cost of $0.085/kWh produced by projects commissioned last year is set to fall to $0.048 next year, and $0.02-0.08 by 2030.
Nov 13, 2019 // Tariffs, USA, Saudi Arabia, Chile, South america, Asia, Oceania, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, North America, Peru, SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA, WORLD
Solarpack continues 2019 financial boost as PV development reaches 1.7 gigawatt
EPC points out operational launch of PV assets located in Chile and in India as Q1-Q3 2019 revenues almost double compared to last year, however net profit decreased by more than a half.
Nov 13, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, EPC, Spain, India, Chile, South america, Europe, Asia, Solarpack Corp
German research team sets up a record for solar module efficiency
Research team from a few German institutes, together with South-China-based University of Technology, breaks a conversion efficiency record for organic photovoltaic modules. The 26 sq cm module consisting of 12 cells shows 12.6 per cent efficiency. The achievement is registered by Fraunhofer ISE.
Nov 13, 2019 // Technology, Germany, China, Europe, Asia, PV module
Goa to replace traditional clay tiles with solar ones
State energy minister Nilesh Cabral says householders will be offered the chance to reduce energy bills without any upfront cost by leasing roofspace to installers as part of plans to add 15 MW of solar capacity in Goa by March.
Nov 13, 2019 // Residential, Rooftop PV, India, Asia, rooftop PV, Nilesh Cabral
SunPower Corp is spinning off production activity
United States-based solar energy corporation SunPower is spinning off the majority of its manufacture into a separate company, Maxeon Solar. The latter is going to include Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor, the Chinese silicon wafer supplier, as an investor.
Nov 12, 2019 // Manufacturing News, USA, SunPower, China, Asia, North America, Maxeon Solar, Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor, silicon wafer