Meyer Burger resists rebel shareholder at EGM
The Swiss solar equipment supplier today fought off an attempt by its largest single shareholder to have a representative appointed to its board and to have its executive pay regime reviewed. Victory in that battle may secure the company some wiggle room, but the war over corporate strategy appears far from over.
Oct 31, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, Europe, meyer burger, Switzerland, EGM, Mark Kerekes, Sentis
Meyer Burger raises another $14m by selling software subsidiary
The Swiss solar equipment maker has already sold its corporate headquarters this week as it aims to generate a fighting fund until the hoped-for returns of a European PV manufacturing renaissance materialize.
Oct 25, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, China, solar cells, Europe, Asia, meyer burger, Switzerland, AIS Automation Dresden GmbH
New configuration gives perovskite cells 18% efficiency
Cesium lead black perovskites could be interesting for solar cell development if their crystals are observed in their less efficient but more stable beta phase. The efficiency shortfall can be solved by healing emerging cracks in the surface of the cell using a choline iodide solution, according to an international team of scientists.
Oct 4, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, China, Europe, Asia, Switzerland, Luis K Ono, Jiao Tong University
Northern European states mark clean policy milestones
Northern Europe’s clean energy scene has witnessed a flurry of policy moves in the space of a week, with at least four countries making announcements on various auctions and subsidy schemes.
Oct 2, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Grids, Germany, Europe, auction, Switzerland, Netherlands, subsidies, Denmark, tenders
Switzerland plans large scale solar auctions
The Swiss Federal Council intends to increase competition in the solar sector and set fixed tariffs for large PV projects using tenders. The electricity market will be fully opened up in a move industry association Swissolar says will discriminate against PV and threaten the rapid expansion of renewables.
Sep 30, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Tariffs, tender, Europe, auction, Switzerland, Swissolar
Bigging UP the carbon-free pioneers: Step forward 3S Solar Plus
pv magazine’s UP campaign aims to highlight industry movers who embrace carbon reduction and the circular economy in their operations and Swiss BIPV manufacturer 3S Solar Plus boasts an impressive sustainability record.
Sep 25, 2019 // Manufacturing News, China, Europe, JinkoSolar, Asia, Switzerland, PERC, carbon-free, 3S Solar Plus, Patrick Hofer-Noser
Swiss scientists identify causes of defects in silicon carbides for power electronics
Carbon clusters of a few nanometers in size could be responsible for the defects affecting the thermal stability of SiCs. The defective carbon accumulations arise during the oxidation of silicon carbide to silicon dioxide under high temperatures
Sep 13, 2019 // Technology, Inverters, Europe, Switzerland, carbon, Dipanwita Dutta
A close look at nature could lead to cheaper hydrogen
Scientists at the Australia National University have observed a key stage in the process of photosynthesis which could be copied to greatly increase the efficiency of sunlight-powered water splitting processes used to produce hydrogen.
Aug 12, 2019 // Technology, Solar to Fuel, USA, Germany, Australia, Europe, hydrogen, Switzerland, Oceania, Australia National University, sunlight-powered water, Max Planck Institute, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Maria Chrysina, North America, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels
Solar-plus-storage to cover 25% of electricity demand of Saint Kitts and Nevis
The Swiss battery maker Leclanché will build a 35.6 MW / 44.2 MWh solar-plus-storage power plant, which will provide with clean power state-owned St.Kitts electric utility Skelec over a 20-year period. The new facility will be able to cover around a fourth of the archipelago’s total electricity demand.
Aug 8, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, storage, Germany, Europe, solar-plus-storage, Leclanché, Skelec, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Basseterre, Anil Srivastava, Solrid, Switzerland, North America
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