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The German arm of Nanosolar, the US based thin-film company which closed in July this year, was relaunched at the beginning of November as Smartenergy Renewables Deutschland.
China’s Ministry of Science and Technology has awarded accreditation to Trina Solar’s State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology.
Japanese electronics manufacturer Sharp has seen sales of its solar cells increase by over 80% in the first half of this financial year compared to the same period in 2012.
Japanese thin-film company Solar Frontier has been selected by housing company Seiksui Heim to provide CIS solar modules for its new ‘Smart Power Station’ homes.
Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Electron Beam and Plasma Technology, ISC and IVV are working to develop a flexible weather-resistant PV encapsulation film aimed at building-integrated PV (BIPV) applications.
BenQ Solar, a division of Taiwan-based AU Optronics Corp has partnered with IRFTS, a specialist known for its ‘Easy Roof Evolution’ systems, is to develop an exclusive building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) mounting systems for customers in France and the Benelux countries.
German PV module manufacturer SOLARWATT and BMW i, part of the BMW Group, have formed a partnership to supply rooftop and carport photovoltaic solutions for owners of BMW i electric cars.
SwissINSO Holding, a specialist in the development of new solar technologies and products which focus on enhancing the aesthetics and overall efficiency of BIPV and solar thermal solutions, and Acomet Solar, an integrator of solar façades, have teamed up and signed a joint venture agreement.
Kingspan Group, a UK-based provider of sustainable products for the construction industry, has developed an innovative insulated BIPV module for industrial and commercial rooftops which is expected to “revolutionise” the BIPV market.
A petrol station in Southampton is soon to become home to the UK’s first solar glass petrol station canopy, according to building-integrated PV manufacturer Polysolar.
The European Commission has launched an anti-dumping investigation against Chinese manufacturers of solar glass following a complaint filed last month.
Conergy, Compañía Regional de Energía Solar (CRES) and Elsamex have joined forces and installed a 1.2MW solar carport facility in Almería, Spain.
Envision Solar International, a designer and manufacturer of solar shaded parking, and Horizon Energy Group, a microgrid developer, have teamed up to develop several solar shaded parking projects which incorporate BIPV.
The global BIPV and BAPV market will grow from just over 400MW in 2012 to 2,250MW in 2017 representing a five-fold increase, Pike Research forecasts.
ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe has joined the Solliance (ECN, imec, TNO, Holst Centre, TU/e, Forschungszentrum Jülich) R&D alliance that is focused on organic photovoltaics (OPV) thin film technologies.