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Organic thin-film producer, Heliatek, has claimed a lab-based OPV solar cell has achieved a conversion efficiency of 7.2% with 40% light transparency to meet the needs of glass manufacturers for both building integrated PV (BIPV) and automotive roof markets.
German trade association BSW-Solar has made a last-ditch plea to the country’s government to abandon plans for a controversial charge on homeowners self-consuming PV-generated power.
The European Commission (EC) must condemn proposed changes to support for solar energy in Greece or risk jeopardising its credibility.
Sunways, a German subsidiary of stricken Chinese firm LDK Solar, has entered insolvency proceedings for the second time.
Major PV equipment supplier, Meyer Burger, has finally stripped away its long-standing tool order backlog from its balance sheet as sales plummeted in 2013 and losses increased.
The European Council is expected to approve an October deadline to decide its 2030 climate change and energy policy, according to a leaked draft of the meeting’s conclusion.
German firm Belectric’s organic PV arm is teaming up with paint manufacturer, Deutsche Amphibolin-Werke (DAW), to develop new building-integrated PV (BIPV) technologies.
Italy’s electricity transmission system operator has awarded a tender to Younicos, Samsung SDI and Italian renewable energy producer Green Utility to provide 1MW/1MWh of battery storage aimed at stabilising Sardinia’s electrical grid.
Wacker Chemie has agreed a minimum pricing deal with China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) that will allow the chemical producer to continue exporting polysilicon made at its plants in Europe to China.
Insolvent German PV supplier Centrosolar has failed to secure sufficient creditor backing for a rescue plan for the stricken company.
UK industry group the Solar Trade Association (STA) has issued a briefing note to its members, warning them of the dangers of purchasing modules that appear to have evaded the imposition of EU solar duties.
Yingli Solar will provide Solarcentury with 10MW of modules for a project on the Isle of Sheppey in the UK.
Investors representing trillions of dollars of assets and multibillion dollar renewable energy portfolios gathered in London on Thursday to explore the solar energy’s investment opportunity.
Those looking to invest in the construction of solar farms in Europe should be wary of attempting to circumvent the EU-China solar trade agreement, a major EPC and consultancy firm has warned.
Tracking system engineering firm Exosun has signed a deal with renewable energy company Fonroche Energie to provide 12MW of trackers and related services to the ‘Le Betout’ solar plant located in south-west France.
Austria’s national PV trade association has launched a campaign to overturn a new government tax on the self-consumption of solar-generated electricity.
Over two-thirds of German PV installers are now offering their customers energy storage options, while their British and Italian counterparts are beginning to follow suit, according to a new report from EuPD Research.
Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE institute is leading a research project into the development of a ‘super grid’ that would allow intercontinental transmission of power from renewable energy plants in Africa to Europe.
Bosch has said that its PV module assembly plant in Vénissieux, France is near being sold as talks with an unidentified potential investor were described as having reached “an advanced stage”.
Swindon Borough Council in the UK has voted through measures that will allow solar farms to be developed on pre-approved sites under local development orders.
A new working group has been formed in Germany to support organic PV (OPV) firms and research institutes developing the thin-film technology.
The Swiss Federal Council has approved changes to the country’s energy regulations that will allow small PV system owners to consume the electricity they generate.
Having dropped organic solar cells (OPV) that used fullerenes as the acceptor materials, imec has reported in ‘Nature Communications’ that it has produced a fullerene-free OPV cell with a record conversion efficiency of 8.4% and a 156cm2 module with a conversion efficiency of 5.3%.
The Greek government has presented a new bill to shake up the renewable energy market with mixed results for solar.
Market research firm NPD Solarbuzz has hiked its forecast for the UK PV market in 2014, due to increased project activity and the stable business environment for PV through to the next general election in 2015.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will host a workshop later this month aimed at kick-starting the production of a roadmap for the future deployment of energy storage.
International module manufacturer, Upsolar, has announced the establishment of two new offices in Istanbul and Singapore.
German inverter manufacturer Platinum has filed for insolvency, in a further sign of consolidation in the market.
Germany-based module manufacturer, asola, has signed a number of building integrated photovoltiacs (BIPV) orders.
The German subsidiary of building materials distributor Saint Gobain has announced it is withdrawing from the PV sector, pointing the finger of blame at Germany’s unstable solar policy.
The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has said it will not review the country’s Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) bandings again before the scheme’s expiration in 2017.
Module manufacturer SOLON will shut its Berlin headquarters and relocate to the UAE, it has announced.
Struggling solar EPC firm S.A.G. Solarstrom has received a bridging loan to help it through its ongoing efforts to avoid bankruptcy.
Manufacturing equipment specialist, Manz reported preliminary record revenue of €266.2 million in 2013, with solar segment sales of only €10.4 million.
A survey conducted by the European Commission has found that 90% of citizens think it’s important for their government to aim for a greater share of renewable energy by 2030.
The company showcased a selection of its products at the Ecobuild show in London this week, including a battery-based energy storage system for use in combination with PV.
Wuxi Suntech is currently upgrading cell and module production lines in China ahead of plans to increase in-house module capacity in 2014, according to its recently appointed CEO, Eric Luo.
Ministers from the 13 EU ‘Green Growth Group’ countries have released a joint statement, urging the European Council to adopt a climate and energy framework going forward to 2030.
PV module manufacturer, ET Solar has moved downstream and entered the UK market as an EPC to construct an 8.4MWp ground-mounted PV power plant in the village of Bridgewater in Somerset.
The management of German rooftop PV installer and module manufacturer Centrosolar has unveiled an insolvency plan, which has been approved by the company’s creditors’ committee.
The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) is planning to increase its solar and wind assets with as much as £200 million of investment a year.
The French law which guarantees a feed-in tariff (FiT) bonus of 5% or 10% for PV systems made with domestically-produced content may be facing the scrapheap, according to a French environmental law specialist.
PV plant provider, S.A.G Solarstrom has sold a collection of German projects.
Global module manufacturer, JA Solar Holdings is to supply 7.8MW of modules to large-scale UK developer, British Solar Renewables.
Integrated PV EPC firm, Martifer Solar said it was building a 78.4MWp portfolio of PV power plants in the UK for Lightsource Renewable Energy, a major player in the PV energy generation market.
EU state aid guidelines for renewable energy could hamper emerging technologies, slow the cost-decline of solar PV and put support for smaller scale projects at risk, according to 28 industry bodies.
The new-look Wuxi Suntech plans an expansion of its sales team in Europe with the UK picked out as a particularly strong prospect.
The Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (EFI), a panel appointed to make top-level recommendations to the German government, has suggested that state support for renewable energy should be curtailed.
IBC Solar has completed the last of ten sections of the Jura Solarpark in Bavaria. The plant is expected to provide electricity to over 10,000 homes.
After establishing PV projects in areas such as North America, SunEdison is finally making its way to the UK, as the manufacturing giant is constructing four PV plants in the UK.