Sam Pilgrim

September 6, 2011
The European Distributed Energy Resources Laboratories (DERlab) have announced a new standard for the outdoor testing of PV modules. Research institutions from both Europe and the US agreed to adopt the draft of the new standard while at a workshop hosted by the International Solar Energy Society last week in Kassel, Germany. DERlab will accept comments about the standard until September 20, before publishing it at the start of October.
September 6, 2011
Canadian Solar is to present at Susquehanna Financial’s Fifth Annual Beijing Management Summit on September 15. The PV company’s senior vice president and CFO, Michael G. Potter, and the director of investor relations, Ed Job, will present at the financial firm’s summit, which takes place at the Grand Hyatt Beijing Hotel. Investors will also be able to meet with Canadian Solar’s management at the summit.
September 6, 2011
Thin-film PV module manufacturer NexPower has begun mass production of its new 155W tandem-junction thin-film silicon module. The latest member of the Taiwanese company’s silicon NT-series, the new module will be renamed Xtreme+, along with all further NT-series modules to reach over 155W of nominal power.
September 6, 2011
Thin-film PV module-manufacturer First Solar has announced that it is to double the material and workmanship warranty on its Series 3 modules from 5 to 10 years, with effect from October 1. As well as the extended warranty which covers defects in materials and workmanship under normal use, the company offers a 25-year power output warranty. First Solar also operates a prefunded collection and recycling program for its modules when they reach the end of their working life.
September 5, 2011
Belgian research centre imec has announced the development of its new organic PV cell. Developed in conjunction with Pennsylvanian technology company Plextronics and Belgian chemical company Solvay, the polymer-based single junction cell achieves an efficiency of up to 6.9%. A module using the same polymer achieved an efficiency of 5% across an area of 25cm2.
September 5, 2011
Nanotechnology researcher imec today announced that it is to become a full partner of Dutch solar research group Solliance. imec is to share its thin-film R&D with the group, whose partners include energy research centre ECN, scientific research organization TNO, the Eindhoven-based Holst Centre and the Eindhoven University of Technology.
September 5, 2011
Taiwanese PV module-manufacturer Neo Solar Power (NSP) today announced the launch of its Black19 solar cell. The 6-inch monocrystalline cell can achieve an efficiency of over 19%, according to NSP, with 60 and 72 cells generating 260W and 310W respectively.
September 5, 2011
PV module-manufacturer aleo solar AG today announced the launch of its new module, the aleo S_19. Using 60 of Bosch’s monocrystalline cells, the S_19 module achieves a nominal output of 260 watt, with more than 150 watt per square metre. The module will be made available in 2012.
September 5, 2011
Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates today announced that its Solion ion implantation systems have been widely adopted by manufacturers of PV cells. According to Varian, which provides semiconductor processing equipment, the year-old technology is now being used by more than ten PV manufacturers in the US, China, Taiwan, South Korea and Europe.
September 5, 2011
The US Department of Energy has granted Owens Corning and Solexel $13 million to develop building-integrated photovoltaic projects. The building materials-manufacturer and crystalline PV module-manufacturer hope to combine their respective technologies to produce new and affordable solar roofing systems.

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