Síle Mc Mahon joined Semiconductor Media in 2006 as sub-editor for Photovoltaics International and content manager for PV-Tech.org, and now holds the role of managing editor for the brand. She has an honours degree in English and Philosophy from NUI, Galway and an M. Phil. in Linguistics from Trinity College, Dublin. Her first name does not, contrary to popular opinion, rhyme with mile - the odd spelling of her name (pronounced “Sheila”) derives from the fact that she is Irish – agus an-bródúil as!
DEGERenergie has said that it is offering energy customers the chance to be grid-independent with its new battery management storage solution. The system combines solar modules, DEGERenergie’s MLD (maximum light detection) tracking technology, and a battery storage management system that is capable of generating around 6,000kWh per annum.
The inevitable fall-out from last month’s US Dept. of Commerce ruling against the import of Chinese solar products is now measurable in numbers, as the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM) has revealed details of import figures for April. With US Customs and Border protection closely monitoring all imports to prevent companies dodging the anti-subsidy duties, imports in April came to US$70.7 million, down 66% compared to the previous month’s US$206 million.
IBC Solar has signed an agreement with South Korean chemical company LG Chem that will see the development of advanced lithium-ion storage solutions for solar energy. As a result of this collaboration, IBC has added to its power storage systems range with the new IBC SolStore 6.3 Li battery.
It has emerged that there may be plans on Germany’s horizon to pass its tariff-cutting legislation by July 7th, according to a Bloomberg report. The rejection of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plan by officials in the upper house last month saw the bill being sent to a parliamentary panel for arbitration, a decision on which is scheduled for tomorrow, June 13th.
First Solar has teamed up with Intermolecular to establish a collaboration and licensing agreement that is aiming to accelerate the efficiency roadmap for CdTe modules using Intermolecular’s High Productivity Combinatorial (HPC) platform. The new program will see First Solar use the HPC platform to carry out its CdTe efficiency experimentation at speeds up to 100 times faster than traditional methods.
Aiming to ensure the company can lay claim to being the largest CdTe producer in Europe by the end of the year, Calyxo has announced plans to invest in a second CdTe production line at its Bitterfeld-Wolfen plant in Germany. The company will add a second line, with a capacity of 60MW, to the already installed 25MW line at the manufacturing plant.
Recently adding another 1.2MW module order to its books, Upsolar has announced that its Greek activities have seen the shipment of 33MW of its PV modules to projects in the country since it first entered the market in March 2010. The 1.2MW order comes from RSEnergy Hellas Solartechnik, a Greece-based EPC firm that has several ground-mounted and industrial rooftop projects planned for the country.
Marking an important step in the verifiability of the service life of power electronics used in PV power plants, GE has teamed up with Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM) to develop a measurement system for the forecasting of the lifetime of electronic components. The first prototype of this measurement system will be presented in Berlin in September 2012 as the CoMoLeFo project (Condition Monitoring für Leistungselektronik in der Fotovoltaik or Condition Monitoring for Power Electronics in Photovoltaics).
Fraunhofer ISE’s Freiburg, Germany-based PV Module CalLab has revealed that it has increased the accuracy of its precision measurements on solar PV modules to ±1.8% from ±2%, thereby improving the reliability and calculation certainty of a module’s efficiency. The new value was determined in accordance with IEC 60904-1, with the spectral mismatch correction determined according to IEC 60904-3.
Arxikon, the Greece-based project developer, has requested a shipment of 7.5MW of Solon’s PV modules for installation in various solar projects in the northern Greek cities of Kavala, Xanthi, Kastoria and Drama. The order will see around 30,000 of Solon’s Black 220/16 and 230/07 modules supplied for the projects that are scheduled for grid connection in July and August.
As victor in the recent bidding for the contractor role, Conergy will again team up with Stadtwerke Trier to construct Mehring IV, a 2.2MW project to be based in the greater Trier region of Germany. The 2.2MW will consist of one 1.2MW plant beside federal motorway A1 and another 1MW plant located on former military terrain between Trier and Bitburg.
Taiyo Pacific Partners has upped its stake in Japan-based Ulvac to 18%, following its purchase of a 5% shares stake in September 2009. Taiyo is now Ulvac’s largest shareholder Pacific Partners and has, since its initial investment in 2009, acted as a “long-term friendly investor providing valuable advice and support”, according to Ulvac’s president Hidenori Suwa.
Flexible CIGS module manufacturer Global Solar Energy has initiated the steps to attract new investment, enlisting the services of FTI Capital Advisors to investigate new investor participation that could see the partial or complete takeover of the company.
Power management company Eaton will be attending this year’s Intersolar Europe next week, and its Electrical Sector will be presenting the company’s latest product offering at the show. Eaton’s complete package for the safe operation of residential and commercial photovoltaic installations will be on display at the company’s stand, including its power inverters, DC switch disconnector range, DC string fuses and circuit breakers as well as DC and AC overvoltage protection.
Thin-film CIGS manufacturer AQT Solar has announced its completion of a significant phase of its CZTS prototype module development, producing a 60-watt module in collaboration with its manufacturing partners. Earlier this year, the company revealed that it had achieved high efficiencies with its sputter-deposited CZTS thin-film solar cell.