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December 2, 2009
Organic photovoltaics developer Solarmer Energy has achieved the highest conversion efficiency recorded so far for a plastic OPV champion cell—7.9%. The aperture-area test results, recently certified by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, represent an improvement over independent exams conducted a few months ago at Newport Corp.’s Technology and Application Center’s PV Lab, where cell efficiencies of 7.6% and module efficiencies of 3.9% were recorded.
September 28, 2009
Earlier this month, the two main bodies in the Italian renewable energy world, Gruppo Imprese Fotovoltaiche Italiane (GIFI), the Italian Photovoltaic Association, and Federazione Nazionale Imprese Elettrotecniche ed Elettroniche (ANIE), proposed a new set of Feed in Tariffs (FiT) for Italy, which are planned for 2011, according to a Barclays Solar report.
July 3, 2009
DuPont and the U.S. Department of Energy will collaborate in a $9 million solar research program to develop ultrathin moisure-barrier material solutions for flexible thin-film photovoltaics. Some $3 million of the funding for the three-year effort comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, with DuPont contributing the remaining $6 million.
June 22, 2009
Taiwan based AU Optronics Corp is to make an initial US$125 million investment in Japanese polysilicon producer, M.Setek with the aim of gradually becoming the majority shareholder in the company as it makes a move to strengthen its position in the renewable energies market.
May 24, 2009
In yet another sign of ongoing consolidation in the solar PV manufacturing sector, MEMC Electronic Materials has agreed to purchase privately held Solaicx in a mostly cash deal. Solaicx, which has 80 employees and a production facility in Portland, OR, has developed a proprietary continuous crystal-growth manufacturing technology that the companies say produces high-quality, low-cost silicon ingots that enhance the electrical performance of monocrystalline solar wafers made from the material.
January 23, 2009
According to the Hellenic Association of Photovoltaic Companies (HELAPCO), the Greek Parliament has altered the feed-in tariff laws, resulting in a regression of the tariff levels from August 2010 and an abolishment of the unofficial 800MW cap. Tariff levels will remain unchanged until that date, although grid connection agreements can be signed prior to this deadline, with a subsequent 18-month timeframe within which to finalise the installation.

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