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February 28, 2020
Potential-induced degradation (PID) is still one of the main reasons for unpredictable power losses in PV power plants. Volker Naumann, Otwin Breitenstein, Klemens Ilse, Matthias Pander, Kai Sporleder and Christian Hagendorf of Fraunhofer CSP examine how the PID susceptibility of PV modules is influenced by environmental stress. It is found that PID may develop in originally PID-resistant modules after a period of one to three years of unsuspicious operation, depending on climatic conditions
February 4, 2020
Berlin could help defuse land conflicts if it ‘privileges’ floating plants on opencast mine water bodies via dedicated tenders, says review by Fraunhofer ISE.
August 18, 2017
German PV research institute ISC Konstanz is leading the development of a new solar development laboratory in Chile.
December 21, 2016
US-Based wafer producer 1366 Technologies and ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Hanwha Q CELLS have jointly hit a new record of 19.6% efficiency for cells using the 'Direct wafer' process.
December 14, 2016
Fraunhofer ISE has developed a new software tool that determines the cell-to-module (CTM) effects that occur when solar cells are integrated into a module. The SmartCalc.CTM software enables manufacturers of PV modules and materials to optimize the assembly and material combination in a PV module before fabricating a prototype.
November 18, 2016
In this week's Movers & Shakers, PV Tech covers the controversy surrounding the sudden exit of Brian Molefe from South African utility Eskom after scandal accusations, and reports on whether this could emerge as an opportunity for the country's embattled renewables procurement programme. We also report on First Solar slashing jobs after it rescinded on its former plans to migrate its series five module and other happenings from the US, Europe and China.
September 19, 2016
Fraunhofer ISE said it was spearheading the largest research project (APV-Resola) in Germany to establish whether the dual use of land for the production of electricity using photovoltaic (PV) modules can be commercially viable with a range of crops grown on the same land.
June 17, 2016
The Fraunhofer USA Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) has demonstrated two plug and play solar systems at its 2016 Demo Day.
May 23, 2016
The first day at SNEC PV Power Expo saw a plethora of opinions from key figures on the state of the solar equipment manufacturing industry.
March 7, 2016
Novel epitaxial wafer technology start-up NexWafe a spin-off from Fraunhofer ISE has raised €6 million in Series A funding from Swiss-based Private Equity firm Lynwood (Schweiz) AG.

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