The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has started construction of its new ‘Center for High-Efficiency Solar Cells’ facility, designed to lead R&D activities in future generations of technology development.
DNV GL has launched the first control hardware in loop (CHIL) test facility for renewable energy generation plants. The facility connects physical power plant controllers to a real-time simulator, allowing the controller to be fully tested and validated without the need for an actual generation facility or power grid. This enables cost-effective, low-risk testing under realistic conditions for all forms of renewable energy control systems.
German-based PV module manufacturer Heckert Solar GmbH said that it had been one of the pioneers using Fraunhofer ISE’s new software that helps reduce cell-to-module losses that have led to module performance gains.
Automotive giant Audi AG and thin-film solar manufacturer Hanergy, via its US-based subsidiary Alta Devices have signed an MOU in respect of a development agreement to provide its electric vehicles with gallium arsenide (GaAs) flexible thin film based solar system integrated into a range of planned electric vehicles.
BayWa r.e. the renewable energies business unit of diversified German company BayWa has significantly increased revenue in the first half of 2017, having developed and sold PV power plants and increased sales of PV modules and inverters by around 50%, compared to the prior year period.
Major PV inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology has raised its full-year revenue guidance range on a 25% increase in its order backlog on strong market demand in all regions served and notably in the Asia-Pacific region (APAC).