Euro-bodies eye mega-PV factory

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Researchers believe European PV still has a technical edge

Leading European solar research bodies are working on a concept for a multi-gigawatt PV factory to restore the competitiveness of Europe’s solar sector, and enable it to compete head-on with China’s giants by creating economies of scale and using the latest technological advances.

“European manufacturers of solar cells and modules are having great difficulties to survive in the current crisis of the sector,” the Freiburg-based Fraunhofer ISE institute said. But it claimed that European solar research institutes, manufacturers and materials continue to have a technological edge.

“Without a close cooperation with strong clients in Europe, their independence and production sites are increasingly endangered, however. The xGWp-consortium meets that challenge with a new concept.”

Fraunhofer ISE together with France’s Institut National de l’Energie Solari (INES) and Switzerland’s Centre Suisse d’Électronique et Microtechnique (CSEM), as well as several undisclosed companies in the solar sector are at Log in to read complete article.

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