AES Corp. scored an order from utility San Diego Gas and Electric to build two battery-storage arrays to help smooth California’s influx of renewables, with one of the arrays to become the largest in the US upon its completion early next year.
1366 Technologies, the solar wafer start-up backed by Hanwha Q Cells and Wacker Chemie, says it has achieved a key R&D milestone by demonstrating its ability to grow three-dimensional PV wafers, which remain durable despite using less polysilicon feedstock.
16 August 2016 05:55 GMT
SolarCity chairman Elon Musk has thrown down the gauntlet to Chinese PV producers, expressing confidence that SolarCity’s factory under construction in upstate New York will make it the world’s “lowest cost” solar manufacturer.
09 August 2016 11:08 GMT
Researchers at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) have developed a method to boost and stabilise the performance of next-generation perovskite solar cells.
02 August 2016 09:37 GMT
European transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT has kicked off a pilot scheme to explore how new energy technologies could be bolted into existing electricity infrastructure, to take over the role of grid-stabilising primary reserve capacity providers from coal- and gas-fired power plants.
01 August 2016 12:28 GMT
Harvard researchers have identified a new class of high-performing organic molecules, inspired by vitamin B2 that can safely store electricity from intermittent energy sources like solar and wind power in large batteries.
21 July 2016 04:29 GMT
Tesla Motors chief executive Elon Musk revealed the hotly anticipated next stage of his “master plan”, intensifying his argument that Tesla should buy SolarCity to hasten the advent of an era of seamlessly integrated distributed PV, storage and electric vehicles.
21 July 2016 01:57 GMT
US power technology giant GE is supplying utility-scale 1.5kV inverters to solar developer Looop as part of a pilot project spearheading take-up in Japan of a technology expected to soon become dominant in the global PV sector.
19 July 2016 03:15 GMT
First Solar will stop making crystalline silicon PV modules based on the TetraSun technology it acquired three years ago and instead reallocate the production capacity to its Series 5 thin-film panels, underscoring the company's revived confidence in its core Cadmium Telluride technology.
05 July 2016 03:20 GMT
US module maker Beamreach Solar has unveiled a lightweight PV panel system for the commercial and industrial (C&I) rooftop market that promises to be faster and cheaper to install than conventional black-top and generate up to 20% more power from arrays of up to around 1MW.
28 June 2016 06:45 GMT
German polysilicon giant Wacker Chemie signed a “strategic partnership” with 1366 Technologies, investing $15m into the US solar wafer start-up and agreeing to act as the primary polysilicon supplier for the wafer factory it is building in upstate New York.
28 June 2016 02:33 GMT
Policy can help to popularise the use of off-grid solar lighting solutions and small home PV systems in Africa by providing clarity to new market entrants, raising consumer confidence through product standardisation, facilitating financing and establishing regulatory oversight of the new business models that are driving the nascent market.
23 June 2016 06:41 GMT
Siemens said it is confident of driving down the levelised cost of energy (LCoE) for offshore wind power projects from 2025 to below €80/MWh ($90.2MWh), including costs of grid access, as it reaps the benefits of technology and manufacturing advances into the next decade.
22 June 2016 12:25 GMT
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