Nearly two years after acquiring TetraSun, First Solar has kicked off commercial module production based on the company’s high-efficiency technology at a 100MW line in Malaysia, marking the thin-film giant's entry into silicon-based PV manufacturing.
19 January 2015 04:00 GMT
A PV cell has achieved a 45.7% conversion efficiency at the US Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), among the highest efficiencies ever recorded, while working at the equivalent of 234 suns’ concentration.
16 December 2014 07:45 GMT
SolarCity has entered a cooperative research agreement with the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to address operational issues associated with high degrees of distributed solar penetration on electrical grids.
20 November 2014 08:29 GMT
SunPower has acquired privately held US microinverter maker SolarBridge Technologies, in a move that will quicken the penetration of microinverters in the residential solar market – and heightens the threat to conventional inverter makers like Germany’s SMA Solar.
10 November 2014 03:28 GMT
A mineral discovered in Russia’s Ural Mountains almost 200 years ago is being touted as the key to unlocking future PV technologies with efficiencies of up to 50% — and at a price that could undercut conventional crystalline silicon (CSi) inside a decade.
06 October 2014 09:03 GMT
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