Feb 292016
 
By the end of 2016, cumulative global installed photovoltaic (PV) installations will surpass 310 gigawatts (GW), compared to just 40GW at the end of 2010. The five countries accounting for 70% of this capacity are China, the United States, Japan, Germany and Italy. With annual installations stalling, Germany will fall from the second-largest installed base for PV to the fourth largest, surpassed by the United States and Japan, according to IHS Inc., the leading global source of...
Feb 292016
 
From 22 to 24 June, 2016, all eyes in the international solar industry will again turn toward Munich (Germany) when Intersolar Europe opens its doors once more. This year, in light of the promising signs from international markets, the organizers are anticipating strong global interest.  Positive signals from the PV production market  In the PV equipment market, plans for new factories are giving the industry cause for optimism. One example is the proposed PV...
Feb 292016
 
A little over one year ago, we reported on the work of a research team at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) who used a simple, single-step “slip-coating” technique to grow the first-ever auspicious perovskite nanowire forest. Building on that breakthrough, the EPFL researchers have now ascertained how to produce tens of thousands of nanowires that are exactly the same—like identical twins.  EPFL scientist Endre Horváth...
Feb 262016
 
The World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled that the support provided by the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission to domestic manufacturers was not consistent with the Trade Related Investment. The ruling came this week, after a dispute settlement panel was set up in 2013 by the WTO after the US complained that India favors local solar manufacturers. India’s solar mission offers subsidy to solar developers who source components from local manufacturers. It also stipulates that 10% of...
Feb 262016
 
IBC Solar AG, a German systems integrator for photovoltaics and energy storage, expanding its product portfolio with the Tesla Power Wall., IBC Solar is expanding its business to the world's rapidly growing market for home storage systems. The core is the battery technology of electric vehicles, optimized for home use.  The Tesla Power Wall is suitable for installation both indoors and outdoors. Thanks to the combination possibilities with various inverters...
Feb 262016
 
Sungrow, a PV-inverter manufacturer, will present its brand new inverter, the SG49K5J at PV EXPO Japan. Sungrow's new SG49K5J is a custom designed inverter, with a nominal AC output power of 49.5KW and a maximum efficiency of nearly 99%, making it one of the most efficient inverters in the Japanese solar market. It is also applicable to the 50KW grid, and one SG49K5J inverter, is enough for a whole PV power plant, saving costs on logistics and management. The SG49K5J also has...
Feb 262016
 
The 3rd annual Midwest Solar Expo is returning to the greater Minneapolis, Minnesota (US) region 17 to 19 May, 2016. The conference attracts hundreds of solar executives from across the country and is offering a new and improved format and location. The expanded three-day conference will feature an all-star line-up of speakers, additional NABCEP-accredited training workshops and networking receptions, and longer exhibition hall hours. Additionally, it will host the Midwest Energy Storage...
Feb 252016
 
SMA has released the second generation of its ReadyRack all-in-one inverter, rack and disconnect solution for commercial rooftop PV. Specifically designed for the world’s top-selling three-phase inverter, the Sunny Tripower TL-US, the new ReadyRack allows for simpler, faster system installation while offering leading durability and code compliance right out of the box. It is now available for order. The ReadyRack is a fully integrated, preassembled and prewired...
Feb 252016
 
PV Cycle, a waste management program for all types of PV technologies, has today announced a new record in silicon based PV module recycling, achieving a 96% recycling rate in real-world performance.  The new process allows the recycling of silicon flakes, a combination of EVA laminate, silicon-based semiconductors and metals, in an economic and environmentally sound manner. The advanced process is currently being applied at one of PV Cycle’s Europe-based recycling partners for...