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Esdec looks for partners as it expands distribution across Europe
16 Oct 2017 at 10:55am
SPONSORED: Frustrated with the racking systems on the market, former installation company Esdec designed its own. A decade on it is expanding its geographic footprint and on the hunt for new distribution partners.



The hidden cause of module degradation and how to avoid it in your future deployments
10 Oct 2017 at 6:27pm
SPONSORED: Falling system prices have been a key driver of PV's recent growth and competitiveness, but upfront costs are only one part of the equation for long-term profitability within the solar power industry. Maximising any given system’s cumulative power output over its lifetime is critical to lowering the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) and maximising investment returns.



Why 2018 could be a breakthrough year for ‘Made-in-India’ module exports
10 Oct 2017 at 4:33am
Things can change very quickly in the solar industry, and no more so than when new trade-related cases are introduced or existing ones are amended in scope. Often companies – and in particular module suppliers relying on export revenues – suddenly find themselves with a golden opportunity that was previously not in their strategies, or have barriers unlocked that remove competitors based in other countries.



PV Talk: Thailand goes hybrid while prices hit Malaysian solar
20 Oct 2017 at 4:00am
With one month to go before the Solar and Off-Grid Renewables Southeast Asia conference in Bangkok, PV Tech caught up with Franck Constant, president of renewables and storage investment platform Constant Energy, to discuss the current state of solar in the largest Southeast Asian markets.



Alliant Energy completes Iowa’s largest PV project
20 Oct 2017 at 1:30am
Alliant Energy Iowa announced that it has put Iowa’s largest PV installation into service — with the record-breaking project one of two new solar energy sites from Alliant Energy.



Heraeus launches SOL9651D paste for Diamond-Wire-Cut multicrystalline solar cells
19 Oct 2017 at 5:33pm
Heraeus Photovoltaics has introduced a new paste specifically designed for Diamond-Wire-Cut (DWC) multicrystalline solar cells at the PV Taiwan International Photovoltaic Exhibition.



PV ModuleTech: Making sense of solar panel developments
19 Oct 2017 at 1:55pm
PV Tech talked with PV Lighthouse’s Malcolm Abbot ahead of PV ModuleTech 2017, being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 7-8 November 2017. Malcolm will be a guest speaker at the event.



Daqo to expand polysilicon capacity to 30,000MT
19 Oct 2017 at 12:49pm
China-based polysilicon producer Daqo New Energy is to increase its capacity at its Xinjiang plant by 7,000MT, which is intended to serve the high-purity needs of monocrystalline solar wafers and the expanding semiconductor sector.



LONGi leading Mono PERC cell technology development
19 Oct 2017 at 12:18pm
SPONSORED: LONGi looks at recent assessments of the potential for its P-type mono PERC cells and discusses its bifacial PERC cell (Hi-MO2) technology.



Ohio utility launches RfP for 400MW of solar
19 Oct 2017 at 10:23am
AEP Ohio, part of major US utility American Electric Power, has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for 400MW of solar capacity in Ohio.



Fiji becomes first emerging market to issue Green Bond
19 Oct 2017 at 8:33am
Fiji has become the first emerging market to issue a green bond, according to the World Bank.



CEFC finances major solar, wind and storage project in Queensland
19 Oct 2017 at 8:14am
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) have both financed the Kennedy hybrid solar, wind and storage project in north Queensland, which is being developed Windlab and Eurus Energy.




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Sunpower To Supply 291 Megawatts in France
19 Oct 2017 at 2:39pm
Sunpower, a majority-owned subsidiary of Total SA, announced that it will supply 291 megawatts of solar panels to projects awarded in the second round of France's CRE tender process.

Novel process for producing high-voltage cathodes for lithium-ion batteries
19 Oct 2017 at 10:20am
Dr. Jennifer Ludwig of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a process that allows a fast, simple, and cost-effective production of the promising cathode material lithium cobalt phosphate in high quality. The chemist was awarded the Evonik Research Prize for her work.

Solar energy supports industrial processes
18 Oct 2017 at 1:12pm
Whether it’s drying, cleaning or pre-heating: There is a large number of heating processes used in the industrial and commercial sector which can be supported with solar thermal energy. In the long term, companies can use this energy to improve their CO2 balances and save on energy costs. The current BINE-Themeninfo brochure, “Solar process heat”, presents potential areas of use and the particular technical features.

Asia Clean Capital and Danone China start solar projects
17 Oct 2017 at 12:26pm
Asia Clean Capital (ACC) and Danone China Food & Beverage (Danone) held the grid-connection ceremony for Danone Zhongshan factory’s solar project in Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province.

Building Energy celebrates the beginning of production at its photovoltaic power plant in Uganda
17 Oct 2017 at 10:25am
Building Energy S.p.A, multinational company operating as a Globally Integrated IPP (Integrated Power Producer) in the Renewable Energy Industry, announces the Inauguration of the Tororo Solar Plant, its first photovoltaic system in Uganda.

Heijmans to undertake Solar Highways project
16 Oct 2017 at 11:57am
Heijmans, one of the three largest construction companies in the Netherlands is going to realise a new project involving power-generating noise barriers: Solar Highways.

Sonnen builts first Sonnen-City in the USA
13 Oct 2017 at 12:46pm
In the US state of Arizona, a new city is being built in which every 3,000 homes produce, store and network their own electricity. According to his own data, Sonnen is currently implementing the largest home storage project in the US.

A Stanford battery based on sodium may offer more cost-effective storage than lithium
11 Oct 2017 at 12:15pm
Industrial forecasts predict an insatiable need for battery farms to store renewable energy like solar and wind. Lithium ion batteries may remain tops for sheer performance, but when cost-per-storage is factored in, a Stanford design based on sodium ions offers promise.

Hanwha Q Cells Powers Manufacturing Plant of CN Industries
11 Oct 2017 at 10:52am
A 84 kW Q.FLAT-G4.1 photovoltaic system powers the manufacturing plant of doming specialist CN Industries in France.

PV*SOL premium 2018 with New Possibilities
10 Oct 2017 at 1:58pm
The new version of the design software PV*SOL premium 2018 makes the design of photovoltaic plants even easier and more efficient.


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