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US DOE Offering $125.5 Mn for Solar R&D Initiatives (Funding)
Date: 2020-02-12
The US DOE is reporting the availability of as much as $125.5 million financing for research and development projects focused on reducing the cost and enhancing the cooperativeness of domestic solar energy.

Of the total, $39 million is earmarked for one or two projects seeking to develop a test site to speed up the commercialization of supercritical carbon dioxide power cycles used by concentrated solar power (CSP) plants. Up to 11 projects will qualify for a total of $30 million for developing community microgrids and boosting the cybersecurity for solar inverters and power plants.

An additional $15 million will be shared by between * and 12 projects aimed at prolonging the lifespan of PV systems and cut hardware costs for plants using traditional silicon solar cells, as well as thin-film, tandem and perovskite cells. Innovative solar manufacturing projects, emerging technologies, solar farm siting and artificial intelligence applications for the solar sector will also qualify for funding under this offering. (Source: US DOE, Feb., 2020) Contact: US DOE, › eere › office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy,

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Indian Solar Cell, Module Manufacturer CEL Seeks Purchaser (Int'l)
Central Electronics Limited
Date: 2020-02-12
On the sub-continent, the government of India reports it is seeking Expressions of Interest (EoI) for the proposed sale of all shares in solar cell and module manufacturer Central Electronics Limited (CEL). CEL is a government enterprise under the administrative control of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science & Technology. The company has 10 MW solar cell capacity and 38 MW capacity for module manufacturing.

As per the EoI document, the winning bidder will be required to lock in its shares for a period of three years during which it cannot undertake the sale of its stake in CEL. The last date for the submission of interest is March 16, 2020. Private or public limited company registered under the Companies Act can participate in the offering. (Source: Indian Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science & Technology, PR, 11 Feb., 2020) Contact: Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science & Technology;; Central Electronics Limited, +91-120-2895155, 2895156, +91-120-2895142, 2895148 - fax,

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Jinko Bifacial Modules Break Efficiency Record (New Prod & Tech)
Date: 2020-01-22
Shanghai-headquartered solar module manufacturer JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports it has broken the world record for maximum conversion efficiency for its bifacial solar modules, hitting 22.49pct, as verified by TÜV Rheinland, an independent provider of technical services for testing, inspection, certification, consultation, and training.

To improve the efficiency of its mass-produced modules the company applied a newly developed anti-reflection coating (ARC) and advanced metallization technology alongside other proprietary technology and incorporated into the cell design, eliminating the inter-cell gapto ensure higher efficiency and reliability, according to a release.

According to its statement, JinkoSolar has an integrated annual capacity of 14.5 GW for silicon wafers, 9.2 GW for solar cells, and 15 GW for solar modules, as of September 30, 2019, according to the company. (Source: JinkoSolar, Mercom India, 21 Jan., 2020) Contact: Jinko Solar Holding Co. Ltd., Ripple Zhang, +86 21-5183 3105,

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Triton Touts Compact Solar Battery, Inverter (New Prod & Tech)
Triton Solar
Date: 2019-12-16
Cherry Hill, New Jertsey-headquartered solar cell, solar battery and energy management solutions provider Triton Solar is touting its Triton Pandora Box for residential applications.

The Triton Pandora Box can operate efficiently at a maximum input voltage of 600 V from solar PV & wind turbines and includes builtin wireless monitoring (GSM/Wi-Fi) via Triton CMS online and mobile platform.

The transformerless Triton Pandora Box for both indoor and outdoor installation is the ideal compact single-phase inverter for residential and small-scale commercial applications with a power category of 5 kW Industry-leading features now come standard with the Triton Pandora Box. (Source: Triton Solar, PTI, Business Wire India, 15 Dec., 2019) Contact: Triton Solar, (856) 390-0066,,

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Liquid Filled Energy Efficient Window Tested (New Prod & Tech)
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Date: 2019-12-02
The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sophia reports it is testing energy efficient window panes filled with a constant flow of 70 litres of distilled water and 30 litres of ethylene glycol, which serves as antifreeze.

The window panes also act as an individual solar collectors using solar cells to absorb solar radiation and turn it into thermal energy to heat the building's interior. The advantage of using liquids instead of air inside the glass is that water is denser, so it absorbs infrared light in a broader range.

The technology is being tested for an extended period at the InDeWag experimental building pavilion in Sofia. InDeWaG -- Industrial Development of Water Flow Glazing Systems -- Innovation action project is funded under Horizon 2020, a Public Private Partnership on "Buildings Design for New High Energy Performance Buildings." (Source: euronews, European Commission, 2 Dec., 2019) Contact: InDeWag,; Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Miglena Nikolaeva-Dimitrova,

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Runergy Adding Mono PERC Cell Manufacturing Capacity (Int'l.)
Date: 2019-10-30
China's fourth largest solar cell manufacturer, Run Sunshine Technology (Runergy) reports construction of a new, $424 million monocrystalline PERC cell production line is underway in Yancheng city, 200km north of the companys Suzhou headquarters in Jiangsu province. When fully operational, the new line will increase the company's annual cell production capacity by 6 GW.

The first 3 GW phase of the Yancheng facility is expected to begin production across 11 lines around June, 2020. Construction on a second 3 GW phase will commence one year later with the total 6 GW facility planned for completion within three years. Runergy supplies module manufacturers including Trina Solar, CSI, Jinko, GCL and Risen. (Source: Run Sunshine Technology, PV Mag, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: Run Sunshine Technology, Runergy,

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Hanwha Launches Residential Solar Battery Pkg (New Prod & Tech)
Hanwha Q Cells
Date: 2019-10-11
Solar cell manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells is reporting the Australian launch of Q.Home, a "fully wrapped" home solar and storage package.

The Q.Home combines solar panels, a hybrid inverter, and lithium-ion battery storage scalable from 4-12kWh up to 12kWh. On average, the Q.Home system is expected to generate 355kWh more energy than the industry standard -- which equates to a surplus of 35.5kWh per year for 10 years. The Q.Home's Home Energy Management System (HEMS) allows consumers to monitor and predict household usage patterns and solar energy production. The system can also be paired with either of Q Cells new launched premium panels with 25-year product warranty, the Q.PEAK DUO-G5+ or Q.PEAK DUO-G6+. (Source: Hanwha, Oct., 2019)Contact: Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd.,,

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Hanwha Q Cells Top US Residential Solar Supplier in Q1 (Int'l.)
Hanwha Q Cells
Date: 2019-08-21
South Korean solar cell manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells Corp., a unit of conglomerate Hanwha Group, is reported to have been the leading U.S. residential solar power modules in Q1 of this year. The company claimed a 27 pct share of the U.S. residential market, up 15.4 pct from the same period in 2019, according to global consultancy Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. Hanwha Q Cells also supplies PV modules in Korea, Germany, the UK and Japan. (Source: Hanwha, Maeil Business News Korea, 20 Aug., 2019)Contact: Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd.,,

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Canadian Solar Scores $8 Mn for HiDM PV R&D (R&D, Funding)
Canadian Solar ,Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2019-07-31
Ontario-based solar panel maker Canadian Solar Solutions Inc reports it will receive close to $8 million ($6.1 million US) from Natural Resources Canada's (NRC) energy innovation programme to develop and test high-density (HiDM) PV panels.

The new HiDM panels will use a first-of-its-kind shingled module technology that can be adapted to any type of solar cell, and are 20 pct more efficient than conventional panels, according to a company statement. (Source: Canadian Solar Solutions, Renewables, 30 July, 2019) Contact: Canadian Solar Solutions,; NRC, Vanessa Adams, Office of the Minister of Natural Resources, (343) 543-7645,,

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EMPA Sets Flexible CIGS Solar Cell Efficiency Record (Int'l)
Empa Laboratory
Date: 2019-07-10
Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) researchers report they have broken their own record and achieved a flexible CIGS solar cell efficiency of 20.8 pct -- 0.4 pct higher than the previous mark. The technology of choice is copper indium gallium diselenide (Cu(In,Ga)Se2) or CIGS, which enables the manufacture of flexible, lightweight solar cells on polymer films.

Flexible CIGS solar modules are already commercially available, in particular from the EMPA spin-off Flisom AG in Niederhasli, Switzerland, which was co-founded by Dr. Ayodhya Tiwari. (Source: EMPA Laboratory, ChemEurope, 9 July, 2019) Contact: Empa Laboratory, Romain Carron, Head of CIGS Research, Dr. Ayodhya Tiwari, +41 58 765 11 11, Fax +41 58 765 11 22,,; Filsom AG, +41 (0)44 824 3000,,

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Trina Touts N-type i-TOPCon Bifacial Solar Modules (New Prod & Tech)
Trina Solar
Date: 2019-06-14
Shanghai-headquartered solar panel manufacturer Trina Solar Limited reports it has begun mass production of its N-type i-TOPCon double-glass bifacial modules. The best front side power output of a module with 144 half-cut i-TOPCon cells reaches 425 Wp, and the best module efficiency reaches 20.7 pct.

The new i-TOPCon double glass PV modules integrate N-type bifacial i-TOPCon cells with over 80 pct bifaciality, multi-busbar (MBB) design, full square monocrystalline cells, dual-side and half-cut technologies. The highly efficient modules feature a lower temperature coefficient and low light induced degradation (LID), greatly improving the actual power output. They also provide an extra 5 pct to 30 pct power generation from their back side, and feature a 30-year linear power warranty. (Source: Trina Solar, PR, Trina Solar Co., Ltd., 13 June, 2019) Contact: Trina Solar,

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Risen Claims Multi-busbar Solar Cell Efficiency Record (Ind Report)
Risen Energy
Date: 2019-05-31
Chinese solar technology specialist Risen Energy Co. Ltd. is reporting its proprietary cast-mono five-busbar cell has achieved an efficiency of 22.05 pct while its multi-busbar monocrystalline cell has realized a maximum conversion efficiency of 23.08 pct and an average efficiency of 22.73 pct.

Risen's five-busbar cell includes double-sided passivation, antireflective films, electro-injection passivation and slurry improvement. This is the first time that a cast-mono five-busbar cell has successfully exceeded 22 pct in efficiency.

Compared with the five-busbar cell, the multi-busbar monocrystalline cell features a more optimized metallized contact technology, which effectively reduces the shading area, enhances the ability to collect carriers while reducing the incidence of cracks, contributing to a significantly higher conversion efficiency. A further cost reduction is realized with decreased use of silver slurry. (Source: Risen Energy, May, 2019) Contact: Risen Energy, Tel:0086-574-59953588,

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Jordanian Fund Supports Energy Efficiency Projects (Int'l)
Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources
Date: 2019-05-29
Reporting fro Amman, the Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is reporting the Jordan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund (JREEEF) has implemented projects worth JD50 million ($70,5 million) to mainstream renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the Kingdom.

The funded projects covered a number of sectors including domestic, industrial, agricultural, tourism, places of worship and schools. Around 128 schools were funded for energy saving projects including heating upgrades, insulation, energy-saving lighting systems (LED bulbs), cooling, solar panels, general maintenance and others.

The fund also provided 50 pct of the cost of installing 22,000 solar water heaters for citizens, and offered a full grant for solar water heaters and LED bulbs and installations in 3,500 homes of poor families and royal grant housing units. The fund also installed 1,600 residential electric power generation systems, solar cells in 483 religous shrines, distributed some 50,000 LED bulbs with plans to distribute an additional 250,000 bulbs through electricity companies. (Source: Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ammon, 26 May, 2019) Contact: Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, +962 6 580 3060,

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Trina Solar TOPCon Cell Sets Efficiency Record (Int'l Report)
Trina Solar
Date: 2019-05-29
Shanghai-headquartered Trina Solar's State Key Laboratory (SKL) of PV Science and Technology (PVST) of China has confirmed Trina set a new world record for a high-efficiency n-type mono-crystalline silicon i-TOPCon solar cell.

The record-breaking bifacial solar cell was fabricated on a 244.62 sq-cm wafer with a low-cost industrial process of advanced Industrial Tunnel Oxide Passivated Contact (i-TOPCon) technologies, having a front boron emitter and a rear full-area passivating contact. The bifacial solar cell reached a total-area front side efficiency of 24.58 pct, as independently confirmed by the ISFH CalTeC in Germany. (Source: Trina Solar, May, 2019) Contact: Trina Solar, Jifan Gao, CEO, +86 519-8517-6878,,

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Aurora Solar Tech Claims Major Repeat Order (Ind. Report)
Aurora Solar Technologies
Date: 2019-05-22
North Vancouver, British Columbia-based solar cell fabricator Aurora Solar Technologies Inc. is reporting a repeat order to supply a major China-based manufacturer of high-efficiency PERC solar cells. This new volume order is for fifteen DM-110e measurements systems. The systems will be shipped in June/July 2019.

Aurora's DM-110e was launched as a less expensive version of our DM product line, to address the price-sensitive market for the automation of manual sheet resistance measurements. The DM-100e is typically used by manufacturers for more limited testing after diffusion and, like all of our DM products, is a reliable non-contact system that prevents cell damage during testing, while providing high measurement accuracy and excellent repeatability, according to the company. (Source: Aurora Solar Technologies Inc., PR, Newsfile, 21 May, 2019) Contact: Aurora Solar Technologies, Gordon Deans, P.Eng. Pres., CEO, (778) 241-5000,,

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Dalhousie Researcher Touts Perovskite Solar Cell Progress (R&D)
Dalhouse University
Date: 2019-05-20
In Halifax, Dalhousie University assistant professor Ghada Koleilat, one of eight early-career Dalhousie researchers awarded $375,000 in grant funding over three years from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada's new frontiers in research fund, is working with perovskite to produce economical and more energy-efficient cells than existing silicon solar cells. Koleilat's solar cell can be used on a wide variety of applications and can be painted on many surfaces.

According to Koleilat, the problem with perovskite cells is their durability when exposed to oxygen and humidity. To address the issue, Koleilat and her team designing an environmentally friendly, hybrid organic-inorganic material with perovskite that can stand the test of time.

Koleilat's lab can produce more than 10 solar cells in 3 hours from perovskite film than can be created in just 15 minutes. Koleilat aims to perfect the molecular recipe of her hybrid material over the next few years. (Source: Dalhousie Univ., CBC, 19 May, 2019) Contact: Dalhousie University, Ghada Koleilat, Assist. Professor of Engineering, (902) 494 4177,,;

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Uinv. of Sheffield Touts New 3D Solar-Cell Design (New Prod & Tech)
University of Shefield
Date: 2019-05-15
In the UK, scientists at the University of Sheffield are touting a 3D PV-cell design which they say drives down the costs of solar cell manufacturing by cutting the number of steps required in present photovoltaic (PV) module production.

The 3D design eliminates high-cost bright, conductive oxides, the use of natural and low-value electrical interconnections and allows the flexibility to tune electrical output to match consumer necessities. (Source: University of Sheffield, Renewable Energy Zone, 4 May, 2019) Contact: University of Sheffield, Division of Physics and Astronomy, Prof. David Lidzey, +44 (0) 114 22 23501;,

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Mich. State Univ. Touts Transparent Solar Panel (New Prod. & Tech.)
Michigan State University
Date: 2019-05-13
Researchers at Michigan State University are reporting development of a transparent luminescent solar concentrator effectively creates a viable solution. It can be placed over a window to harvest solar energy without affecting the overall transmittance of light.

The research team achieved it by using organic molecules capable of absorbing light wavelengths. These transparent panels primarily focus on infrared and UV light, All of the captured light is transported to the contour of the panel where it will be converted to electricity.

Determining the commercial viability of these transparent cells will take up some time. If deemed commercially viable, this technology can easily offset most of the energy use of large buildings. For households and store owners, it can help them cut down on regular electricity bills as well. There are a lot of potential consequences to this research, albeit nothing has been set in stone at this time. (Source:Michigan State University, NULLTX, 12 May,

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Perovskite Solar Cells Waterproofed with Graphite (Ind. Report)
Perovskite Solar Cell,University of Bath
Date: 2019-05-13
In the UK, the University of Bath Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, in collaboration with the SPECIFIC team at Swansea University report the use of economical, readily available thermal graphite sheets and a mesoporous carbon scaffold to encapsulate metal-halide perovskites (CsPbBr3) as an inexpensive and efficient waterproofing strategy. Most solar cells currently on the market are made of silicon; these are expensive to make and require a lot of very pure silicon to manufacture.

Perovskite solar cells, using materials with the same 3D structure as calcium titanium oxide, are cheaper to make, thinner and can be easily printed onto surfaces. They also work in low light conditions and can produce a higher voltage than silicon cells.

The research team tested the waterproofing by submerging the coated perovskite cells in water and using the harvested solar energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The coated cells worked underwater for 30 hours, roughly ten hours longer than the previous record. . The study is published in the open access journal Nature Communications. (Source: University of Bath Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, Gren Car Congress, 13 May, 2019) Contact: University of Bath Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, +44 0 1225 385820,,

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JinkoSolar Supplies PV Modules to Colombian Solar Plant (Int'l)
Date: 2019-05-08
Shanghai-headquartered JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports it supplied 250,000 of its 345Watt - 1500V monocrystalline standard modules for one of the largest solar power plant in Colombia to date.

JinkoSolar manufactures and distributes its solar products and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base worldwide. JinkoSolar's vertically integrated solar product value chain has an integrated annual capacity of 9.7 GW for silicon wafers, 7.0 GW for solar cells, and 10.8 GW for solar modules, as of December 31, 2018. JinkoSolar operates 7 production facilities and has 15 oversea subsidiaries. (Source: JinkoSolar, PR, May, 2019) Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Rene Du , +86 21-5183-3077,

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New UK 3D Solar Cell Technology Announced (New Prod. & Tech.)
Power Roll
Date: 2019-05-08
UK scientists at the University of Sheffield and energy technology company Power Roll are touting a unique 3D solar-cell surface embossed with micro-grooves. According to the researchers, the new light-weight architecture could drive down the cost of solar cell manufacturing, reduce optical losses and increase cell efficiency.

The innovative 3D design removes many of the manufacturing process steps required by existing photovoltaics (PV) modules and allows new materials to be used that would not usually be appropriate in regular solar cells, according to a release. Other benefits of the design include the removal of expensive transparent conductive oxides and the use of simple and low cost electrical interconnections and the ability to tune electrical output to match user requirements. (Source: The Tribune, PTI, 2 May, 2019) Contact: Power Roll, Neil Spann, CEO, +44 (0)191 543 9254,,; University of Sheffield, Professor David Lidzey, Department of Physics and Astronomy , +44 (0)114 22 23501,,

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Imec, Jolywood Boast Record Solar Cell Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Imec, Jolywood
Date: 2019-04-10
Leuvin, Belgium-headquartered Imec reports its n-PERT (Passivated Emitter and Rear Totally diffused) solar cells developed with Jolywood, a Chinese manufacturer of n-type bifacial solar cells and modules, reached a certified front-side conversion efficiency of 23.2 pct, as certified by ISFH CalTec.

The developed n-PERT technology has a number of inherent advantages over p-type PERC cell technology, which is demonstrated in these newest cells: the potential for higher efficiencies because of lower sensitivity to metal impurities, and the absence of light-induced degradation (LID). Therefore, n-type PERT technology could become a cost-effective contender for -type PERC cells. To enable this, the current cells have a screen printed front grid and rear soldering pads which together amounts to less than 80mg of silver used per cell.

The bifacial n-PERT cells are expected to reach efficiencies above 23.5 pct, coupled to a bifaciality above 90 pct. (Source: Imec, Jolywood, Printed Electronics, 9 April, 2019)Contact: Imec,, +32 16 28 12 11,; Jolywood,

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Oxford PV Raises £31Mn for Solar Cell Commercialization (Int'l)
Oxford PV
Date: 2019-03-18
UK perovskite solar firm Oxford PV reports it has raised £31 million ($41 million) following the first close of its Series D funding round. The new funds are earmarked for advancing the company's perovskite based solar cell technology into the commercial phase.

Investors included Chinese wind turbine maker Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Tech Co Ltd., Norwegian oil and gas major Equinor ASA and the venture capital arm of Legal & General Group Plc. The company has raised mare than £76 million over the last five years, including €15 million ($17 million) in financing from the European Investment Bank (EIB). (Source: Oxford PV, Renewables, 15 Mar., 2019) Contact: Oxford PV, +44 1865 951 500,,

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E.ON Announces Major Hungarian Solar Installation (Int'l)
Date: 2019-02-20
Utility giant E.ON is reporting plans to construct and operate Europe's largest photovoltaic system on the rooftops of two Audi Hungaria logistic centres in Gyor, Hungary. The installations will incorporate 35,000 solar cells covering about 160,000 square meters, and generate more than 9.5 GWh of electricity -- sufficient electric power for 5,000 households. (Source: E.OM, Emerging Europe News, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: E.ON, Michael Lewis, CEO Climate and Renewables, Karsten Wildberger, +49 2 11 45 79 4170,

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SunPower Seeks Solar Cell Manufacturing Expansion Investor (Ind. Report)
SunPower Corp
Date: 2019-02-15
San Jose, California-based SunPower Corp reports it is seeking non-equity strategic partner funding for expansion of its Next Generation Technology (NGT) solar cell manufacturing capacity.

In 2017 SunPower began ramping up its second manufacturing line that will more than double its NGT nameplate capacity to over 250 MW by the end of 2019. (Source: SunPower, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: SunPower Corp., Thomas H. Werner, CEO, (408) 240-5500,

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Hanergy's SHJ Technology Claims 24.23 pct Efficiency (Int'l)
Hanergy Thin Film Power
Date: 2019-02-01
In Beijing, Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd (Hanergy) is claiming a record 24.23 pct conversion efficiency for its silicon heterojunction (SHJ) thin-film battery technology, as verified by Japan Electrical Safety & Environment Technology Laboratories (JET). In August 2018 China Photovoltaic Society confirmed Hanergy's SHJ conversion rate had reached 23.7 pct.

Hanergy's SHJ technology is used in ground power stations, distributed power arrays, vertical installation, fishery or agricultural complementary photovoltaic (PV) plants, building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) and mobile energy projects. (Source: Hanergy, Renewables, Jan., 2019) Contact: Hanergy, +86 10 8391 4567,

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Sun Solar Opts for "Made in America" Only (Ind. Report)
Sun Solar
Date: 2019-01-24
Springfield Missouri-based Sun Solar reports it is transitioning to American Made solar panels for all of its installations. The move is in response to the impact of President Donald Trump's "30 pct. tax increase" on Chinese manufactured solar cells and panels.

Moving forward, Sun Solar noted it will work with an unnamed solar manufacturer in Bellingham, Washington. (Source: Sun Solar, Missourinet, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Sun Solar, Caleb Arthur, Owner, 417-413-1786

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Solar Frontier Breaks Thin-Film Cell Efficiency Record (Int'l)
Solar Frontier,New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization
Date: 2019-01-23
Kanagawa, Japan-based thin-film CIS solar panel manufacturer Solar Frontier K.K., a unit of Showa Shell Sekiyu KK, is claiming a world record conversion efficiency of 23.35 pct on a 1-sq-cm thin-film solar cell that does not contain any cadmium (Cd).

Solar Frontier was working with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan when it broke the previous 22.9 pct record which it set in November 2017. (Source: Solar Frontier, Renewables Now, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization,; Solar Frontier,

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DOE SETO Funds Univ. of Washington Solar Cell R&D (R&D, Funding)
Date: 2019-01-18
In Seattle, University of Washington (UW) researchers are reporting receipt of $2.3 million in funding from the U.S. DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). The funding is to support projects that will advance R&D in photovoltaic materials.

The UW research teams are led by Scott Dunham, a professor of electrical and computer engineering; Hugh Hillhouse, a professor of chemical engineering; and Devin MacKenzie, an associate professor of both mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering. All are also researchers with the UW-based Clean Energy Institute, and MacKenzie serves as director of the institute's Washington Clean Energy Testbeds. Dunham and Hillhouse are also members of the UW Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute.

Prof. Hugh Hillhouse's project was awarded $1.5 million to focus on understanding how the composition, structure, and environmental exposure of pervoskites can affect their stability and performance. Associate Prof Devin MacKenzie's project scored nearly $200,000 to focus on perovskite manufacturing using roll-to-roll processing techniques. Prof. Scott Dunham's project will investigate copper indium gallium selenide (CIGs) with $681,000 in grant funding. (Source: University of Washington News, DOE SETO, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: University of Washington Clean Energy Institute, 206-221-9263,,; Washington Clean Energy Testbeds, 206-685-6833,,; Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute, University of Washington,; US DOE SETO,

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Seraphim Planning 500 MW South African Solar Cell Plant (Int'l)
Seraphim Solar
Date: 2018-12-12
The solar cell facility will start commercial operation in Q3 2019 Chinese solar cell manufacturer Jiangsu Seraphim Solar Syste Co. Ltd. has announced to open a 500 MW solar cell factory in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The new factory is being co-developed by Seraphim and Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) and will begin commercial operation in Q3 2019.

Seraphin is also planning a 200 MW half-cell module assembly expansion in Eastern Cape. (Source: Jiangsu Seraphim Solar, Mercom, 11 Dec., 2018) Contact: Seraphin, +86-519-68788166, Fax: +86-519-8878-6181,,; Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa,

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Hanwha Launches Home Energy Storage System (New Prod & Tech)
Hanwha Q CELLS,Samsung SDI
Date: 2018-11-23
South Korean solar cell and module maker Hanwha Q Cells Co., Ltd. is reporting the launch of its new scalable and modular energy storage system -- the Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 -- in Germany. The Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 is a scalable energy storage system (ESS) complete with hybrid (HYB) inverter, integrated with the Q.HOME MANAGER energy management control platform.

This latest iteration complements Q CELLS' existing All-In-One solution, the Q.HOME+ ESS-G1 inverter, battery and management system, and is initially sized at 4.0 kWh but can be scaled up to 20 kWh capacity at increments of 4 kWh each time. Such modularity makes the Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 an ideal solution for end-consumers that may wish to start small with their storage, and scale upwards as required.

By integrating a hybrid bi-directional inverter into the system, the Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 battery can rapidly and efficiently adapt to the customer's consumption requirements. The system incorporates lithium-ion battery cells supplied by Samsung SDI. (Source: Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd., SolarNovus, 22 Nov., 2018) Contact: Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. ,,

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Hanwha Q Cells, CGN Ink Solar Module Supply Deal (Int'l)
Hanwha Q Cells
Date: 2018-11-21
Seoul-headquartered Korean solar cell manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells Co. is reporting a deal with the Chinese government owned China General Nuclear (CGN) Power Corp. to supply its 100-MW, Q.PEAK modules for CGN's solar power facility which is under construction in Tongshan, central-eastern China. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

CGN is China's largest nuclear power generator with 20 reactors as of end-2017. CGN operates solar power plants with a combined capacity of 1.72 GW. (Source: Hanwha Q Cells, PR, Nov., 2018) Contact: China General Nuclear,; Hanwha Q Cells, Hanwha Group,

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Univ. of Michigan Awarded $1.$1.6Mn for Solar Window R&D (R&D, Funding)
Univ, of Michigan
Date: 2018-11-19
In An Arbor, the University of Michigan is touting its work on the development of electricity-generating windows and high-temperature solar power. The projects are funded unded with $1.6 million from the US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office.

Solar cell windows are supported with $1.3 million while $325,000 will be aimed at reducing and storing the heat lost from captured solar thermal energy. (Source: University of Michigan, PR, 16 Nov., 2018) Contact: University of Michigan, Nicole Casal Moore,,

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Alta Devices Achieves 29.1% GaAs Solar Cell Efficiency (Ind Report)
Alta Devices,Hanergy Thin Film Power Group L
Date: 2018-11-19
Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd subsidiary Alta Devices in Sunnyvale, California reports a new 29.1 pct efficiency record for its single-junction gallium arsenide (GaAs) solar cell, as rated by Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems. (Source: Alta Devices, Nov., 2018) Contact: Alta Devices, Jian Ding, CEO, Rich Kapusta, Marketing, (408) 585-2050, {startlink][endlink],
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Tesla Solar Roof Production Date Delayed to 2019 (Ind. Report)
Tesla Solar
Date: 2018-10-26
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced the planned ramping up of the company's home solar roof product that uses solar cell embedded glass roof glass tiles to generate electricity.

The company began taking orders for the product in 2017 on the assumption the mass production would start that summer. Mass production has now been rescheduled for the summer of 2019, according to Musk's announcement.

According to Tesla, the solar roof product is expected to cost $21.85 per square foot for a 3,000-square-foot roof. (Source: Tesla, C/MET, 25 Oct., 2018)Contact: Tesla Solar,

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IISER Bhopal Touts New Organic Solar Cell (New Prod & Tech)
Date: 2018-09-10
Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Bhopal have developed cheaper and more flexible organic solar cells using a synthetic derivative of vitamin B12.

An organic solar cell is made up of acceptor and donor materials. The donor absorbs light from solar radiation and the harvested energy is passed to the electrodes with the help of the acceptor. The IISER researchers synthesised the donor using an artificial aromatic chemical (corrole) which has a similar structure to the corrin ring in vitamin B12. The artificially synthesised corrole (Cor-BODIPY) absorbs light much like porphyrin in natural chlorophyll. Another commercially available organic molecule was used as an acceptor, accordping to the release.

The organic cells developed by the team showed three absorption bands between 400-650 nm -- whole visible range of the solar spectrum -- with a maximum absorption at 420 nm. The ability to turn the light absorbed to electricity (power conversion efficiency) was 2.5 pct.

The researchers enhanced the performance of the solar cells by coating them with different solvents. The surface morphology was investigated after the treatment and microscopy images showed that the treatment helped improve the alignment of the Cor-BODIPY donor by forming a denser molecular packing on the active surface. This treatment more than doubled the power conversion efficiency from 2.5 pct to 6.6% pct. (Source: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, The Hindu, 8 Sept., 2018) Contact: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Dr. Ruchika Mishra, Research Associate, +91-33-6634 0012, +91-33-6451 3294,

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Hanwha Q Cells Eying Latin American Market Potential (Int'l)
Hanwha Q Cells
Date: 2018-08-24
South Korean solar cell and module maker Hanwha Q Cells Co. reports it will showcase its products at the Intersolar South America 2018 trade show next week in Sao Paulo. The initiative is intended to to explore and gage opportunities in new markets.

The three-day event, which is expecting 240 corporate exhibitors, will mark the first time for the Korean company to take part in the trade fair in South America which is an optimal market for solar power generation given its abundant sunlight and long sunshine hours.

Hanwha Q Cells plans to expand its presence in the local PV market from large power plants to residential and commercial use. (Source: Hanwha, Maeil Business News Korea, Aug., 2018) Contact: Hanwha Group,

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Meyer Burger Supplying SE Asian Heterojunction Module Plant (Int'l)
Meyer Burger
Date: 2018-07-30
Swiss PV manufacturing equipment supplier Meyer Burger reports receipt of an order for its "SmartWire Connection Technology" (SWCT) from an international solar module manufacturer in Southeast Asia for use with heterojunction (HJ) solar cells. Delivery and installation of the 200MW solar module production line is slated towards the end of 2018 for commissioning and ramp-up in the first half of 2019.

Meyer Burger's SWCT technology has previously been adopted by 3Sun in Italy, Hevel in Russia and Ecosolifer in Hungary as a low-temperature interconnect solution, which is required for HJ cells because of the use of a-Si TCO layers on the front and backside of the cell. The technology has also been adopted by REC Group in Singapore. (Source: Meyer Burger, PR, PV Tech, 25 July, 2018) Contact: Meyer Burger, +41 33 221 28 00,,

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Russian Led Researchers Tout Organic Solar Cells (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-07-27
At the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, materials scientists from France, Russia and Kazakhstan report finding a way to boost the efficiency of organic solar cells several times. The new study, published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, has shown that ordered structures based on organic molecules can be used to produce solar power.

By experimenting with various polymer modifications, the team increased cell efficiency from 3.7 to 10.2 pct, according to the study. While this still falls short of the commercial silicon photovoltaics, the massive gain in efficiency suggests that polymer-based solar cells could outperform their polysilicon-based counterparts.

According to the study, organic solar cells can be manufactured in fewer stages, compared with conventional silicon photovoltaics. The light-absorbing polymers can also function as a thin film, which means the solar panels need not be flat. (Source: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Public Release, 25 July, 2018) Contact: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Professor Dimitri Ivanov, +7 (495) 408-45-54,,

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Osaka U. Claims CO2 Consuming Biofuel Cell Utilizing Microalgae (Int'l)
Osaka City University
Date: 2018-07-16
In Japan, researchers at Osaka City University are reporting development of a new biofuel cell system with the functions of a solar cell and the ability of CO2 conversion. Utilizing the photosynthesis function of spirulina, a biomass of dark-green unicellular microalgae, the solar-light driven biofuel cell generates electricity by consuming CO2 in water as source material and produces formic acid as a byproduct while generating electricity.

The researchers focused on the effective oxygen-evolution photosynthetic function activity spirulina shows in water. Using a device containing CO2-saturated buffer solution with two electrodes coupled with each other therein, an electrode on which a photosynthetic membrane derived from spirulina is immobilized and another electrode on which formic-acid dehydrogenase is immobilized, they found a certain amount of electric current (measuring 55 microamperes) flowing through the circuit when visible-light is applied to the photosynthetic-membrane immobilized electrode. The researchers also found that formic acid was produced above the formic-acid-dehydrogenase immobilized electrode by reduction of CO2. They also confirmed the evolution of oxygen and reduction of hydrogen carbonate ions derived from CO2.

Thus, this biofuel cell introduced a new technology to create bioenergy that not only consumes CO2 but also produces formic acid which has potential potential as a hydrogen-energy storage medium, a synthetic material for organic chemicals, and a solvent for inorganic-organic chemical compounds. (Source: Osaka City University, Japan for Sustainability, 15 July, 2018) Contact: Osaka City University, Research Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, Prof. Yutaka Amao,,,

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UBC Researchers Touting Biogenic Solar Cells (New Prod & Tech)
Date: 2018-07-09
Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) are reporting the development of a bacteria-powered -- biogenic -- solar cell that worked equally well in dim and bright sun light. The researchers generated a current density of 0.686 milliamps per sq cm, compared to 0.362 achieved by others in this field.

Previous efforts to create biogenic solar cells have focused on extracting the natural dye that bacteria use for photosynthesis, which is a costly and complex process that involves toxic solvents. UBC researchers left the dye in the bacteria, coated the bacteria with a mineral that could act as a semiconductor and applied the mixture to a glass surface. They genetically engineered E. coli to produce large amounts of lycopene, a dye effective at harvesting light for energy conversion, according to UBC. (Source: UBC, Renewables, July, 2018) Contact: UBC, , Prof. Vikramaditya Yadav, Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering, (604) 822-323,,

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Alta Devices Claims Solar Efficiency Record (Ind. Report)
Alta Devices
Date: 2018-07-03
In a press release, Sunnyvale, California-based Alta Devices, a Hanergy company, reports its most recent single junction solar cell has been certified by NREL as being 28.9 pct efficient -- a new record for this type of solar cell.

This breakthrough, combined with the unique thinness and flexibility of Alta's cells, redefines how solar technology can be used to empower autonomy in many applications.

criteria. (Source: Alta Devices, BusinessWire, 2 July, 2018) Contact: Alta Devices Jian Ding, CEO, Rich Kapusta, Marketing, (408) 585-2050,,

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Hanwha, Solare Datensysteme Collaborate on Energy Storage (Int'l)
Solare Datensysteme,Hanwha Q Cells
Date: 2018-06-15
Solare Datensysteme GmbH and Hanwha Q Cells GmbH, the German subsidiary of solar cell giant Hanwha Q Cells Co., Ltd, are reporting a collaboration on the Q Cells brand energy storage solution Q.HOME+ ESS-G1.

The Q Cells brand energy storage systems can be operated via the Solar-Log energy management system from Solare Datensysteme. Solar-Log provides energy storage customers with solar monitoring, feed-in management and smart energy solutions. Solar-Log™ compatible storage solution Q.HOME+ ESS-G1 is available in Europe in 3 sizes -- 3.6 kWh, 6 kWh or 8 kWh. (Source: Solaire Datasysteme Gmbh, PV Mag, June, 2018) Contact: Solaire Datasysteme Gmbh,; Hanwha Q Cells, More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanwha Q Cells ,  Solar Cell,  

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Tongwei, LONGI Ink Polysilicon Module Supply Agreement (Int'l)
Tongwei,Longi Green Energy Technology
Date: 2018-05-28
China's Tongwei Solar and LONGI Green Energy Technology have inked a new polysilicon supply deal under which Tongwei will sell sell 4,000 metric tons (MT) of polysilicon to monocrystalline PV module to LONGIthis year, followed by 21,000MT next year and 30,000 in 2020, for a total of 55,000 metric tons through the end of 2020., according to a regulatory filing.

In February, LONGI'S announced its intent to triple its wafer production capacity to 45 GW by 2020. To that end, in April, the company inked a $787 million, 39,600MT polysilicon supply agreement with Daqo New Energy, alongside plans to invest $216.7 million in the construction of a 228 MW PV installation in China's Ningxia Hui region. (Source: Longi, PV Mag, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Tongwei Solar,; LONGI Solar, LONGI Green Energy,

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CSP Ups Dubai's Renewables to 4 pct of Installed Capacity (Int'l)
Date: 2018-05-09
In DUBAI, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is reported to have inaugurated the 200 MW first stage of the 800MW third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) is implementing the third phase using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model at Levelised Cost of Energy of 2.99 US cents per kWh using photovoltaic solar panels. The 3rd phase is being implemented in partnership with a consortium led by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and EDF Group. The second and third stages of this phase, which have a capacity of 300MW each, will be completed in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

DEWA CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer noted that the plant is the first in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to use a single-axis solar tracking system, over 800,000 self-cleaning solar cells, and increases Dubai's renewable energy power production to 4 pct of total capacity. (Source: AETOSWire, Business Wire, 6 May, 2018) Contact: DEWA, Mosaad Abdelrahman, +971508057573, +97145151784,,

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Alta Devices Launches New Generation Solar Cells (New Prod & Tech)
Alta Devices
Date: 2018-05-02
Sunnyvale, California-headquartered Alta Devices, a Hanergy Company, the world-record holder for single junction solar cell efficiency, is reporting the launch of its fourth-generation solar cell technology (Gen4) which weighs less than the previous generation technology (Gen3) and offers an improved power-to-weight ratio of 160 pct.

Alta's solar technology easily integrates into the surface of the aircraft or vehicle without upsetting aerodynamics, and provides a weight reduction of 40 pct or a power-to-weight improvement of 160 pct over the earlier Gen3 version. Alta Devices Gen4 solar cells can be used to power everything; UAVs, automobiles, sensors and others. (Source: Alta Devices, PR, AP, 1 May, 2018) Contact: Alta Devices, Jian Ding, CEO, Rich Kapusta, Marketing, (408) 585-2050,,

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Meyer Burger Wins $16Mn Malaysian PERC Equipment Order (Int'l)
Meyer Burger
Date: 2018-04-30
Swiss solar equipment maker Meyer Burger Technology AG is reporting receipt of a €13.4 million ($16.3 million) repeat order from an unnamed customer for its MB PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Contact) cell technology.

The order is for its MAiA 4.1 system for rear side coating of PERC solar cells, which will be used at a production plant in Malaysia. The Swiss firm also secured an order for its fully-integrated FABiA 4.1 platform from the same customer for a manufacturing facility in China. Deliveries of the equipment are slated to begin in Q3, 2018. (Source: Meyer Burger, Renewables, Various Media, 26 APril, 2018) Contact: Meyer Burger, +41 33 221 28 00,,

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Damn the Tariffs, Full Speed Ahead, says JinkoSolar (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-26
Following up on our 12 March coverage, Chinese solar specialist JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd. reports it is proceeding with its plan to assemble solar panels at a plant in Jacksonville, Fla., regardless of whether it is exempt from new tariffs on imported solar cells. According to Jinko CEO Kangping Chen, "The enactment of … tariffs for [crystalline silicon] solar cells and modules left a lot of details to iron out, but it won't disrupt our plan to invest in a production facility in the U.S." The plant is expected to begin shipping panel before the year end.

As previously reported, JinkoSolar plans to spend $50.5 million on a facility with 1,500 MW of panel production capacity. A majority of the panel components initially would be imported from China through the Port of Jacksonville. (Source: JinkoSolar, IEEFA, 23 Mar., 2018) Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. Sebastian Liu, +86 21-6061-1792,,

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Natcore Streamlines Ultra-High-Efficiency, Silverless Solar Cell Production (Ind. Report)
Natcore Technology
Date: 2018-03-19
Rochester, New York-headquartered Natcore Technology Inc. reports it has streamlined the fabrication of its revolutionary Natcore Foil Cell™ to allow for even lower-cost production costs. The use of laser processing to create Natcore's innovative, all-back-contact cell structure has been eliminated and replaced by a carrier selective contact process. This is combined with a foil metallization that can be cheaply made with high-speed roll-processing methods. These advances have enabled:
  • The elimination of high-cost silver. Natcore's Foil Cell replaces silver, and its high material costs and complicated production processes, with aluminum foils. At approximately 1/300th the cost of silver, aluminum allows for more metal to be used to maintain conductivity, while also enabling high-speed, high-volume materials handling and processing.

  • The potential for ultra-high efficiencies in an affordable production cell. The silicon heterojunction (SHJ) structure of Natcore's Foil Cell is the same basic structure used to achieve world-record silicon cell efficiencies of over 26 pct by major manufacturers in experimental solar cells. But Natcore's innovative use of pre-fabricated foils to produce this structure will allow, for the first time, the low-cost mass manufacturing of these ultra-high efficiency, all-back-contact solar cells.

    Natcore is targeting over 25 pct real-world efficiency for its eventual production solar cells, roughly a 25 pct performance improvement over many high-end commercial cells being installed today. Natcore has begun an accelerated development program to produce a prototype with the new process, as well as include production cost and efficiency modeling by independent authorities. Natcore plans to pursue partnerships with leaders in the industry to commercialize its technology. The production of this prototype will be a key part of this process. (Source: NatCore, PR 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: NatcoreChuck Provini (585) 286-9180,,

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  • SunPower Adds Hybrid Solar Energy Storage Offering (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-03-09
    San Jose, California-based solar cell manufacturer SunPower is reporting the launch of a commercial hybrid solar and battery energy storage business under the Helix commercial solar brand. It will design, install and operate the battery systems with its own software controls to manage demand charges and optimize solar generation.

    To date, the U.S. commercial energy storage market has sustained around 50 projects per quarter, primarily in California where they rely on the Self-Generation Incentive Program. (Source: SunPower, GTM, Mar., 2018) Contact: SunPower, Thomas H. Werner, CEO, (408) 240-5500,

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