News of the year 2014

Date: 17.10.2014


Cogenra announces three world records for PV module power based on its solar cell interconnection technology

Friday, 10.17.2014 - 7:25 (Solarserver)

Cogenra Solar (Mountain View, Calif., US), a provider of high-performance solar Photovoltaic (PV) technology, on October 16th, 2014 announced three world records using its Dense Cell Interconnect (DCI) technology. In a series of tests conducted by third-party laboratories, Cogenra’s DCI technology achieved up to a 15 percent increase in PV module power compared to currently available modules. This significant efficiency boost reduces both the module’s direct cost-per-watt and the total installed cost for solar power, the company emphasizes. Read more

PV production technology: Innovative fine line metallization promises higher solar cell efficiency

Friday, 10.17.2014 - 7:15 (Solarserver)

Together with industrial partners MERCK, HERAEUS and ASYS, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (Freiburg, Germany) have developed innovative materials and contactless techniques for applying ultrafine, homogeneous contact fingers to solar cells. This “dispensing” technology can be easily integrated into conventional silicon solar cell production lines where it replaces screen printing as the method of applying front side metallization, the partners announced. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Campbell & Kennedy secures Medway Council contract

Friday, 10.17.2014 - 16:54 (Solarpowerportal)

Clydebank-based PV installer, Campbell & Kennedy has announced that it has been appointed to undertake the supply and installation of solar on Medway Council’s main council office and the council’s Medway Tunnel control building. Read more

It’s Time to Ask the Wallflower Solar Markets to the Dance

Friday, 10.17.2014 - 16:10 (Renewable Energy World)

If commercial solar project finance was high school, hot markets such as New York, California, Hawaii, and North Carolina would be the “it” girls: everyone is talking about them, and everyone wants to finance their projects. Still, there are wallflower markets out there that may be less flashy, but nevertheless deserve some attention. Here’s why we Read more

First Solar welcomes new support mechanism for UK large-scale market

Friday, 10.17.2014 - 13:06 (PV-Tech)

The new contracts for difference mechanism in the UK market is “an interesting opportunity for a more market orientated approach”, according to First Solar. Read more

SPI: Inovateus Solar partners with racking company Kanzo

Friday, 10.17.2014 - 12:30 (PV-Tech)

US commercial and industrial solar solutions provider, Inovateus Solar has partnered with Indiana-based solar racking company, Kanzo. Read more

SunEdison in Talks for $2 Billion Polysilicon Plant in China

Friday, 10.17.2014 - 12:06 (Renewable Energy World)

SunEdison Inc., the best-performing U.S. solar company this year, is in talks with a Chinese company about investing as much as $2 billion to build a polysilicon factory in China. Read more

Enel Green begins construction on fourth Chile solar project

Friday, 10.17.2014 - 11:37 (PV-Tech)

Renewable energy group, Enel Green Power (EGP) has begun construction of a 19MW solar power plant in Chile. Read more

SPI: Ideal Power launches power converters for MW-scale integration of solar

Friday, 10.17.2014 - 11:20 (PV-Tech)

Ideal Power, which supplies its battery converters to Sharp’s Smartstorage product in the US, has launched a range of power converters that the company claims are capable of adding grid-tied storage to megawatt-scale solar power projects. Read more

PV module manufacturer Voltec Solar strengthens partnership with Wagner Renewables in the UK

Friday, 10.17.2014 - 11:04 (Solarserver)

European PV module manufacturer Voltec Solar (Dinsheim sur Bruche, France) strengthens its business in the UK as it renews its partnership with West Sussex based renewables distributor Wagner Renewables. Following the buy out of their German shareholder and reestablishment of their UK business as a 100% UK venture, Wagner Renewables has streamlined its portfolio to a number of core brands with Voltec Solar positioned as the key product for the residential market. Read more

8minutenergy Renewables signs EPC agreement with Gehrlicher Solar America to build its 58 MWac Redwood solar Farm projects

Friday, 10.17.2014 - 6:58 (Solarserver)

California based 8minutenergy Renewables, LLC, an independent solar photovoltaic (PV) developer, on October 16th, 2014 announced the signing of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreements with Gehrlicher Solar America Corp. (GSAC) for three of its solar projects located in Kern County, California. The 8minutenergy projects, and the associated 8minutenergy subsidiary that wholly owns them, are the 16.66 MWac Redcrest Solar Farm, 26.66 MWac Hayworth Solar Farm, and the 15 MWac Woodmere Solar Farm. Read more


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Wind Energy

New Software Modeling Tool a Boon for Wind Industry

Friday, 10.17.2014 - 13:01 (Renewable Energy World)

Wind energy is blowing away skeptics — it's so close to achieving cost parity with fossil fuels that just a little extra efficiency is all that is likely needed to push it into the mainstream and past the Energy Department's goal of 20 percent wind energy by 2030. Read more


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Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

One of Asia’s largest CPV plants enters second phase

Friday, 10.17.2014 - 12:20 (PV-Tech)

The Hami concentrator PV plant in China has entered its second phase, according to manufacturer Soitec and developer Focusic New Energy Holding. Read more

Enel Green Power begins work on 19 MW “Lalackama II” PV plant in Chile

Friday, 10.17.2014 - 11:24 (Solarserver)

Enel Green Power (Rome, Italy) has started work on the construction of Lalackama II, the company’s fourth solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Chile. With a capacity of 19 MW, once fully up and running, the Lalackama II plant will be capable of generating over 50 gigawatt hours (GWh) of solar power per year, equivalent to the power consumption needs of about 30,000 Chilean households, Enel Green Power announces. Read more

Renewable energy systems are up to 70 percent less expensive than diesel power at mining sites, says German consulting firm

Friday, 10.17.2014 - 11:13 (Solarserver)

Mining companies were not traditionally considered a good fit for renewable energy. A closer look shows that this is not true anymore, says Dr. Thomas Hillig, founder of THEnergy (Munich, Germany). Numerous renewable energy systems already power mines today, and experts from both worlds – mining and renewables – agree that a boom in this field is ahead, Hillig notes. Read more


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