News of the year 2014

Date: 17.11.2014


Meyer Burger opens heterojunction solar cell pilot line with CSEM

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 15:58 (PV-Tech)

Major PV equipment supplier, Meyer Burger has officially opened its heterojunction (HJ) solar cell pilot production line with CSEM at subsidiary, Meyer Burger Research AG in Hauterive, Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Read more

SunPower Adds AC Inverters To Lineup To Save One-Third Labor Cost

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 14:09 (Renewable Energy World)

The vertical extension of SunPower’s towering corporate structure with the November 10 addition of SolarBridge’s AC inverters signifies one defining feature for the half dozen solar companies that will survive in the future. Read more

Tire manufacturer Continental installs 6.1 MW rooftop PV array at its tire plant in Hefei, China

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 10:07 (Solarserver)

The international tire manufacturer, automotive supplier, and industrial partner Continental on November 12th, 2014 started a solar photovoltaic (PV) power project at its tire plant in Hefei, China. Currently, the preliminary design of the PV project has been completed and both sides have jointly established the project teams. It is estimated that the solar photovoltaic power station will be combined to the grid and put into use by the end of 2014. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

Europe Still #1 in Relative Solar Energy Production

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 17:38 (Renewable Energy World)

A new report from the IEA has several interesting charts on solar PV power. Each of the charts is worth a gander, but there's one that stands out in particular to me, because it shows a much different picture than many of the others. Basically, many of the charts show that China, Japan, and the US dominated new solar PV power installations in 2013, Read more

India to boost national solar target to 100GW by 2022 - reports

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 17:19 (PV-Tech)

India’s energy minister, Piyush Goyal has said the nation’s solar target is to be multiplied to 100GW by 2022. Read more

Trina Solar announces new efficiency records for silicon solar PV cells

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 15:36 (Solarserver)

Trina Solar Limited (Changzhou, China) on November 17th, 2014 announced that its State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology of China has set new world records for high efficiency p-type and n-type silicon solar cells. The p-type mono-crystalline silicon solar cell on an industrial Cz wafer, which integrates advanced technologies including back surface passivation and local back surface field, reached an efficiency of 21.40% (156×156 mm2). This result has been independently confirmed by Fraunhofer ISE CalLab in Germany. Read more

Meyer Burger opens pilot plant for the production of high-performance solar PV cells

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 14:21 (Solarserver)

On November 17th, 2014 Doris Leuthard, a member of the Swiss Federal Council, opened a pilot plant for the production of high efficiency heterojunction (HJT) solar photovoltaic (PV) cells at Meyer Burger Research AG in Hauterive, Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The solar industry supplier Meyer Burger is aiming to further optimize an innovative solar cell coating process to industrial manufacturing standards with this pilot plant. Read more

Solar Frontier installs thin film PV system for sake brewery in Japan

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 14:13 (Solarserver)

Solar Frontier (Tokyo, Japan) on November 17th, 2014 announced that it has completed the installation of its CIS solar modules at a Japanese sake brewery on Sado Island. Using a building that until four years ago housed an elementary school, the CIS thin-film modules will be used to make Obata Brewery’s new brew called “Gakko Gura” (“School Cellar”). Read more

Order Focus: Canadian Solar to supply Sunrun

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 13:31 (PV-Tech)

Major PV energy provider, Canadian Solar, has qualified to supply modules to US residential PV installer and distributor, Sunrun. Read more

Delhi prepares for net metering as India rooftop PV boom predicted

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 13:25 (PV-Tech)

Electricity distributors, or ‘discoms’, in Delhi have been instructed by the Delhi Electricity Regulation Commission (DERC) to bolster infrastructure for rooftop solar customers. Read more

Peru auction to bring PV to 150,000 off-grid households

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 13:19 (PV-Tech)

Peru’s Supervisory Agency for Investment in Energy and Mining has granted an award to renewable energy developer Ergon Power, for the installation of solar on 150,000 households in parts of Peru without power. Read more

Trina Solar pushes PERC and IBC technologies to record cell efficiencies

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 12:20 (PV-Tech)

Trina Solar has produced n-type and p-type monocrystalline and p-type multicrystalline solar cells with new record conversion efficiencies. Trina Solar expects the technologies used to become part of its future production roadmap. Read more

SPI shift to projects in China boost Q3 sales

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 11:28 (PV-Tech)

EPC and PV project developer Solar Power, Inc (SPI Solar) reported third quarter 2014 sales of US$26.7 million, compared to US$6.3 million in the prior quarter, due to its shift to EPC and PV project development in China and major cash injections from unidentified investors. Read more

CSUN partners with DenizLeasing for projects in Turkey

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 10:50 (PV-Tech)

PV manufacturer China Sunergy (CSUN) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Deniz Finansal Kiralama (DenizLeasing), setting up a partnership to finance solar projects through leasing in Turkey. Read more

JA Solar announces power output record of greater than 280 W for multi-Si 60-cells PV modules

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 10:20 (Solarserver)

JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) on November 17th, 2014 announced that the rated power of its solar photovoltaic (PV) modules assembled by 60 multi-crystalline silicon solar cells has reached a new milestone of above 280 W. This newly achieved result, which has been independently confirmed and certified by TUV Rheinland of Germany’s Shanghai Testing Center, sets a record-high 17.2% conversion efficiency to date for the PV panels consisting of 60 regular industrial size (156x156 mm2) multi-Si cells and using a single standard junction box. Read more

Concentrating solar power: FLABEG FE completes mirror delivery for the 160 MW Noor I project in Morocco

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 10:15 (Solarserver)

FLABEG FE GmbH (Furth im Wald, Germany) in November 2014 announced the completion of mirror delivery for the Noor I Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Independent Power project in Ouarzazate, Morocco. More than 530,000 of annealed RP3 mirrors have been supplied by FLABEG FE for the parabolic trough plant, FLABEG reports. The 160 MW project is owned by ACWA Power Ouarzazate, established under Moroccan Law. It is a greenfield project, being developed on a BOOT (build, own, operate and transfer) basis with 3 hours of thermal energy storage. The Noor I project will be the largest IPP CSP power plant in the world. Read more

JA Solar pushes 60-cell multi-Si module to 280W

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 8:30 (PV-Tech)

Major China-based PV manufacturer, JA Solar has had TUV Rheinland verify its PERC cell technology produced modules have a record-high >17.2% conversion efficiency that produces a standard 60-cell module with a performance figure above 280W. Read more

Global renewable energy mapping program gets underway with first solar measurement station in Pakistan

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 7:18 (Solarserver)

Pakistan has tremendous potential for harnessing wind, solar, biomass and other renewable energy resources to help reduce power cuts and improve access to modern energy services. But the country lacks the high quality resource data at a national scale that is needed to take full advantage of these sources of clean energy. For the past year, the World Bank and Pakistan’s Alternative Energy Development Board have been working together to map renewable energy resources across the entire country. In October 2014 the first phase of the project was concluded with initial maps of solar and wind potential for Pakistan presented to the government and other stakeholders at a workshop Read more

China Sunergy, DenizLeasing partner on financing of solar PV projects totaling 100 MW in Turkey

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 7:14 (Solarserver)

Solar cell and PV module manufacturer, China Sunergy Co., Ltd. (CSUN, Nanjing) on November 14th, 2014 announced that the Company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Deniz Finansal Kiralama A.S., a subsidiary of DenizBank Financial Services Group (Istanbul, Turkey), establishing a strategic partnership to finance solar photovoltaic (PV) projects through financial leasing in Turkey. According to the MOU, DenizLeasing will facilitate and provide capital leasing for solar PV projects of up to 100 MW deploying China Sunergy's PV modules and other components. Read more


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Wind Energy

Wind Tax Credit Under Attack as Congress Split on Lapsed Breaks

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 17:25 (Renewable Energy World)

The new era in Congress may mean trouble for some old tax breaks. The wind energy tax credit, championed by environmentalists, Democrats, a few Republicans and companies including General Electric Co. and Siemens AG, may be imperiled as its most important backers in Congress lose clout. 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

Obama to Pledge $3 Billion for Climate Change Fund

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 16:53 (Renewable Energy World)

President Barack Obama will pledge $3 billion to a United Nations climate-change fund that’s intended to help poor nations boost renewable energy and counter the ill effects of global warming. Read more

Peru to Unveil Plans for Renewable Power Auction

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 16:27 (Renewable Energy World)

Peru’s government is set to announce plans for a renewable-energy auction during a global climate conference to be held next month in Lima. Read more

Marine Energy Making Waves on Both Sides of the Pond

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 13:32 (Renewable Energy World)

In recent months, a number of initiatives aimed at speeding up the development of the wave energy sector have been launched in the U.S. and Europe. As part of the ongoing work to establish a viable United States wave energy industry, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Sandia National Laboratories (SANDIA) are working on the creation of a sophisticated open-source modeling tool known as WEC-Sim — and the U.S. Department of Energy is also enlisting the coding community to help in its development. Meanwhile, the European WavePOD project is an industry-wide initiative that aims to solve the problem of converting captured wave energy into electricity by creating Read more

Grid delays and policy uncertainty mar Good Energy PV planning win

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 12:07 (Solarpowerportal)

Good Energy Group has been granted planning permission for three solar sites, but there are concerns the third project’s returns will be delayed. Read more

Daqo expects to be sold-out of polysilicon and wafers

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 7:30 (PV-Tech)

China-based polysilicon and wafer producer, Daqo New Energy reported record third quarter results, due to strong demand that is expected to continue through the first quarter of 2015. Read more

Daqo expects to be sold out of polysilicon and wafers

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 7:30 (PV-Tech)

China-based polysilicon and wafer producer, Daqo New Energy, has reported record third quarter results, due to strong demand that is expected to continue through the first quarter of 2015. Read more

Abengoa presents strong results for the first nine months of 2014: Double digit growth in EBITDA, net income

Monday, 11.17.2014 - 7:24 (Solarserver)

Abengoa (Madrid, Spain), an international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, on November 13th, 2014 announced recorded revenues of EUR 5,237 million for the first nine months of 2014. EBITDA rose by 24% to EUR 1,071 million while net income increased to EUR 100 million, a 38% increase compared to the same period of 2013. Read more


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