News of the year 2014

Date: 09.07.2014


Tool Order: Meyer Burger’s ‘SpotLIGHT’ cell tester used by CIC in Japan

Wednesday, 7.9.2014 - 17:15 (PV-Tech)

Japanese technology and equipment manufacturer, Choshu Industry Corporation (CIC) has installed the ‘SpotLIGHT’ cell tester from Meyer Burger subsidiary, Pasan for research on heterojunction (HJT) and busbar-less solar cells within next generation PV modules. Read more

PV producer China Sunergy inks collaboration agreement with state-owned research Institute, technology provider CETC

Wednesday, 7.9.2014 - 10:36 (Solarserver)

China Sunergy Co. Ltd. (Nanjing, China) has entered into a strategic collaboration agreement with the 48th Research Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) to jointly accelerate research and development, deployment and marketing of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology and products. Read more

Ideal Power introduces Hybrid Converter family for PV, storage microgrids

Wednesday, 7.9.2014 - 10:15 (Solarserver)

Ideal Power Inc. (San Francisco, Calif.), a developer of a disruptive power conversion technology, introduced its award-winning 3-port 30 kW Hybrid Converter family, for off grid, grid-tied and grid resilient solar photovoltaic (PV) applications, at the Intersolar North America conference in San Francisco. The company spoke at several conference sessions about the product’s unique ability to cost effectively integrate energy storage and solar photovoltaics (PV), which it believes will accelerate deployment of microgrids. The microgrid market is forecasted to reach USD 40 billion in annual revenues by 2020 according to Navigant Research. Read more

PV production technology: Meyer Burger successfully commissions first new generation tester for high efficiency solar cells for an industrial customer in Japan

Wednesday, 7.9.2014 - 8:42 (Solarserver)

Meyer Burger’s (Baar, Switzerland) competence centre for measurement technologies, Pasan SA, has successfully installed and commissioned the first next generation “SpotLIGHT“ cell tester for high efficiency solar photovoltaic (PV) cells in an industrial manufacturing environment. The Choshu Industry Corporation (CIC) has commissioned the “SpotLIGHT“ solar cell tester at its Sanyo Onoda plant (Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan) in order to meet the demanding performance measurement requirements of its innovative PV cell technologies. Read more

Thermal Power/Heating

What Cost Shift? New Study Shows Solar’s Value to Grid

Wednesday, 7.9.2014 - 22:59 (Renewable Energy World)

  If you listen to many utility executives, distributed solar energy has the potential to destabilize electrical grids and result in huge cost shifts for many American consumers.  Well, as the Irish are fond of saying: blarney! A new, independent study prepared for the Nevada Public Utilities Commission estimates that the grid benefits of rooftop s Read more

Apple Widens Its Solar Energy Footprint

Wednesday, 7.9.2014 - 21:00 (Renewable Energy World)

Apple has made quite a green turnaround in the past couple of years. Read more

New Global Trade Negotiations Aim for Tariff-free Solar Panels

Wednesday, 7.9.2014 - 18:57 (Renewable Energy World)

The U.S., European Union and 12 other governments in the World Trade Organization have opened negotiations on a trade deal aimed at ending tariffs on environmental goods such as wind turbines and solar panels. Read more

Recurrent Energy Completes 10 MW Sunningdale Solar Project In Canada

Wednesday, 7.9.2014 - 17:27 (PV-Tech)

Recurrent Energy has completed a 10MW solar project in Ontario, the twentieth, and final, in a 220MW portfolio. Read more

Recurrent Energy Completes 10MW Sunningdale Solar Project In Canada

Wednesday, 7.9.2014 - 17:27 (PV-Tech)

Recurrent Energy has completed a 10MW solar project in Ontario, the twentieth, and final, in a 220MW portfolio. Read more

China Sunergy adds 48th Research Institute to R&D collaborators

Wednesday, 7.9.2014 - 17:16 (PV-Tech)

Mid-sized tier-one PV manufacturer, China Sunergy (CSUN), has teamed with state-owned 48th Research Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation on materials and equipment research as well as to “co-develop solar projects”. Read more

Local developer proposes 225MW more utility-scale plants in South Africa

Wednesday, 7.9.2014 - 14:13 (PV-Tech)

Plans to build three solar PV projects with a combined capacity of 225MW in South Africa have been put forward by local developer Mulilo Renewable Energy. Read more

Survey Says: Solar Power Has Bright Future in India

Wednesday, 7.9.2014 - 13:18 (Renewable Energy World)

The Indian power industry continues to struggle to meet power generation goals, and conventional sources, especially coal, cannot keep up with the country’s ever-increasing demand. As a result, interest has shifted to renewable sources of energy. Underpinning the importance of non-conventional sources, in a recent survey of businesses and residential consumers, nearly half of those polled said that solar power can bring a bright future. Read more

Solar’s Year of Action in the US

Wednesday, 7.9.2014 - 13:15 (Renewable Energy World)

May 9 was a big day for the solar industry. Forget big — huge. It’s a rare occasion when the most powerful person in the world takes to the bully pulpit to sing the virtues of a particular industry, and even rarer when that praise is backed up by action and dollars. But that’s precisely the gift that advocates of the U.S. solar industry were given when President Obama announced a massive, $2 billion federal funding package in combination with executive orders and hundreds of private and public sector commitments to drive forward one of the most rapidly growing renewable energy industries in the nation. Read more

US$700 million drop belies ‘solid’ quarter for global PV finance - Mercom

Wednesday, 7.9.2014 - 13:13 (PV-Tech)

Corporate funding in the global solar industry fell marginally between the first and second quarters of 2014, according to clean energy consulting firm, Mercom Capital. Read more

Juwi opens 25MW ‘eco flagship’ solar farm in French Pyrenees

Wednesday, 7.9.2014 - 13:09 (PV-Tech)

Juwi has inaugurated a 25MW solar farm in the French Pyrenees with a number if sustainability and biodiversity measures included in the project. Read more

Solar Energy Efficiency Gets a Boost

Wednesday, 7.9.2014 - 13:09 (Renewable Energy World)

A perspective article published last month by University of California, Riverside chemists in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters was selected as an Editors Choice — an honor only a handful of research papers receive. The perspective reviews the chemists’ work on “singlet fission,” a process in which a single photon generates a pair of excited states. This 1->2 conversion process, as it is known, has the potential to boost solar cell efficiency by as much as 30 percent. Read more

Solar-Fabrik expands capacity with Centrosolar fab acquisition

Wednesday, 7.9.2014 - 12:56 (PV-Tech)

German PV module manufacturer, Solar-Fabrik has acquired the module manufacturing facility of insolvent Centrosolar, Sonnenstromfabrik, in Wismar, Germany, securing 143 jobs. Read more

China, EU and US open talks to end solar trade spats

Wednesday, 7.9.2014 - 11:15 (Solarpowerportal)

China, the EU and the US have begun negotiations that could see an end to trade tariffs between a 14-strong group of regional and national governments. Read more

Alstom, BrightSource secure financing for a 121 MW concentrating solar power plant in Israel

Wednesday, 7.9.2014 - 8:58 (Solarserver)

Megalim Solar Power Ltd., a special purpose company formed by Alstom (25.05%), BrightSource (25.05%), and NOY Infrastructure & Energy Investment Fund (49,9%), obtained the financing of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Israeli Bank Hapoalim for the construction and operation of the Ashalim concentrating solar power (CSP) in Israel. Located on 1.22 square miles in the Negev desert, the 121 MW CSP plant will generate enough power to meet the electricity needs of more than 120,000 homes. Read more

Sustainable Energy Trade Initiative: International negotiations to eliminate tariffs on “environmental goods” like PV panels, solar water heaters

Wednesday, 7.9.2014 - 8:50 (Solarserver)

Officials from 14 governments met in Geneva on July 8th, 2014 announced the launch of international negotiations that will aim to eliminate tariffs on “environmental goods” – products like wind turbines, solar thermal water heaters, filters for wastewater treatment, and solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, the Sustainable Energy Trade Initiative (SETI Alliance) reports. Read more

New Apple PV farm approved in North Carolina

Wednesday, 7.9.2014 - 6:15 (PV-Tech)

Consumer electronics developer and retailer Apple Inc., has been given the go-ahead to annex land in the city of Claremont, North Carolina, in order to construct a 17.5MW solar farm, the Hickory Record reports. Read more

Intersolar North America: Mosiac & Enphase Energy offer residential solar loan through partnership

Wednesday, 7.9.2014 - 1:02 (PV-Tech)

Solar crowdfunding service Mosaic and solar energy systems leader Enphase Energy have entered into a strategic partnership to offer the first residential PV loan packaged with residential operations and maintenance (O&M) services. The alliance was announced at Intersolar North America. Read more


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Wind Energy

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High Court rules in favour of solar companies’ £132 million damages claim against DECC

Wednesday, 7.9.2014 - 16:15 (Solarpowerportal)

The High Court has ruled in favour of 14 UK solar companies who brought a £132 million damages claim against the government. Read more

Hydrogen/Fuel Cell

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Geo Thermal/Heat Pump

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Energy Policy/Climate/CO2

Making Renewables and Energy Efficiency Visible in Hungary

Wednesday, 7.9.2014 - 15:59 (Renewable Energy World)

This blog is not just about the renewable or energy efficiency potential in a small Central European country — although Hungary does have huge potential in both areas. It’s also about the way that you can turn this potential into reality. According to a 2011 study conducted by a regional NGO, Energiaklub, total annual energy consumption of family h Read more

US installer Astrum and Hudson Clean Energy form US$100 million partnership

Wednesday, 7.9.2014 - 12:40 (PV-Tech)

US residential installer Astrum Solar will receive US$100 million in financing from private equity firm Hudson Clean Energy, aimed at lowering PV system costs for its customers. Read more


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