SunPower Corporation Launches X-Series Solar Panels for Japan's Rooftop Market

X-Series Solar Panels Deliver World-Record Efficiency and Unsurpassed Performance, Reliability and Aesthetics; Product on Display at PV Japan This Week

Solar Frontier Surpasses 3 GW of Global CIS Module Shipments

Equivalent to 650,000 energy-independent Japanese households

The US panel price rising improves average panel price in July.

Affected by the final results of the US DOC AD & CVD review, Chinese module makers are forced to rise up their module selling prices in the US, which results in also pulling up the average selling price of other manufacturers, including Korean, European, and even American companies. Hence, the average multi-crystalline module price is moderately moving up this week

Intersolar - WINAICO's 300 W monocrystalline PERC module passes IEC certification tests by TÜV Rheinland

WINAICO's 300 W 60-cell monocrystalline PERC module passes IEC certification tests conducted by TÜV Rheinland, and is ready for shipping to all major markets worldwide

Intersolar - Canadian Solar to Attend 2015 Intersolar North America Conference & Expo in San Francisco

2015 Intersolar-North America conference and expo July 14-16 at Moscone Convention Center

JA Solar Achieves New Class A Fire Rating Test in Accordance With UL1703 for Type-1 Modules

JA Solar the first company mass producing PV modules in China to pass the test.

New method can make cheaper solar energy storage

Storing solar energy as hydrogen is a promising way for developing comprehensive renewable energy systems. To accomplish this, traditional solar panels can be used to generate an electrical current that splits water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen, the latter being considered a form of solar fuel. However, the cost of producing efficient solar panels makes water-splitting technologies too expensive to commercialize. EPFL scientists have now developed a simple, unconventional method to fabricate high-quality, efficient solar panels for direct solar hydrogen production with low cost.

The work is published in Nature Communications.

Many different materials have been considered for use in direct solar-to-hydrogen conversion technologies but "2-D materials" have recently been identified as promising candidates. In general these materials—which famously include graphene—have extraordinary electronic properties. However, harvesting usable amounts of solar energy requires large areas of solar panels, and it is notoriously difficult and expensive to fabricate thin films of 2-D materials at such a scale and maintain good performance.

Kevin Sivula and colleagues at EPFL addressed this problem with an innovative and cheap method that uses the boundary between two non-mixing liquids. The researchers focused on one of the best 2-D materials for solar water splitting, called "tungsten diselenide". Past studies have shown that this material has a great efficiency for converting solar energy directly into hydrogen fuel while also being highly stable.  Cont'd...

PVinsights : Poly-silicon price is improved in China in July, but still weak outside China.

The average poly-silicon price has risen up owing to Chinese poly-silicon makers. Because of the expiration of the trade handbooks of their Chinese customers, a number of non-Chinese poly-silicon makers are seeing their sales to China being challenged by Chinese suppliers who now benefit from more price competitiveness. Chinese poly-silicon makers now have the leverage to pull up their selling price quotations within China, while non-Chinese suppliers have to adjust to the levy of import duties and AD & CVD charges on their products

Emirates Insolaire Installs World's First Coloured Solar Panels in Switzerland

The building, boasting of its unique blue façade - thanks to the Emirates Insolaire glass panels.

PVinsights: The increasing demand helps solar price improvement or relief.

Overall Module price performed a mild drop this week, as global demand is gradually recovering since late May. Multi-crystalline module price stands still in China, as the demand is improving slowly. In the US, solar demand is promisingly increasing, although some solar module suppliers are trying to raise price quotes accordingly.

First Solar Modules to Power Landmark 200MW Solar Photovoltaic Project in Dubai

Consortium led by ACWA Power establishes global cost benchmark with Middle East's largest PV plant

Andalay Solar Completes License Agreement with Hyundai Heavy Industries

The new Hyundai-branded TG-Series solar modules are available now in the US market.

PSA Singapore Terminals installs Solar Frontier's Prototype Ultralight and Bendable CIS Modules at new Terminal Building

PSA demonstrates cutting-edge technology developed by world's largest provider of CIS thin-film solar energy solutions

Trina Solar to Invest $500 Million in India-Based Solar Plant

Per a media report, Trina Solar Limited is going to invest $500 million for building a 2-gigawatt solar module plant in India in partnership with Welspun Energy Ltd. The plant's output will be exported to the U.S. and European markets, which have imposed punitive trade duties on solar shipments from China. 
The facility will be built in either Gujarat or Andhra Pradesh. Construction of the plant will be completed in two phases over a period of about 18 months. 

First Solar Achieves World Record 18.6 % Thin Film Module Conversion Efficiency

Executing to industry's most disruptive technology roadmap More efficient than the best multi-PERC module

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