Market entry Down Under: BayWa Group acquires Australian PV distributor Solarmatrix

BayWa AG, Munich, through its subsidiary BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH, acquired the photovoltaic distributor Solarmatrix based in the West Australian city of Perth and thus enters the solar module and components business in Australia. The activities of Solarmatrix will be continued with the company BayWa r.e. Solar Systems Pty Ltd. formed specifically for this purpose.

Transparent solar panels are 50 times more productive than regular photovoltaics

Luke Dormehl for DigitalTrends:  As the term “regular windows” suggests, users don’t have to replace the existing windows in their home, but need only treat them with a special process developed by the company.

“We apply liquid coatings to glass and plastic surfaces at ambient pressure, and dry these coatings at low temperature to produce transparent films,” Conklin continued. “We repeat these processes, and then collectively these coatings — and thus the glass and plastic surfaces — generate electricity.”

Of these coatings, the most important is the so-called “Active Layer,” through which electricity is generated by the absorption of light, and the transparent conductors, which allow the electricity to be extracted. “[The] coatings are primarily organic, primarily from carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen,” Conklin said. “We are constantly refining each of the layers to improve on the power we’re able to extract from these coatings and enhance their manufacturability.”  Cont'd...

Natural Power France is set to attend Colloque National Eolien

Natural Power France is set to attend Colloque National Eolien 2016, the key wind power conference in France, which takes place on Wednesday 14th September at Parc Floral in Paris.

Solar cell is more efficient, costs less than its counterparts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via Science Daily:  A team of researchers from MIT and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology may have found a way around this seemingly intractable tradeoff between efficiency and cost. The team has developed a new solar cell that combines two different layers of sunlight-absorbing material to harvest a broader range of the sun's energy. The researchers call the device a "step cell," because the two layers are arranged in a stepwise fashion, with the lower layer jutting out beneath the upper layer, in order to expose both layers to incoming sunlight. Such layered, or "multijunction," solar cells are typically expensive to manufacture, but the researchers also used a novel, low-cost manufacturing process for their step cell.

The team's step-cell concept can reach theoretical efficiencies above 40 percent and estimated practical efficiencies of 35 percent, prompting the team's principal investigators -- Masdar Institute's Ammar Nayfeh, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and MIT's Eugene Fitzgerald, the Merton C. Flemings-SMA Professor of Materials Science and Engineering -- to plan a startup company to commercialize the promising solar cell.  Cont'd...

SPI 2016 - SMA to Unveil Never-Before-Seen Residential and Commercial PV Solutions at Solar Power International

Exhibition to Include Inverter Solutions and O&M Offerings on Display for the First Time in the U.S.


Only 4 weeks left until Solar Mexico 2016, the "Go-To" event for Mexico's Solar Industry. Register today!

Gaining momentum: 3megawatt adds John Espino as VP of Sales

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., August 24, 2016, -- 3megawatt, a software solution provider offering a cutting-edge asset management platform for the renewable energy industry announced the addition of John Espino as a Vice President of Sales, further filling out its management team.

NREL Research Puts the Wind at an Industry's Back

NREL's ultimate goal in this testing is to foster the technological developments necessary for wider deployment of wind energy in the marketplace at the lowest cost possible.

SPI 2016 - ROTH Capital Partners to Host Solar & Storage Symposium at Solar Power International

Leading Solar Power, Storage, and Clean Technology Companies to Conduct Investor Meetings

PVinsights: Global solar prices deepens as polysilicon collapse

Polysilicon prices start to collapse obviously this week, particularly the price in China with more than 4% drops. The scope of polysilicon price correction was not enough, in contrast to the downstream components in August, leaving the stockpiles continues to pile up over the period as the trading were less active. However, as entering into a quarterly financial end in September, the increasing inventory pressure compound by sluggish downstream demand and slashed wafer prices eventually compromise Chinese polysilicon suppliers on adjusting prices quotes down dramatically. On the other hand, polysilicon prices out of China also extend the slump this week, but the price corrections are less noticeable than in China since the price baseline is much lower than that in China. As the result, without seeing any sign of global demand recovery that could possibly alleviate serious global supply glut soon, polysilicon supplier are forced to provide more price discounts in order to lessen the stock levels .

NREL Discovery Creates Future Opportunity in Quantum Computing

Research into perovskites looks beyond material's usage for efficient solar cells

NREL Supercomputing Model Provides Insights from Higher Wind and Solar Generation in the Eastern Power Grid

NREL opens data to help planners and regulators understand implications of higher wind and solar generation

US voters' support for wind energy rises as wind eclipses 75 GW and costs drop

As the 2016 election enters its final stretch, new findings released today by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) show the rapid rise of American wind power has been accompanied by strong support from U.S. voters.

SPI 2015 - Radian Generation To Showcase LENS™ At Solar Power International 2016

Radian Generation's Leading-Edge Asset Management Software Solution, LENS™ will be showcased at Solar Power International 2016

SPI 2016 - SunLink Introduces TechTrack Distributed Single Axis Solar Tracker Solution

Dynamic design and integrated software create platform for more valuable solar projects

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