New process for manufacturing PV cells means cheaper solar power

Phys.org:  A major roadblock to the mass use of solar energy are photovoltaic (PV) solar cells. This is because the cost, inefficiency and negative environmental impact that the manufacturing of these cells outweighs any potential savings provided by the resulting solar energy. If, however, cost could be were minimised, then solar power would be more able to compete with traditional fossil fuel-based methods for generating energy. To overcome this hurdle, the EU-funded SOLNOWAT project has developed an innovative dry process for manufacturing PV solar cells. PV cells are typically created via a wet chemical process that etches away layers of silicon from a crystalline wafer, leaving behind the solar cell. The SOLNOWAT process replaces the expensive and inefficient wet chemical process with the use of atmospheric pressure dry etching technology – a process that cuts costs and speeds up production. Because less silicon is removed during dry etching, the resulting cells are darker, making them very efficient at absorbing light. In fact, they are so efficient that they have been classified as having zero global warming potential.   Cont'd...

Exosun software and robotics boost plant performance.

Discover ExoDesigner, a free of charge AutoCAD add-on to easily design PV plant and Exosun's cleaning robot to reduce soft costs around the project and increase plant performance.

Fronius Introduces Remote Update Feature for Inverter Software

Fronius is making inverter software updates a breeze: Now Fronius customers are able to remotely update the software of inverters over the web. All you need is a Fronius SnapINverter that has an internet connection and the inverter or system is registered on Fronius Solar.web, Fronius' free monitoring system.

CALSEIA, Intersolar and SEMI to Host Summerfest at AT&T Park

Event celebrates CALSEIA's 40th and Intersolar North America's 10th Anniversaries; proceeds benefit CALSEIA's work to promote smart solar in California

Solect Energy Acquires Northeast Division of Brightergy

Solect acquired Brightergy's Northeast sales and project management operations in addition to some of Brightergy's intellectual property developed around commercial solar lead generation.

Baker Electric Solar Delivers Solar Savings to Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito

Baker Electric Solar recently designed and installed a 164 kW solar system for the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. Projected savings for the non-profit is approximately $11,000 the first year and $1.3M over 25 years.

Sollega Case Study: FastRack510 - IKEA 1.125 MW

Ikea, one of the leading retailers of finished goods in the world, has installed a 1.125 MW solar array on their new facility in Renton Washington. It is the latest Ikea in the US to be powered by the sun and the largest roof top install in Washington State.

Vaisala Doubles Triton Production Capacity to Meet Growing Demand

Weather measurement expert ramps up production for its remote sensing system used by wind developers, operators and investors worldwide

Rocky Mountain Region's Largest Solar Conference to Explore Industry Prospects for 2017

The conference begins March 13, 2017 and takes place at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Co

Infiniti Research: Denmark Generates Enough Wind Energy in One Day to Power Entire Country

According to Infiniti Research, the cumulative installed wind capacity will reach 791.0 GW by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 12.81%. With many countries testing the limits of what wind and other renewables can provide, renewables such as wind will become more ubiquitous over the coming years.

US wind generation reached 5.5% of the grid in 2016

Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma and North Dakota all sourced more than 20 percent of their electricity generation from wind power during 2016, according to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). It shows wind supplied over 5.5 percent of electricity nationwide, up from 4.7 percent in 2015.  With 99 percent of wind turbines located in rural areas, wind power's steady growth as a share of the nation's electricity supply has been accompanied by a surge of investment in rural America. The industry invested over $13.8 billion in new turbines last year, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), in addition to operating a fleet now over 52,000 turbines.   Full AWEA Press Release:

US wind generation reached 5.5% of the grid in 2016

5 Heartland states now more than 20% wind-powered

Grid Modernization Forum in Chicago to Examine Latest Progress on New York REV and other Key Initiatives

Key industry experts at the 2nd Grid Modernization Forum, April 3-5, 2017 in Chicago will address the vision, planning and investment needs, and risks and opportunities of achieving meaningful grid modernization.

Yingli Announced Hotspot Free Module at PV Expo Japan 2017

It also highlighted PANDA Bifacial module at the trade show

Great Response to EU PVSEC 2017 Call for Papers

• Over 1250 abstracts received • Abstracts received from authors in 70 countries • EU PVSEC 2017 again a unique global platform

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