Sharp Hits Concentrator Solar Cell Efficiency Record, 43.5%

Sharp has developed solar cells that match the concentrator solar cell efficiency world record set by Solar Junction last year. The technology’s staggering 43.5% efficiency from a triple-junction compound solar cell is 1.2% higher than the efficiency of the cells holding the record before March of 2011 (when Solar Junction busted that record). The conversion efficiency was actually confirmed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy in April 2012 (for some reason, these companies and researchers don’t let us know about the new records for months sometimes). “Compound solar cells utilize photo-absorption layers made from compounds consisting of two or more elements, such as indium and gallium,” Sharp writes. “The basic structure of this latest triple-junction compound solar cell uses Sharp’s proprietary technology that enables efficient stacking of the three photo-absorption layers, with InGaAs (indium gallium arsenide) as the bottom layer.”  

US Antidumping Tariffs Could Suspend 45 Percent of Solar Module Shipments to North America

Many Chinese players will suspend shipments to North America while business plans are modified to account for the tariff

IREC Statement on Net Metering Ruling from the California PUC

Unanimous vote resolves how to calculate NEM cap

POWER-GEN Africa to Bring Global Energy Players & Expertise to Sub-Saharan Africa

As the shortage of reserve energy margins in sub-Saharan Africa continues to bring pressure to bear upon the region's economic growth, the region's energy industry leaders and professionals will be looking to the inaugural POWER-GEN Africa conference and exhibition for solutions.

RENEXPO®SOUTH-EAST EUROPE - 5th Edition of the Romanian and South-East European International Trade Fair for Renewable Energy Attracts the Investors

RENEXPO® SOUTH-EAST EUROPE, Romania's largest and most important renewable energy and energy efficiency event, comes back with the 5th edition to the Palace Hall Bucharest, between the 21st - 23rd of November 2012. Since 2008 the event became known as one of the biggest energy platforms in the South-East European region and a meeting point in the capital of Romania for key players and experts.

Distributed Wind's Latest Turbine To Be Announced at Windpower 2012

Renewable energy company Urban Green Energy to unveil UGE-9M(TM) at AWEA Windpower 2012 in Atlanta - a simple and affordable solution for institutional and government wind projects.

Have your say on the key issues facing the South African solar market?

As the second round of successful bidders of the South African REIPPP are announced, what are the key issues facing the solar industry in South Africa?

AREVA Solar's Kimberlina Power Plant awarded POWER Magazine's ‘Top Plant'

The 5-MW Kimberlina Solar Thermal Energy Station is the first to use compact linear Fresnel reflector technology developed to generate continuous superheated steam, a key element for higher-efficiency power generation and integration with new and existing plants.

Aspectus PR invited to speak at POWER-GEN Europe 2012

Chairman Bill Penn to speak on Energy PR and the digital challenge

The Clenergy Preview of the Intersolar 2012 (Hall C2, Stand 379)

The World Premiere of the First Clenergy PV Mounting System for All Trapezoidal Sheet Roofs A system boasting a high level of quality and load capacity, simple assembly and only 5 components Cologne, Germany, April 2012

German solar energy industry reaches new milestone over the weekend

Germany’s Renewable Energy Industry (IWR) announced that over the weekend the country’s solar energy infrastructure met approximately 50% of the country’s energy demand. The IWR notes that more than 22 gigawatts of solar energy per hour was generated by the country’s various alternative energy systems and fed into the energy grid. This is comparable to the energy generated by 20 nuclear power plants operating at full capacity. This marks a new record for Germany and sets the bar higher for the global solar energy industry   Government officials claim that this milestone is proof of the viability of solar energy. The fact that the country was able to meet half of its energy needs through the use of solar power during the weekend is being considered a major accomplishment. The German solar energy industry continues to break records and show that alternative energy should be taken more seriously by developed countries.

DOCK/CHEMICALS is Semiconductors Decision

Marburg, May 2012 – The world's leading supplier of highly purified, liquid group-V metalorganics, the German Dockweiler Chemicals GmbH, markets its international full-service solutions with immediate effect under the brand name DOCK/CHEMICALS.

Ideal Power Converters Reaches Compliance and Certification Milestone with CEC Listing

Ideal Power Converters 30kW inverter achieves CEC-weighted efficiency of 96.5 percent, improving inverter efficiency and reducing inverter installation costs

Unirac and Bella Energy Complete Milestone Solar Project on Salt Palace Convention Center

It is the largest commercial roof mount PV system in the state of Utah and provides more than 18% of the 675,000 square foot convention center's power needs

Canadian Solar Supplies Solar Modules for the Biggest Solar Park in Hesse

The PV system installation supplies electricity for up to 2,000 homes in Dreieich

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