2011-06-22

Bringing Frontier Science to the Solar Energy Industry

Solar energy is one of the cleanest and most abundant sources of energy. In a single sixty minute time period, our earth takes in enough solar energy from the sun to power our way of life for one year. These are just two of the numerous facts that make solar energy – .. more
2011-06-17

DOE’s SunShot Initiative: U.S. Looking to Regain Dominance in the Solar Market

Many solar industry watchers compare the similarities of the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative program to President John Kennedy's goal to put a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s. One would think the fact that the U.S. consumes more ele.. more
2011-06-16

Components of a Solar Power System

A solar system consists of solar cells, controller, battery. If the power output is AC 220V or 110V, it also needs an inverter. Their respective functions are as below: Solar cells Solar cells are the core component of a solar power system and have the highest .. more
2011-06-16

New Testing Facilities will Speed PV Certification

Driven by the worldwide demand for renewable energy, the increase in PV manufacturing has created an increased need for certifying the average conversion efficiency performance. This is particularly true with the trend toward developing lower cost PV cell technologies th.. more
2011-06-15

PV Manufacturing Facilities a Growth Industry

There has been a rapid increase in bringing new PV manufacturing facilities online globally due to a number of factors. New factories bring down PV prices while simplifying the fabrication processes enables efficient manufacturing of more cost-effective, lightweight and .. more
2011-06-15

Nanasolar: From Thin Film R&D to Leading PV Manufacturer

When Nanosolar first burst onto the scene in 2002, it received criticism for maintaining a veil of secrecy around it development and testing operations. It refused to reveal any useful information about its solar technology, business strategy, or manufacturing intentions. T.. more
2011-06-09

Will NGD™ Make Thin Film Cost Competitive with Coal?

For hundred of years, the developed world has relied on coal to help meet its energy needs. Enerdata, an independent Information and consulting company, which specializes in the energy industry, reports that coal-fired plants generated 40 percent of the world's electric.. more
2011-06-07

China, EU and U.S. Must Resolve Transmission Bottlenecks to Realize Renewable Energy Potential

According to a recent report by the World Resources Institute (WRI), "High Wire Act," three of the largest renewable energy markets, China, the European Union and the United States, have the same basic problem when it comes to the deployment of renewab.. more
2011-06-03

U.S. Energy Department makes Renewable Energy Technology Patents Available

U.S.Government energy research is now easier to license The U.S. Department of Energy has created a new public-private partnership opportunity that gives businesses and entrepreneurs the option to bring cutting-edge U.S. government energy research and technology .. more
2011-06-03

Germany is Considering Further Solar Subsidy Cut

German Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen told reporters that the government is considering another subsidy cut that will be in effect on March 1st, 2012. The subsidy cut is regarded as part of revision of renewable energy regulation which will also in part pert.. more

 

SOLAR MARKET STATUS

TrendForce Expects Polysilicon Prices to Remain High in Third Quarter Even Though Supply Might Start to Improve in Mid-September

The latest PV market analysis from EnergyTrend, a division of TrendForce, finds that the average global spot price of polysilicon has.. more

RESEARCH

China’s Cumulative PV Installations Could Reach 250GW by 2020

China has targeted installing 86.5GW PV capacity during 2017-2020 under the 13th Five-Year National Development Plan, including 54.. more

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