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Calyxo increases its thin-film module output by 20 percent (what’s next?)

Calyxo increases its thin-film module output by 20 percent (what’s next?)

January 10, 2019 at 11:05 am 0 comments

TS Solar Calyxo GmbH has again significantly increased the efficiency of its thin-film solar modules. The European market leader from Bitterfeld-Wolfen improved the output of its modules by around 20 percent from an average of 90 watts to 111 watts per module. The efficiency of the modules reads now 15.4Read More

This study says Midsummer’s thin-film PV production is one-tenth the global warming potential of silicon module production

This study says Midsummer’s thin-film PV production is one-tenth the global warming potential of silicon module production

December 10, 2018 at 11:00 am 0 comments

A new study commissioned by thin-film solar provider Midsummer shows that its proprietary flexible CIGS thin film solar module manufacturing process might be more environmentally friendly than other solar module production processes. The recent study by Swerea IVF, a Swedish industrial research institute, claims that Midsummer’s rapid sputtering production processRead More

This lightweight CIGS photovoltaic cell, on flexible stainless steel, was made by Matthew Reese and his team at NREL. Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL

NREL argues for value of ‘watts per kilogram’ in emerging thin-film, flexible solar technology

November 15, 2018 at 10:06 am Comments are Disabled

Rigid silicon solar panels dominate the utility and residential markets, but opportunity exists for thin-film photovoltaic and emerging technologies notable for being lightweight and flexible, according to scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Thin films such as cadmium telluride (CdTe) and copper indium galliumRead More

Ascent Solar Technologies nets DOE funding for thin-film, CIGS solar cell development

Ascent Solar Technologies nets DOE funding for thin-film, CIGS solar cell development

August 31, 2018 at 9:38 am Comments are Disabled

Thin-film photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer Ascent Solar Technologies has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for two exclusive development projects. As part of the awards, worth up to $100,000 each, Ascent Solar is to work toward commercialization of sputtered Zn(O,S) buffers in flexible CIGS solar cells and alsoRead More

Hanergy working to develop more thin-film PV applications at ‘Green China’ conference

Hanergy working to develop more thin-film PV applications at ‘Green China’ conference

January 2, 2018 at 8:31 am Comments are Disabled

Hanergy Thin Film Power Group signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Beijing Electric Vehicle at the “Green China – Hanergy Ecological City Comprehensive Solution Plan Conference” held at the Hanergy general headquarters. Working together within the framework of “Smart Transportation, Green Journey,” the two companies pledged to drive forward thinRead More

Sol Voltaics nets record funding to commercialize its solar panel boosting tech

Sol Voltaics nets record funding to commercialize its solar panel boosting tech

July 19, 2017 at 11:14 am Comments are Disabled

Sol Voltaics has closed a record funding round of $21.3 million, the largest finance raise for a European solar technology company since 2015. The new finance will be used to accelerate commercialization of its highly anticipated solar efficiency boosting technology, SolFilm which the company claims will increase conventional solar panelRead More

Lux Research: Thin-film solar modules could challenge silicon in the coming years

Lux Research: Thin-film solar modules could challenge silicon in the coming years

May 16, 2017 at 8:28 am Comments are Disabled

The two leading thin-film solar manufacturers, First Solar and Solar Frontier, represent a combined manufacturing capacity of 4 GW. While they do not pose a short-term challenge to crystalline silicon players’ market dominance, ongoing innovations will ensure thin-film remains a significant player, according to Lux Research. Of the two, First SolarRead More

PV breakthrough: Thin-film solar cells can now be mapped in 3-D as they absorb photons

PV breakthrough: Thin-film solar cells can now be mapped in 3-D as they absorb photons

November 17, 2016 at 9:30 am Comments are Disabled

Next-generation solar cells made of super-thin films of semiconducting material hold promise because they’re relatively inexpensive and flexible enough to be applied just about anywhere. Researchers are working to dramatically increase the efficiency at which thin-film solar cells convert sunlight to electricity. But it’s a tough challenge, partly because aRead More

Thin-film module maker Solar Frontier surpasses 4 GW globally

Thin-film module maker Solar Frontier surpasses 4 GW globally

October 12, 2016 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

We have a thin-film segment update coming in our Nov/Dec issue. Spoiler: there are some things happening there. Case in point, Solar Frontier reports that the total cumulative shipments of its CIS thin-film solar panels have surpassed 4 GW, now reaching approximately 60 countries around the world. Some of the 11Read More

Magnolia Solar teaming with InSolare Energy to bring its thin-film PV to market

Magnolia Solar teaming with InSolare Energy to bring its thin-film PV to market

October 6, 2016 at 1:30 pm Comments are Disabled

Magnolia Solar has signed a teaming arrangement with India-based InSolare Energy to bring Magnolia’s patented solar photovoltaic (PV) technology to market. Magnolia is a subsidiary of Ecoark Holdings, a provider of a growing suite of proprietary technologies and services. The initial purchase order is for a study of feasibility forRead More