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10 years of R&D spending analysis of 12 key PV module manufacturers

 A technology buy cycle driven by PERC technology is keeping R&D spending high. Image: Fraunhofer ISE R&D spending patterns Combined R&D expenditures of 12 major PV module manufacturers in 2016, tracked since 2007, declined by approximately 4.4% in 2016 to … Continue reading

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Ford will debut a solar-powered electric car at the Consumer Electronics Show next week

The solar cells in the new Ford C-Max Solar Energi, to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show. The car, a concept vehicle not ready for dealer showrooms, is a version of the C-Max Energi plug-in car already sold by … Continue reading

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IHS: China chimes as US solar companies lag market growth leaders

Yingli Green Energy is still leading the pact, based on IHS’ analysis of merchant module shipments, garnering 8.1% global market share, up from 7.3% in the same period a year ago. The fastest growing supplier is reported to be ReneSola, … Continue reading

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Trina, Yingli, SunPower top Solar Scorecard

Of the leading 40 solar companies, environmental and consumer advocacy group Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition found that Trina Solar, Yingli and SunPower bested industry rivals in areas such as worker safety and module toxicity. Industry watchdog and consumer advocacy group … Continue reading

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First Solar to manufacture new crystalline silicon line from end of 2014

Natgrp: Writing on the wall for Thin Film! “CdTe isn’t suitable for residential or small commercial – that’s half the global market.” Denis de Ceuster, Tetrasun has achieved a third party confirmed efficiency of 21.4% with its n-type silicon cells First … Continue reading

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R&D spending analysis of top PV module manufacturers in 2012

R&D expenditure by major PV module manufacturers has not been immune from the PV industry’s period of profitless prosperity. However, spending in 2012 has not been as affected as many would have expected with a number of companies increasing their … Continue reading

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First Solar to manufacture copper-based crystalline silicon solar cells

TetraSun’s cell concept is based on what the company has termed “a novel surface passivation technology”. It enables the use of 40um wide copper electrodes instead of screen-printed silver metallization. Without demanding special equipment for the manufacturing process, cell Voc … Continue reading

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Completely Solar Powered Solar Impulse to fly across US with SunPower cells in May

Solar Impulse’s trip across the US is its last “mission” before attempting a zero-fuel round-the-world flight in 2015   The world’s first solar-powered plane will begin its attempt at a coast to coast crossing of the United States in May … Continue reading

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SunPower treading water on a sea of red ink

The company reported fourth quarter 2012 GAAP revenue of US$679 million, up 8.5% from US$648.9 million in the prior quarter. Despite reporting its highest quarterly revenue figures for 2012, SunPower continued its loss making ways. SunPower has reported losses in … Continue reading

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R&D spending analysis of top 10 PV module manufacturers

Using the latest market leader rankings from Solarbuzz for 2012, we plotted the annual spending on R&D of the top 10 ranked companies (see figure 1), since 2007. Looking at chart 2 it is immediately apparent that there is a … Continue reading

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