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Solar Energy Harvesting: Is scaling up the only way forward?

Having witnessed the tremendous growth of the solar industry in the past few years, along with all the dramatic events that went with it (consolidation, production capacity growth, efficiency increases, profit margins decreases, competition from thin film technologies, incentives established and withdrawn...), it's hard to map out what exactly can make a new entrant to the sector a successful photovoltaic company.
13th April 2012

Heliatek wins Materials Award for its breakthrough solar cell technology at IDTechEx Printed Electronics

Heliatek GmbH has won the Materials Award at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics EUROPE 2012 in Berlin. This is the latest in a succession of awards for Heliatek's innovative organic solar film technology that promises to deliver a lighter, greener and more versatile alternative to traditional solar panels.
4th April 2012

Z-Wave Alliance to showcase environmentally friendly home control solutions at Light+Building 2012

Using buildings as green power stations – from 15 to 20 April, visitors to Light+Building in Frankfurt, Europe’s biggest architecture and technology trade show, can experience how to use the power of nature effectively in their own home or office. The Z-Wave Alliance will be there as a specialist in energy-efficient and environmentally conscious home control systems. At their joint stand C88 in Hall 9.0, Alliance members Aeon Labs, Eminent, FAKRO, Fujikom, Honeywell, Motion Control Systems, Sigma Designs, Square Connect and QEES will be presenting their resource-friendly home control solutions.
4th April 2012


Imec hosts major international conference on crystalline silicon solar cells

Today, the second edition of the International Conference on Silicon Photovoltaics takes off in Leuven (Belgium). The Si PV conference is a high-level scientific conference on advanced crystalline silicon solar cell technology. This 2nd edition is hosted by imec, a well-known leading R&D center in the domain of nanotechnology with a long-standing tradition in photovoltaics (PV). The conference features inspiring invited lectures, oral and poster presentations describing the most recent advances in the field, and serves as a platform for intensive discussions among experts.
3rd April 2012

Heliatek Takes Silver Award at Ecosummit 2012

Heliatek GmbH has won the silver ECO12 Award during this year's Ecosummit in Berlin.Selected by an expert jury, the prize of €5,000 (silver) is awarded to the most promising startups and young companies in the cleantech sector.
30th March 2012

“About 35 GWp of new solar cell manufacturing equipment will be purchased by 2017,” forecasts Yole Développement

Yole Développement announces its report “Crystalline Silicon PV: Technology, Equipment & Materials”. Get a comprehensive overview of the current situation on the PV market allowing better understanding of the customer needs and proper evaluation of the strategies to be chosen by equipment suppliers and cell and module manufacturers to keep their business running.
30th March 2012

Renesas Electronics Kicks Off RL78 Green Energy Challenge

To spur embedded design creativity and innovation in the area of green energy, Renesas Electronics today launched the RL78 Green Energy Challenge, a global design contest featuring the RL78 microcontrollers (MCUs) and a robust software support environment provided by Renesas Electronics and its Alliance Partner community.
27th March 2012

STMicroelectronics Named Among Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations

STMicroelectronics has announced that for the third year in succession it has been ranked among the “Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations” by Corporate Knights 1, a company dedicated to promoting “clean capitalism.” In the 2012 list announced on January 25, ST advanced 8 places to the 75th place on the list, compared to No. 83 in 2011 and No. 87 in 2010. It is one of the only three semiconductor manufacturers to be included in the Global 100 list.
21st March 2012

Launch of Solar Purchasing Group

A new company launches with the aim of negotiating discounts for member companies on material and components they buy for solar PV manufacturing. Solar Purchasing Group (SPG) works on the principle of cooperative purchasing. Member companies are able to collectively assert greater purchasing leverage for the materials and components they need, such as glass, cells, back sheets, junction boxes, EVA, stringing material along with other peripheral materials.
20th March 2012

Natural Sparx set to shine in UK Solar Industry

The online store from Natural Sparx goes live to professional installers following the official launch at this year’s Ecobuild Exhibition. With the backing of the Rexel Group, Natural Sparx is able to utilise their reliable and secure electrical wholesale distribution network ensuring their customers’ peace of mind when ordering items of such high value online.
19th March 2012


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