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Fraunhofer CSP develops repair process for PERC solar cells

The performance of the solar cell contacts can be improved with laser-assisted current treatment. The process does not damage the solar cells but only optimises faulty semiconductor-metal contacts.

Meyer Burger plans to launch solar PV roof tiles in 2022

The Swiss group has acquired an integrated solar roof system solution from an unidentified German engineering service provider for this purpose. The aim is grow this sector from a niche market.

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Arc-shaped PV system for agrivoltaics from Germany

The PV mounting system was developed by Germany-based Goldbeck and will initially be available in the Netherlands from 2022. The company will test the new technology in a 45 MW PV project.

REC unveils second generation of its N-Peak solar module

The manufacturer plans to start production of the performance-enhanced solar modules in August. The first customers should then receive the products in October.

New process to recycle silicon, silver and glass from end-of-life PV panels

A €4.8 million (AU$7.5 million) EU-funded research project is aiming to develop a process that allows recovering all components of a photovoltaic module.

Sharp develops 445 W half-cut panels for large scale PV

The new panel is manufactured with M6 wafers. It features a power conversion efficiency of 20.1% and a temperature coefficient of -0.347% per degree Celsius.

New mounting system to integrate small PV into wind farms

Switzerland’s Smartvolt has developed a special mounting system that facilitates the quick deployment of small ground-mounted PV systems at the base of ​​wind turbines.

SMA swings to profit in first three quarters of 2020

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the photovoltaic inverter maker was able to significantly increase its turnover and sales compared to the previous year.

Hanwha Q-Cells moves to enforce recall of products found to infringe IP in Germany

The Korean manufacturer has announced that it wants to enforce the recall of products made by rivals Jinko Solar, Longi Solar and REC Group that were deemed by the regional court of Düsseldorf in June to have infringed a passivation technology patent. The recall applies to products sold since January last year in Germany.

Agrivoltaic project with vertically mounted bifacial panels goes online in Germany

German developer Next2Sun has completed a 4.1 MW solar plant built with roughly 11,000 bifacial panels provided by Chinese manufacturer Jolywood.

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