Sharp to manufacture new cell
SHARP CORPORATION has developed a new single crystalline solar cell with high conversion efficiency. Sharp will begin mass producing this solar cell at an annual production capacity of 200 MW within fiscal year 2010 at its solar cell plant in Green Front Sakai, located in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. The mass production will cover everything from solar cells to solar modules.
This single crystalline solar cell with high conversion efficiency uses a Back Contact structure (electrodes are connected on the back-side), which eliminates the need for electrodes to be set on the front-side. This new structure increases the light-receiving area on the front-side&#x2019;s surface.
in Italy PHOENIX SOLAR AG is building two solar power plants in Italy with an overall peak power of 8.9 megawatts (MWp). The customers are two project companies belonging to E.ON Climate & Renewables. Phoenix Solar AG is responsible for planning and building the photovoltaic power plants in both of these projects near Taranto in Apulia (6.1 MWp) and near Alessandria in Piemonte (2.8 MWp). Crystalline solar modules provided by E.ON are being used.
Construction work on both projects started in October 2010, with completion scheduled before the end of the year.
&#x201C;We are delighted that, after our first successful project in France, we are now carrying out project work for E.ON in
Italy&#x201D;, commented Ulrich Reidenbach, Chief Sales Officer of Phoenix Solar AG.
&#x201C;Solar energy is playing an important role in our renewable energies mix. So, we are delighted to have found Phoenix Solar as a reliable partner in planning and building of large-scale solar power plants&#x201D;, stated Christophe Jurczak, E.ON Climate & Renewables Director of Solar PV.
Yingli announces 2011 contracts
YINGLI GREEN ENERGY HOLDING COMPANY has announced that it has entered into aggregately over 1,000 MW of PV module contracts for 2011 delivery, exceeding its sales target one month ahead of previously announced schedule. Customers were required to
make prepayments to the Company in order to ensure delivery in 2011.
&#x201C;We are pleased to announce this business milestone, which we expect will provide more visibility into our 2011 growth and customer demand,&#x201D; said Mr.
Liansheng Miao, Chairman and CEO of Yingli Green Energy. &#x201C;We believe our ability to maintain a leading position in this increasingly competitive industry is supported by broader recognition of our premium brand, our customer-base, as well as our manufacturing capacity.&#x201D;
&#x201C;The progress Konarka has achieved this year with regard to solar cell efficiency is unprecedented, representing a significant milestone for the industry,&#x201D; commented Howard Berke, chairman, CEO and co-founder of Konarka. &#x201C;This unsurpassed NREL certification opens new doors for the commercial production of cost- effective, efficient electricity for numerous large scale applications.&#x201D;
Konarka Power Plastic is a thin film solar material that converts light to energy. The material is lightweight and flexible for a wide range of applications where traditional PV is not effective.
In addition, a new alignment technology (Alignment Sheet system), which reduces the connection resistance between adjacent cells, was also developed. A broad range of applications in the global market, including residential and industrial use, can be anticipated in the future.
NREL confirms Konarka claim
Konarka Technologies, has announced that the National Energy Renewable Laboratory (NREL) has certified that Konarka&#x2019;s organic based photovoltaic (OPV) solar cells have demonstrated a record breaking 8.3% efficiency. This is the highest performance recorded by NREL for an organic photovoltaic solar cell. This follows criticism at their previous unverified claims.
&#x201C;This unsurpassed NREL certification opens new doors for the commercial production of cost-effective, efficient electricity for numerous large scale applications.&#x201D;
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