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Shifting PV markets in the US, Europe, and Asia/India

Photovoltaics markets are inextricably linked to government policy in 2011, notes analyst firm Solarbuzz.

CIGS solar cells fabbed with inkjet printers at OSU

Oregon State University has printed a working CIGS thin film solar cell with inkjet technologies and safe, stable solutions. The team hopes to bring the inkjet CIGS photovoltaic efficiency up to 12%.

PV ribbon-attach conductive adhesive from ECM suits Sn, SnAg, Ag

Engineered Conductive Materials LLC launched the DB-1538-2 conductive stringer attach adhesive with reported low bleed on TCOs and a wide operating temperature range.

Ametek heat exchangers withstand corrosive solar and chip processes

AMETEK Fluoropolymer Products introduced Wet Bench heat exchangers of ultrahigh-purity (UHP) PFA tubing for wet processing equipment used to make solar photovoltaic cells and semiconductors.

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Ferro debuts silver conductor pastes for cost/W savings in solar PV Si module assembly

Jul 12, 2011

Ferro Electronic Materials is introducing two new rear silver conductor pastes at Intersolar North America. The products were developed to lower cost/Watt with commercially viable levels of adhesion, solderability, and field reliability.

PV equipment spending plunging in 2011: Solarbuzz

Jul 12, 2011 Spending on solar PV equipment for both c-Si and thin-film panels is throttling back even as revenues soar, thanks to "ambitious" Tier 2 and Tier 3 manufacturers' expansions in the past six quarters, and will dent both 2H11 tool sales an...

Putting PV and energy storage together

Jul 12, 2011

Solon and Tucson Electric Power are widening a solar PV testbed in Arizona to investigate integration of different energy storage technologies with PV onto the grid.

Intersolar: How the US can grow, support solar PV

Jul 12, 2011 A spirited panel discussion involving solar PV industry organizations, vendors, and even local government on the first day of Intersolar North America explored whether and how the US can grow and nurture solar PV as a viable energy alternative.

US PV Manufacturing Consortium update from Intersolar North America

Jul 11, 2011

Dan Armbrust, president & CEO of SEMATECH and the US Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) speaks about CIGS technology and the consortium's mission.

Photovoltaics Industry News

A smart start at Intersolar North America

Jul 12, 2011 To go from peak generation provider to baseland territory alongside fossil fuels, the solar industry and other renewables have to lay the groundwor...

US solar PV pipeline tops 600 projects

Jul 10, 2011 Solarbuzz's July United States Deal Tracker database shows more evidence of a "compelling" solar PV installation rise in the US. The top ...

Schneider Electric wins 100MW+ solar inverter order

Jul 8, 2011 Schneider Electric's Renewable Energies Business won a photovoltaic inverter order from a major global engineering, procurement and construction (E...

Photovoltaics panel manufacturing plant in Catania Italy's largest

Jul 8, 2011 3Sun, an equal share joint venture between Enel Green Power, Sharp and STMicroelectronics, opened its photovoltaics panel manufacturing site in Cat...

Solarbuzz: Don't expect demand rebound from inventory, pricing flux

Jul 5, 2011 Weak demand in Europe has led to rising inventory levels and prices going down -- but one analyst argues that demand won't necessarily pick up agai...

Photovoltaics Wire News

Lighting Improvement Solicitation Issued for New Jersey Transit Authority

Tue, Jul 12, 2011

WASHINGTON, July 13 -- The state of New Jersey issued the following solicitation notice for the New Jersey Transit Authority office:

Applied Materials Highlights Innovations for Semiconductor Manufacturing at Semicon West 2011 - Showcases Eight New Products

Tue, Jul 12, 2011

-BlueChip Energy, LLC to launch 40 MW Sorrento Solar Farm project at Intersolar North America

Tue, Jul 12, 2011 International Resource News - 12 July 2011 BlueChip Energy, LLC (BCE) a fully integrated solar energy provider for utility, commercial, and reside...

Solaria signs EUR 20m project finance deal for Fuenmayor solar plant

Tue, Jul 12, 2011 (ADP Renewable Energy Track) - Jul 11, 2011 - Spanish solar panel maker Solaria Energia y Medio Ambiente (MCE:SLR) has inked a EUR-20-million (USD ...

TeaM Energy eyes more than 50 MW of RE projects\x{200f}

Tue, Jul 12, 2011 Power producer TeaM Energy Philippines, a joint venture of Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Marubeni Corp., is eyeing to put up more than 50 megawatts ...

WIPO ASSIGNS PATENT FOR "SOLAR PANEL TUBE" (ITALIAN INVENTORS)

Tue, Jul 12, 2011

GENEVA, July 12 -- Publication No. WO/2011/080563 was published on July 07.

Title of the invention: "SOLAR PANEL TUBE."

USPTO ISSUES TRADEMARK: GENNEX

Tue, Jul 12, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 12 -- The trademark GENNEX (Reg. No. 3988004; International Reg. No 1045908) was issued on July 5 by the USPTO.

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Getting bearish: Analyst cut back 2011 SCE, but improve 2012

A handful of industry watchers are lowering their 2011 outlooks for semiconductor capital spending, betting that there's more bad news ahead -- but 2012 might not be as bad as feared.The bad news? SCE orders, which have been on a downward slide, n... Read More>>

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    Getting bearish: Analyst cut back 2011 SCE, but improve 2012

    A handful of industry watchers are lowering their 2011 outlooks for semiconductor capital spending, betting that there's more bad news ahead -- but 2012 might not be as bad as feared.The bad news? ...

    NCCAVS Junction Technology Group Meeting at SEMICON West

    Be sure to check out this annual event. This year, it will be held Thursday, July 14, 8:30AM-5:00PM in Moscone Center, South Mezzanine, Room 250. The topic is semiconductor and solar junction techn...

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    Check out our Intersolar North America 2011 live tradeshow coverage: News, interviews, and video from Intersolar North America in San Francisco.

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    Photovoltaics Events

    Intersolar North America 2011

    San Francisco, CA
    Jul 12, 2011 - Jul 14, 2011

    Advanced Energy B2B Conference and Expo

    Akron, OH
    Sep 14, 2011 - Sep 15, 2011

    RETECH 2011

    Washington, DC
    Sep 20, 2011 - Sep 22, 2011

    SOLARCON India 2011

    Hyderabad, India
    Nov 9, 2011 - Nov 11, 2011

    BIPV Expo 2011

    Shanghai, China
    Nov 21, 2011 - Nov 23, 2011

    Energy Storage Trends Blog

    This blog is focused on battery technology and other types of energy storage that are used for load leveling/stabilization and as back-up power for renewable energy.

    Energy Storage is Key for Commercial Buildings

    According to a new report from Pike Research, the market for energy storage in commercial buildings is poised for significant growth in the years ahead. Why? The market momentum toward greater ener...

    Exclusive Podcast Interviews

    Dan Armbrust, president & CEO of SEMATECH and the US Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC)

    07/11/2011 Dan Armbrust describes the objectives of the PVMC, how it originated, and its relationship with the DOE's SunShot initiative. He also explains why ...

    KLAC gets to root cause of solar yield loss with new product

    06/06/2011 June 6, 2011 -- KLA-Tencor (KLAC) debuted an integrated product to help solar photovoltaics (PV) cell manufacturers improve production yield. FabVi...

    Scaling CdTe PV to HVM: PrimeStar Solar (GE) interview

    05/03/2011 May 3, 2011 -- Speaking at the MRS Spring Meeting (4/27-29, 2011), Dr. Fred Seymour, VP of technology at PrimeStar Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary...

    NIST's work on 3D effects in CdTe/CdS PV devices

    05/02/2011 May 2, 2011 -- Dr. Daniel Josell, a metallurgist at NIST, presented paper #C2.4 ("Fabrication and performance of dual back-contact thin film p...

    Maryland eyes jobs from renewables projects

    03/21/2011 Elaine McCubbin, Program Manager, Clean Technology and Sustainability, Office of Business Development, State of Maryland, summarizes the state of r...