Solar and Concentrated PV

Emcore Corporation Delivers 1 Millionth Solar Cell to Space Systems/Loral

Emcore Corporation of Albuquerque, New Mexico USA, announced that it recently delivered its 1 millionth high-efficiency, multi-junction solar cell to Space Systems/Loral (SS/L). In total Emcore will have delivered more than a megawatt of power into spa…

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First Solar Acquires 50 MWAC Macho Springs Project from Element Power Solar

First Solar of Tempe, Arizona USA, reports that it has acquired the 50-megawattAC (MW) Macho Springs Solar project that Element Power Solar developed in Luna County, New Mexico USA. When complete, it will be the state’s largest solar power project. The photovoltaic (PV) solar project is expected to be completed …

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XsunX Begins CIGSolar® CIS Processing

XsunX, Inc. of Irvine, California USA, the developer of CIGSolar®, a patent-pending solar cell manufacturing process, reports having begun processing CIS films with its recently completed CIGSolar® TFPV solar cell evaporation system. The comp…

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MicroTech Launches Solar Thin Film Production Tool

MicroTech of Fremont, California USA, a Silicon Valley wet process station supplier, has launched a product line specifically designed for high throughput processing of thin film solar cells. These cells can reportedly produce substantial cost reduction and cell integration by processing an entire array of solar cells on a single …

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Empa Scientists Achieve 20.4 Percent Efficiency with CIGS on Flexible Polymer

Scientists at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, have developed CIGS thin film solar cells on flexible polymer foils with a new record efficiency of 20.4% for converting sunlight into electricity. A team led by  Ayodhya N. Tiwari, made a large improvement over the previous record …

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Zephyr Photonics Launches Semiconductor Fabrication and Foundry Business Unit

Zephyr Photonics, Inc.,  of Zephyr Cove, Nevada USA, announced the launch of its Semiconductor Fabrication and Foundry Services (SFFS) business unit. The company, a manufacturer of harsh environment, optical interconnect solutions for intelligence, defense, aerospace, energy and industrial applications, has a 10,000 square foot cleanroom with growth, processing, testing, and …

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