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November 7, 2011

Market incentives needed to tap into huge PV potential

In response to an article on the bankruptcy of the American company Solyndra, published in the Economist of 15 October, Wim Sinke speaks up for our eastern neighbours. Human-induced climate change requires a quick response. The technology that offers the largest potential, i.e. solar energy,...[more]

October 5, 2011

SunDay 2011: the latest practical and R&D developments in the field of solar energy

On Wednesday 12 October Agentschap NL, the Energy Research centre of the Netherlands (ECN), the FOM Foundation and Shell Research will host SunDay for the third time. What are the latest developments and innovations in the large-scale deployment of solar energy and in R&D?[more]

September 5, 2011

Wim Sinke honoured with prestigious award for outstanding merits in PV

On 5 September, Prof. Dr. Wim Sinke, senior Staff member Programme & Strategy Solar Energy at the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), received the prestigious “Becquerel Prize” at the 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition in Hamburg, Germany. The European PV...[more]

September 5, 2011

Solliance and imec join forces in thin film PV R&D

Imec and Solliance today announce that imec will be a full partner of Solliance and will integrate its thin film PV R&D efforts in Solliance. With imec as a partner, Solliance aims to be an R&D cluster bringing thin film solar energy technology to excellence. The announcement will be celebrated at...[more]

September 5, 2011

World’s first MWT-mono IEC certified module

During the upcoming PV SEC, Eurotron will show the world's first MWT-mono IEC-61215 certified module on their booth (Hall A4 / Booth A16). This module has been developed and produced by TSC Solar BV, The Netherlands. It shows a 19% cell efficiency resulting in an impressive encapsulated module...[more]

September 5, 2011

How to make efficient solar cells from impure materials

Most solar cells are made from crystalline silicon. These solar cells are the most efficient available on the market. Crystalline silicon is expensive because it has to be very pure to make efficient solar cells from it. Unfortunately, nobody knows exactly hów pure and that is why manufacturers...[more]

February 14, 2011

Consortium receives millions from EC for roof-integrated photovoltaic system

Roofing with integrated PV cells; this is what the European project PV-GUM is all about. Next to trade and industry, among which the Belgian roofing company Derbigum, Dutch knowledge institutes ECN and KEMA are also involved in this project. The project, which requires a total investment of over 11...[more]

February 9, 2011

‘The cooperation in EERA should lead to an accelerated development of PV technology’

Kick-off EERA-PV - On Monday 7 February the kick-off meeting of EERA-PV took place in Amsterdam with 50 participants from 23 European research institutes and universities. [more]

December 13, 2010

Dutch Province of Brabant to invest in solar energy

A large investment in the development of solar energy in Southeast Brabant is to bring this region to the number one position in the field of solar energy and innovation in Europe. This is the ambition of knowledge institutes, businesses and authorities. On 13 December 2010, Solliance, KIC...[more]

August 30, 2010

ECN receives IEC Certification for Metal Wrap Through Solar Panels

ECN, the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands, announces that it has achieved the IEC 61215 industry standard certification for their Metal Wrap Through (MWT) module technology, in collaboration with and on behalf of an undisclosed solar PV company. The certification is the first milestone of...[more]

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