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]

June 14, 2010

JA Solar and ECN join efforts to introduce high efficiency photovoltaic modules

JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd., (Nasdaq: JASO), a leading manufacturer of high-performance solar power products, announced at Intersolar Europe that it has partnered with the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) to introduce the metal wrap through (MWT) solar cell and module technology.[more]

April 15, 2010

Solland Solar announces consortium for the development of Emitter Wrap Through (EWT) Solar Cells

Led by Solland Solar, a Dutch consortium further comprising Sunergy, Levitech and ECN, started a joint three-year project to develop high-efficiency back-contact solar cells based on the so-called emitter wrap through (EWT) cell concept. The ‘Newton’ (New EWT Of the Netherlands) project is funded...[more]

March 23, 2010

Large-scale production announced of high-efficiency solar cells developed by Yingli, Amtech and ECN

Yingli Green Energy Holding, one of the world’s leading vertically integrated photovoltaic product manufacturers, announced a 300MW manufacturing capacity expansion for n-type monocrystalline silicon cells and modules in China. The new production lines will be designed to produce next generation...[more]

February 22, 2010

Research project Silicon-Light aims at better and cheaper solar cells on foil

Lead by the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), a consortium of seven European partners and one Chinese university collaborate in a new solar cell research project with the name Silicon-Light. This project has started on January 1 of 2010 and will last for three years. The aim of this...[more]

January 20, 2010

HIFLEX for new low-cost scalable Organic Photovoltaics applications

On 1 January 2010 the European research project "HIFLEX" was launched. Over the next three years a European consortium comprising five research institutes and two industrial companies aims to jointly develop a technology for highly flexible Organic Photovoltaics (OPV) modules, which will allow the...[more]

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