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Second wave of major new Chinese module manufacturers coming in 2009

Current financial crisis could speed up consolidation in PV industry
by: Edwin Koot, CEO solarplaza, 31 October 2008
Source: press release

The global solar energy market in 2008 is expected to grow by 50% compared to 2007. The Chinese solar PV industry is growing rapidly and will soon be the biggest producer of solar cells and modules in the world. There are now over 100 Chinese solar module manufacturers, and even more new market players are expected in the short term. The question is: what might the current credit crisis and pessimistic economic forecasts mean for the PV market and industry in 2009? With solar modules becoming a commodity product, China will definitely be playing a key role as a major producer of solar cells and modules. However, if we look at the maturity of the PV industry right now, and what has happened in other industries, an imminent consolidation phase seems likely. That could mean that fewer producers, and only the bigger ones among them, will survive. So which companies are likely to be the winners, and be reliable business partners for the long term? (more…)

Green Light For Region’s Largest Solar Panel Plant in Dubai

by Zoe Sinclair, Dubai, 25 October 2008
Source: Khaleejtimes

The Middle East’s largest photo-voltaic manufacturing plant will be set up in Dubai’s Technopark, it was announced on Friday evening at the opening of Green Dubai World Forum 2008.  The construction of the plant will begin next month and production is expected to start in the last quarter of 2010.

Q-Cells Showcases Solar-grade Si Based Cell

by Motonobu Kawai, Nikkei Microdevices, Sept 3, 2008
Source: TechOn

Q-Cells AG of Germany exhibited a cell made of solar-grade silicon, a silicon material used only for solar cells, for the first time at the EU PVSEC (23rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition). The company aims to put the new solar cell, Q6LEP3, into practical use in 2009 or 2010 with a conversion efficiency of 16%, equivalent to that of the existing cells. (more…)

Aleo solar presents pure black high-performance modules

Sourcer: Aleo Solar AG press release/ 10 June 2008

Aleo solar today announced that it has chosen this year’s Intersolar in Munich to premiere its new pure black product range, featuring the solar modules aleo S_73 and S_77. The new module types will be available exclusively in Germany, and in performance categories ranging from 160 to 190 watts. The modules are characterized by their distinctive visual appeal: in combining a black Tedlar film with a black anodized aluminum frame, aleo solar has managed to create a pure black module that is capable of meeting the highest aesthetic requirements. (more…)

Africa’s deserts could supply solar electricity to continent: experts

June 6th, 2008 by kalyan89 in Conferences, PV-General, Solar Energy - general

Nairobi, June 5, 2008
Source: AFP

Solar power from Africa’s deserts could supply all 600 million citizens currently without electricity and even export power to Europe, a green energy conference in Nairobi heard Thursday.  The ferocious desert sun could provide the energy equivalent of 1.5 barrels of oil per square kilometre, said Gerhard Knies, project manager for Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation (TREC), at a meeting of nine African states.

Electricity from sun and heat – printing the new photovoltaics

Source: Printed Electronics World / April 16, 2008

Solar cells are needed on everything from clothing to packaging, toys, spaceships, consumer goods, medical testers, skin patches and tools. Mostly, they must be thin and flexible, lightweight, environmental and low in cost – even disposable in many cases. (more…)

PVJapan 2008 – A New Solar Power Expo and Symposium in Japan

April 16th, 2008 by kalyan89 in Conferences, Press Releases, Reports, PV-General

to be held during July 30 – Aug 1, 2008 at Tokyo, Japan
Conf. website:
Co-organized by Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA) and Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), PVJapan 2008 is a new, comprehensive solar power event in Japan dedicated to all fields of photovoltaic technology and all segments of the global solar industry. The exhibition, symposium and networking events will run from July 30 – August 31 2008 in Tokyo. (more…)

Intersolar 2008, June 12-14, 2008, Münich, Germany

April 12th, 2008 by kalyan89 in Conferences, Press Releases, Reports

Intersolar 2008, June 12-14, 2008, Münich Trade Fair Center, Germany / Europe’s largest trade show for solar technology boasts record number of exhibitors
conf. website:

Intersolar is the largest solar technology trade fair in E
urope and the annual meeting place for everyone the European and greater worldwide solar Industry. Intersolar focuses on the Photovoltaic, Solar Thermal and Solar Architecture branches. More than 850 exhibitors will be presenting their products and services across 76,000 m² of exhibitor floor space – an increase of more than 120% from 2007. This year, Intersolar expects more than 40,000 visitors. (more…)

33rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference., San Diego, CA, May 11–16, 2008.

April 12th, 2008 by kalyan89 in Conferences, Press Releases, Reports, Uncategorized
This conference will be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, May 11–16, 2008.

Deadline for paper submission: April 11, 2008
Late-News contributions are designed to accommodate recent results that are reaching the maturity that warrants presentation at the PVSC 33.  All Late-News contributions will be presented in the most appropriate poster session.

9th Forum Solarpraxis, Berlin, Nov. 2008

April 12th, 2008 by kalyan89 in Conferences, Press Releases, Reports

press release
Solar technology – Politics, Market & Finance, Marketing & Sales, November 2008 in Berlin

The Solarpraxis Forum
The Forum Solarpraxis as an established interdisciplinary, co-operative congress, brings players from the solar technology industry into contact with the worlds of politics, finance and the press. This year’s Forum Solarpraxis will once again offer talks covering the latest issues and practical experiences across all non-technical topics. Practical application of the themes together with concrete project implementation always takes the centre stage. Between talks, the Forum offers a multitude of opportunities for discussion in a relaxed atmosphere.

In times of climate change and ever more scarce resources, a large proportion of the German public clearly favours the use of renewable energies. Here, the German solar industry occupies a key position, through its know-how and its industrial capability for developing and producing solar power plant.

The Topics
The Forum Solarpraxis will take all forms of solar energy capture as themes – photovoltaics, solarthermal energy, solar cooling, solar-thermal power plants and suppliers industry – with its focus resting on the political environment, market development, as well as marketing, suppliers and finance.

The Organiser
Solarpraxis AG is an expert advisor and service provider. Since 1998, it generates and develops know how of renewable energies for companies, installers, organisations, associations, policy and public. Its engineers provide analyses, technical documentation and hotline service for customers. Its internal communications agency offers public relations, design and web services.

Solarpraxis AG produces specialist literature in eight languages and organises conferences on renewable energy.

Conference venue
Berlin Hilton, Mohrenstr. 30
D-10117 Berlin, Germany
Tel. +49 (0) 30/2023-0

Conference management
Solarpraxis AG
Tina Barroso Guerra
Zinnowitzer Str. 1, D-10115 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0) 30/726 296-301
Fax: +49 (0) 30/726 296-309

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