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What are solar panels?
Solar panels are solar photovoltaic modules/arrays that use solar cells to convert light from the sun into electricity. The term is sometimes used to refer to solar thermal collectors that use the sun's energy to heat water or other fluids.
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2009-04-01 Winners and losers of the solar cell market
Several factors have converged over the past several months that will impact the solar cell market, according to a report by The Information Network. Here's a summary of the winners and losers in the solar cell market based on the recent study of the research firm
2009-05-11 Vietnam opens first solar panel plant
Vietnam has recently opened the country's first solar cell panel manufacturing facility in southern Long An Province, with an annual capacity of 5MW.
2011-09-01 Understanding inverters' role in the solar industry
Learn how solar inverters can eventually pave the way for further development of future energy-harvesting systems
2009-08-17 TSMC invests $50M on solar plans
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd is moving forward with its plans to enter the solar sector and confirmed its capital spending plans
2015-08-31 TSMC brings the curtain down on solar biz
The company said its 100 per cent subsidiary TSMC Solar will cease manufacturing operations at the end of August 2015, but would honour all product warranties and offer jobs to all affected workers
2008-07-09 Toyota to make Prius hybrids 'greener' with solar panels
Responding to the increasing demand for "green" cars, Toyota Motor is set to install solar panels on some Prius hybrids in its next remodeling, a person with direct knowledge of the matter disclosed
2014-06-27 Tofu component helps cut cost of solar panels
Magnesium chloride, an ingredient used to make bean curd or tofu, is low cost, easily obtainable, and can simply be substituted for cadmium chloride in creating solar panels
2009-04-20 Taiwan taps SunFab for solar panel production
Green Energy Technology Inc. Ltd (GET) has certified its SunFab Thin Film Line, supplied by Applied Materials Inc., for the production of Taiwan's largest solar photovoltaic panels
2010-10-21 Switch increases solar cell efficiency
The integrated low-loss power switch and precision controller from STMicroelectronics replaces bypass diodes, thus protecting the energy that would have been lost in each diode.
2009-11-11 Suntech, Huadian build solar plant in Jiangsu
Suntech will develop a 10MW solar power plant in Dongtai, Jiangsu Province in conjunction with partner Huadian New Energy
2010-10-12 Suntech opens first US solar panel plant
Suntech facility to eventually produce 120MW of solar cells annually
2010-03-10 SunPower, Toshiba ink 32MW solar supply deal
Under a strategic supply agreement, Toshiba Corp. will order 32 megawatts of high-efficiency solar panels from SunPower Corp. in 2010
2010-04-28 SunPower, Flextronics build solar plant in Silicon Valley
SunPower Corp. has partnered with Flextronics to begin manufacturing solar panels in Milpitas, California by the end of this year
2010-06-29 SunPower solar cell touts 24.2% efficiency
SunPower Corp. has produced a full-scale solar cell with sunlight to electricity conversion efficiency of 24.2 percent at its manufacturing plant in the Philippines
2014-09-19 SPCG, Kyocera to set up solar panel facility in Thailand
The $31 million solar panel facility will have 1MW of solar manufacturing capacity per year, and scheduled for commercial operations in 2015.
2008-09-16 South Korea, Germany shine brighter than U.S. in solar energy
It's a sunnier climate for solar equipment makers in Germany and South Korea than in the beach state of California in the United States, according to presentations from leaders of the three hot spots competing for global investment from the emerging green tech industry
2008-09-12 South Korea enters PV solar market
South Korean display giants including Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics will join the global rush to make photovoltaic solar cells starting next year, accelerating a cost reduction drive that some say will look like the DRAM market on steroids
2009-02-18 Solar-powered handsets, anyone
Eco-friendly solar-powered cellphones are set to be one of the more light-hearted talking points at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain
2008-10-07 Solar vendors strive to lower costs amid setbacks
Amid uncertain markets and policies, solar panel makers are gearing up factories with an objective of pulling down costs to a competitive level.
2008-10-10 Solar tech eases PV installation, lowers expenses
Solyndra has released a new solar system that consists of panels and mounting hardware designed for commercial rooftops
2009-05-25 Solar panels to dim and shine
A new report from IC Insights states that thin-film solar panels are expected to increase their share of the total volume of photovoltaic devices sold over the next five years, up from 14 percent last year to 27 percent in 2013
2009-11-20 Solar panels set out on road to recovery
The rise in solar-panel installations in Germany mitigated the severe oversupply situation besetting the industry this year.
2013-07-09 Solar panels get a splash of colour
Together with a Fraunhofer team and scientists from the Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena, optics specialists are looking to increase the efficiency of solar panels and their design flexibility
2010-03-02 Solar panels boast 8.58% conversion efficiency
Anwell's thin-film solar panels have been certified to have a conversion efficiency of 8.58 percent by the Quality Supervision & Testing Center of Chemical & Physical Power Sources of the Ministry of Information Industry of China (Testing Center
2009-10-08 Solar panels blend in with asphalt
The technology integrates low-cost, thin-film CIGS photovoltaic cells with the roofing shingle design.
2009-03-23 Solar panel market to face slowdown in '09
Sales of solar energy panels amounted to 5.6GW in 2008, up 48 percent on 2007, but the global economic crisis will result in newly installed solar capacity reaching only 7.1GW in 2009, equivalent to a global growth rate of 26 percent, before the strong growth resumes in 2010
2011-11-10 Solar panel firm details cost-cutting plan
SunPower's planned restructuring in 4Q11 is hoped to reduce operating expenses by as much as 10 percent next year.
2009-10-30 Solar panel achieves 20.4% total area efficiency
SunPower has produced a full-sized solar panel with a 20.4 percent total area efficiency.
2008-11-13 Solar markets: Highlighting PV technology
It has been shown that solar energy harvesting will soon go mainstream, but it's not clear which of the many diverse technologies vying for dominance in this emerging market will take precedence
2009-11-18 Solar industry players start to fall
In September of this year, The Information Network predicted that half of solar manufacturers would not survive through 2010
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