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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
2014-05-06 Vietnam zooms in on solar energy development
While demands for solar-powered equipment continue to move upward, local solar manufacturers have been suffering badly, mainly from the country's drive to use advanced technologies regardless of where they come from
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
2003-11-27 Uni-Solar adopts SatCon power converters
Uni-Solar has selected SatCon Technology Corp.'s PowerGate Power Converter System for integration into its photovoltaic power generation systems
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
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.
2009-12-15 Toshiba bags Tokyo Electric solar contract
Toshiba Corp. has won a contract to develop a solar power generation project for Tokyo Electric Power Co. Inc
2009-03-03 Tokyo Electron, Oerlikon Solar team up for PV
Tokyo Electron (TEL), global supplier of semiconductor production equipment, has formed a strategic alliance with Oerlikon Solar, a supplier of thin-film silicon photovoltaic (PV) production equipment
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.
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.
2010-03-15 SunPower, K6 build 1MW solar plants in Italy
SunPower Corp. and K6 S.a.S. have partnered to set up two 1MW photovoltaic solar power plants in the Puglia region, Italy
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.
2008-07-14 SunPower to build 35MW solar power plants in U.S
SunPower Corp. has been selected by Florida Power & Light Co. to build the largest U.S. solar photovoltaic power plantan installation to include a 25MW power plant in Florida and a 10MW project at the Kennedy Space Center
2008-07-28 SunPower enters Australian solar market via acquisition
SunPower Corp. has completed the acquisition of Australian integrator and distributor, Solar Sales
2010-08-06 SunPower completes largest solar power tracking system in Australia
SunPower Corp. announces its completion of a 505KW solar power installation for Horizon Power, a government-owned utility providing power to remote and regional communities and resource operations in Western Australia
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
2008-01-28 South Korea eyes growing solar energy market
South Korea Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy said the country is ready to take a bite into the growing solar energy market with its steady technological gains and improvements in manufacturing
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
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
2008-07-18 Solar thermal tech soars as alternative energy
Solar thermal technology that attempts to harness the efficient phase change from water to steam is emerging as the preferred alternative energy technology in the race to replace fossil fuels with sustainable energy sources
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).
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