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TÜV Rheinland exposes inverter, battery hacking vulnerabilities

Testing from TÜV Rheinland has revealed that PV inverters and battery storage systems are vulnerable to hacking. By changing system parameters, a hacker could potentially cause a battery system to corrode, “making it like a ‘bomb’.”

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SolarWorld files for insolvency – again

Roughly seven months after its new beginning, the German solar PV manufacturer has again filed for insolvency at the District Court of Bonn – the second time in one year. SolarWorld blames the planned phasing out of anti-dumping measures by the EU Commission against Chinese competition and the further drop in prices.

A multi-layered battle

Lamination innovation: The ongoing ambition of laminator manufacturers is to develop machines that can deliver high output through a faster lamination process, while simultaneously reducing their footprint by combining several machines into one. However, an in-depth process know-how is essential in order to produce defect-free modules. Which players possess such knowledge?

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Germany’s ISFH announces 26.1% efficiency for p-type crystalline cells

The Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH) and the Leibniz Universität Hannover claim that this result is a world record for p-type silicon material, as well as a European record for crystalline silicon.

IESA, IGEF sign deal at Intersolar India to promote energy storage

India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) has signed an MoU with Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) to promote and facilitate the energy storage business in India among various German and Indian stakeholders.

India committed to its renewable energy targets, MNRE says at COP23

Panel consisting of government officials and industrialists organized discussion on ‘Innovative Financing and Market Evolution to achieve 175 GW renewables by 2022’ at the India pavilion at COP23 in Bonn. The government remains ambitious to meet its target and to follow sustainable development.

PI Berlin creates subsidiary in India

The Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin (PI Berlin) has created a new subsidiary based in Delhi to help local manufacturers provide quality assurance and consultancy relating to the planning, construction and operation of solar power plants.

ISA presents risk mitigation feasibility study for pilot 20 GW capacity

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) presents its first offering, a Common Risk Mitigation Mechanism (CRMM) feasibility study, at COP23 in Bonn, Germany, to deepen solar markets, which aims to mobilize up to $1trn of capital investment by 2030.

International Solar Alliance at COP23: Welcoming the reign of the Sun

One of the sessions at CoP23 has served as the Curtain Raiser for the ISA’s upcoming founding ceremony. It has featured presentations on ISA programs and the Common Risk Mitigation Mechanisms (CRMM) report, as well as a panel discussion on the global effort to accelerate solar energy deployment.

Bürkle presents faster lamination for crystalline modules at EU PVSEC

Bürkle has optimized its current process time for glass-backsheet and glass-glass modules by more than 20%, which will reduce the manufacturing cost per module by up to 10%, depending on the module configuration.

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