Swiss - Inno HJT Project: Paving the way for the produc tion of high - performance solar cells

The Meyer Burger Group and CSEM, with support from the Swiss Federal Office of Energy and of the Canton of Neuchâtel, will strengthen Switzerland's position as leader for technological innovation in the photovoltaic sector and ensure its competitiveness as a major equipment provider in the international photovoltaic industry. The key is called hetero-junction silicon technology.

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First report on CSEM\'s photovoltaics activities

One year on from its launch, the CSEM Photovoltaics Center is looking back on a very positive first year and confident about the future of solar energy.

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Two awards for PV-Lab

Chorafas Foundation Award 2013 for Karin Söderström. more

"Dupont des Matériaux" Award 2013 for Peter Cuony. more

Solar Award for Meyer Burger

Meyer Burger receives the International Solar Award in the category Industry Development for its modules Atacama Slate.



First solar-powered flight

The AtlantikSolar prototype UAV completed its first solar-powered flight on September 5th, 2013. Two 1-hour long test flights were performed, during which the newly installed lightweight solar system was tested w.r.t its electrical and structural characteristics and its influence on the aerodynamics of the AtlantikSolar prototype. The tests showed a successful charging of the on-board batteries during flight. In the upcoming days, we will be performing a detailed verification of the test data gathered. The next step will then be to extend the duration of the solar-powered flights in order to reach the goal of performing a ~12h flight in late September/October. Check out the pictures from yesterday's flight and stay tuned for updates on our flights!


Germany sets new solar power record

German solar energy plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour - equal to 20 nuclear power plants at full capacity - through the midday hours on Friday and Saturday, the head of a renewable energy think tank said.

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Barack Obama puts solar at forefront of ‘assault' on climate change

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CSEM technology transfer and the case of photovoltaics in Switzerland, 30.05.2013, Neuchâtel

CSEM is building up a national PV-center which will play a leading role in this long term shift, especially now that residential grid parity is within reach for PV rooftop systems.

Speakers from CSEM and industry will explain the actual status of PV in Switzerland, both from the R&D as from the production perspective.



Work begins at CSEM's Photovoltaic Systems Center

The new Photovoltaic Systems Center became operational at the beginning of the year in Neuchâtel as a new division of CSEM. Dedicated to applied research and technology transfer in the domain of solar energy, it has received CHF 19M of funding from the Swiss government for the period 2013-2016.

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New world record efficiency for thin film silicon solar cells

EPFL's Institute of Microengineering has reached a remarkable 10.7% efficiency single-junction microcrystalline silicon solar cell, clearly surpassing the previous world record of 10.1% held by the Japanese company Kaneka Corporation since 1998. Such significant efficiency, independently certified by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE CalLab PV Cells), was achieved in addition with less than 2 micrometers of photovoltaic active material.


100 GW of Solar PV Now Installed in the World Today

Cumulative global installed solar PV capacity has topped the 100-gigawatt (GW) milestone, according to preliminary numbers from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA).


Searching for the ultimate low-priced solar cell

TREASORES EU research project led by Empa

Searching for the ultimate low-priced solar cell

The EU research project, "TREASORES", got under way on 1 November. The 14 project partners will receive some nine million euros over the next three years for the development of favourably priced production technologies for large-scale organic electronics, for example for light panels and solar cells. TREASORES is being led by Frank Nüesch, Head of Empa's "functional polymers" department.

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Award for a PV-Lab researcher

Dr. Battaglia receives the ZKS award for his innovative experimental contributions and his remarkable publications in the field of light management for the realisation of thin film solar cells with higher performances.

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New record for photovoltaic solar cells from IMT

This week, EPFL's Institute of Microengineering presented in Frankfurt "hybrid" photovoltaic cells with an energy conversion efficiency of 21.4%, the highest obtained for the type of substrate they used. This breakthrough will contribute to lower the cost of solar cell based installations.

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New record in performance for Meyer Burger modules

Meyer Burger achieves record 303 watt solar module in production conditions.

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27th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition

The 27th EU PVSEC will take place in Frankfurt, Germany, from 24 to 28 September 2012.

The EU PVSEC hosting community on the global PV fairgrounds Messe Frankfurt (Conference 24 to 28 September 2012 - Exhibition 25 to 28 September 2012).

The Swiss Solar Technology Cluster will participate in the event.

1st. November: national Symposium on industrial high-temperature solar energy

Industrial High-Temperature Solar Energy

Symposium 2012 - Training and education activities on concentrating solar technologies in Europe and Switzerland



Pasan wins industry-renowned Intersolar AWARD 2012 for its new cell tester “SpotLIGHT 1sec”

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General assembly: June 21st 2012


Future of Germany's PV industry discussed


Germany: Record 40 percent solar weekend


Congratulation to the team of Planet Solar

Today, the 4th of May 2012, Planet Solar arrives in Monaco and completes its world tour of 60'000 km over all oceans with solar energy only.



nternational Workshop on Thin-Film Silicon Solar Cells

From March 19-23, 2012, the Fourth International Workshop on Thin-Film Silicon Solar Cells (IWTFSSC-4) will be held in Neuchâtel, hosted by the PV-Lab of the EPFL.



Swiss economic delegation in Abu Dhabi and Qatar

A Swiss delegation from the fields of politics, science and industry headed by Walter Steinmann, Director of the Federal Office of Energy, will tour the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar from 14 to 18 January 2012. The Federal Council has conferred the title of Secretary of State on Walter Steinmann for the duration of the visit. In addition to conducting bilateral discussions with a number of ministers from the UAE, the delegation will attend the second session of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the World Future Energy Summit 2012 in Abu Dhabi.


Best Papere Award for a researcher from the PV-Lab in Neuchâtel

Dr Despeisse and a team of researcher from the PV-Lab received the best paper award for their paper entitled "Advanced superstrates for high efficiency thin film silicon solar cells" at the 21st International Photovoltaic Science and Engineering Conference held in Japan.

11.11.2011 Visit of the Swiss PV Module Test Center by SUPSI

Visit for members of the Institut ISAAC and of the Swiss PV Module Test Center at the SUPSI, in Canobbio (TI).

Dinner in Lugano offered by the Pôle.

Travel and accommodation on your own.


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Meyer Burger – Excellent first half year 2011

Meyer Burger Technology Ltd [Ticker: MBTN] today published that it achieved strong results for the first half of 2011. The company recorded net sales of CHF 575 million in the six-month period ended 30 June 2011.

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EPFL's PV-Lab publishes in Nature Photonics

Scientists at EPFL's PV-Lab demonstrate a low-cost nanomolding technique for transferring arbitrarily designed surface morphologies directly onto transparent zinc oxide electrodes providing unprecedented flexbility for studying nanophotonic light trapping in high efficiency thin-film silicon solar cells. Their results are published in Nature Photonics.

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Big success for the solar energy event in Neuchâtel

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First 120 MW-ThinFab™ order for Oerlikon Solar

Trübbach (Switzerland), June 1, 2011 - Oerlikon Solar announced today the first order of a turnkey 120-MW-Micromorph® production line (ThinFabTM) for manufacturing thin film silicon modules. The order came from a new customer in Asia that is already active in the renewable energy sector and has decided to enter the thin film silicon technology in a large capacity. "Our customer chose Oerlikon ThinFabTM technology due to low module costs, competitive energy efficiency especially under real operational conditions, and because we offer a clean-tech, cadmium-free solution. This first 120-MW-ThinFabTM order underlines the potential of our solar business," said Helmut Frankenberger, CEO Oerlikon Solar.


3S Modultec client KISCO starts module production in record time

With the help of 3S Swiss Solar Systems, a member of Meyer Burger Technology Ltd [Ticker: MBTN], the Korean solar company, KISCO has completed the certification of its module production in Korea within a period of just a few weeks. This means that KISCO has not only achieved production start-up but also certification in record time. More

Meyer Burger announces a voluntary public takeover offer for Roth & Rau AG

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Congrès Photovoltaïque Suisse 2011

Le Congrès Swissolar Photovoltaïque Suisse 2011 se déroulera les 13 et 14 avril 2011 à Fribourg dans le cadre d'Energissima sous le slogan «10% d'électricité solaire d'ici à 2025!».

Pasan has commissioned photovoltaic sun simulators at Europe's leading PV organizations

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Meyer Burger wins another large order of over CHF 160 million in Asia

Meyer Burger has successfully concluded a large contract of overCHF 160 million for wire saws with an existing customer in Asia. The wire saws are scheduled to be delivered during 2011.

Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) announced today that the group member MB Wafertec (Meyer Burger Ltd) successfully concluded a large contract for the supply of slurry based wire saws with an existing customer in Asia. This customer plans a further increase in production and puts its trust in the high-tech equipment and process know-how of Meyer Burger.

Peter Pauli, CEO Meyer Burger Technology Ltd says: "We are proud that our customer continuously puts its trust in our advanced equipment as well as our expertise and experience. This underlines our commitment to deliver the highest quality at best cost of ownership in the industry." 

ETH Zurich organizes on March 24-25 a workshop on SOLAR FUELS & MATERIALS

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Meyer Burger wins order for over CHF 40 million with a new customer in Asia

Meyer Burger has successfully concluded a contract of over CHF 40 million with a new customer in Asia. The contract includes slicing, bricking, and automated gluing systems. The equipment is scheduled to be delivered during 2011.

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