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19.12.2017

Vast PV expansion 2017

In 2017, global photovoltaic expansion could reach a magnitude of approximately 100 gigawatts. This is the result of a forecast by the market researchers at Bernreuter Research, for which, among other things, the global polysilicon production and PV demand in the most important markets were evaluated. As in the previous year, the largest market is by far China with an additional 52 gigawatts (2016: 35 GW). The USA remain the second largest market with 12.5 gigawatts (previous year: 15 GW).

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19.12.2017

Figure of month: 15 billion

Electricity generation from wind and solar power plants in Germany in October was almost 15 billion kilowatt hours. This is the highest value ever achieved so far. In November, wind energy generated 10.3 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in Germany, the second-best month of the year. The total production from 2016 has already been significantly exceeded.

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18.10.2017

Figure of month: 22.3

World record: Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) increased the efficiency of multicrystalline silicon cells, which convert sunlight into electrical energy, to more than 22 percent. The record was made possible by high-purity silicon and the alignment of crystallization and cell process steps to the requirements of the starting material. In addition, a newly developed technology for back-contacting was of great importance.

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