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Researchers at RIKEN develop efficient and durable ultrathin organic solar cell

Scientists from the RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research and RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science have succeeded, in collaboration with international partners, in creating an ultrathin organic solar cell that is both highly efficient and durable.

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China’s GS-Solar to aquire a majority stake in Panasonic’s Malaysian solar cell factory and setting up a JV in Japan

Panasonic Corporation announced it has reached an agreement with GS-Solar (China) Company Ltd. to collaborate in the photovoltaic business. Under the agreement, Panasonic will transfer its solar manufacturing subsidiary, Panasonic Energy Malaysia, to GS-Solar, while separating its photovoltaic research and development function in order to establish a new company with the Chinese partner. Panasonic and GS-Solar will jointly operate and invest in this new company in Japan.

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Sonnedix achieves financial close on 36.4MW Kurayoshi solar PV plant in Japan and will begin construction

Sonnedix Power Holdings Ltd. announced that Sonnedix Japan K.K.  has obtained financial close on a JPY 14.2 billion (EUR 113.9 million) project financing with Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited (SMTB) for the 36.4 MW Kurayoshi solar PV plant.

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Equis Commissions 29.5 MW Solar Project in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan

Equis Energy (Equis), Asia‐Pacific’s largest renewable energy Independent Power Producer, has commissioned a 29.5 MW solar project in Nihonmatsu City in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

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Solar Asset Management Asia to shed light on how to run solar assets and portfolios in Japan

Japan witnessed the first drop in solar panel shipment during Q2 2015 since 2012, which may signal the onset of slower yet stabler growth of PV installations in the decades to follow. Nonetheless, Japan still remains as the second largest PV market in 2015 with 9 GWp cumulative capacity, outrunning that of the US and 18.4% higher than the combined capacity of UK, Germany and India, according to IHS.

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