PV Modules

Did Suniva just start a global trade war? A quick summary [Updated with SEIA’s statement]

Did Suniva just start a global trade war? A quick summary [Updated with SEIA’s statement]

April 27, 2017 at 9:32 am 0 comments

It started with the Suniva bankruptcy earlier this month. Well, that’s not quite true because U.S.-based solar manufacturers have been crying foul regarding unfair competition from cell and module imports for awhile, but after filing for chapter 11, Suniva hit the button and filed a petition for global safeguards underRead More

Rayton Solar’s innovative PV panel production process will deliver first system in 2017

Rayton Solar’s innovative PV panel production process will deliver first system in 2017

April 26, 2017 at 1:06 pm 0 comments

Phoenix Nuclear Labs (PNL) has signed a long-term agreement to be the exclusive supplier of high current proton accelerators to California-based Rayton Solar to produce low cost, high efficiency solar panels. Under the terms of the agreement, PNL will deliver the first system to Rayton at the end of 2017,Read More

PV cost reduction: Germany’s M10 Industries boosts its crystalline solar cell soldering speed

PV cost reduction: Germany’s M10 Industries boosts its crystalline solar cell soldering speed

April 20, 2017 at 12:21 pm 0 comments

With its Kubus tabber-stringer, M10 Industries AG from Freiburg, Germany, has once again achieved a new performance record in the industrial soldering of crystalline solar cells and has set a new standard. With 5,500 cells per hour and unique plant availability (uptime) of 98 percent, Kubus is the only tabber-stringerRead More

This new Silver-on-Aluminum paste could boost PV cell efficiency

This new Silver-on-Aluminum paste could boost PV cell efficiency

April 18, 2017 at 9:15 am 0 comments

PLANT PV, a photovoltaic materials innovator, sent word about a breakthrough that enables solar cell manufacturers to capture greater solar cell power output and with no added investment cost for cell producers. “For 20 years the industry has had to accept an efficiency loss from printing silver bus bars directlyRead More

A simpler method for purifying silicon could cut energy use in purification by two thirds. Photo credit: Silicor Materials.

How up-steam improvements in module manufacturing could impact the solar industry

April 13, 2017 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Lower costs and a better environmental track record benefit the entire solar industry. Yet downstream solar is where cost reduction opportunities often seem the largest and where environmental sustainability pressures appear most acute. Developers are faced with a range of options for bringing down the cost of solar. They alsoRead More

SolarWorld speaks out on Chinese trade impact on U.S. solar module manufacturing

SolarWorld speaks out on Chinese trade impact on U.S. solar module manufacturing

April 10, 2017 at 9:08 am 1 comment

SolarWorld is one of the country’s largest crystalline-silicon solar manufacturers, and it has concerns about the influence of China’s trade strategy in the solar sector, the glut it is created and the quality of the products forming that glut. Here is the complete release sent out by SolarWorld: China’s tradeRead More

FAFCO crowdfunding its new solar electric, solar thermal combo system

FAFCO crowdfunding its new solar electric, solar thermal combo system

April 5, 2017 at 1:22 pm 0 comments

FAFCO has been around since 1969 in the solar thermal manufacturing space and is taking its latest brainchild to crowdfunding. The concept they are looking to crowdfund is CoolPV — an enhanced solar electric panel that generates electricity and heats water using the same panel on the same valuable solar roof space. BecauseRead More

Yingli uses new n-type solar cell production process to improve bifacial efficiency

Yingli uses new n-type solar cell production process to improve bifacial efficiency

April 4, 2017 at 8:32 am 0 comments

Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. says it has produced the first interdigitated back contact (IBC) n-type solar cells based on 6-inch wafers at an industrial pilot line within just three months by adopting the new production process co-developed by Dutch research center ECN and equipment manufacturer Tempress. The production processRead More

Solar cell update: Inside Solar-Tectic’s patent on new perovskite, crystalline silicone thin film tandem

Solar cell update: Inside Solar-Tectic’s patent on new perovskite, crystalline silicone thin film tandem

March 29, 2017 at 8:34 am 0 comments

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded a patent to Solar-Tectic LLC (ST) for a tin perovskite/crystalline silicon thin film tandem solar cell has been allowed by  (USPTO). The patent, the first for a perovskite layer on crystalline silicon thin-film (tandem), covers all non-toxic perovskites and inorganic materials. The inventorRead More

Solaria Corp. approved to join CALSEIA

Solaria Corp. approved to join CALSEIA

March 28, 2017 at 1:45 pm 0 comments

Solaria Corp., global provider of solar module technologies, has become the newest member of the nation’s largest state solar power trade association, the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA). “We are proud to have Solaria join CALSEIA to support its mission of expanding the use of clean, solar technologies throughoutRead More

 
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