PV Modules

How new solar module technology lifts efficiency, limits price

How new solar module technology lifts efficiency, limits price

November 16, 2015 at 10:00 am 8 comments

A whirlwind of new technology improvements are appearing in solar modules made by the world’s leading manufacturers, with common goals of improving performance and efficiency, while holding costs down to the bare bone. Many of these advances were touted during the recent SPI show in Anaheim, where manufacturers vied forRead More

Details on new Performance Series panels from SunPower

Details on new Performance Series panels from SunPower

November 13, 2015 at 2:13 pm 2 comments

SunPower announced the development of a new line of solar panels that it will market under the Performance Series product name. The new products utilize a proprietary manufacturing process to assemble conventional silicon solar cells into panels with increased efficiency and reliability compared with conventional panels. Designed to target aRead More

Most efficient p-type multi-crystalline solar cell? Trina Solar stakes claim

Most efficient p-type multi-crystalline solar cell? Trina Solar stakes claim

November 10, 2015 at 10:29 am 4 comments

The latest update in the solar panel efficiency showdown: Trina Solar Limited reports that its State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology of China has set a new world record for a high-efficiency p-type multi-crystalline silicon (mc-Si) solar cell. The record-breaking p-type multi-crystalline silicon solar cell was fabricated onRead More

Smart DC solar module to optimize power output, wireless communication

Smart DC solar module to optimize power output, wireless communication

November 3, 2015 at 3:27 pm 1 comment

Wuxi Suntech Power Co., produces solar products for residential, commercial, industrial and utility applications and has delivered more than 30 million PV panels, or 9 GWs, of installed capacity to more than 1,000 customers in more than 80 countries.  The company’s latest innovation is a new smart solar DC module that integrates theRead More

Trays can form to the necessary shapes by simply bending them with your hands or knees.

How to add flexibility to your solar cable management strategy

October 27, 2015 at 9:09 am Comments are Disabled

Back in 2010, Snake Tray decided to install a PV system on its own roof. At that point, Snake Tray had been a manufacturer of trays for other industries for many years, with no ties to the solar industry. But after seeing a PV system installation up close, owner RogerRead More

SunEdison licenses new high-performance (400 watt) solar modules from Solaria

SunEdison licenses new high-performance (400 watt) solar modules from Solaria

October 26, 2015 at 9:51 am 2 comments

High-efficiency PV keeps getting, well, higher. SunEdison, one of the largest global renewable energy development companies, signed a licensing deal with Solaria’s manufacturing technology to cost effectively mass produce its new line of ultra-high efficiency 400-W solar modules. “SunEdison’s solar materials team has completed the development of the new 400-W SunEdisonRead More

HULKet’s CIGS solar module passes IEC, UL tests

HULKet’s CIGS solar module passes IEC, UL tests

October 19, 2015 at 1:47 pm 3 comments

The CIGS-3000 Series module from Hulk Energy Technology Co. (HULKet) officially passed both IEC and UL certification tests and is now ready for shipping to major markets worldwide. In addition, the German Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer ISE) confirmed in July that the 3000 Series module achieves 324 WRead More

UCLA promotes advances in perovskite solar cell commercial viability

UCLA promotes advances in perovskite solar cell commercial viability

October 19, 2015 at 9:48 am 1 comment

UCLA professor Yang Yang, member of the California NanoSystems Institute, is a renowned innovator of solar cell technology whose team in recent years has developed next-generation solar cells constructed of perovskite, which has a decent efficiency converting sunlight to electricity. Despite this success, the delicate nature of perovskite — a veryRead More

Canadian Solar to build huge 47-MWp solar plant in Japan

Canadian Solar to build huge 47-MWp solar plant in Japan

October 12, 2015 at 11:39 am 6 comments

Canadian Solar Inc. signed an agreement with Mashiki Town and Kumamoto Prefecture to build a 47-MWp solar power plant. Once completed, the Mashiki solar power plant will be the largest solar plant in Kumamoto Prefecture. The Mashiki plant is expected to start commercial operation in the first quarter of 2017.Read More

NC State installs tree-like solar array from Spotlight Solar

NC State installs tree-like solar array from Spotlight Solar

October 12, 2015 at 9:34 am 2 comments

North Carolina State University demonstrated its commitment to clean energy by unveiling a student-funded, architectural solar structure by Spotlight Solar on its Centennial campus. The 1.5-kW tree-like structure will become part of NC State’s wide array of energy efficiency initiatives, including 11 other on-campus solar installations, the first dating backRead More