PV Modules

LONGi increases world record efficiency of its 120-cell half-cut mono PERC module

LONGi increases world record efficiency of its 120-cell half-cut mono PERC module

April 24, 2018 at 3:40 pm 0 comments

TÜV-SÜD announced that LONGi Solar’s 120-cell half-cut monocrystalline PERC module has exceeded 360 W, which would be a new world record for the highest power 120-cell half-cut monocrystalline PERC module. This adds to LONGi’s world record for 60-cell monocrystalline PERC module for power and conversion efficiency. LONGi’s singular focus onRead More

Solaria uses a direct contact between cells to reduce power loss as well as achieve an all-black look.

New AC module now available via Solaria, Enphase

April 23, 2018 at 10:08 am 0 comments

Enphase Energy and Solaria Corp. are teaming up to introduce an Enphase Energized AC Module, the Solaria PowerXT-AC. The Solaria PowerXT-AC features the Enphase IQ 7+ Microinverter and delivers high performance and aesthetics through Solaria’s proprietary module technology. The PowerXT-AC will be available from Soligent at locations around the U.S.Read More

Image of the crystal deformation.

Can we get more power out of a solar cell? These UK physicists think so

April 19, 2018 at 2:15 pm 0 comments

Physicists at the University of Warwick published new research in the Journal Science that could literally squeeze more power out of solar cells by physically deforming each of the crystals in the semiconductors used by photovoltaic cells. The paper entitled the “Flexo-Photovoltaic Effect” was written by Professor Marin Alexe, Ming-MinRead More

SunPower buys SolarWorld Americas to ramp up P-Series panel production

SunPower buys SolarWorld Americas to ramp up P-Series panel production

April 19, 2018 at 11:11 am 0 comments

In the latest episode of As the Solar Industry Turns, SunPower is acquiring 100 percent of SolarWorld Americas. You may recall SolarWorld Americas being one of the companies that hit a rough patch and filed a 201 trade petition that launched the #TrumpTariffs now in place. SunPower plans to injectRead More

NREL update: The puzzle of scaling perovskite solar cells (and possible solutions)

NREL update: The puzzle of scaling perovskite solar cells (and possible solutions)

April 16, 2018 at 11:23 am 0 comments

As perovskite solar cells set efficiency records and the nascent technology becomes more stable, another major challenge remains: the issue of scalability, according to researchers at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). “It is scalable,” said Kai Zhu, a materials science researcher at NREL. “We just needRead More

Solaria, Seraphim teaming up to develop, mass produce solar module technology

Solaria, Seraphim teaming up to develop, mass produce solar module technology

April 16, 2018 at 10:26 am 0 comments

Solaria Corporation, a global provider of solar module products and technologies, has entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with Jiangsu Seraphim Solar. Pursuant to the agreement, both companies will work together to develop advanced photovoltaic manufacturing technologies and implement these technologies for mass production. “Key energy industry players recognize theRead More

RdTools results show time-series data along with a year-on-year degradation distribution. The same system is analyzed with the clear-sky method (a), and sensor-based method with a poorly maintained sensor (b). In this case, high reported degradation is likely caused by sensor drift, rather than a degrading PV module

NREL promotes new solar tool to accurately calculate PV module degradation rates

April 11, 2018 at 11:01 am 0 comments

How long a product can be expected to perform at a high level is a fundamental indication of quality and durability. In the solar industry, accurately predicting the longevity of photovoltaic (PV) panels is essential to increase energy production, lower costs, and raise investor and consumer confidence. A new softwareRead More

Check out how these Sunflare solar panels blend into this standing seam roof

Check out how these Sunflare solar panels blend into this standing seam roof

April 9, 2018 at 11:50 am 0 comments

Graham Hill, founder of the sustainability-focused media outlet TreeHugger and two-time TED presenter, launched a new compact, off-grid, low-impact showcase house in Maui on a shared lot. The project – LifeEdited Maui – aims to spread the concept of living big in a small house. He’s providing a glimpse of whatRead More

Itek Energy launches first PV module packaging reuse program

Itek Energy launches first PV module packaging reuse program

April 4, 2018 at 9:11 am 0 comments

As part of a commitment to environmental stewardship, Bellingham, Wash.-based Itek Energy is piloting the first reusable PV module packaging takeback program in the United States. Looking for ways to improve shipping practices and increase the security of their product during transit, Itek adopted the European-designed EckPack system. The opportunityRead More

CertainTeed solar modules now available on Mosaic lending platform

CertainTeed solar modules now available on Mosaic lending platform

April 3, 2018 at 8:12 am 0 comments

CertainTeed’s US Series solar modules will now be available on Mosaic, the nation’s leading residential solar lending platform. Featuring 60 cell power outputs of 300W+, CertainTeed’s US Series modules are American-made using domestic and foreign components, and continually ranked among the most efficient domestically-assembled products in the solar industry. US SeriesRead More