PV Modules

Trends and best practices for buying and installing solar PV modules. Coverage includes mono and poly crystalline, silicone, high-efficiency modules, PERC, bi-facial.

Graphite could play a big role in the solar, storage industries

Graphite could play a big role in the solar, storage industries

November 5, 2018 at 11:41 am 0 comments

An already burgeoning solar power industry faces another significant boost thanks to one widely used and long-valued material—graphite. Why is that? For one, graphite is crucial to silicon production. Its resistance to extreme heat makes it ideal for manufacturing the crucibles and moulds used to make silicon, as well asRead More

Can solar panels reach 50-year lifespans? These researchers are working on it

Can solar panels reach 50-year lifespans? These researchers are working on it

October 30, 2018 at 9:00 am 0 comments

A team of solar energy researchers from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, has been awarded $1.35 million from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office to continue its work toward increasing the efficiency and lifetime of photovoltaic modules—specifically aimed at pushing their lifespan to 50 years.Read More

Department of Energy awards $1.25 million to kWh Analytics to better quantify degradation rates

Department of Energy awards $1.25 million to kWh Analytics to better quantify degradation rates

October 29, 2018 at 11:13 am 0 comments

Understanding degradation rates is important for the PV industry, along the entire value chain. According to the 2018 PV Innovation Roadmap, a DOE-conducted survey of 89 companies and researchers, better understanding of the degradation rate was cited as the single biggest need under “Reliability and Durability,” which itself was theRead More

GlobalData: U.S. solar developers to benefit from China’s solar subsidy cuts

GlobalData: U.S. solar developers to benefit from China’s solar subsidy cuts

October 24, 2018 at 8:39 am 0 comments

The move by China in May this year to slash subsidies for domestic utility-scale solar projects will ultimately benefit developers in the United States that rely on imported solar panels, resulting in revived projects that stalled out in 2018 and more jobs, says data and analytics company GlobalData. We knowRead More

Soltec is testing for all bifacial tracking variables at its new evaluation center in Livermore, Calif.

Bifacial Gains: How much will bifacial modules add to solar tracker value? We are about to find out

October 23, 2018 at 8:00 am 4 comments

We are on the verge of the bifacial solar tracker era. Projects are being quoted with many starting to break ground later this year and early 2019. Only two issues remain in the way of serious wide-spread adoption. First is the price of bifacial modules, which sits at about 30Read More

Heraeus Photovoltaics says its ‘selectively coated ribbons’ improve solar module power gains

Heraeus Photovoltaics says its ‘selectively coated ribbons’ improve solar module power gains

October 22, 2018 at 11:44 am 0 comments

Heraeus Photovoltaics, a technology solution provider for the renewable energy industry, formed a joint manufacturing and sales partnership with Ulbrich Solar Technologies t0 manufacture and market the new Heraeus line of patented advanced Selectively Coated Ribbons (SCR) for module manufacturing customers. PV ribbons play an important role in the manufacture ofRead More

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How a sealant pump reduced solar panel waste by 50 percent

October 18, 2018 at 1:33 pm 1 comment

Based in Shanghai, China, Shanghai Shengpu entered the solar market in 2008 and is a primary developer of systems solar manufacturers use to dispense sealant that bonds solar panels together. While Shanghai Shengpu’s dispensing systems are prevalent in the solar industry, its systems are also prominent in the gas andRead More

Titan Solar Power partners with Silfab Solar for module deployment

Titan Solar Power partners with Silfab Solar for module deployment

October 18, 2018 at 11:13 am 0 comments

Silfab Solar announced a new partnership with PM&M Electric, Inc. – doing business as Titan Solar Power, one of the nation’s 2018 top solar rooftop contractor. Titan Solar’s initial commitment includes the Silfab 300 W and 320 W modules, and are expected to represent a good portion of Titan’s more thanRead More

Largest landfill solar project in U.S. procures REC Solar panels

Largest landfill solar project in U.S. procures REC Solar panels

October 15, 2018 at 10:23 am 0 comments

REC Group, the leading European brand for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, is powering the Annapolis Solar Park in Annapolis, Md. Designed and constructed by EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions, the 18.1 MW large system is expected to generate 24,000 MWh annually, enough to power 2,200 average US households. The installation withRead More

Sunflare debuts new lightweight PV solution for parking structures

Sunflare debuts new lightweight PV solution for parking structures

September 24, 2018 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

Sunflare is a light, thin, rugged solar system that is changing the residential solar roof concept and ready to do the same for parking structures. Sunflare modules are lighter than silicon, so they can go where other solar can’t. That means there’s no need for heavy steel replacement, which isRead More