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.

Solar panel recycling market to hit $270 million by 2023

Solar panel recycling market to hit $270 million by 2023

May 23, 2018 at 9:24 am Comments are Disabled

According to the market research report published by P&S Market Research, global solar panel recycling market is projected to reach $269.8 million by 2023, increasing support of the government toward sustainable development and growing adoption of solar power as a renewable source of energy are the major factors driving theRead More

GlobalData: Top PV module provider in 2017 was JinkoSolar

GlobalData: Top PV module provider in 2017 was JinkoSolar

May 7, 2018 at 9:06 am Comments are Disabled

JinkoSolar maintained its position as top solar PV module shipment provider in 2017, says GlobalData. The company had shipments of 9.7 GW of PV modules compared to Trina Solar’s 9.1 GW. “JinkoSolar has broken a number of world records for its silicon solar cell and module technology, displaying its technologicalRead More

Update on First Solar’s new U.S. manufacturing plant

Update on First Solar’s new U.S. manufacturing plant

May 2, 2018 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Rudolph Libbe Inc., of the Rudolph Libbe Group, will serve as design/build contractor for First Solar Inc.’s new $400 million solar module manufacturing facility in Lake Township, Ohio. Construction is expected to begin in mid-2018 on the 1 million-square-foot facility, which will manufacture Series 6 thin-film PV modules and tripleRead More

CertainTeed showcases its solar modules, installer programs at Midwest Solar Expo

CertainTeed showcases its solar modules, installer programs at Midwest Solar Expo

April 30, 2018 at 8:08 am Comments are Disabled

Building materials manufacturer CertainTeed will make its Midwest Solar Expo debut in May of 2018 with an exhibit featuring its US Series solar modules, warranty offerings, and comprehensive solar installer contractor programs at booth No. 229. The 5th annual Midwest Solar Expo and Smart Energy Symposium, being held May 1-2 inRead More

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 Comments are Disabled

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 1 comment

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

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

April 19, 2018 at 2:15 pm Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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