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.

BiSoN bifacial modules test results: 120 percent greater yield over standard system

BiSoN bifacial modules test results: 120 percent greater yield over standard system

February 24, 2016 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

The first results have emerged from one of the very first BiSoN bifacial module operating systems from Italy-based MegaCell to be installed: during the first month of exposure (from Nov. 27 to Dec. 23) the average yield was 120 percent greater compared to a standard system, meaning that the bifacialRead More

NREL tests: SunPower X-Series solar panels reach 22.8 percent efficiency

NREL tests: SunPower X-Series solar panels reach 22.8 percent efficiency

February 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm Comments are Disabled

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently tested and verified that a SunPower X-Series solar panel reached 22.8 percent efficiency – a new world record. SunPower’s newest X-Series solar panel, the X22, offers efficiencies of more than 22 percent. The high efficiency solar panels generate more energy in the sameRead More

Researchers improve efficiency of organic PV cells to 15 percent

Researchers improve efficiency of organic PV cells to 15 percent

February 22, 2016 at 4:00 pm Comments are Disabled

A patented breakthrough by researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology improves the efficiency of organic photovoltaic cells by 50 percent, and could someday provide a huge boost its viability to become a major source of solar energy. The researchers recently published their findings in the Journal of Applied Physics. Organic photovoltaicRead More

Giga Solar’s high-efficiency lightweight modules pass mechanical stress tests

Giga Solar’s high-efficiency lightweight modules pass mechanical stress tests

February 19, 2016 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

Giga Solar high-efficiency crystalline-silicon, lightweight photovoltaic (PV) modules have successfully completed a series of environmental and mechanical stress tests at the CFV Solar Test Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This work was part of the Boston-based Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems’ Plug-and-Play PV Project, funded by the Department ofRead More

Panasonic’s new residential PV modules achieve 36 percent higher yield

Panasonic’s new residential PV modules achieve 36 percent higher yield

February 17, 2016 at 4:44 pm 2 comments

  Panasonic Eco Solutions North America is launching its most innovative and efficient solar panels yet, PV module HIT N330 and N325. Ideal for use in virtually all residential applications, N330 and N325 achieve up to 36 percent higher yield per sq ft and helps lower the installation and BOS costs per kW than conventionalRead More

New Optiwave technology could lower manufacturing costs of PV modules

New Optiwave technology could lower manufacturing costs of PV modules

February 16, 2016 at 5:00 pm Comments are Disabled

A new optics-based solar technology platform from Banyan Energy offers manufacturers, developers and systems integrators an accelerated pathway to ultra-low-cost PV modules and manufacturing. The company’s affordable licensing model allows Banyan-designed modules to be easily manufactured in local factories without investment in research and development, greatly reducing productization costs and technologyRead More

NREL publishes new PV module quality standard

NREL publishes new PV module quality standard

February 11, 2016 at 3:00 pm Comments are Disabled

Working with partners around the world, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have completed five years of work toward helping establish an international quality standard for manufacturing photovoltaic (PV) modules. PV manufacturers will use the new standard to increase the level of confidence investors,Read More

JA Solar modules hit new PID-resistance mark

JA Solar modules hit new PID-resistance mark

February 2, 2016 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

JA Solar Holdings Co., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of high-performance solar power products, announced that its entire portfolio of PV modules has passed the 96-hour Potential Induced Degradation (PID) resistance test under the conditions of 85-degrees Celsius and 85 percent relative humidity (double 85) at -1,000V of system voltage biasRead More

JinkoSolar donates 212 modules to Everybody Solar nonprofit

JinkoSolar donates 212 modules to Everybody Solar nonprofit

February 1, 2016 at 4:40 pm 2 comments

JinkoSolar Holding Co. is donating 57 kW to Everybody Solar, a U.S. non-profit organization working to provide solar to local charities. JinkoSolar’s donation of 212 of its high-efficiency PV modules will help Everybody Solar provide solar energy systems to three non-profits in the U.S.: the Committee on the Shelterless (COTS)Read More

MiaSolé CIGS-based thin-film modules earn new certifications

MiaSolé CIGS-based thin-film modules earn new certifications

February 1, 2016 at 2:22 pm 2 comments

MiaSolé announced that its CIGS-based, thin-film FLEX-02 solar modules are IEC 61646, IEC 61730, UL 1703 certified and UL 790 Class A fire rated. The MiaSolé FLEX module is the highest efficiency flexible, lightweight thin-film solar module on the market today, with production efficiencies of 16 percent. The FLEX module provides highRead More