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.

PERC Up: Boviet Solar tells us how it will provide high efficiency modules at a low cost

PERC Up: Boviet Solar tells us how it will provide high efficiency modules at a low cost

November 21, 2016 at 11:03 am 8 comments

Boviet Solar Technology Co. is probably the biggest manufacturer of solar modules you haven’t heard of. The reason being is the company has been an OEM supplier for a handful of brand names you do recognize, but that’s all about to change. We sat down with Boviet Solar USA, theRead More

First Solar jumping to Series 6 module production, layoffs forthcoming

First Solar jumping to Series 6 module production, layoffs forthcoming

November 21, 2016 at 10:02 am Comments are Disabled

First Solar is changing things up amid some uncertain times for large, industry leaders like themselves. In terms of production, the company announced the acceleration of its Series 6 modules into 2018, with approximately 3 GW of production expected in 2019. Over the course of 2017 and 2018 the company’s existingRead More

Mosaic adds Boviet Solar USA to approved solar vendor list

Mosaic adds Boviet Solar USA to approved solar vendor list

November 17, 2016 at 1:05 pm 1 comment

  Mosaic, one of the nation’s top residential solar lending companies, is adding Boviet Solar USA, the North American arm of Boviet Solar Technology Co., to its Approved Vendor List. What this means is installers will now be able to include Boviet’s high-performance solar modules in their plans to ensureRead More

PV breakthrough: Thin-film solar cells can now be mapped in 3-D as they absorb photons

PV breakthrough: Thin-film solar cells can now be mapped in 3-D as they absorb photons

November 17, 2016 at 9:30 am Comments are Disabled

Next-generation solar cells made of super-thin films of semiconducting material hold promise because they’re relatively inexpensive and flexible enough to be applied just about anywhere. Researchers are working to dramatically increase the efficiency at which thin-film solar cells convert sunlight to electricity. But it’s a tough challenge, partly because aRead More

MetaShield boasts 1.2 percent efficiency boost for triple junction solar cells

MetaShield boasts 1.2 percent efficiency boost for triple junction solar cells

November 16, 2016 at 9:41 am Comments are Disabled

MetaShield LLC, a company focused on advanced glass-based coating technology, announced an independent research study indicating its proprietary MetaSOL nanotechnology coating can provide a 1.2 percent (absolute) efficiency boost for triple junction solar cells. “The enhancement provided by MetaSOL represents a five-year technological leap forward based on recent yearly averageRead More

Researchers exceed the theoretical limit of silicon solar cells (hit 30.2 percent)

Researchers exceed the theoretical limit of silicon solar cells (hit 30.2 percent)

November 11, 2016 at 8:51 am Comments are Disabled

So, get this: Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE together with the Austrian company EV Group (EVG) say they have successfully manufactured a silicon-based multi-junction solar cell with two contacts and an efficiency exceeding the theoretical limit of silicon solar cells. Tell me more! For thisRead More

SMASHsolar’s Direct Attach PV module achieves UL 2703 certification

SMASHsolar’s Direct Attach PV module achieves UL 2703 certification

November 8, 2016 at 11:08 am Comments are Disabled

SMASHsolar achieves UL certification and listing in the U.S. and Canada for its SMASHmount photovoltaic (PV) mounting system, the world’s first Direct Attach solar modules. SMASHmount complied with UL 2703 requirements and certification was granted after extensive testing by UL, a global independent safety science company. Confirmed results show SMASHmountRead More

IHS: Microinverter, PV optimizer market shifting more to AC, smart module integrations

IHS: Microinverter, PV optimizer market shifting more to AC, smart module integrations

November 8, 2016 at 8:58 am Comments are Disabled

The business model of microinverter and power optimizer suppliers is set to shift from standalone units to integrated systems, such as Smart and AC modules, according to new analysis released today by IHS Markit. The annual IHS Technology PV Microinverter and Power Optimizer Report examines market size, pricing and vendorRead More

Panasonic might produce PV modules for SolarCity at new plant

Panasonic might produce PV modules for SolarCity at new plant

October 19, 2016 at 8:42 am 1 comment

Panasonic Corp. is making bigger and bigger moves in the solar industry. The company already had a relationship with Tesla Motors as a battery partner, but will now is in discussions to manufacture its PV cells and modules at the big new SolarCity facility planned for Buffalo, N.Y., pending theRead More

Update on the commercial prospects of perovskite solar cells

Update on the commercial prospects of perovskite solar cells

October 18, 2016 at 2:30 pm Comments are Disabled

In our worst Seinfeld impersonation voice we ask, “what’s the deal with perovskite solar cells?” The National Renewable Energy Labratory (NREL) answers us by noting that a strategy for producing stable and commercially available perovskite solar cells (PSCs) has been proposed by Kai Zhu and Keith Emery in collaboration with Nam-Gyu Park (Korea), MichaelRead More