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VC funded ‘low cost’ CPV technology developer, Cogenra Solar has claimed to have set three performance records for conventional 60-cell format n-type, p-type and multi crystalline modules.
Potential changes to the scope of the US trade investigation into Chinese modules could create a serious drop in Taiwan-produced cell sales, according to analysts at EnergyTrend.
Fraunhofer ISE has teamed with industrial partners Merk, Heraeus and ASYS to produce fine line contacts with widths under 35µm, employing new materials and contactless techniques to reduce shading and boost conventional solar cell efficiencies.
Module manufacturer Trina Solar has broken the world record for P-type monocrystalline silicon PV modules with a figure of 335.2W.
Despite the lack of current capital expenditure (capex) across the PV industry value chain, market research firm NPD Solarbuzz expects a major shift to higher efficiency cells and modules to finally dominate the sector by the end of 2018.
The largest merchant solar cell producer, Neo Solar Power Corporation (NSP), reported a slight increase in sales for September, after three months of decline.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer, Gintech Energy Corp reported September sales of NT$1,050 million (US$$34.6 million), a rebound of 21.3% from the previous year.
Taiwan-based PV producer, Motech Industries reported a major rebound in sales for September on the back of increased demand for solar cells and modules.
Scientists at Ohio State University claim to have developed a hybrid device which combines a solar cell with a rechargeable battery, as part of a US Department of Energy (DoE) funded research programme.
According to Taiwan-based market research firm EnergyTrend, Taiwanese solar cell manufacturers are increasing the ramp of monocrystalline-based cells to expand into new markets.
PV module inspection systems specialist, Pi4 said it received multiple orders for electroluminescence (EL) testers from customers in Mexico, India, France and South Africa.
Sharp Corporation’s next-generation solar cell technology that enters volume production is expected to be based on its long-term development of both c-Si and a-Si thin-film cells with efficiencies touted to be over 25%.
In a bid to retain their solar cell efficiency lead of Chinese rivals and gain more business in the booming Japanese market, Taiwanese solar cell producers are increasing mono c-Si PERC cell production, according to market research firm, EnergyTrend.
Having just officially opened its first facility, N-type (bifacial) monocrystalline solar cell and module producer, Mission Solar was said to have achieved average cell efficiencies of 19.7%, according to one of its key technology supplier’s, RENA.
Business and technology association, the International Photovoltaic Equipment Association (IPVEA), has been renamed SOLARUNITED, as part of a wider rebranding and repurposing exercise.