The annual US-based Solar Power International (SPI) exhibition and conference historically generates a significant number of new product launches and can set new trends and directions for the downstream solar PV sector, globally. High-efficiency modules and high-voltage were the themes of new products announced at SPI on the second day.
A €2 million ERC (European Research Council) Starting Grant has been awarded to a young researcher at IMOMEC, imec’s associated lab at the Hasselt University to make processing breakthroughs with primarily CIGS (e) (copper indium gallium selenide) solar cells to achieve conversion efficiencies between 23% and 26% with an improved stability and reliability.
‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Hanwha Q CELLS is planning to introduce its first ever monocrystalline modules, which will use its PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Contact) cell technology. New and prototype products will be showcased at Solar Power International (SPI) in Las Vegas next week.