Product Reviews

  • Luvata

    Luvata’s ‘Sunwire Calculator’ online tools help optimize solar ribbon usage

    05 October 2015, 12:15

    Luvata has launched an online solar ribbon calculator called the Sunwire Calculator.  The Sunwire Calculator enables photovoltaic module manufacturers to make more informed decisions concerning their solar ribbon needs such as weight, ribbon length per spool and ribbon length per solar panel. ‘Sunwire’ is Luvata’s branded photovoltaic solar ribbon.

  • Horiba

    HORIBA provides advanced POCl3 delivery system for high-volume solar cell processing

    01 October 2015, 11:40

    HORIBA has developed a Phosphorus Oxychloride (POCl3) delivery systems that is being implemented for atmospheric and low pressure diffusion furnaces in Europe and Asia. The system comprises HORIBA’s advanced bubblers mounted in the diffusion furnace linked to HORIBA’s automatic bulk refill system. More than 120 production furnace tubes are running with the HORIBA system with a further 100 tubes installed before the end of 2015, according to the company.

  • singulus

    Singulus’ inline sputtering system enables heterojunction cell thin-film deposition

    22 September 2015, 12:15

    Singulus Technologies has introduced an inline sputtering system for the requirements in the PV industry for CIGS & CdTe thin-film solar cell production as well as tasks for the manufacturing of heterojunction cells.

  • rena

    RENA’s ‘InCellPlate Cu’ platform offers major cost savings at highest efficiency level

    10 September 2015, 08:36

    RENA’s ‘InCellPlate Cu’ inline equipment for direct plating of a Ni/Cu/Ag stack on silicon, when combined with laser ablation of the silicon nitride layer and subsequent inline anneal, is said to provide complete front-side metallization for solar cell manufacturing. Compared with screen-printing, the technology allows cutting the cell production cost by US$0.06 (cents) and at the same time offers potential for cell efficiency improvement.


    JA Solar’s modules compatible with Spice frames that reduce install time up to 50%

    09 September 2015, 16:54

    JA Solar Holdings one of the world’s largest manufacturers of high-performance PV modules has announced the availability of a new line of easy-to-install Spice Solar frames for the US market. JA Solar modules with Spice frames install faster than ordinary modules with fewer parts, saving rooftop installers time and money on every job.

  • centrotherm

    centrotherm’s PERC AlOx/SiNx stack PECVD solution provides 20.6% cell efficiency

    09 September 2015, 12:28

    centrotherm photovoltaics is offering a one-step PECVD aluminum axide (AlOx/SiNx) process upgrade for advanced solar cell concepts such as PERC that are applied in mono and multicrystalline cell processing. The centrotherm direct plasma process provides superior dielectric AlOx/SiNx stacks with excellent passivation properties and is said to be the fastest and easiest way to start PERC solar cell manufacturing in a cost effective way.

  • enphase

    Enphase providing next-gen energy management system through ‘Envoy-S’ gateway

    08 September 2015, 11:15

    Enphase Energy is launching the next-generation ‘Envoy-S’ gateway that serves as the control of the Enphase Energy Management System, an integrated, scalable platform for solar generation, control, energy management and storage. Greatly enhanced hardware and software enables more cost-effective and reliable solar installations while adding significant value for system owners.

  • REC Solar

    REC Solar’s ‘TwinPeak’ PV module offers enhanced performance features with PERC

    13 August 2015, 14:35

    REC Solar’s ‘TwinPeak’ multicrystalline module series combines a number of enhancements to provide 280 watt peak (Wp) performance. The new module features 120 half-cut multicrystalline cells, four bus bars, passivated emitter rear cell (PERC) technology, and a split junction box. Together, these technologies enhance power output by around 10Wp per module.

  • belectric

    Belectric’s ‘Energy Buffer Unit’ provides balancing service to grids with high renewable energy

    07 August 2015, 12:31

    Belectric’s Energy Buffer Unit (EBU) has been successfully prequalified for 1.3MW frequency response by a German transmission network operator (TNO) that provides frequency response balancing for reliable grid operation when taking into account large quantities of renewable energy being connected to grid. Belectric’s EBU system delivers a state-of-the-art battery based energy storage system in a container solution.

  • Allianz Climate Solutions

    Allianz Climate Solutions providing integrated financial and technical services for PV power plants

    07 August 2015, 11:25

    Allianz Climate Solutions, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), and the VDE Testing and Certification Institute (VDE Institute) have entered into a partnership to offer integrated financial and technical services for PV power plants to support PV projects with the achievement of ‘investability’, ‘bankability’ and ‘insurability’.


  • Photovoltaics International 29th Edition

    Forecasting the evolution of a young, dynamic industry is by definition an uncertain business, and solar is no exception. Rarely, if ever, do the numbers broadcast by any of the various bodies involved in the PV prediction game tally, and even historical deployment rates remain the subject of hot debate. The paradox is that getting forecasts broadly right is going to become increasingly important over the next few years, particularly for those involved in producing the equipment that will support whatever levels of demand come to pass.



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