Product Reviews

  • centrotherm

    SNEC 2015: centrotherm’s regeneration belt furnace reduces LID impact by up to 80%

    24 April 2015, 06:51

    centrotherm is launching the ‘c.REG’ conveyor belt furnace for monocrystalline p-type solar cell regeneration, which is claimed to achieve a reduction in light induced degradation (LID) from 6% to 1%, within less than a one minute processing cycle time. The company is showcasing the regeneration technology at SNEC 2015, being held in Shanghai, China.

  • tempress

    High Density POCl3 platform from Tempress provides improved uniformity and high efficiencies

    22 April 2015, 10:04

    Tempress a subsidiary of Amtech has developed an alternative atmospheric process called ‘High Density POCl3’ (Phosphorus Diffusion). The HD system benefits from the throughput advantage of small pitch, back-to-back, and long flatzone, while using improved chemistry and hardware upgrades to provide excellent uniformity and high efficiencies.

  • pv complete

    PVComplete’s commercial PV system design software cuts engineering time in half

    24 March 2015, 12:57

    PV software specialist, PVComplete has launched its commercial solar system design platform that is intended to streamline the most time consuming tasks in commercial solar project design in a CAD environment. PVComplete 2.0 expects to add further functionality to the platform on an ongoing basis.

  • shoals

    Shoals adds UL1699B listing to SNAPshot wireless arc fault solution

    23 March 2015, 11:26

    Shoals Technologies Group has added UL1699B listing to the SNAPshot Wireless Arc Fault solution. The SNAPshot Wireless Arc Fault Solution protects solar assets and property by detecting arcing at the string-level and disconnecting the inverter or charge components.

  • Bentek

    Bentek offers easy-to-install racking solution for three-phase commercial inverters

    23 March 2015, 11:17

    Bentek has launched and begun shipments of its commercial PV market PowerRack-AL for three-phase inverters. The NEC 2014 690.12 Rapid Shutdown Compliant Universal racking system is designed to be cost effective and easy-to-install.

  • Hyundai

    Hyundai offers compact 250W high-performance modules for UK rooftop market

    02 March 2015, 09:43

    Hyundai has launched a new 250W module type series in the UK, specifically to meet UK installer requirements. The S250RF(BF) is a 54-cell 250W modules using monocrystalline Passivated Emitter, Rear Locally-Diffused Cell (PERL) cells enabling a claimed 10% reduction in roof space to achieve a 4kW system.

  • MacDermid

    MacDermid’s HELIOS plating solution replaces silver paste with narrow copper grid conductors

    27 February 2015, 12:06 | Comments (1)

    MacDermid’s HELIOS nickel, copper, and silver wet chemical plating baths, which are a key part of an integrated laser patterning, plating, and thermal anneal system, produces 30µm fingers and 4N pull strengths, while reducing costs by US$0.06/cell.

  • Panasonic

    Panasonic launches compact PV module for UK and European markets

    23 February 2015, 12:23

    Panasonic Electric Works Europe has launched the N285 PV module, which will be presented for the first time at the Ecobuild show in London. The N285 features a reduced module length designed specifically for the European residential and commercial rooftop markets.

  • TIGO ENERGY

    Tigo Energy’s MLPE TS4 platform offers PV module manufacturers greater standardization

    23 February 2015, 10:57 | Comments (1)

    Tigo Energy has announced certification of its TS4 platform - the world’s first universal junction box (Jbox) solution. The TS4 platform enables module manufacturers and installers to standardize on a single Jbox design that can feature any number of Module Level Power Electronic (MLPE) capabilities such as ‘Rapid Shutdown Safety’ and monitoring within a standardized platform, reducing inventory and labour costs compared with traditional solar PV installations.

  • Scanlab

    SCANLAB’s hybrid scanner system provides high-speed back-side wafer processing

    05 December 2014, 09:54

    SCANLAB has introduced an integrated hybrid polygon laser scan system that can provide high-volume solar cell production of electrical busbars on the backs of cells that are arranged as alternating strips of emitter and base regions. SCANLAB’s new hybrid polygon scanner system combines polygon scanners with the high precision of galvanometers to drastically reduce wafer processing times.

  • SiTec

    SiTec’s monosilane process technology offers retrofit capability for lower production costs

    05 December 2014, 09:46

    SiTec GmbH has developed innovative monosilane process technology that provides substantial energy savings compared to legacy processes and increase capital productivity. Marketed under the name ‘STAR’, for SiTec Applied Research products, the technology is applicable to both new and existing (retrofit) monosilane plants.

  • sunpreme

    SPI 2014: Sunpreme exhibits first 500W bifacial glass/glass PV module

    21 October 2014, 14:33

    Stealthy US-based start-up, Sunpreme will be showing what it claims to be the world’s first Bifacial double glass module with a measured STC output of 503W at Solar Power International (SPI 2014).  It is designed to maximize energy production in ground mount as well as tracker configurations and with a 15% Bifacial power boost, the effective panel wattage can be enhanced to 575W with an effective module efficiency of 22.2%, according to the company. Upon full market release, the product warranty will be backed by Munich Re.

  • enphase

    SPI 2014: Enphase develops next-gen energy storage system with bidirectional microinverter

    21 October 2014, 13:44 | Comments (1)

    Enphase Energy is showcasing its new ‘Energy Management System’, at Solar Power International (SPI 2014) in advance of a major product launch in the third quarter of 2015. The energy management system offers the next-generation, smart-grid ready bidirectional microinverter, plug-and-play storage, advanced control capabilities and load management.

  • cpr

    SPI 2014: Clean Power Research targets US interconnection soft cost reduction

    21 October 2014, 08:19

    Clean Power Research will be demonstrating ‘PowerClerk’ at Solar Power International 2014. The new software, funded by a US DoE SunShot Incubator award, takes solar interconnection online to streamline application processes, shorten time to interconnection and reduce soft costs.

  • nextracker

    SPI 2014: NEXTracker offer’s self-powered tracking technology to lower BOS

    20 October 2014, 14:41

    NEXTracker is unveiling its self-powered tracking technology with the NEXTracker SPT at Solar Power International.

  • jinglong

    SPI 2014: Ginlong’s ‘Solis-Mini’ claimed to be lightest PV string inverter

    20 October 2014, 13:29

    Ginlong Technologies is showcasing its latest ‘Solis-Mini’ PV string inverter at Solar Power International. The full-featured Solis-Mini is claimed to be the lightest single phase transformerless PV string inverter on the global market with a weight of less than 13lbs (5.6 kg).

  • sma solar

    SPI 2014: SMA Solar offers ‘Sunny Boy’ TL-US series inverters for large residential

    20 October 2014, 11:35

    SMA Solar Technology is showcasing an expanded range of ‘Sunny Boy’ TL-US inverters with ‘Secure Power Supply’ at Solar Power International. The higher power ratings of the new Sunny Boy 7000TL-US and 7700TL-US are designed to meet the needs of large residential PV projects and are able to provide daytime power in the event of a grid outage.

  • Canadian Solar

    SPI 2014: Canadian Solar launches glass/glass ‘Diamond’ module

    20 October 2014, 10:51

    Canadian Solar is introducing a new, glass/glass 1500V multicrystalline PV module at Solar Power International (SPI). The ‘Diamond’ module is designed for harsh environments as well as providing lower degradation over a 30-year lifespan, while enabling the use of longer strings with fewer combiners, cables, and other system parts to reduce the overall balance of systems (BOS).

  • Exosun

    SPI 2014: Exosun offers single-axis tracker with intelligent backtracking process

    13 October 2014, 09:56

    Exosun is now offering its ‘Exotrack’ HZ horizontal single-axis tracker with an intelligent patented backtracking process, called ‘SMARTracking’. Exosun’s Exotrack HZ will be on display at Solar Power International (SPI 2014), held October 21-23 in Las Vegas.

  • enphase

    Enphase teams C250 microinverter with design software, O&M, financial services for commercial market

    01 October 2014, 14:56

    Enphase Energy will be launching a new solar energy solution for the commercial market. The new offering combines Enphase’s microinverter technology with a comprehensive set of services and partnerships to assist the owner and installer of a commercial solar project from concept through implementation and eventually to maintenance—providing low-cost solar energy and long-term reliability.

  • ampt

    String optimizer from Ampt has double number of modules per string

    30 September 2014, 14:07

    Ampt has introduced a new string optimizer, a DC power converter with multiple maximum power point tracking (MPPT) and output voltage and current limits to optimize system design and maximize performance of large-scale PV systems.

  • solvay

    Solvay develops two high-performances PV film grades for frontsheet applications

    30 September 2014, 13:58

    Solvay Specialty Polymers has expanded its position in the PV market with the launch of two film grades of its ‘Halar’ ethylene chlorotrifluoroethylene (ECTFE) for photovoltaic (PV) modules. The two new high-performance products, Halar PV ECTFE and Halar ECTFE ultraviolet (UV) blocking technology have been specifically designed for frontsheet applications.

  • SolarCity

    SolarCity’s ZS Peak mounting system provides higher panel density on commercial rooftops

    16 September 2014, 12:26

    SolarCity has launched a flat roof solar mounting solution that is claimed to be twice as fast to install and can generate significantly more solar electricity from each rooftop than alternatives for the commercial market. The ZS Peak mounting system provides an innovative snap-together system to simplify and accelerate installation.

  • innoals

    InnoLas provides half-cell cutting system for higher PV module performance

    15 September 2014, 13:03

    InnoLas Solutions is offering an automated laser cutting machine with an integrated soft wafer breaking process to produce half cells or quarter cells to reduce device-inherent resistivity, boosting overall module output by a claimed 10-15W.

  • Hitachi Chemical

    Wavelength conversion particles from Hitachi Chemical boost cell efficiencies by over 2%

    09 September 2014, 10:43

    Hitachi Chemical will begin sales of wavelength conversion particles (WCP) for solar encapsulant sheets that help increase the conversion efficiency of solar cell power generation. WCP series contains specialized phosphor within acrylic resin and converts short wavelength light (ultraviolet light) into long wavelength light (visible light).

Publications

  • Photovoltaics International 27th Edition

    Now that the PV industry has unquestionably entered a new growth phase, all eyes are on which technologies will win through into the mainstream of PV manufacturing. PERC, n-type, p-type bifacial, heterojunction – all have become familiar terms in the ever-growing constellation of solar cell technologies. The question is which will offer manufacturers what they are looking for in improving efficiencies and cutting costs.

  • Manufacturing The Solar Future: The 2014 Production Annual

    Although the past few years have proved extremely testing for PV equipment manufacturers, falling module prices have driven solar end-market demand to previously unseen levels. That demand is now starting to be felt by manufacturers, to the extent that leading companies are starting to talk about serious capacity expansions later this year and into 2015. This means that the next 12 months will be a critical period if companies throughout the supply chain are to take full advantage of the PV industry’s next growth phase.

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