Product Reviews

  • ampt

    Intersolar North America: String optimiser from Ampt has double number of modules per string

    09 July 2014, 16:41

    Ampt has introduced a new string optimiser, a DC power converter with multiple maximum power point tracking (MPPT) and output voltage and current limits to optimize system design and maximise performance of large-scale PV systems. Ampt is showcasing the product at several partner booths during Intersolar North America, including Shoals and Bonfiglioli.

  • locus

    Intersolar North America: Virtual irradiance modelling tool from Locus Energy lowers O&M costs

    09 July 2014, 15:52

    Locus Energy has launched an advanced irradiance modeling tool, ‘Virtual Irradiance (VI),’ which provides solar fleet operators with data on the amount of sunlight that is striking the ground, enabling a highly accurate assessment of solar PV system performance.

  • HiQ Solar

    Intersolar N.A. HiQ Solar offers compact rugged commercial rooftop string inverter

    08 July 2014, 19:35

    HiQ Solar is showcasing its new ‘Liberty’ 480V 3-phase, 1,000Vdc inverter at Intersolar North America. The 8kW rated string inverter is designed into a NEMA6 enclosure and weighs 24 lbs and is targeted at the commercial rooftop and carport type markets.

  • MB

    Meyer Burger’s diamond wire saw enables ultrathin wafer production

    30 June 2014, 11:35

    Meyer Burger is offering the DW 288+ as the first diamond wire saw system designed specifically for monocrystalline solar wafer applications. The DW 288 platform enables the slicing of silicon bricks into ultrathin wafers.

  • CRITICAL Manufacturing

    CRITICAL Manufacturing MES system provides rapid operational information

    26 June 2014, 16:50

    CRITICAL Manufacturing has released cmNavigo 3.6, the latest version of its flexible and user-centered manufacturing execution and intelligence system (MES/MI).

  • Talesun

    Talesun’s ‘smart module’ provides higher system yield

    26 June 2014, 14:55

    Zhongli Talesun has launched the all new ‘TalesunSmart’ PV module series, which incorporates specialised electronics, which are able to collect real-time performance and safety data.

  • HPV

    Heraeus offers front-side metallization pastes with improved cell efficiencies

    23 June 2014, 14:07

    The Heraeus Photovoltaics Business Unit has launched two new high efficiency front-side metallization pastes for standard to ultra-lightly doped emitter cells – the SOL9620 Series and SOL9621 Series.

  • amat

    SNEC 2014: Applied Materials ‘Vericell’ system fully-automates production wafer inspection

    20 May 2014, 08:17

    Applied Materials has entered the solar wafer inspection market with ‘Applied Vericell’ system designed to fully-automate in-line wafer inspection to address the quality limitations of manual review, with the capability to automatically predict wafer cell efficiency through photoluminescence (PL) technology. The Vericell system is being introduced at SNEC 2014 in Shanghai, China.

  • centrotherm

    SNEC 2014: centrotherm’s low-pressure diffusion technology offers cost savings of up to 40%

    18 May 2014, 10:13

    centrotherm is highlighting low-pressure diffusion system at SNEC 2014, which it claims can offer up to 40% per wafer for solar cell emitter formation. The cost reductions are attributed to almost a doubling of the systems wafer throughput to more than 140MW per year and overall lower media consumption.

  • The Xcell X3 is ready to process any solar cell with up to 5 busbars, PERC, p-type, n-type, and/or half-cells.

    SNEC: Komax Solar’s Xcell X3 high-speed Stringer achieves 1800 cell per hour throughput

    06 May 2014, 12:08

    Komax Solar has launched its new next-generation solar cell stringer system, the Xcell X3. Key features include throughput of 1800 cells/hour and up to five busbar and half-cell capabilities. The all-new closed loop induction soldering is three times as efficient as the previous generation. Komax Solar is exhibiting at SNEC 2014, being held in Shanghai, China May 20-22, 2014 at booth, E3 520.

  • The PCT-1800

    Praxis Resources meets demanding PV field testing with IV curve tracers

    02 May 2014, 09:42

    Praxis Resources has launched the PCT-1800 IV Curve Tracer.  The unit is shock resistant, easy to operate and user friendly.  The large scale 10.4” color touch panel LCD and integrated computer are key to generating IV curves, completing PV array performance analysis and producing immediate performance feedback.

  • ROFIN-BAASEL Lasertech

    SNEC: Rofin’s ‘Dual Line c-Si’ laser processing system upgrades boost PERC cell productivity

    01 May 2014, 13:07

    ROFIN-BAASEL Lasertech is launching a new upgraded version of its production proven ‘Dual Line c-Si’ laser processing system that provides improved productivity and lowers processing costs in volume production of next-generation PERC (Passivated Emitter and Rear Cells) solar cell design. The latest Dual Line c-Si™ modular platform will be unveiled at the forthcoming SNEC 8th 2014, International Photovoltaic Power Generation Exhibition, being held in Shanghai, China May 20-22, 2014 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center. ROFIN-BAASEL Lasertech’s booth is located in Hall 3, 615.

  • plant design that combines First Solar’s thin-film CdTe modules with GE’s new ProSolar 1500 Volt inverter/transformer system, which is claim

    First Solar and GE develop next-generation PV power plant

    19 March 2014, 17:28

    First Solar and GE’s Power Conversion business are utilizing their recently established technology and commercial partnership to develop a more cost effective and productive utility-scale PV power plant design that combines First Solar’s thin-film CdTe modules with GE’s new ProSolar 1500 Volt inverter/transformer system, which is claimed to be the largest inverter in the industry capable of accommodating 1,500 volt DC solar arrays.

  • The combination of the flexible grid and the segmented fingers results in lower resistive losses thereby increasing cell and module efficien

    GTAT ‘Merlin’ metallisation and interconnect technology reduces silver paste needs by 80%

    13 March 2014, 18:21 | Comments (2)

    GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) has announced an innovative cell metallisation and interconnect technology, dubbed ‘Merlin’ that is expected to provide substantial savings in both the manufacture and installation of solar modules. A key component of the new technology includes a flexible grid that replaces conventional two and three silver bus bars, while significantly reducing solver paste consumption.

  • JA Solar’s PERCIUM cell has surpassed a conversion efficiency of 20.3%, 1.3% higher than average mono-Si

    JA Solar’s ‘PERCIUM’ mono-Si modules surpass 20% conversion efficiencies

    27 February 2014, 12:37 | Comments (2)

    JA Solar is rolling-out globally a new series of high performance solar cells and modules in 2014. Highlights included the launch of its monocrystalline silicon (mono-Si) solar cell (156x156 mm2), ‘PERCIUM’ with 20%-plus conversion efficiency.

  • Sunny Boy 240 is designed for easy installation and connection due to the ready-made, easily identifiable plugs, pre-assembled AC cables and

    SMA Solar claims 50% less components in Sunny Boy 240 microinverter

    17 February 2014, 19:26 | Comments (1)

    SMA Solar Technology has launched a next-generation microinverter that claims to have 50% less component content than competitor versions. The ‘Sunny Boy 240’ microinverter is billed to be easy-to-install and provides an expandable modular solution for PV systems.

  • The latest rendition is said to assure layer adhesion that works after 3500 h damp heat testing.

    Isovoltaic’s ‘ICOSOLAR’ TPA HR backsheet offers harsh climate protection

    14 February 2014, 13:04

    Isovoltaic’s recently introduced PV module backsheet combines both ‘Tedlar’ and ‘Polyamide’ materials to provide improved characteristics for field durability and module efficiency increase, especially in challenging conditions.

  • The LGate 120 is a one-piece completely under glass meter which installs easily using a standard socket base. Performance data is uploaded i

    Locus Energy offers PV system fleet operators enhanced data collection

    28 January 2014, 17:23

    Locus Energy has introduced its next-generation of smart meters designed to allow solar installers and asset managers to more easily collect, monitor and analyse performance data from both residential and light commercial solar PV systems. The LGate 120 and 320 are the first cellular smart meters designed specifically to measure the performance of PV installations.

  • A new ‘FlexReportXL’ report generator produces plant performance reports that can include information from other sources, such as forecasts

    Skytron adds performance and planning enhancements to ‘PVGuard’ power plant software

    24 January 2014, 18:30

    Skytron energy has made considerable performance upgrades to its monitoring, control and supervision solutions for PV power plants. The ‘PVGuard’ Supervision Platform has been enhanced with improved SCADA software capabilities for energy production planning, performance analysis and system integration.

  • Eyelit has started the general availability of version 5.1 of its ‘Eyelit Manufacturing’ suite of MES (Manufacturing Execution System) softw

    Eyelit launches Version 5.1 of MES with capability to manage R&D products

    14 January 2014, 17:29

    Eyelit has started the general availability of version 5.1 of its ‘Eyelit Manufacturing’ suite of MES (Manufacturing Execution System) software with key enhancements that enable engineers to quickly configure special instructions and processing that enforce special work requests (SWRs) for research and development projects.

  • The new M215 includes Integrated Ground technology

    Enphase offers simpler microinverter installation and operational software management

    14 January 2014, 16:55

    Enphase Energy has introduced new hardware and software products that are claimed to lower solar system installation and operations costs for solar professionals.

  • The HIT-N245 module

    Panasonic’s upgraded HIT PV module available with 19.4 % conversion efficiency

    09 January 2014, 13:44

    Panasonic has launched the ‘HIT-N245’ and ‘HIT-N240’ PV modules. The HIT-N245 module has a conversion efficiency of 19.4% and comes with several upgraded features intended to provide overall improved operational performance, notably for residential rooftop markets.

  • Dow Corning’s silicone-based, next-generation Electrically Conductive Adhesive (ECA) ‘PV-5802’ will be used in Tianwei New Energy’s Metal Wr

    Dow Corning’s silicone-based ECA designed for MWT cell designs

    06 January 2014, 14:50

    Dow Corning’s silicone-based, next-generation Electrically Conductive Adhesive (ECA) ‘PV-5802’ will be used in Tianwei New Energy’s Metal Wrap Through (MWT) module production line, developed by ECN of the Netherlands. PV-5802 is said to provide improved electrical properties and stability, which will greatly enhance the electrical performance, reliability and durability of MWT modules.

  • The GCL ‘Monocrystalline G2’ wafer is claimed to be comparable in conversion efficiencies with that of conventional Czochralski-based monoc

    GCL-Poly’s quasi-mono wafer ‘G2’ offers comparable performance to monocystalline

    06 January 2014, 14:45

    GCL-Poly Energy Holdings has started commercial mass production for its second-generation quasi-monocrystalline silicon wafer product. The GCL ‘Monocrystalline G2’ wafer is claimed to be comparable in conversion efficiencies with that of conventional Czochralski-based monocrystalline wafers.

  • FLEXcon has expanded its solar module backsheet ‘multiGUARD’ offering with the addition of Black/White and Black/Black products.

    FLEXcon offer black backsheet for aesthetically demanding PV module markets

    03 December 2013, 13:35

    FLEXcon has expanded its solar module backsheet ‘multiGUARD’ offering with the addition of Black/White and Black/Black products. The new, more aesthetically pleasing black backsheet products appeal to the high-end commercial market and a much greater portion of the residential market.

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