Product Reviews

  • 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).

  • Fujitsu Laboratories

    Fujitsu Laboratories software automates production-line image recognition

    09 September 2014, 10:15

    Fujitsu Laboratories has announced the development of a technology for automatically generating image-recognition programs that accurately detect the positions of components as captured by cameras in automated assembly processes by utilizing images of electronic components and IT equipment.

  • AE

    Advanced Energy’s AE 3TL string inverters benefit from space-saving mounting orientation

    08 September 2014, 13:42

    Advanced Energy Industries (AE) has developed a new mounting accessory for its ‘AE 3TL’ PV inverter that enables installers, site designers and project developers to conserve space and increase project yield on commercial rooftop systems by placing string inverters in a horizontal (0°) orientation. Advanced Energy will showcase its AE3TL string inverter technology, including the horizontal mount accessory, at the upcoming Solar Power International conference and exhibition, October 21 to 23, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

  • Nextronex

    Nextronex ‘Power Podium’ offers plug-and-play inverter operation

    01 September 2014, 14:47

    Nextronex has launched the ‘RAY-MAX’ Power Podium which integrates the RAY-MAX Inverters, MV Load Centers, DC Bus Power Strip and the Smart Controller on a factory installed platform, allowing for simple and fast-track field installation. Factory wiring and testing are designed to provide the required quality control. Nextronex Distributed Architecture is claimed to deliver up to 8% more energy output.

  • teamtechnik

    teamtechnik boosts throughput of single track TT1600 stringer system

    01 September 2014, 14:36

    PV module stringer specialist, teamtechnik has reduced cell-to-cell soldering cycle-times to below 2.25 second, boosting overall throughput of its single-track TT1600 stringer system to an annual output of 45MWp, inline with dual stringer systems, according to the company.

  • LHTS

    Lamers High Tech Systems chemical storage and distribution system offers greater operator safety

    29 August 2014, 13:49

    Lamers High Tech Systems (LHTS) storage and distribution systems for corrosive and toxic chemicals offer increased safety within PV manufacturing facilities. The IBC (Intermediate bulk container) handler is a system of LHTS in which reusable containers can be emptied automatically. The equipment is engineered and constructed in a modular manner to customer specifications.

  • Agfa’s ‘ARZONA BS+’ PV module backsheet

    Agfa’s ‘ARZONA BS+’ PV module backsheet provides humidity and UV protection

    12 August 2014, 11:47

    Agfa’s ‘ARZONA BS+’ PV module backsheet provides humidity and UV protection

  • panelclaw

    PanelClaw offers lower cost ‘Polar Bear’ flat roof mounting system

    30 July 2014, 16:24

    PanelClaw is introducing its ‘Polar Bear’ III, a new flat roof mounting system. The new Polar Bear product is said to take the best aspects of PanelClaw’s existing Polar Bear, ‘Grizzly Bear’ and ‘Kodiak Bear’ flat roof portfolio and combines them into a single platform with more competitive pricing.

  • DSM

    DSM’s ‘KhepriCoat’ maximizes light transmission for solar cover glass

    30 July 2014, 16:15

    DSM’s ‘KhepriCoat’ is claimed to maximize light transmission by minimizing reflection for solar cover glass, while boosting the cost/ performance ratio of solar energy. By enabling more-light to enter a solar device, KhepriCoat is claimed to significantly increase the device’s efficiency, and can make a major contribution in the quest for clean energy generation.

  • Power Electronics

    Power Electronics Freesun HEC Gen II central PV inverters offer advanced modular capabilities

    25 July 2014, 12:42

    Power Electronics has launched the second generation of its successful Freesun HEC Series central PV inverters, dubbed Freesun HEC Gen II. The new series ranges from 400kVA to 1700kVA are intended for the utility scale solar market, employing a modular design with redundant technology to be able to work in the harshest environments and provide the highest long-term performance.

  • ampt

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

    09 July 2014, 16:08

    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, 15:19

    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, 19:02

    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, 11:02

    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, 16:17

    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, 14:22

    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, 13:34

    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, 07:44

    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, 09:40

    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, 11:35

    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, 09:09

    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, 12:34

    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, 16:55

    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.

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