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.

  • wonik

    WONIK providing turnkey CIGS production lines with 19% efficiency roadmap

    13 hours ago

    Korean-based equipment supplier WONIK IPS has developed a turnkey CIGS thin-film technology from previous collaborations with Samsung. WONIK IPS has taken over all of the CIGS technology and IP acquired by Samsung SDI during its intensive and long-running CIGS R&D development phase.

  • 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’.

  • eccopia

    Real-time and forecasted weather intelligence integrated into Ecoppia’s cleaning system

    04 August 2015, 11:31

    Ecoppia, a developer of robotic, water-free PV panel cleaning solutions has introduced its advanced E4 control system. With the integration of real-time and forecasted information on precipitation, cloudiness and air quality, Ecoppia now offers a more intelligent and reliable operation, and provides a comprehensive view of site conditions, helping site managers make better-informed decisions on cleaning schedules.

  • Renusol

    Renusol has extended its MetaSole mounting solution to include the portrait orientation

    29 July 2015, 11:50

    Mounting systems manufacturer Renusol has extended its MetaSole mounting solution to include the new MS+ Portrait, which is capable of fixing photovoltaic modules to roofs in portrait orientation.

  • Tabtool

    New software from TabTool enables advanced mobile PV power plant O&M services

    27 July 2015, 10:12

    The software provider TabTool and the photovoltaic plant manager greentech have developed an innovative mobile solution for maintenance, inspection and repair management for PV systems.

  • Kipp & Zonen

    ‘SOLYS’ gear drive sun tracker from Kipp & Zonen designed for harsh environments

    02 July 2015, 10:06

    Kipp & Zonen has introduced the SOLYS Gear Drive, a high torque and large temperature range sun instrument tracking system for PV power plants that are suitable for the harshest climates and carrying heavy loads. Thanks to its high precision gear drive system this new sun tracker does not require maintenance, making it ideal for operation in remote locations.

  • ISE

    Fraunhofer ISE and VDE providing integrated financial and technical services for PV power plants

    02 July 2015, 09:58

    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’.

  • Skytron

    Skytron’s PVGuard 2.1 improves O&M capabilities for PV plant performance

    29 June 2015, 12:51

    Skytron energy has launched a new version of its PV supervision software PVGuard. A range of new features and significant improvements in data management provides PVGuard 2.1 with customized plant displays and hosts improvements in the way supervision data for plants in different time zones is handled in charts, tables and in the pre-defined views.

  • DuraTrack HZ v3

    DuraTrack HZ v3 from ATI offers greater density and minimized components for lower LCOE

    12 May 2015, 18:34

    Array Technologies (ATI), has announced the introduction of its latest single-axis tracking system, the ‘DuraTrack’ HZ v3 for utility-scale PV power plants. After nearly 2 years of development and testing, Array recently commissioned the first 1.2MW DuraTrack HZ v3 site in northern New Mexico.

  • teamtechnik

    SNEC 2015: teamtechnik’s STRINGER TT1800 has 2-second solar cell soldering cycle

    27 April 2015, 08:20

    teamtechnik is presenting the new ‘STRINGER TT1800’ at the SNEC 2015 that has been enhanced with faster solar cell soldering cycles of only two seconds. The faster cycle times provide increased the stringer throughput, equating to 50MWp per year and produce up to 27 modules per hour. teamtechnik will be demonstrating the new Stringer TT1800 live at the show.

  • centrotherm

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

    24 April 2015, 07:51

    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, 11:04

    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.


  • 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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