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’.

  • 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.

  • 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’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, 15:33

    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, 14:44 | 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, 09:19

    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, 15:41

    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, 14:29

    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, 12:35

    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, 11:51

    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, 10:56

    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, 15:56

    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, 15:07

    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, 14:58

    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, 13:26

    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, 14:03

    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, 11:43

    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, 11:15

    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, 14:42

    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, 15:47

    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, 15:36

    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, 14:49

    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, 12:47

    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, 17:24

    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.


  • 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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