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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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’.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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’.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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).

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    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.

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    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).

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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

    25 July 2014, 13:42

    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.

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

    09 July 2014, 17:08

    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.

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

    09 July 2014, 16:19

    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.

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

    08 July 2014, 20:02

    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.

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    Talesun’s ‘smart module’ provides higher system yield

    26 June 2014, 15:22

    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.

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    Praxis Resources meets demanding PV field testing with IV curve tracers

    02 May 2014, 10:09

    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.

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    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.

  • 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, 12:04 | 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.

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

    17 February 2014, 18:53 | 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 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, 16:50

    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, 17:57

    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.

  • The new M215 includes Integrated Ground technology

    Enphase offers simpler microinverter installation and operational software management

    14 January 2014, 16:22

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

  • A key feature of the broad Protect PV inverter line is a power stack with advanced measuring and control technology enabling DC input voltag

    SPI 2013: AEG Power Solutions offering compact outdoor central inverters

    21 October 2013, 08:59

    AEG Power Solutions (AEG PS), a global provider of power electronics for renewable energies, introduces two new members of its broad inverter line for the Americas market.

  • Since the mechanism is frictionless, less force is required to move a tracker - which means that no external power source is required to mov

    Scorpius Trackers Vader-xFP tracking system uses frictionless technology and no bearings

    13 September 2013, 12:55

    Scorpius Trackers claims to be the first company to have pioneered a frictionless pivot system that does not require bearings for free movement in solar tracking systems. The Vader-xFP tracking system is claimed to have zero wear and tear of mechanical parts with less than 0.1% of the generated power being consumed for tracking a >1MW PV power plant.

  • The 3.0 MegaWattBlock uses a maximum voltage of 1500 Volt. Developed in co-operation with GE and PADCON, the 1500 V inverter system reduces

    BELECTRIC’s 3.0 ‘MegaWattBlock’ PV plant offers high grid stability

    04 September 2013, 12:19

    BELECTRIC’s new 3.0 MegaWattBlock is claimed to set new standards in solar power production. The power plant unit is designed to create electricity at the lowest possible levelized costs of electricity (LCOE). On a par with the functionality of large conventional power plants, the grid-stabilizing plant technology is designed to intelligently integrate renewable energy sources in existing power grids.

  • The Hybrid Renewable Energy Forecaster represents advancements in weather modeling technology, stemming from innovations such as ‘Deep Thund

    IBM offers big data analytics and weather modeling to tackle intermittence issues of renewables

    12 August 2013, 11:07

    IBM has introduced an advanced power and weather modeling technology that will help utilities increase the reliability of renewable energy resources. The solution combines weather prediction and analytics to accurately forecast the availability solar PV energy. The Hybrid Renewable Energy Forecasting” (HyRef) technology uses weather modeling capabilities, advanced cloud imaging technology and sky-facing cameras to track cloud movements, while sensors on the turbines monitor wind speed, temperature and direction.

  • The SolarMax 360 TS-SV central inverter comes with an increased minimum input voltage and greater output voltage, enabling a rated output po

    The SolarMax 360 TS-SV central inverter provides PV plant flexibility and yield optimization

    11 July 2013, 15:14

    The SolarMax 360 TS-SV central inverter from Sputnik Engineering AG and the TS-SV Compact Station, with a rated output power of 720kW, are designed as a cost effective solution for large PV power plants. The 360TS-SV has a European efficiency of 97.4%.

  • Designers can program the RD-195 to optimize the balance between arc-detection accuracy and false detection prevention to meet their system

    TI offers first reconfigurable DC arc detect reference solution

    16 May 2013, 11:59

    Texas Instruments has introduced the industry’s first fully programmable DC arc detect reference solution. The RD-195 makes it faster and easier for designers to address a growing need to safeguard high-power DC systems against the catastrophic damage that can result from arc faults.

  • The new thin (35mm) frame design features a high-tech aluminum alloy that allows for wind loads of up to 5,400 Pa while reducing module weig

    Hanwha Q CELLS ‘Q.PRO-G3’ series module comes in a lighter and slimmer design

    02 May 2013, 14:02

    Hanwha Q CELLS has introduced its versatile polycrystalline-based ‘Q.PRO-G3’ series module. Using its ‘Q.ANTUM’ high-efficiency solar cell technology (19.5% conversion efficiencies) and performance induced degradation (PID) free technology, the module also employs a lighter and slimmer design, using higher tensile aluminum frame.


  • 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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