SCHMID has launched a cost-effective process for the texturing of diamond-wire cut multi-c-Si wafers that can be easily integrated into existing production lines. DW PreTex is being made available in two versions: as a separate single unit that roughens the surface of the wafers and then uses the available texture capacity, or as a combined line for complete texturing. Based on an in-line wet process, the process is suitable for both wafer and cell manufacturers.
Growatt has launched its new generation, three-phase solar inverter series, the Growatt 8K-11KTL3-S. The new inverters are designed with maximum efficiency of 98.4% and MPPT efficiency 99.5%, as well as a wide DC voltage range of 160-1000VDC, which maximizes the comprehensive efficiency of the inverter and provides longer electricity generation.
Aurora Solar Technologies has introduced an enhanced version of its ‘Decima’ inline measurement system for quality control of bi-facial solar cells during production. ‘Decima Gemini’ consists of a specialized pair of Decima CD measurement heads that enables the sheet resistance of the wafers' back-surface field and emitter to be measured accurately and simultaneously.
Fraunhofer ISE has developed a new software tool that determines the cell-to-module (CTM) effects that occur when solar cells are integrated into a module. The SmartCalc.CTM software enables manufacturers of PV modules and materials to optimize the assembly and material combination in a PV module before fabricating a prototype.
skytron energy has further enhanced its ‘PVGuard’ PV power plant supervision platform. Version 2.4 of PVGuard focuses on fleet management that enables system owners and operators to monitor the technical performance of all PV power plants, inverters and alarms across their entire fleet in a single view, which can be filtered or sorted to suit individual requirements.
ABB’s new TRIO-50 three-phase string inverter can be installed in virtually any location or in any orientation and enables shorter time to market for large commercial or small utility scale projects, according to the company. It has a landscape modular design to guarantee maximum flexibility, improve ease of installation and lower maintenance costs and can be installed by two people and no machinery.
Tesla/SolarCity have announced the launch of a building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) residential roofing system comprised of a range of different tile formats, colours and coatings that aesthetically as possible mirror common conventional tile formats. The solar tiles can be provided as a retrofit option to the replacement of an existing aged tiled roof or as a new build alternative to standard residential roofing systems.
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a new cell-string optimizer technology that allows PV panels to harvest significantly more energy and simplifies design complexity for solar installation projects, notably shade mitigation and eliminating hot-spots while minimizing the impact of overall power degradation mechanisms.