Canadian Solar has introduced a new suite of 1500V system voltage monocrystalline and multicrystalline solar modules in 60-cell and 72-cell configurations as well as a T4 field-installable PV connector portfolio for commercial and utility-scale PV power plants. The products were launched at Intersolar North America 2016.
Kipp & Zonen is launching a new solar radiation measurement solution at Intersolar Europe 2016. The ‘RaZON+’ is said to be an all-in-one system that accurately measures both direct normal irradiance (DNI) and diffuse horizontal irradiance (DHI) from the sun and sky, enabling it to provide very reliable values of global horizontal solar irradiance (GHI) and sunshine duration.
INDEOtec’s Octopus II PECVD system has proven capabilities in the formation of heterojunction solar cells that enables top and bottom side thin film substrate deposition without the need of substrate flipping and vacuum breakage. The proprietary reactor design and a unique electrode arrangement allow low plasma ignition levels and low ion bombardments, which result in superior film thickness uniformity and excellent passivation levels.
Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation (TMEIC) has started shipments of the newest inverters in the ‘Solar Ware’ ‘Samurai’ Series 1500VDC, 2700kW / 2700kVA central inverters. The Samurai’s new thermal solution offers a cooling system designed for the desert environment, and offers an operating range of 50 ~ 950V.
Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin (PI Berlin) now has the capability to troubleshoot faults in PV power plants using a precision LED solar simulator. This device is the first of its kind to allow laboratory standard solar module power measurements to be taken in the field without the need to dismantle modules.
SMA Solar Technology has launched the world’s first medium-voltage station in a 10-foot container for Sunny Tripower inverters, the MVS-STP, thereby expanding its portfolio serving decentralized photovoltaic power plants. The turnkey MVS-STP solution, specifically designed for string inverters, considerably simplifies setup of photovoltaic power plants with a decentralized system layout. In addition to quicker transport, the MV station makes cost savings possible thanks to shortened installation and commissioning times.
Hanwha Q CELLS is launching a 72 cell solar module, the ‘Q.PLUS L-G4.2,’ which is specifically optimized for large scale deployment with power classes of up to 340 watts and is UL and IEC 1500V certified. The utility-scale module incorporates Hanwha Q CELLS' proprietary Q.ANTUM technology based on the rear side passivation of solar cells and utilizes additional features to optimize the efficiency and performance of the PV cells to reduce the LCOE (Levelized Cost of Electricity) for the US market.
DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions developed and launched a new advanced ‘DuPont’ ‘Solamet’ PV19B photovoltaic metallization front side paste that has a highly conductive silver composition and part of the PV19x family of pastes, with innovative material science which enables finer line design and excellent printability.
Solar Frontier has expanded its portfolio of CIS (Copper, Indium selenium) thin-film module-based ‘PowerSets’ for residential rooftops, introducing the new ‘PowerSet Mini’ and ‘PowerSet Maxi’ to supplement its ‘PowerSet Turbo’ product offering. By expanding its PowerSet product line, the company is addressing growing demand for standardised PV systems that better suit various roof and system sizes.
LayTec has introduced the first commercially available system for simulation and monitoring of LID (Light Induced Degredation). ‘LID Scope’ is a table-top system that helps to quantify the expected performance loss of any solar cell directly at the production line or in the lab. The tool performs accelerated or real-life degradation tests fully automatically. It is claimed to deliver highly reproducible results and a permanent monitoring of Voc changes by integrated metrology.