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.
Gantner Instruments has launched a new solution for monitoring PV power plants at the string level. The ‘string.bloxx All-in-one’ system recognises design and production errors with high resolution down to the PV module level.
Shanghai HIUV New Materials Co has introduced a newly developed ‘pre-crosslinking’ EVA. The G401W EVA, part of a new G Series range is designed specifically for double glass PV modules with the aim of eliminating a series of issues encountered with conventional EVA materials in the lamination process.
Renusol is introducing its new ballasted flat-roof mounting system FS10-S and FS18-S for mounting south-facing photovoltaic panels. It requires few components and uses especially short rails, making the system price-efficient and quick to install. As it has little surface area exposed to the wind and is equipped with wind deflectors, minimal ballasting is required, making the new mounting system especially suited for commercial and agricultural buildings with lightweight roofs.
SunPower has launched its ‘Equinox’ solar PV system to the US residential market that is claimed to be the first solution in the country in which every major component has been designed and engineered by one company to work seamlessly together, delivering the highest power, long-term performance and aesthetic appeal. With a typical SunPower Equinox installation, only the solar panels and a Smart Energy management device are visible, reflecting SunPower's minimalist architectural approach at the system level.
Meyer Burger has introduced the DW288 Series 3 diamond wire cutting tool that has been specially designed for use with extremely thin wires.
NEXTracker has introduced NX Fusion, a product bundle of pre-engineered single-axis tracker and AC power system solutions that integrates a solar power plant’s most critical mechanical and electrical components into a single tracker power block.
Tigo Energy has showcased its TS4 platform that is claimed to be the world's first junction box (JBox) platform to offer customers different functionalities, replacing the traditional JBox, dependent on budget considerations.
SnapNrack has launched a new Junction Box and Trunk Cable Clamp, which will further enhance the company’s wire management solutions that reduce solar installation times and lower installations costs.
M10 Industries' ‘Kubus’ multi-tray stringer is claimed to offer uninterrupted production and an output of up to PV 5,000 cells per hour.
Schmid`s APCVD (Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition) technology allows for a variety of doped and undoped films to be deposited inline that can boost solar cell conversion efficiencies for a wide range of solar cell architectures for high-volume production such as PERC and PERT.
AllEarth Renewables a US-based dual-axis solar tracker manufacturer, has announced the introduction of a new L20 solar tracker designed for 72-cell PV modules with a landscape orientation option.
SiTec, a subsidiary of centrotherm photovoltaics said it was developing a highly efficient technology called ‘Genesis’ that when perfected would reduce monosilane fluid-bed reactor (FBR) polysilicon production capital and operating costs by approximately 45% each, compared to legacy FBR decomposition processes.
Canadian Solar is introducing a 72-cell, 1500V ‘Diamond’ CS6X-P-FG PV module with heat-strengthened double glass configuration for commercial and utility-scale applications and is designed for high voltage systems of up to 1500 VDC, saving BOS costs.
Valentin Software will launch the next generation of its design software PV*SOL premium at the end of 2015. New features are designed to make the process of designing a PV system easier and faster. The shading analysis of roof and ground-mounted systems in 3D mode remains the central feature as it calculates how often the modules are covered by shade, and how this affects the system yield, presenting the results graphically. All shading objects can be freely selected and placed anywhere on the ground or building.