Features

Features, Product Reviews
November 19, 2008
By Syanne Olson
Product Briefing Outline: Kaco nowoffers a new generation of central inverters that optimize yield from solar modules configured for large-scale power generation.The Powador XP100-HV central inverter uses DSP-based technology that is intended to offer the highest performance, reliability and efficiency.
Features, Product Reviews
November 12, 2008
By Mark Osborne
Product Briefing Outline: Oerlikon Solar has introduced its next generation ‘Amorph High Performance’ thin film technology. Oerlikon Solar has claimed a major leap forward in panel performance by achieving more than 7% stabilized efficiency that has enabled a 16% increase in panel power output. The company said that more than 500,000 panels of the new technology have been produced. ‘Amorph High Performance’ fab capacity is also claimed to be up by more than 50% without an increase in fab cost. This has significantly raised economic viability for this high growth PV technology. Oerlikon has already been granted the requisite master certificates from TÜV.
Features, Product Reviews
November 5, 2008
By Syanne Olson
Product Briefing Outline: XeroCoat Technology has entered the solar energy market targeting the solar thermal and solar photovoltaic segments with its antireflective coatings. The XeroCoat antireflective coatings are claimed increase conversion efficiency and, consequently, the power output of solar systems, while being of low cost.
Editors' Blog, Features
November 5, 2008
By Syanne Olson
It’s been a long 21 months of campaigning, voting and high emotions with the American Presidential election. Now that President-elect Barack Obama has been voted into office, with his official term starting on 20th January 2009, it is a great time to look back at what his views and promises were in regards to his presidency’s impact on the solar industry.With the world watching the unfolding events of the past year in America’s politics, many issues were at the forefront of debates. Economy, war and international relations; all the typical - indeed, important - questions that needed to be asked of the future leader of the United States. One question that was of particular interest was the position that the candidates, specifically Barack Obama, held in regards to renewable energy, especially in the solar industry.
Features, Product Reviews
October 29, 2008
By Syanne Olson
Product Briefing Outline: KLA-Tencor has unveiled its latest stylus surface profiling system, the ‘P-6,’ offering a unique set of advanced features for scientific research and production environments, such as photovoltaic solar cell manufacturing. The P-6 system benefits from measurement technologies developed on advanced semiconductor profiler systems, but in a smaller, more economical bench top design for samples up to 150mm. The P-6 profiler has been qualified at BP Solar, a major photovoltaic manufacturer.
Features, Product Reviews
October 15, 2008
By Síle Mc Mahon
Product Briefing Outline: Scapa, a manufacturer of technical, self-adhesive tapes, has launched a range of products for the photovoltaic module manufacturing industry. The high-performance technical products are used in a number of applications including bonding/sealing aluminium framed modules, permanent bonding of the junction box, laminate fabrication, cell positioning and cable management. Scapa offers a wide range of double-sided adhesive coated polyethylene (PE), polyurethane (PUR) and acrylic foams (AFT) that meet specific industry standards and requirements.
Features, Product Reviews
October 8, 2008
By Síle Mc Mahon
Product Briefing Outline: Mecasolar is a company dedicated to the design, manufacture and distribution of dual axis, azimuth and vertical solar trackers, such as MS Tracker 10 in its two versions MS Tracker 10 and MS Tracker 10 +. The trackers come with a 10-year guarantee on parts and workmanship and displacement.
Editors' Blog, Features
October 4, 2008
By David Owen
Congress has passed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 with the support of senators Obama and McCain. The news is welcomed by the solar industry but unusually was met by traders with a plunge in the value of solar stocks. While most will focus on the financial implications of the bailout bill the solar industry can finally plan ahead...
Editors' Blog, Features
October 3, 2008
By Síle Mc Mahon
Senate Passes Relief Package 74-25 Commentary by Barclay's Capital Solar Energy Equity Research Analyst Vishal Shah OVERALL THOUGHTS: The Senate passed legislation that combines the House-failed TARP bill with an increase in FDIC insurance coverage (from $100k to $250k) and the Senate's (only partially paid-for) tax extender package.  Focus now shifts to the House, where obviously the legislation has faced a tougher hurdle.
Editors' Blog, Features
October 1, 2008
By Síle Mc Mahon
Just prior to going to press with this week’s newsletter, Reuters has reported that legislation extending tax credits for the solar industry gained new life on Wednesday as U.S. Senate leaders said they plan to attach the tax bill to a $700 billion economic rescue package.

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