Day 3: Solar Power International news summary

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The Solar Power International (SPI) conference and exhibition is the largest solar industry event in the U.S. The 2008 event is being held this week in San Diego, California, coming straight after the solar investment tax credit (ITC) bill was passed in Congress, extending incentives for domestic and commercial installations that could now see the U.S become the largest market for solar energy in the years to come. Our intrepid reporter, Tom Cheyney was impressed with the Solar Block Party(s) last night in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. However, this daily review covers breaking news from the show rather than elsewhere, in an easy to digest summary.

Global Solar Energy is showing off its Copper Indium Gallium diSelenide (CIGS) thin-film modules at booth 1339 after recently obtaining IEC (International Electrochemical Commission) certification. The company’s CIGS solar modules have been subjected to the IEC battery of tests and passed the first time, the company said. Certification was delivered by the Arizona State University Photovoltaic Testing Laboratory (ASU-PTL), which confirms via the IEC 61646 certification that Global Solar’s modules adhere to the commission’s stringent requirements for functional and mechanical capabilities for long-term operation and open-air environments.

Five Star Technologies, has introduced for the first time at SPI its new ElectroSperse S-series solar inks for use in crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, which the company said, allow solar cell makers to lay out front side grid lines as narrow as 80-100 microns—much thinner than the 120-175-micron width of conventional contacts. The company believes its S-600 product range maintains consistent electrical contact with emitter layers.

REC has launched its SCM Series solar module in the U.S. this week, highlighting that the product features a 10-year limited warranty of 90 percent power output and 25-year limited warranty of 80 percent power output. The module is also backed up by a 63-month limited warranty on materials and workmanship. Also of interest is that REC noted that located most of its production facilities in areas that use hydroelectric power, significantly reducing its carbon footprint.
Owens Design has completed its ninth collaborative design and build project in time for SPI with a solar manufacturing company since entering that market in 2006. Owens Design’s expertise is in solar manufacturing tool development that spans both crystalline -silicon and thin-film-based manufacturing approaches. The company has developed photovoltaic cell solutions for handling, inspection, magazine and carrier handling and factory automation. Its thin-film-based solar manufacturing solutions have targeted custom automation for glass, flexible substrate, vacuum and atmospheric systems; material handling and factory integration. With a growing based of equipment suppliers for both types of technology in the U.S. the company is exhibiting at booth 1726.

Konarka’s low cost organic flexible thin film technology offers a cost-effective renewable power solution. The company recently announced the opening of the world’s largest roll-to-roll flexible thin film solar manufacturing facility in New Bedford, Massachusetts, preparing for the mass production of its Power Plastic products that are being displayed at booth 922. The company’s build-out of capacity is impressive and so should the cost per watt reductions. 

CH2M HILL said it has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to help 25 American cities accelerate the adoption of solar energy. This is a strategic component of The Solar America Initiative, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) effort to make solar electricity from photovoltaics cost competitive with conventional forms of electricity from the utility grid by 2015. The contract is worth $5.5 million to CH2M HILL. CH2M HILL’s Solar Portals combine aerial imagery with advanced 3-D modeling, allowing entire cities to be mapped rooftop by rooftop in a matter of weeks. Once CH2M HILL and the city host the solar map of the city on a Solar Portal, residents can easily log on, view their rooftops, calculate the available square footage for panels, mock up solar panel placement, estimate how much money they will save and choose from a listing of available installers. You can check out whether you are hot or not at booth 446.

7 June 2022
The Renewable Energy Trading Summit is the only event in Europe dedicated to renewable energy trading and will bring together renewable power asset owners, investors, exchanges, intermediaries and large energy buyers to discover the future of power sales. This unique event is designed specifically for the most senior players and will provide an excellent forum for business deals, networking and learning. The energy transition is gathering pace with renewable energy attracting increasing sums of capital each year. Solar and wind deployment is increasing annually and governments are ever-more reliant on the renewables sector to stimulate moribund economies. Retirement of fossil fuel assets continues in the background. However, without subsidies and uncertainty around PPAs, renewable asset owners are heading into the wholesale markets to trade power but are they ready for the volatility in revenue this will entail?
9 June 2022
The proliferation of solar PV and other renewables is a cornerstone of the emerging new power system and, as a result, the solar industry has entered its fastest-growth period. This has become typified by surging demand for high-power PV modules that both produce more power and are more efficient than their predecessors. Providing a significant boost to power outputs, large-format modules have become a popular choice for customers the world over. Outdoor testing of modules is now providing empirical evidence of the benefits large-format modules produce, providing a crucial benchmark and invaluable data for customers to evaluate their module selection and procurement processes. In this PV Tech webinar, experts from TÜV Rheinland, CPVT and Trina Solar will discuss how to ensure science based and precision testing under field conditions, how empirical data is collected and analysed during TÜV Rheinland and CPVT’s outdoor testing, the empirical data behind a 670W module’s ultra-high power, and more.
14 June 2022
Join us in Napa to unlock the key to reliable PV module supply to the U.S. market in 2022 & 2023. We'll also be gathering the main players in the US solar market for some wine tasting!
15 June 2022
Consumers are turning to residential renewables in significant numbers, driven by a desire to be environmentally conscious and a wave of high power prices. But turning green requires easy-to-use and, above all, safe technologies that meet expectations. Huawei is committed to building efficient, safe, reliable and grid-supporting smart PV plants that also provide smart services to consumers, and its Residential Solution has been tailored to meet consumer demand. This webinar will demonstrate the full suite of technologies offered within the Huawei Residential Solution, including a smart energy controller, smart AC charger, and AI-powered energy storage solution, and detail how it can place power back in the consumer’s hands.
22 June 2022
The 11th edition of the Large Scale Solar Summit is coming to the US after 10 sell-out years in Europe! Designed as a meeting place for deal-making, we will not only discuss the most up to date topics and technologies but will also provide varied networking platforms so that developers, EPCs, manufacturers, asset owners, and investors can connect with possible clients and partners. In a year expected to break records for the solar market, join us in Texas to meet with the top players in the industry and expand your network as business booms.
19 July 2022
As New South Wales is gearing up to become a renewable energy superpower, an exciting clean energy event is coming to Sydney. Energy Next is a free-to-attend industry event focusing on the latest renewable energy and energy management technologies, which will be held from 19-20 July 2022 at the ICC Sydney in Darling Harbour. Organised by the same people behind the country’s largest clean energy event, All-Energy Australia, Energy Next will bring a quality exhibition and technical session series to NSW. Energy Next will also host the Clean Energy Council’s Solar Masterclass with a program developed for solar designers and installers. Across two days, Energy Next will provide an extensive exhibition, workshops and networking opportunities for those working in the renewable energy industry to meet with leading suppliers, discover the latest technologies and gain an understanding of how to successfully launch new clean energy projects.

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