China-based integrated PV manufacturer Yingli Green Energy is supplying one of its upstream manufacturing equipment suppliers with its N-type ‘PANDA’ bi-facial modules for a 400kWp ground-mount power plant at Tempress Systems headquarters in the Netherlands.
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.
Leading PV manufacturing equipment supplier, Meyer Burger has secured a CHF 22 million (US$22.5 million) order from Russia-based integrated solar module manufacturer to convert to heterojunction (HJ) and bifacial cell production and ‘SmartWire’ module assembly.
Nanoelectronics research centre imec and energy giant Total, majority owner of US-based PV energy provider, SunPower, have extended an R&D collaboration to embrace a number of advanced technologies, including n-type PERT bi-facial solar cells and novel low-cost module interconnection concepts.