Energyra launches high-efficiency MWT, conductive backsheet mono PERC module

The Netherlands-based PV module manufacturer Energyra B.V will be launching its first high-efficiency 60-cell module using P-type monocrystalline PERC solar cells with ECN patented metallization wrap-through (MWT) technology with a back contact conductive backsheet configuration. Energyra modules will have peak power values ranging from 300 to 325Wp and high durability under dynamic weather conditions, while providing best-in-class aesthetics for residential PV applications.

Making PV transparent: The ultimate BIPV solution?

Transparent PV (TPV) aims to optimize both the transmission of visible light while maximizing power conversion. Edgar A. Gunther explores some of the companies making major headway towards mainstreaming see-through solar.

Tesla’s PV installs continue rapid decline to 87MW in Q4 2017

Tesla reported another major decline in its residential solar installations for the fourth quarter of 2017, while a supply shortage in its energy storage system ‘Powerwall’ has created a customer backlog of solar and storage installs of more than one year.

Analysing BIPV affordability

One argument frequently used against building-integrated PV is its high cost relative to normal building materials. But as Laura Maturi and Jennifer Adami argue, evidence gathered from real-life BIPV projects. suggests otherwise

Solaria provides ‘PowerVision’ series of customized architectural glass modules

Solaria Corporation’s ‘PowerVision’ series of customized architectural solar (BIPV), power generating glass solutions for building facades that can enable net zero energy or meet ‘WELL’ building standards and are eligible for ‘LEED’ points in energy efficiency saving buildings and structures. PowerVision glass can be widely used in nearly every aspect of a building envelope beyond the rooftop to generate electricity.

RGS Energy to compete with Tesla with Dow Chemical’s solar shingles

US-based PV installer RGS Energy has struck an exclusive deal with Dow Chemical to exclusively sell its third generation (3.0) solar shingles under the ‘POWERHOUSE’ brand said to use conventional crystalline silicon solar cells rather than the original CIGS (Copper, Indium, Gallium, Selenide) thin-film substrates.

Solaria and leading PACE financier establish BIPV partnership

Solar module technology provider Solaria and CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital – the leading Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financier – have announced a partnership on building-integrated solar (BIPV) known as SolarPACE.

IKEA UK bolsters solar product range

Furniture retailer IKEA is to improve on its solar PV product range later this year after seeing its sales of sustainability products surge in 2016.