PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) has released the results of the very first independent reliability testing of PV inverters, which included thirty-five different inverter models, including microinverters and power optimisers, produced by 12 different inverter manufacturers.
US-headquartered high-efficiency solar panel manufacturer SunPower Corp recently held its ‘Capital Markets Day’ event that indicated a slow turnaround in its business fortunes would be a key development in 2019.
A key challenge for a company that has undergone several major restructurings in recent years has been the lack of profitability.
Hoymiles is unveiling its 4-in-1 microinverter, the HM-1200, which is the first designed with reactive power control for 4 solar panels. It still offers the same features as Hoymiles former released MI-1200, with wide DC input operating voltage range (16-60V) & low start-up voltage (22V only).
A personal perspective on why a solar company could take on its rivals and thrive in a year full of disruptions to the industry but report record results and revenue growth that is unlikely to be topped by any other PV manufacturer in 2018.
Integrated PV manufacturer REC Group has increased its product warranties across its portfolio of TwinPeak and N-Peak modules from 10 to 20 years as degradation rates have reduced and has started to offer an extra 5-year product warranty for installations carried out by REC-certified Solar Professionals, resulting in a 25-year coverage.
Jolywood (Suzhou) Sunwatt Co has launched two differentiated high-efficiency N-type mono PV modules. The new products, the JW-HT&HD Series ‘Paving’ module boasts a front power of 430W, efficiency of 20.5%, integrated power of 530W with efficiency of 25.4%, as well as a rear power gain of 30%. The JW-HF Series ultra-light flexible module weighs 3.75kg per sqm, due to the advanced composite encapsulation materials.
US-headquartered high-efficiency solar panel manufacturer SunPower Corp has started changing its long-held strategy of supplying only its in-house produced E Series and X Series panels to residential and C&I (Commerical and Industrial) PV projects in the US.
Just when it looked like the underlining trend for Tesla’s shift away from using third party mainstream solar panel suppliers was set in stone, as manufacturing partner Panasonic started ramping Gigafactory 2 production, the latest data for the third quarter of 2018, goes completely in a different direction.
At Solar Power International 2018 in Anaheim, numerous PV module manufacturers are continuing to roll-out a wider range of panels that embrace new technologies such as bifacial and half-cut cells as well as increased performance from existing product offerings that include both monocrystalline and multicrystalline.
Hanwha Q CELLS new Q.PEAK DUO-G5 series modules are designed for higher efficiency and minimized degradation that provides a price to performance ratio designed to target the residential and commercial markets. The Q.PEAK DUO-G5 half-cell module won an Intersolar Award 2018.
Major PV inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology has once again reiterated sales and earnings guidance for 2018, after reporting first half year results but has become increasingly bearish on the global solar market, while its solar product order backlog takes a dive.