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.
PV inverter manufacturer SolarEdge Technologies has announced that it was expanding its commercial PV sector product solutions with the launch of larger-capacity three-phase inverters with its synergy technology and a multi-input power optimizer at Intersolar Europe.
The CEO of Orsted, the world’s largest offshore wind developer, has said that his company is working to establish “a scalable commercial model” for solar PV and energy storage, viewing both as potential drivers of long-term growth.
The Australian Capital Territory, the country’s federal district and home of national capital Canberra, is supporting the planned roll-out of 36MW of customer-sited batteries by funding a further AU$3 million (US$2.39 million) in rebates.
Hospitals, schools and railways in South Australia will be powered by an electricity retailer started up by billionaire steel trader Sanjeev Gupta, following the signing of an agreement between the state government and Gupta’s SIMEC ZEN Energy.
Sweden-based PV manufacturer Midsummer has developed a flexible CIGS thin film solar cell process that provides a complete solution for BIPV/BAPV metal roof systems together with the Swedish Metal roofing company Clix Steel Profile AB that is certified for slopes as low as 5°.