As 2019 draws to a close, PV Tech reflects on the year’s most impactful stories in the solar economy. Liam Stoker starts by looking back at the first three months of the year, when there was a major subsidy U-turn in China and the first of many manufacturing expansions.
Wafers are changing. Yet again the industry must find the right balance between performance gains and the limitations of the tools already in place at scale. Carrie Xiao investigates why many believe LONGi's M6 wafer might well have found the sweet spot for the foreseeable future.
Leading monocrystalline wafer producer and ‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member LONGi Green Energy Technology has achieved a front side power of more than 450W in its 72-cell bifacial half-cut module, a world record for this module type, tested and verified by TÜV-SÜD.
France-based renewable energy firm Neoen has secured US$280 million in debt financing from Bancomext, Natixis and Société Générale for its 375MW El Llano solar project in the state of Aguascalientes in Mexico, the company's largest such project to date.
Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) member LONGi Solar, a subsidiary of LONGi Green Energy Technology, has reported that TUV-SUD has verified its 60-cell P-type monocrystalline PERC module to have a conversion efficiency of 20.83% - yet another new industry record.
PV Tech caught up with Tristan Erion-Lorico, Head of PV Module Business, Laboratory Services, at quality assurance and risk management company, DNV GL, to discuss extended testing of bifacial modules and third-party, outdoor trials using single-axis trackers on 1500V.