China completes largest floating solar power plant

Major photovoltaic (PV) inverter manufacturer Sungrow Power Supply Co has said the largest floating PV power plant with a capacity of 40MW had been grid connected on former flooded coal mining region in Huainan, south Anhui province, China.

IHS: Suniva petition puts US PV demand at risk

Suniva’s petition to the US International Trade Commission (ITC) puts PV demand at risk by the uncertainty created among investors and the global supply chain, argues market research firm IHS Markit.

Yingli Green’s cash position precarious

Technically bankrupt, former ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member and once leading player in the solar industry, Yingli Green Energy has finally filed its 2016 annual report and its cash position looks increasingly precarious.

Astronergy migrating to 5-busbar module technology

PV module manufacturer Astronergy said it was undertaking a transition away from 4BB (busbar) technology to 5BB to boost overall conversion efficiencies at its production plant in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.

SEIA to lead campaign against Suniva’s USITC trade complaint

Updated: The US solar trade body, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) said it would spearhead the campaign against the trade petition by US-based bankrupt cell and module manufacturer, Suniva with the USITC (United States International Trade Commission) that threatens import duties on all crystalline solar cells and panels imported from anywhere across the world not produced in the US.

HT-SAAE launches second-generation N-type PERT bifacial module

Shanghai Aerospace Automobile Electromechanical Co., (HT-SAAE) has introduced its Milky Way N-type bifacial Dual Glass 5BB (busbar) PV modules, which are upgraded versions of the Milky Way bifacial N-type PERT monocrystalline PV modules. The new bifacial module brings a 10W increase in power output compared with the first generation of Milky Way PV modules with 4BB technique.

SolarWorld Americas attempting to go it alone

With its parent company SolarWorld AG and German-based subsidiaries at the early stage of insolvency proceedings, US subsidiary SolarWorld Americas Inc., has said for the first time since its parent company went bankrupt that it was planning to operate its manufacturing plant in Hillsboro, Oregon and other operations as normal.

JinkoSolar first in China to be awarded IEC61345 module certification

‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) leader JinkoSolar said it had been first manufacturer in China to receive the latest IEC61345 module certification that employs stricter testing requirements for solar panels. The certification was carried out by TUV Rheinland.

Agfa’s ‘UNIQOAT’ is a single layer backsheet with high reflectivity

Agfa Specialty Products has introduced ‘UNIQOAT,’ its next generation of polyester-based backsheet product. UNIQOAT eliminates the risk of backsheet delamination as it is manufactured as a single layer backsheet and achieves a level of reflectivity. The new product was showcased at SNEC 2017.