10 years of R&D spending analysis of 12 key PV module manufacturers

PV Tech reached its own little milestone of having reported and analysed the R&D spending habits of the same 12 key PV module manufacturers for 10 years. The results have just been published in sister technical journal Photovoltaics International as part of the annual leaders and laggards of R&D spending for 2016.

Silicon Module Super League confirmed to speak at PV ModuleTech

The significance of PV-Tech’s forthcoming conference in Kuala Lumpur – PV ModuleTech 2017 – has just moved to a new level, with the key company executives from all members of the Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) giving presentations on stage about the quality, reliability, and performance of their solar modules.

Reducing OEM module supply should be quality-driven, not to save a penny on blended costs

The use of third-party cell and module sourcing has seen a massive uptick in the solar industry, during the past 2-3 years. The appetite of leading global module suppliers to rely on outsourced cells and modules has been clear to see in the past 12-18 months, but tends to go through almost quarterly tactical adjustments, often driven by factors that are potentially creating risk for long-term downstream asset holders of utility-scale sites.

Trina Solar achieves 24.13% conversion efficiency for IBC solar cell

‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Trina Solar has reported a verified N-type monocrystalline Interdigitated Back Contact (IBC) solar cell with a conversion efficiency of 24.13%. Japan Electrical Safety & Environment Technology Laboratories (JET) verified the results.

Trina Solar wins its first order for bifacial modules

‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Trina Solar has secured the second largest order for bifacial modules, according to PV Tech’s analysis. The shipment occurred in April 2017 and is Trina Solar's first order for its bifacial modules.

Movers & Shakers: SolarPower Europe, Lightsource, Trina Solar, Coalition for Community Access & More

This week's Movers & Shakers segment sees big waves in Europe with a new president for SolarPower Europe and Lightsource hiring a new strategy officer in its move to evolve from a pure solar company to a global energy leader. There's resignations in some of Asia's biggest module manufacturers including Trina Solar and Yingli Green, and the Coalition for Community Solar Access celebrates its first anniversary and talks to PV Tech on how to keep the community solar boom going.

Capital expenditure in the PV industry for 2017 and 2018

While there is no shortage of leading indicators in the PV industry that can be used to predict future trends in manufacturing and across the various companies involved in this space, one of the most pertinent ones relates to capital expenditure (or capex).

Top-10 solar module suppliers in 2016

Yesterday, we exclusively revealed the top-10 solar cell producers for 2016. In the second part of our top-10 series, we can now reveal for the first time the top-10 module suppliers to the solar industry for 2016.