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 polysilicon and multicrystalline wafer producer GCL-Poly Energy Holding's dedicated wafer production subsidiary, GCL-Poly (Suzhou) New Energy has reported first-quarter 2018 revenue increase, quarter-on-quarter and year-on-year, after increasing wafer capacity by 62.2% by the end of 2017.
With cell producers increasingly focusing on improved efficiencies and yields, line optimization upgrades are coming to the fore. PV Tech caught up with Steve Mcdonald, vice president, application engineering at inline solar cell measurement equipment specialist Aurora Solar Technologies, to discuss some of the industry trends.
Today, silicon solar cells are still produced in almost equal shares from mono- and multi-crystalline silicon wafers. The authors here look at the scope for efficiencies in the wire sawing process for multi-crystalline silicon.
PV CellTech 2017 is almost upon us, and the speaker agenda is finalized, including the elite of c-Si wafer and cell manufacturing. The event takes place in Penang, Malaysia, on 14-15 March 2017. In preparation for the event, PV Tech checked in with LONGi’s presenter at PV CellTech, Xie Tian, on what we could expect to hear from his opening talk on 14 March.
PV wafer and module manufacturer ReneSola reported first quarter 2016 results inline with guidance as the company continues to shift away from its OEM module business and focus on downstream PV power plant projects.