Big numbers and high mood at All Energy 2017

Record crowds have been attracted to this year’s All Energy Australia trade show and conference, currently underway at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. With the country’s rooftop market set to exceed 1 GW in 2017, the battery storage sector burgeoning, and strong growth being shown in the utility scale segment, policy uncertainty prevails beyond 2020.

Video: Quality Roundtable at SPI: “more focus on LCOE and quality”

At last month’s Solar Power International trade show and conference, pv magazine hosted its sixth Quality Rountable event – the second of its kind at SPI. The event raised a number of worrying real-world examples of quality falling short of expectations, but it ended on the hopeful note of quality across the value chain trending upwards.

Behind the world’s first Meyer Burger SmartWire line

While it has been slow to gain major traction in manufacturing, Meyer Burger’s SmartWire cell interconnection technology now has a significant reference application, in the form Polish manufacturer Hanplast.

Recycling of PV modules: New Fraunhofer study sheds light on end of life issues

Seeking to answer what is happening with final costs once recycling becomes and issue at PV module end-of-life, backsheet manufacturer Coveme points to the importance of fluorine-free backsheets for the PV industry, as they keep the costs down while being environmentally friendly.

On a journey to high power: Cell and module-level innovation at Intersolar Europe 2017

pv magazine provides a brief overview of high-efficiency, high-output solutions presented at Intersolar Europe 2017.

Nidec ASI: Making storage smarter

In an interview with at Intersolar Europe 2017, Kaila Haines, Nidec ASI Marketing Director, is tracing the evolution of Europe’s large-scale battery storage market.

centrotherm subsidiary picks up sputter tool contract for China CIGS plants

FHR Anlagenbau will supply the sputter production tooling for Manz’s Chinese CIGSline factories. The production equipment, which is likely for the landmark deal between Manz, Shanghai Electric, and major Chinese generator Shenhua, which was signed in January, will be delivered in 2018.

Australia: sonnen partners with Natural Solar to roll out sonnenFlat

German storage provider sonnen has partnered with Australia’s self-styled “largest installer of home energy solutions” Natural Solar to introduce its sonnenFlat concept. In a launch event in Sydney tonight, Natural Solar CEO Chris Williams said that in light of recent utility price hikes in some parts of the country, that there is “very strong interest” in the sonnenFlat from households.

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Analysis: Higher prices in July, while overcapacity expected later in Q3

Mid-way through 2017, end-market demand for PV modules remain in flux as the regulatory landscape in China and the U.S. continues to impact demand. Corrine Lin provides her analysis.

Rena and Aiko Solar Energy to collaborate on plating technology

Rena and Aiko Solar Energy will expand their collaboration into electroplating cell metalization technology. Germany’s Rena has already delivered some 4 GW of wet chemistry tooling to the Chinese PV producer, and will now deliver one of its InCellPlate to Aiko’s new Yiwu production facility, in the Zhenjiang province.