At its joint exhibition with Dow Corning at the SNEC show in Shanghai last month, Dow Elastomers showcased its ENGAGE PV POE solution, a polyolefin-based material that can be used in manufacturing both top and bottom encapsulant films for many module types.
China is shifting its major PV installations from previous large utility-sized ground PV plants in the west and north to small-sized distributed PV projects in the eastern coastal areas. During this process, many companies have found new opportunities.
Far and away the largest PV market in the world, China’s development has broad consequences for the entire PV industry. Nowhere was this more evident than at the SNEC trade show in Shanghai last month, where the question of China’s projected installations for 2017 was hot on everyone’s lips.
The German PV equipment provider will partner with Shanghai Electric Group and Shenhua Group to further develop the CIGS technology. NICE PV Research has already started R&D activities.
Researchers at the Netherlands’ University of Twente have developed a material comprising thin, diamond-like photonic nanostructures which reflect a surprisingly wide range of colours of light, from all angles. This could make the material ideally suited for use as a back reflector for PV modules.
A joint venture of four Japanese firms invest $315 million for a solar project in the south of the country. The solar park is scheduled to start operation in January 2020, producing 99 MWh annually.