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APsystems looks ahead after a record 2020

The microinverter specialist discusses its profitable growth, key milestones, and an ongoing focus on the Latin American market.


Sponsored: A driving force in the European utility scale PV market

Sungrow has become a strong force in Europe’s PV inverter landscape. The company has already captured a 26% share of the continent’s utility scale PV market and a new line-up of products is catching the attention of project developers.

Tier 1 manufacturer AE Solar to open 1 GW solar module factory in Turkey

AE Solar will open a new 1 GW solar PV module manufacturing facility in Turkey at the end of April under a joint venture with U.S.-based Energate Corp.


Shifting directions in PV mounting solutions

Solar photovoltaic mounting firm, Premium Mounting Technologies (PMT), was founded by industry veteran Peter Grass in 2012. The company is now shifting gears – in leadership and technologies. Sitting down with the company’s installation partner Solartechnik Dresden’s CEO, Steffen Hesch, the two discussed new business models and changes in solar.


Talking solar, energy storage, and inverter trends

Currently producing 10 GW of annual capacity, inverter manufacturer KSTAR says it plans to expand to 15 GW by the end of this year and hopes to double capacity to 30 GW in 2021 after bringing new products to the market. KSTAR vice president, Mr. Ye, talks about solar, storage, and inverters.


Convert launches new PV tracker control system

Solar PV tracking manufacturer, Convert, is launching its TRJ-AI Tracker Control System. The company says its new TRJ-AI innovation provides the industry the opportunity to easily control, manage, and monitor tracking systems from digital devices reliably and remotely to optimize the energy production of solar plants.

Why the era of solar specialization is over: Part II

The global manufacturing footprint of Q CELLS has incrementally expanded over the past few years. Today, the company owns the largest single solar module manufacturing plant in the Western Hemisphere – the 1.7 GW facility in Georgia, USA – and has large-scale cell and module manufacturing facilities in South Korea, China, and Malaysia. With 11.3 GW module capacity, Q CELLS has one of the largest and most flexible module manufacturing footprints in the industry, capable of deftly serving all four corners of the globe wherever and whenever demand arises.


Why the era of solar specialization is over: part I

In this two-part series, Tier-1 solar company Q CELLS takes an in-depth look at how the foundations of the world’s energy infrastructure are being methodically dismantled and upgraded with greener, cleaner and more intelligent solutions, and examines solar’s role – and that of traditional module cell and module manufacturers – in this fascinating transition.


AI steps into maintenance

The Covid-19 pandemic quarantine has introduced a new set of challenges for solar PV operations and maintenance. The topic has gained industry attention now that PV sites lack onsite personnel. Huawei says its new Smart I-V Curve Diagnosis – integrating artificial intelligence, digital technologies, and PV – is a first-step solution toward unmanned O&M. With the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) ever decreasing, improvements in O&M efficiency and accompanying cost reductions may accelerate the arrival of the grid parity era.

Three years of intelligent operations data

In 2016, Huaneng Hainan Power and Huawei jointly digitalized the Dongfang solar power plant in Hainan, China. As the first solar PV project to be digitalized, it is worth taking a look back to see how the new technology has actually bolstered performance.

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