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Glint Solar adds PV degradation maps to utility-scale developer software

The Norwegian PV planning software company said it added the new PV degradation maps to pinpoint site locations with favorable climatic conditions.

Sinovoltaics releases financial stability ranking of PV module manufacturers

Sinovoltaics has analyzed listed solar panel producers over the past three years using a balance sheet-based model and publicly available financial information to track finacial strength. The top-five module makers of the new ranking are Tainergy, First Solar, Eterbright, Mission Solar, and Era Solar.

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Chinese PV Industry Brief: Seraphim begins work on 10 GW module factory

Seraphim says it will build a new 10 GW solar panel factory in two phases in Guangzhou, with an investment of CNY 6 billion ($829.6 million), while JA Solar has announced plans to construct a 5 GW panel factory in Inner Mongolia.

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Fuji Electric launches high-power module for large power converters

The Japanese manufacturer said its latest power semiconductor module is based on a compact insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) and is designed for large capacity industrial power converters voltage of 2,300 V.

Vehicle-integrated photovoltaic system for medical support

A spinoff of Germany’s Fraunhofer Gesellschaft has developed a compact vehicle-integrated PV system integrated with medical support equipment to provide off-grid, off-road mobile healthcare in rural communities. The PV modules with integrated energy management system supply all the electricity required for maintaining a cold chain for vaccines, medicines and samples.

Vehicle-integrated photovoltaics making the moves from niche to mainstream

A new report from the International Energy Agency’s Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA-PVPS) looks at success factors required to take vehicle integrated photovoltaics (VIPV) from niche to mainstream based on a survey of 110 experts in the topic of transport and PV.

New roadmap identifies critical priorities for commercialization of tandem solar cells

NREL researchers reviewed and assessed a variety of tandem solar cell pairings on technology status and prospects. Their work is intended to identify what kind of work lies ahead on the path to commercialization.

AGC uses recycled glass from PV panels for float glass production

The Japanese glass, material, and chemical manufacturer announced a successful test using recycled cover glass from solar panels in the manufacturing of float glass, with technology suppled by Tokuyama Corporation.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: Astronergy secures 1 GW solar module order

Astronergy has announced a 1 GW solar module deal with China National Petroleum Corp. The order is for its ASTRO N-Series modules, which feature its tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) 4.0 cell technology.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: JinkoSolar breaks ground on 56 GW solar factory

JinkoSolar has broken ground on a 56 GW PV panel factory in China’s Shanxi province. It says the new facility will be vertically integrated and will be constructed in four 14 GW phases.

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