Modules & Upstream Manufacturing

Fraunhofer ISE claims 25.9% efficiency for III-V tandem solar cell

The new results mark an improvement on the institute’s previous 24.3% efficiency record. The III-V tandem solar cell is directly grown on silicon.

SNEC: Yingli Solar intensifies ties with Chinese PV companies

China’s Yingli Solar is partnering with a number of high-profile players in its domestic market to achieve mutually beneficial endeavors and promote the country’s clean energy sector.

Canadian Solar plans new listing in China

Module manufacturing giant Canadian Solar says it has seen demand for modules bounce back in the second quarter of 2020, with module shipments and revenue for the period both exceeding guidance. The company is pressing ahead with plans for a second listing on a stock market in China as part of its strategy to deal with accelerating industry growth and market consolidation over the coming months.

New method to calculate solar irradiation on rear side of bifacial panels

Researchers have announced a new technique that is a modified version of the isotropic diffuse model.

Four injured in ‘incident’ at Wacker’s US polysilicon factory

The German chemicals producer said that the issue involved four contractors doing maintenance on non-operational equipment.

Jinko unveils new 610 W solar panels

The Chinese manufacturer introduced new PV modules this weekend at the SNEC solar exhibition in Shanghai.

Chinese PV Industry Brief: Polysilicon, module prices continue to rise

Polysilicon prices continued to soar this week. Prices have been rising across the PV supply chain since mid-July due to recent accidents at two Chinese polysilicon factories, according to EnergyTrend.

Silver price rally won’t affect PV industry

Silver prices reached their highest levels this week since 2016. But Michael DiRienzo, executive director of The Silver Institute, says prices are still not high enough to complicate silver supplies for the PV industry.

Solar tile with passive cooling

Researchers built the device by attaching 17%-efficient monocrystalline PV cells to a mortar roof tile that was doped with a phase-change material (PCM). The PCM solar tile provided 4.1% more power than the PV tile with no cooling agent in the winter, and 2.2% to 4.3% more during the summer.

First Solar posts strong Q2, sells O&M unit to NovaSource

Another stalwart of the solar industry was able to take the necessary precautions in order to maintain a sense of normalcy during the pandemic, leading to a quarter of increased sales, net cash, and a positive outlook to finish off the year.

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