After years of delays, 1366 Technologies has announced plans to break ground on the factory to produce its proprietary Direct Wafers no later than the second quarter of 2016.
Calling it the world’s most efficient rooftop solar panel, the company says it will produce PV modules with greater than 22% efficiency at a pilot facility.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has achieved an efficiency of 25.1% on a both sides-contacted silicon solar cell. In addition to increasing efficiencies, the TOPCon technology is said to simplify manufacturing processes.
GTM Research’s latest report estimates that global PV system prices will fall an average of 40% by 2020, driven by balance of systems cost reductions.
Solar mapping provider Mapdwell has expanded to San Francisco, estimating that the city can host up to 3 GW of rooftop PV. This is a higher capacity per square mile than other cities.
Applied announced it would cut two of its solar product lines in its latest quarterly results, which caused a further bleeding of red ink in its Energy and Environmental Solutions business unit.
REC Group has risen rapidly in the U.S. residential sector, growing its market share five-fold in one year. It expects to grow this share further in 2015. The company has benefited from both technology innovation and political factors.
At this year’s Intersolar Europe, BYD introduced a solar PV module without EVA, which promises an extended service life and improved efficiencies. Production is expected to reach up to 500 MW in 2016. It also unveiled a new battery and two energy storage systems.
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