Modules & Upstream Manufacturing

Professor Green: “I would like to see a date fixed for RoHS-compliance”

Following the news that the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy has called on the European Union (EU) to include photovoltaics (PV) under the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS), Professor Martin A. Green has told pv magazine he would like to see a fixed date for RoHS compliance.

Research: New way to funnel solar energy "100 times more concentrated than PV"

Using carbon nanotubes – hollow tubes of carbon atoms – Massachusetts Institute of Technology chemical engineers say they have found a way to concentrate solar energy 100 times more than a regular photovoltaic (PV) cell. Such nanotubes could reportedly form antennas that capture and focus light energy, potentially allowing much smaller and more powerful solar arrays, according to Chinese news agency, xinhuanet.

Trony to develop solar battery technology

Thin film solar module producer, Trony Solar Holdings Company Limited has signed separate agreements with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) to co-develop solar battery technology. The news comes as the company inaugurated its Hong Kong office in the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks.

World’s first flexible CIGS modules receive UL certification

In what has been described as a “watershed breakthrough” for the photovoltaics (PV) industry, U.S.-based SoloPower has said its flexible copper indium gallium (di) selenide (CIGS) modules are the first of their kind to receive Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certification.

“Record breaking”: Oerlikon Solar drives down thin film production costs to €0.50; reports highest lab cell efficiency

Swiss company, Oerlikon Solar, has launched a new production line ‘ThinFab’ for the manufacturing of thin film silicon modules at the EU PVSEC, which is says will achieve “record breaking” production costs of €0.50 per Watt peak (Wp).

19+ cell in standard format

Sunways has further developed its monocrystalline 19+ solar cell. Made with the screen-printing metallization process, the cell was previously only available in a size of five inches.

Measurement systems for temperature profiles

Datapaq’s SolarPaq consists of three new models that are used for temperature recording and profile creation in the production of solar cells and modules. The new systems will measure the temperatures of the products and provide the necessary information for the establishment and optimization of the processes.

Cost-effective alternative

U.S. based Sono-Tek has come up with ultrasonic coating equipment, which includes a high-speed ultrasonic reciprocating coating system, the HyperSonic.

XXL frame system

The Solrif in-roof photovoltaic system from Ernst Schweizer is now also available in a larger size. With Solrif XXL, laminates of up to 1.7 square meters can be framed and take over the roofing’s function.

Comprehensive package for modules

Day4 Energy has come up with a comprehensive package of equipment and services required to manufacture Day4 Energy branded modules for its partners.

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