Technology and R&D

MESIA solar awards winners announced at WFES

U.S. company Array Technologies and Indian EPC Sterling & Wilson were amongst the winners of the Middle East Solar Industry Association’s (MESIA) annual awards ceremony, which was presented at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2017 being held in Abu Dhabi.

UL to provide information on IEC 61730 updates

The international PV module standard IEC 61730 went through significant alterations this year, and on Thursday UL will host a webinar to explain the changes.

Solar PV powers desalination plant in Abu Dhabi

Solar PV’s dynamism stems from its ability to take on different forms. An emerging application for the technology is seawater desalination using electricity generated through solar PV.

SolarWorld invests in diamond wire saws for German wafering

The German PV maker will introduce the diamond wire saws at Europe’s largest solar wafer plant in Freiburg.

The pv magazine weekly news digest

It’s back to business as usual for solar in the second week of January. After a brief new year’s rest, the global industry is hitting 2017 at full speed and already showing the beginnings of another action packed year.

Interview: Using accurate weather data for asset management and risk reduction

Meteorological data are necessary to measure the performance of a solar plant, to ensure its yield and to effectively plan its maintenance. Gwen Bender, Vaisalas Product Manager for Solar Assessment Services discusses the importance of up to date, accurate weather monitoring, as opposed to relying on data from public sources.

Multi-Contact becomes Stäubli Electrical Connectors

The 15-year partnership between Multi-Contact and the Stäubli Group has now been fully celebrated, as innovative manufacturer of electrical contacts and system solutions Multi-Contact rebrands, and takes on the well-respected Stäubli name.

Meyer Burger secures CHF 20 million in new orders

Swiss PV manufacturing equipment producer Meyer Burger has started the new year on a high, by securing two orders of its MB PERC technology equipment worth CHF 20 million (USD 19.6 million) from two of its existing Asian customers.

Unmanned Mayflower solar trimaran aims to cross Atlantic

The Mayflower Autoship is being developed to sail under solar power from Plymouth, Devon to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 2020 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the pilgrims journey aboard the original Mayflower in 1620. This would be the first Atlantic crossing by an unmanned solar vessel.

Imec testing demonstrates long-term reliability of copper printed PV cells

The Belgian nanoelectronics research body has published the results of its work alongside BE Semiconductor Industries on utilizing nickel/copper/silver plated solar cell modules in industrial processes, and found that copper-plated cells passed stringent tests with flying colors.