Wafer texturing: Though long known within the industry, until recently there had been little interest from PV manufacturers in black silicon processes. Now, with the growth of diamond wire sawing, the technology is making a comeback. pv magazine looks into black silicon’s sudden popularity among manufacturers, and the technology’s potential to bring about a resurgence in multicrystalline silicon.
Next-gen backsheets: Polyolefin-based backsheet suppliers show why they think that their developments could help to reduce PV LCOE. They call for module manufacturers to make use of this technology and gain experience with polyolefin. This was one of the topics at this year’s EU PVSEC.
MLPE market: New AC and smart modules, internationalization, and stringent grid regulations are set to drive a surge in MLPE shipments. Miguel de Jesus, solar analyst at IHS Markit looks into upcoming trends hitting the module-level power electronics (MLPE) market.
Protecting your investment: A recent DuPont conference in Rome showed how the task of protecting longevity of solar investments is becoming more complex, particularly with how backsheets are creating more problems than expected, especially in hot and arid climates. Thinking in terms of $/kWh instead of $/W is one recommended way to maximize investment return.
Major Trends of 2018: From further trade wars and cost reductions to the ongoing pursuit of high efficiency and wider adoption of diamond wire multi-Si wafers and black silicon, what module manufacturing trends lie in store next year?
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