pv magazine Award 2019
The pv magazine Annual Award underwent a significant expansion in 2019, with entries collected in four “award windows” throughout the year. We received 121 entries from 25 countries and tasked 16 jurors across six categories to find the solar industry’s best.
DuPont, Clear Tedlar
DuPont introduced a transparent version of its Tedlar polyvinyl-fluoride backsheet film in early 2019, which the company says is transparent to all waves of UV light in the solar spectrum, and even filters out damaging UV wavelengths, to protect the cells and the backsheets underlying laminate.
Meyer Burger, CAiA
Meyer Burger’s CAiA tool was a new addition to the Switzerland-based suppliers’ portfolio in 2019 it uses a PECVD process to deposit the doped polysilicon passivation layer required for TOPCon. The jury was convinced that if the CAiA can be scaled to a cost-effective tool for cell makers, it could be well-positioned to supply this next step toward higher efficiencies.
GoodWe, A-ES Series hybrid inverter
GoodWe’s hybrid inverter solution promises to make the use of a storage inverter obsolete, which allows saving costs and improve roundtrip efficiency. The party piece, however, is the fact that it permits simple retro-fitting of a battery without new power electronics.
LG Electronics, NeON R ACe
Introduced to the market in September 2019, LG’s latest module brings AC power to its established NeON series. Aiming squarely at the rooftop market, the 375 W module comes equipped with a 320 W microinverter. With 21.7% modules efficiency, the panel utilizes LG’s mature n-type cell technology.
Shoals Technologies, Big Lead Assembly
A “plug and play” solution to transmit power from module to inverter, Big Lead Assembly promises to eliminate combiner boxes and trenching, simplifying the installation process. More than 9 GW has already been deployed throughout the world. The jury was particularly impressed with the product’s cost reduction potential.
First Solar, Series 6
SunPower Corp, Maxeon
In 2014, SunPower was the first company to achieve a C2C certification for a PV module. In Mexico and France, SunPower has earned the “solar industry’s first” landfill-free verification from NSF Sustainability. First Solar has been working with stakeholders to validate its sustainability credentials and to create comprehensive standards.
Category Publisher’s Pick
Huawei stands at the pinnacle of the efforts to establish string inverters in the utility-scale sector. Equipped with 9 MPPT channels with 18 inputs this inverter is a powerful option when the terrain gets difficult, trackers are used or bifacial modules deployed. In these cases, multiple MPPTs can minimize string mismatch to boost yield.