The pv magazine Awards are back again in 2020 to acknowledge the year’s most important innovations from across the solar and energy storage supply chains. We are currently accepting entries in the BESS category, and will feature selected entries in our August magazine edition, which will focus heavily on energy storage markets and technologies.

Apply before July 10

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Once again in 2020, pv magazine is gathering together the biggest and most exciting innovations in the solar and storage industries. These will be put before a jury of independent experts, and winners recognized with the pv magazine Award, which will be presented at the end of the year.

Awards will be given in seven separate categories: Modules; Inverters; BoS; Production Equipment; Materials; Sustainability; and, new for 2020, Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS).

Entries will be accepted during three ‘windows’ spread across the year. The first window is open between March 23 and April 17. The second will open in July, and the third in November. We will publish highlights from each entry window both online and in our print edition throughout the year; our jury will also select finalists in each category. At the end of the year, we will then assemble the jurors for each category to select overall winners from the list of finalists.

To enter, fill in the form here. Submissions should include technical specifications, unique selling points, description of the challenge tackled and an explanation of the solution. The application process has been designed to be as simple as possible; however, the more information you provide, the better! If our jurors have additional questions, we’ll contact you for further input.

Different to the other categories, which assess specific products and which also include sustainability among the award criteria, the Sustainability category aims to recognize companies that have made an outstanding contribution in this area, whether by implementing measurable sustainability metrics; reducing emissions, waste or material consumption; or taking active responsibility for recycling and circular economy principles. Enter in the Sustainability category via the online form here.

Please contact award@pv-magazine.com with any questions regarding our awards, or the application process.

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.

Category Materials
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.


 

Category Tools
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.

 

 


Category Inverters
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.

 

 


Category Modules
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.

 

 


Category BoS
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.

 


 

Category Sustainability
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, SUN2000-185KTL

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.

 

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