MNRE secretary reaffirms Indian government commitment to solar manufacturing

The comments at the REI Expo in Delhi came as the industry awaits the outcome of an anti-dumping investigation.

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ISC Konstanz qualifies Aurora Solar’s technology for BiSoN bifacial wafers

The International Solar Energy Research Center Konstanz e.V. (ISC Konstanz) has qualified Aurora Solar’s inline measurement and control technology for its BiSoN bifacial solar cell technology, which is licensed to PV manufacturers.

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The Value Proposition of Using High-Efficiency Mono-Si PERC Modules

In the past the value proposition of solar modules has been primarily about the lowest price ($/Watt) via the lowest manufacturing costs of conventional multi-Si modules. In the last few years, PV system cost has decreased significantly. In the meantime, PV module costs had dropped at a faster pace than Balance of System (BOS) costs, resulting in PV modules accounting for a smaller and smaller percentage of overall PV system costs.

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SPI 2017: Solar modules pushing the bar on performance

Updated: With the solar industry transitioning to high-performance products backed with innovation, Solar Power International 2017 in Las Vegas is showcasing an ever increasing portfolio of solar modules exceeding 300 watts in the standard 60-cell format. However, 72-cell modules exceeding 360 watts are also entering the mainstream and 400 watts is just around the corner.

Driving the high-performance wave is PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell), bifacial and the migration to 5 busbars and beyond, whether with multicrystalline or monocrystalline wafers. The growing use of half-cut and multi-cut cells that reduce cell to module losses, boosting overall performance are also becoming mainstream as well as heterojunction (HJ) modules.

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JinkoSolar hits new industry module shipments benchmark of 2,884MW in Q2

Leading ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member JinkoSolar set another new industry record for PV module shipments in the second quarter of 2017, with first half year shipments just shy of 5GW.

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JinkoSolar working with Heraeus on next-gen solar cell R&D activities

Major metallization paste producer Heraeus Photovoltaics said it had signed a major strategic partnership agreement with ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) leader JinkoSolar that will focus on what the company said would be the development of a new generation of “Super PV Cells” with higher efficiencies and lower costs.

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Jolywood supplying N-type mono bifacial modules to 6.7MW project in India

Dedicated N-type monocrystalline module manufacturer Jolywood (Taizhou) Solar Technology Co. Ltd (Jolywood) is the first company to supply its bifacial modules to a decent sized 6.7MW project in India.

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LONGi fast-tracking capacity expansions as sales jump in Q2

‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member LONGi Green Energy Technology and the leading fully-integrated high-efficiency monocrystalline module manufacturer, reported first half 2017 revenue slightly down from the prior year period as a result of average selling price (ASP) declines, partially offset by product shipment growth.

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India’s MNRE calls for domestic PV manufacturing capacity update

India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has called on domestic solar manufacturers to update information on their installed capacities, operational capacities and annual production.

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Heckert Solar reduces cell-to-module losses using Fraunhofer ISE’s software

German-based PV module manufacturer Heckert Solar GmbH said that it had been one of the pioneers using Fraunhofer ISE’s new software that helps reduce cell-to-module losses that have led to module performance gains.

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India’s Borosil achieves ‘world-first’ fully-tempered 2mm solar glass

Indian manufacturer Borosil Glass Works has completed acceptance tests for a major line of 2mm fully-tempered glass, which a company executive claims to be the first such glass produced at this thickness in the world.

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