Fraunhofer ISE starts construction of next-gen solar cell laboratory

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has started construction of its new ‘Center for High-Efficiency Solar Cells’ facility, designed to lead R&D activities in future generations of technology development.

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InnoLas invests €3 million in new R&D facility

PV laser technology equipment specialist InnoLas Solutions has opened a new €3 million customer application and R&D centre in Gilching, Germany due to continued demand from a growing customer base.

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JinkoSolar beats multicrystalline cell efficiency record

Leading ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member JinkoSolar has reported a record solar cell efficiency of 22.04% for a P-type multicrystalline PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell), using its practical sized (245.83cm2) wafer.

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India reveals solar firms to be sampled in anti-dumping investigation

India’s Directorate General of Anti-Dumping & Allied Duties (DGAD) has published a letter revealing which Chinese, Taiwanese and Malaysian solar cell producers and exporters will be sampled in its ongoing anti-dumping investigation.

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Fraunhofer ISE reaches record 22.3% multicrystalline cell efficiency in lab

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has achieved a record conversion efficiency for lab-sized multicrystalline solar cells of 22.3%.

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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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