Solar Manufacturing News
New metallization tech to reduce microcracks in solar cells
A U.S. research group has developed a metal-carbon-nanotube composite – MetZilla – which can be embedded in commercial, screen-printable silver pastes and is said to reduce the formation of hotspots in solar modules and to prolong panel lifespan. The composite metal contacts are also ‘self-healing’ as they are able to regain electrical continuity after cycles of complete electrical failure caused by extreme strain.
Nov 12, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, USA, pv modules, North America, University of New Mexico, MetZilla, metal-carbon-nanotube, composite, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Osazda Energy LLC
JinkoSolar is adding 5 gigawatts more of mono wafer capacity at the Leshan facility
The solar supplier keeps speeding up production capacity expansion and expects 10 gigawatts of mono wafers production within the framework of Sichuan project annually starting with Q2 of the next year.
Nov 9, 2019 // Manufacturing News, China, JinkoSolar, Asia, mono wafer
Prism Solar has been chosen as a solar module supplier for JPMorgan Chase
Prism Solar Technologies, Inc., an American PV manufacturer, has got a new supply order from the huge financial holding JPMorgan Chase Bank for photovoltaic panels for JP’s financial institutions throughout the United States.
Nov 6, 2019 // Manufacturing News, USA, North America, Prism Solar Technologies, JPMorgan, solar module
LONGi boosting M6 solar-grade mono-Si wafers
The largest China-based solar-grade mono-Si wafer maker LONGi Green Energy Technology has been pushing for usage of M6 solar-grade mono-Si wafers (in a square shape eith side width of 166mm) through adopting such wafers for its in-house production of PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) mono-Si solar cells, according to industry sources.
Nov 6, 2019 // Manufacturing News, China, solar cells, Asia, wafers, LONGi, mono-Si
German solar manufacturer Solibro is a bankrupt
Insolvency proceedings started against Solibro, formerly one of the major thin-film PV suppliers in Germany. The creditors couldn’t invest the funds sufficient for the company’s restructuring. As a result, about 180 people will find themselves unemployed.
Nov 5, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, Germany, Europe, Solibro, bankruptcy
Swimming electrons in perovskite nanocrystals
Research from Canada has revealed liquid-like lineshape dynamics in cesium-lead iodide perovskite nanocrystals. The findings could be used to produce cheaper and more efficient perovskite cells, researchers claim.
Nov 2, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Canada, North America, McGill University, perovskite cells
Straining to fix perovskite cells
A technique based on optical imaging has been used by an international research team to illuminate strains in lead halide perovskite solar cells without harming them. The scientists claim the approach helped them discover misorientation between microscopic perovskite crystals was the main cause of the strains.
Nov 2, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, USA, Washington, Europe, Netherlands, North America, perovskite cells, University of Washington, FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics, David Ginger
Another 5 GW of module capacity for the Longi juggernaut
The mono giant has announced the latest aspect of a strategy to massively increase production capacity which is currently set to cost around $3.32 billion. Longi last week issued $710 million of new convertible bonds for investors.
Nov 1, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, China, Asia, longi solar
Energy Taiwan 2019 Talk: JNV Solar Power
JNV Solar Power has added its name to the service providers working to seize the window opened by Taiwan’s solar ambitions, PV Tech heard at last month’s Energy Taiwan 2019.
Nov 1, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Inverters, pv inverters, Huawei, Taiwan, jnv, Leanne Wong
Solar sales recover for electronics brands LG, Kyocera and Panasonic
Korean conglomerate LG reports increasing demand for its high-efficiency PV products in key markets while Kyocera said its solar business is improving profitability. Panasonic posted a slight increase in sales for its PV segment, including solar manufacturing.
Nov 1, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, Japan, Panasonic, Kyocera, Asia, Korea, LG
Large orders from Asian solar manufacturers boost Centrotherm
Enormous order intake is ensuring high production capacity utilization at the German PV equipment provider. The company said demand was particularly strong for high-efficiency solar cell production equipment in Asia. Thus far this year, however, that has not been reflected in the balance sheet.
Nov 1, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, Germany, Europe, Asia, Centrotherm International AG
PV InfoLink analyzed the key markets of China’s big module manufacturers, as well as product trends, based on export statistics. According to trade figures, the nation’s module exports totaled 34.2 GW in the first half of 2019, up by more than 90% from the corresponding period of 2018. In a nutshell, overseas demand has been strong in 2019.
Nov 1, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, Japan, Canadian Solar, Spain, Portugal, Germany, India, SunPower, China, Ukraine, Australia, JA Solar, Europe, JinkoSolar, Asia, Risen Energy, Oceania, Trina Solar, PV InfoLink
Meyer Burger resists rebel shareholder at EGM
The Swiss solar equipment supplier today fought off an attempt by its largest single shareholder to have a representative appointed to its board and to have its executive pay regime reviewed. Victory in that battle may secure the company some wiggle room, but the war over corporate strategy appears far from over.
Oct 31, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, Europe, meyer burger, Switzerland, EGM, Mark Kerekes, Sentis
Risen Energy continues overseas revenue growth as module sales and production ramps
‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member, Risen Energy Co has continued to grow revenue in 2019, after shifting module sales and PV project development overseas after the China 531 New Deal in 2018, impacted its business.
Oct 31, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, pv power plants, pv modules, c-si manufacturing, solar cell, heterojunction, Risen Energy, monocrystalline wafer, PERC
Risen profits for HJT manufacturer
Ukraine’s favorite solar module manufacturer has posted another encouraging set of returns, after a difficult year in 2018. And Risen – which boasted 6.6 GW of annual production capacity at the end of last year, according to analysts at PV InfoLink – is committed to adding another 2.5 GW before 2022.
Oct 30, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, China, Ukraine, Europe, Asia, Risen
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