Solar Manufacturing News

The slow, inexorable rise of green hydrogen
The International Renewable Energy Association says the integration of hydrogen into the energy transition will not happen overnight and electrolysis costs will not be halved until the 2040s. That hydrogen and related products could revolutionize the world energy landscape, however, is not in doubt.
Sep 27, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Storage, Solar to Fuel, USA, Japan, Canada, Germany, UK, China, Australia, Europe, Asia, IRENA, hydrogen, Oceania, North America, Austria, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels
Panasonic launches new residential solar battery
The Japanese electronics manufacturer said the EverVolt storage system is available in the U.S. market in AC and DC-coupled versions, with a storage capacity ranging from 5.7-34.2 kWh, depending on the model chosen.
Sep 25, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Residential, Storage, Japan, Panasonic, Asia, lithium-ion storage, Mukesh Sethi
Bigging UP the carbon-free pioneers: Step forward 3S Solar Plus
pv magazine’s UP campaign aims to highlight industry movers who embrace carbon reduction and the circular economy in their operations and Swiss BIPV manufacturer 3S Solar Plus boasts an impressive sustainability record.
Sep 25, 2019 // Manufacturing News, China, Europe, JinkoSolar, Asia, Switzerland, PERC, carbon-free, 3S Solar Plus, Patrick Hofer-Noser
Jinko ships 300 MW for project in southern Spain
The Chinese module manufacturer has provided Cheetah panels for the Talasol project in the municipality of Talaván, near Cáceres in the southern Spanish region of Extremadura.
Sep 25, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Spain, China, Europe, Asia, Jinko, Talasol, Cheetah modules, Frank Niendorf
Seraphim taps Italian partner to access reviving PV market
Seraphim Solar System Co has turned to an existing Italian partner to try and secure a slice of the country’s PV market, poised for a multi-gigawatt boost within a decade.
Sep 25, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Italy, pv power plants, Europe, solar-plus-storage, auction, seraphim, ilb helios, cfd, Jun Zhuge, Guido Traversa, Paolo Rocco Viscontin
WoodMac: Bifacial solar poised to surge ten-fold by 2024
Bifacial PV stands on the edge of a boom across the world’s four corners as cost improvements and geopolitics strengthen the case for the budding technology, according to Wood Mackenzie.
Sep 25, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, USA, Wood Mackenzie, China, pv power plants, bifacial, Asia, North America, Xiaojing Sun
Jinko becomes first solar manufacturer to make 100% renewable energy pledge
The Chinese module giant has committed to sourcing 70% of its energy from renewables by 2023 and all of it by 2025. If serious, that could represent confidence in the amount of new renewable energy generation capacity to come online in China given the company’s huge production capacity expansion plans.
Sep 24, 2019 // Manufacturing News, China, First Solar, Asia, Jinko, Kanping Chen
Volume of Ukraine orders just keeps Risen
Risen Energy has announced a 148 MW module order will be completed this month as the Ningbo-based company expects to ship almost 1 GW of product to the country this year.
Sep 24, 2019 // Manufacturing News, China, Ukraine, Europe, Asia, Risen Energy
Hanergy touts solar powered car that can run 30 days without charging
The thin-film manufacturer and Chinese carmaker Joylong Automobile applied thin film cells to the roof of a small commercial vehicle which was tested for a month. Hanergy says its K-Car could offer an effective daily range of 50-100km without charging.
Sep 24, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Transport, China, Asia, Hanergy, Joylong Automobile, K-Car, CIGS thin-film modules
PERC cells: From shortage to surplus
After the “June rush” to complete solar projects in China – as well as the commissioning rush in Vietnam, which saw higher-than-expected demand of 4 GW in the first half – the growth of the regional solar market started to slow down in July and August, before anticipated Chinese demand picks up the slack again. With unexpectedly low demand in the third quarter, module manufacturers reacted first by marginally reducing utilization rates. Cell producers then cut production after cell prices collapsed.
Sep 24, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Opinions, PV InfoLink, Corrine Lin, Taiwan, PERC cells
SPI 2019: First Solar secures largest 1.7GW Series 6 module supply deal for US projects
Leading CdTe thin-film PV module manufacturer and ‘Solar Module Super League (SMSL), First Solar has secured a multi-year supply deal for its Series 6 CdTe thin film modules for five projects across Texas and California with developer Intersect Power.
Sep 24, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, USA, First Solar, pv power plants, North America, Nextracker, first solar inc, cdte thin-film modules, single axis tracker
SPI 2019: PVEL and Heliolytics providing disaster response service for solar power plants
PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) and Heliolytics have partnered to provide the first comprehensive testing and evaluation services to PV power plant owners and operators when extreme weather and other force majeure events have damaged plants. The partners are launching the service at Solar Power International in Salt Lake City.
Sep 24, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, pv power plants, pv modules, pvel, Jenya Meydbray, heliolytics, argo group, climate crisis, George Schulz, Rob Andrews, micro cracks
Honda jets to car industry’s ‘largest’ clean energy buy with 320MW PPA duo
Japanese carmaker Honda has clinched the car industry’s supposedly “largest” renewable energy deal, signing a duo of virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) for 320MW of wind and solar to power its US operations.
Sep 24, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, Transport, USA, Texas, North America, e.on, honda, corporate offtaker, corporate vppa, Oklahoma, abakus solar, Ryan Harty
First Solar to take back bragging rights for largest PV module maker in US
Leading CdTe thin-film PV module manufacturer and ‘Solar Module Super League (SMSL), First Solar expects to start volume production at its second US manufacturing plant in early 2020, restoring its bragging rights as the largest PV module manufacturer in US and western hemisphere.
Sep 24, 2019 // Manufacturing News, USA, Q CELLS, First Solar, c-si manufacturing, North America, thin-film PV, first solar inc, cdte thin-film modules, series 6
Siemens and TEIS to open battery research center in China
The facility is set to open this year and will offer battery suppliers digitalization research and manufacturing consulting. Smaller manufacturers will be able to use shared laboratories for research.
Sep 24, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Storage, LG CHEM, Siemens, TEIS, Hong Li, CATL, Pei Huang