Solar Manufacturing News

FreeVolt, Apparent partner on solar+storage offerings in California
Newish European-based panel manufacturer FreeVolt has entered into a partnership with California-headquartered energy management company Apparent. FreeVolt’s U.S. installation division FreeVolt USA will team with Apparent to provide solar-plus-storage systems to California homeowners and C&I customers.
Aug 12, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, California, USA, CAISO, solar-plus-storage, FreeVolt, Apparent, Jacqueline DeSouza
Deutsche Bank attempts to wind up Singyes Solar
The German lender has issued a winding up petition over a $6.27 million debt and could scupper the manufacturer’s plans to restructure its defaulted payments and be taken over by a Chinese state-backed entity.
Aug 12, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Markets & Finance News, Singyes Solar, Germany, Hong Kong, Deutsche Bank AG, Water Development HK, Comtec Solar
The weekend read: Perovskites step out of the labs
Michael van der Gugten, Sales and Marketing Executive at Smit Thermal Solutions, is convinced that perovskite solar cells have reached maturity, and that they are ready to make the step from the lab to production. He is leading the organization of a conference on this topic and expects that the perovskite community, production equipment suppliers and crystalline silicon cell manufacturers will discuss the implementation of perovskite-silicon tandem cells or the production of standalone perovskite modules.
Aug 12, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Opinions, Solar to Fuel, China, Asia, hydrogen, Michael van der Gugten, Smit Thermal Solutions, ALD, OPV, Solar to Fuel, Solar to Hydrogen, Producing Hydrogen, Hydrogen from renewable, Renewable fuels
3 in 1 Roof solar tile passes UL safety testing
Solar tile manufacturer 3 in 1 Roof has passed UL 1703 safety testing for its solar roofing tiles. The company claims its solar roof system is eight-times lighter than traditional tile roofing materials and can withstand 200+ mph winds.
Aug 9, 2019 // Manufacturing News, solar cells, 3 in 1 Roof solar, SunSpark
Quick Mount PV releases QRail Tilt System flat roof mount
Quick Mount PV, an American manufacturer of solar roof mounting and racking systems, is launching the new QRail Tilt System. Quick Mount PV’s QRail Tilt System allows installation of the QRail Racking System on a variety of low slope commercial and residential roof types — the most common type of commercial roof type in the United States.
Aug 9, 2019 // Manufacturing News, USA, Quick Mount PV, QRail Tilt System, Yann Brandt
Fronius will bring new hybrid GEN24 inverter to SPI 2019
Fronius is bringing its new hybrid Primo GEN24 inverter to Salt Lake City for Solar Power International 2019. The new solution provides all the benefits of the SnapINverter and additional features, such as being incredibly compact, easily scalable, quick to commission via an app, and easily serviceable. This new all-in-one hybrid inverter combines the functions of multiple devices in one compact device: battery charger, battery inverter, controller and the intelligence to be the operating system of your home’s energy supply. However, the product won’t be available to the public until 2020.
Aug 9, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Inverters, USA, inverter, Fronius, Salt Lake City, SnapINverter, Adrian Noronho, PLC
PVH releases new Axone Duo dual-row single-axis solar tracker
PV Hardware has introduced its new dual-row solar tracker, Axone Duo, which combines features of its Axone and Monoline mounting products. This confluence results in a tracker with a better balance of controllers and motors between the two types of photovoltaic trackers, establishing a single row of up to 128 modules for each solar tracker.
Aug 9, 2019 // Manufacturing News, USA, PVH, tracker, Axone Duo, dual-row, single-axis
SMA releases upgraded, SunSpec-compliant Sunny Boy-US inverters
SMA has unveiled a new and improved version of its Sunny Boy-US line of inverters, part of the company’s Power+ residential solar offering. The new Sunny Boy will offer the latest technology and include enhanced safety features to comply with current industry regulations.
Aug 9, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Inverters, Germany, Inverters, Europe, SMA, Sunny Boy-US, Nick Morbach
Daqo signs 112,800 MT polysilicon supply deal with Longi
Daqo New Energy has agreed to supply 112,800 MT of polysilicon to Longi Green Energy Technology. The two parties did not disclose the financial terms of the three-year deal.
Aug 9, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, China, polysilicon, Daqo New Energy, Longi Green Energy Technology, Longgen Zhang
Risen Australia sells 120 MW of rooftop panels in one year
Chinese PV module maker Risen Energy says it has achieved its highest jump in solar module sales in the Australian market in a one-year period.
Aug 9, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, China, Australia, rooftop, PV module, NEM, Risen Energy, Eric Lee, Yarranlea Solar Farm, John Zhong
Eurotron MWT cell equipment in mass production at Sunport Power’s facility in China
Back-contact module manufacturing equipment supplier Eurotron said its previous MWT (Metal Wrap Through) order from China-based PV module manufacturer, Sunport Power had been installed, qualified and begun volume production.
Aug 8, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, China, solar cells, Sunport Power, Eurotron, PV module, Dr. Fengming Zhang, Bram Verschoor
Solar-plus-storage to cover 25% of electricity demand of Saint Kitts and Nevis
The Swiss battery maker Leclanché will build a 35.6 MW / 44.2 MWh solar-plus-storage power plant, which will provide with clean power state-owned St.Kitts electric utility Skelec over a 20-year period. The new facility will be able to cover around a fourth of the archipelago’s total electricity demand.
Aug 8, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, storage, Germany, Europe, solar-plus-storage, Leclanché, Skelec, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Basseterre, Anil Srivastava, Solrid, Switzerland, North America
Hanergy sets new efficiency record for heterojunction module
Chinese thin film producer Hanergy has set a new record of 24.85% module efficiency for silicon heterojunction technology. The record was achieved at the company’s research & development center in Chengdu, China, and has been confirmed by the Institute for Solar Energy Research in Hamelin, Germany.
Aug 8, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, USA, Germany, China, Europe, Asia, Hanergy, heterojunction module, silicon, Institute for Solar Energy Research, Kaneka, Zhang Bin, Miasolé, CIGS thin film, North America
‘Unprecedented’ collaboration between EV manufacturers could launch large-scale transition
Energy analysts from the United Kingdom have found that many of the world’s largest car manufacturers that are launching EVs, or looking to launch EVs, are engaged in an “unprecedented” level of collaboration in order to share the costs and risks inherent in EV development. Cornwall Insight found that the collaboration could see a major boom in supply from the early 2020s.
Aug 8, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Storage, Transport, Toyota, UK, Hyundai, Transport, EV development, Cornwall Insight, Tom Lusher
New alliance to expand floating PV in Southeast Asia
Pestech, a Malaysia-based electrical power technology company, has entered into a partnership with Chinese inverter maker Sungrow to jointly develop new floating solar solutions.
Aug 8, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Inverters, Floating PV, Malaysia, Sungrow, floating PV, inverter, Pestech