The new HiDM panels will use a first-of-its-kind shingled module technology that can be adapted to any type of solar cell, and are 20 pct more efficient than conventional panels, according to a company statement. (Source: Canadian Solar Solutions, Renewables, 30 July, 2019) Contact: Canadian Solar Solutions, www.canadiansolar.com; NRC, Vanessa Adams, Office of the Minister of Natural Resources, (343) 543-7645, Vanessa.Adams@canada.ca, www.nrcan.gc.ca
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Flexible CIGS solar modules are already commercially available, in particular from the EMPA spin-off Flisom AG in Niederhasli, Switzerland, which was co-founded by Dr. Ayodhya Tiwari. (Source: EMPA Laboratory, ChemEurope, 9 July, 2019) Contact: Empa Laboratory, Romain Carron, Head of CIGS Research, Dr. Ayodhya Tiwari, +41 58 765 11 11,
Fax +41 58 765 11 22, email@example.com, www.empa.ch; Filsom AG, +41 (0)44 824 3000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.filsom.com
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The new i-TOPCon double glass PV modules integrate N-type bifacial i-TOPCon cells with over 80 pct bifaciality, multi-busbar (MBB) design, full square monocrystalline cells, dual-side and half-cut technologies. The highly efficient modules feature a lower temperature coefficient and low light induced degradation (LID), greatly improving the actual power output. They also provide an extra 5 pct to 30 pct power generation from their back side, and feature a 30-year linear power warranty.
(Source: Trina Solar, PR, Trina Solar Co., Ltd., 13 June, 2019) Contact: Trina Solar, www.trinasolar.com
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Risen's five-busbar cell includes double-sided passivation, antireflective films, electro-injection passivation and slurry improvement. This is the first time that a cast-mono five-busbar cell has successfully exceeded 22 pct in efficiency.
Compared with the five-busbar cell, the multi-busbar monocrystalline cell features a more optimized metallized contact technology, which effectively reduces the shading area, enhances the ability to collect carriers while reducing the incidence of cracks, contributing to a significantly higher conversion efficiency. A further cost reduction is realized with decreased use of silver slurry. (Source: Risen Energy, May, 2019) Contact: Risen Energy, Tel：0086-574-59953588, www.risenenergy.com
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The funded projects covered a number of sectors including domestic, industrial, agricultural, tourism, places of worship and schools. Around 128 schools were funded for energy saving projects including heating upgrades, insulation, energy-saving lighting systems (LED bulbs), cooling, solar panels, general maintenance and others.
The fund also provided 50 pct of the cost of installing 22,000 solar water heaters for citizens, and offered a full grant for solar water heaters and LED bulbs and installations in 3,500 homes of poor families and royal grant housing units.
The fund also installed 1,600 residential electric power generation systems, solar cells in 483 religous shrines, distributed some 50,000 LED bulbs with plans to distribute an additional 250,000 bulbs through electricity companies.
(Source: Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ammon, 26 May, 2019) Contact: Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, +962 6 580 3060, https://jordan.gov.jo
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The record-breaking bifacial solar cell was fabricated on a 244.62 sq-cm wafer with a low-cost industrial process of advanced Industrial Tunnel Oxide Passivated Contact (i-TOPCon) technologies, having a front boron emitter and a rear full-area passivating contact. The bifacial solar cell reached a total-area front side efficiency of 24.58 pct, as independently confirmed by the ISFH CalTeC in Germany. (Source: Trina Solar, May, 2019) Contact: Trina Solar,
Jifan Gao, CEO, +86 519-8517-6878, email@example.com, www.trinasolar.com
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Aurora's DM-110e was launched as a less expensive version of our DM product line, to address the price-sensitive market for the automation of manual sheet resistance measurements. The DM-100e is typically used by manufacturers for more limited testing after diffusion and, like all of our DM products, is a reliable non-contact system that prevents cell damage during testing, while providing high measurement accuracy and excellent repeatability, according to the company.
(Source: Aurora Solar Technologies Inc., PR, Newsfile, 21 May, 2019) Contact: Aurora Solar Technologies, Gordon Deans, P.Eng.
(778) 241-5000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aurorasolartech.com
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According to Koleilat, the problem with perovskite cells is their durability when exposed to oxygen and humidity. To address the issue, Koleilat and her team designing an environmentally friendly, hybrid organic-inorganic material with perovskite that can stand the test of time.
Koleilat's lab can produce more than 10 solar cells in 3 hours from perovskite film than can be created in just 15 minutes. Koleilat
aims to perfect the molecular recipe of her hybrid material over the next few years. (Source: Dalhousie Univ., CBC, 19 May, 2019) Contact: Dalhousie University, Ghada Koleilat, Assist. Professor of Engineering, (902) 494 4177, email@example.com,
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The 3D design eliminates high-cost bright, conductive oxides, the use of natural and low-value electrical interconnections and allows the flexibility to tune electrical output to match consumer necessities.
(Source: University of Sheffield, Renewable Energy Zone, 4 May, 2019) Contact: University of Sheffield, Division of Physics and Astronomy, Prof. David Lidzey,
+44 (0) 114 22 23501; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sheffield.ac.uk
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The research team achieved it by using organic molecules capable of absorbing light wavelengths. These transparent panels primarily focus on infrared and UV light, All of the captured light is transported to the contour of the panel where it will be converted to electricity.
Determining the commercial viability of these transparent cells will take up some time. If deemed commercially viable, this technology can easily offset most of the energy use of large buildings. For households and store owners, it can help them cut down on regular electricity bills as well. There are a lot of potential consequences to this research, albeit nothing has been set in stone at this time.
(Source:Michigan State University, NULLTX, 12 May,
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Perovskite solar cells, using materials with the same 3D structure as calcium titanium oxide, are cheaper to make, thinner and can be easily printed onto surfaces. They also work in low light conditions and can produce a higher voltage than silicon cells.
The research team tested the waterproofing by submerging the coated perovskite cells in water and using the harvested solar energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The coated cells worked underwater for 30 hours, roughly ten hours longer than the previous record.
. The study is published in the open access journal Nature Communications. (Source: University of Bath Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, Gren Car Congress, 13 May, 2019)
Contact: University of Bath Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, +44 0 1225 385820, email@example.com, www.csct.ac.uk
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JinkoSolar manufactures and distributes its solar products and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base worldwide. JinkoSolar's vertically integrated solar product value chain has an integrated annual capacity of 9.7 GW for silicon wafers, 7.0 GW for solar cells, and 10.8 GW for solar modules, as of December 31, 2018.
JinkoSolar operates 7 production facilities and has 15 oversea subsidiaries. (Source: JinkoSolar, PR, May, 2019) Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Rene Du , +86 21-5183-3077
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The innovative 3D design removes many of the manufacturing process steps required by existing photovoltaics (PV) modules and allows new materials to be used that would not usually be appropriate in regular solar cells, according to a release.
Other benefits of the design include the removal of expensive transparent conductive oxides and the use of simple and low cost electrical interconnections and the ability to tune electrical output to match user requirements.
(Source: The Tribune, PTI, 2 May, 2019) Contact: Power Roll, Neil Spann, CEO, +44 (0)191 543 9254,
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.powerroll.solar; University of Sheffield,
Professor David Lidzey, Department of Physics and Astronomy , +44 (0)114 22 23501,
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The developed n-PERT technology has a number of inherent advantages over p-type PERC cell technology, which is demonstrated in these newest cells: the potential for higher efficiencies because of lower sensitivity to metal impurities, and the absence of light-induced degradation (LID). Therefore, n-type PERT technology could become a cost-effective contender for -type PERC cells. To enable this, the current cells have a screen printed front grid and rear soldering pads which together amounts to less than 80mg of silver used per cell.
The bifacial n-PERT cells are expected to reach efficiencies above 23.5 pct, coupled to a bifaciality above 90 pct.
(Source: Imec, Jolywood, Printed Electronics, 9 April, 2019)Contact: Imec, email@example.com,
+32 16 28 12 11, www.imec-int.com/en/silicon-solar-cells-and-modules; Jolywood, en.jolywood.cn
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Chinese wind turbine maker Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Tech Co Ltd., Norwegian oil and gas major Equinor ASA and the venture capital arm of Legal & General Group Plc.
The company has raised mare than £76 million over the last five years, including €15 million ($17 million) in financing from the European Investment Bank (EIB). (Source: Oxford PV, Renewables, 15 Mar., 2019) Contact: Oxford PV, +44 1865 951 500, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.oxfordpv.com
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In 2017 SunPower began ramping up its second manufacturing line that will more than double its NGT nameplate capacity to over 250 MW by the end of 2019. (Source: SunPower, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: SunPower Corp., Thomas H. Werner, CEO, (408) 240-5500, www.sunpower.com
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Hanergy's SHJ technology is used in ground power stations, distributed power arrays, vertical installation, fishery or agricultural complementary photovoltaic (PV) plants, building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) and mobile energy projects.
(Source: Hanergy, Renewables, Jan., 2019) Contact: Hanergy, +86 10 8391 4567, www.hanergy.com
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Moving forward, Sun Solar noted it will work with an unnamed solar manufacturer in Bellingham, Washington.
(Source: Sun Solar, Missourinet, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Sun Solar, Caleb Arthur, Owner, 417-413-1786
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Solar Frontier was working with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan when it broke the previous 22.9 pct record which it set in November 2017. (Source: Solar Frontier, Renewables Now, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, www.nedo.go.jp/english; Solar Frontier, www.solar-frontier.com/eng
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The UW research teams are led by Scott Dunham, a professor of electrical and computer engineering; Hugh Hillhouse, a professor of chemical engineering; and Devin MacKenzie, an associate professor of both mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering. All are also researchers with the UW-based Clean Energy Institute, and MacKenzie serves as director of the institute's Washington Clean Energy Testbeds. Dunham and Hillhouse are also members of the UW Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute.
Prof. Hugh Hillhouse's project was awarded $1.5 million to focus on understanding how the composition, structure, and environmental exposure of pervoskites can affect their stability and performance.
Associate Prof Devin MacKenzie's project scored nearly $200,000 to focus on perovskite manufacturing using roll-to-roll processing techniques. Prof. Scott Dunham's project will investigate copper indium gallium selenide (CIGs) with $681,000 in grant funding.
(Source: University of Washington News, DOE SETO, 16 Jan., 2019)
Contact: University of Washington Clean Energy Institute, 206-221-9263, email@example.com,
www.cei.washington.edu; Washington Clean Energy Testbeds, 206-685-6833, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wcet.washington.edu; Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute, University of Washington, www.washington.edu; US DOE SETO, www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office
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Seraphin is also planning a 200 MW half-cell module assembly expansion in Eastern Cape. (Source: Jiangsu Seraphim Solar, Mercom, 11 Dec., 2018) Contact: Seraphin, +86-519-68788166,
email@example.com, www.seraphim-energy.com; Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa, www.idc.co.za
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This latest iteration complements Q CELLS' existing All-In-One solution, the Q.HOME+ ESS-G1 inverter, battery and management system, and is initially sized at 4.0 kWh but can be scaled up to 20 kWh capacity at increments of 4 kWh each time. Such modularity makes the Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 an ideal solution for end-consumers that may wish to start small with their storage, and scale upwards as required.
By integrating a hybrid bi-directional inverter into the system, the Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 battery can rapidly and efficiently adapt to the customer's consumption requirements.
The system incorporates lithium-ion battery cells supplied by Samsung SDI. (Source: Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd., SolarNovus, 22 Nov., 2018) Contact: Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. , www.hanwha-qcells.com, www.hanwha.com/en/about_hanwha.html
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CGN is China's largest nuclear power generator with 20 reactors as of end-2017. CGN operates solar power plants with a combined capacity of 1.72 GW. (Source: Hanwha Q Cells, PR, Nov., 2018) Contact: China General Nuclear, en.cgnpc.com.cn; Hanwha Q Cells, Hanwha Group, www.hanwha.com
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Solar cell windows are supported with $1.3 million while $325,000 will be aimed at reducing and storing the heat lost from captured solar thermal energy.
(Source: University of Michigan, PR, 16 Nov., 2018) Contact: University of Michigan, Nicole Casal Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.umich.edu
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The company began taking orders for the product in 2017 on the assumption the mass production would start that summer. Mass production has now been rescheduled for the summer of 2019, according to Musk's announcement.
According to Tesla, the solar roof product is expected to cost $21.85 per square foot for a 3,000-square-foot roof. (Source: Tesla, C/MET, 25 Oct., 2018)Contact: Tesla Solar, www.tesla.com/en_CA/solarroof
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