Products & Technology

Avancis Claims Efficiency Record For CIGS Solar Module

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SI Staff on May 04, 2016

Avancis, a Germany-based manufacturer of copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) solar modules, says it has achieved a world record efficiency of 17.9% with its latest encapsulated CIGS thin-film module. Certified by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, the record [Read More]

Ideal Power Launches SunDial Inverter Primed For Energy Storage

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SI Staff on May 02, 2016

Power conversion technologies developer Ideal Power Inc. has unveiled its new SunDial solar PV string inverter, which includes an optional bi-directional third port for direct integration of solar with energy storage. According to the company, the compact and fully isolated [Read More]

University And Utility Team Up On Solar Research In Florida

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SI Staff on Apr 28, 2016

Florida International University (FIU) and Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) have unveiled a new commercial-scale solar installation at FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing – the only solar research facility of its kind that FPL has installed at a [Read More]

TMEIC Supplying New 1,500 V Inverters For 30 MW Colo. Project

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SI Staff on Apr 27, 2016

Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp. (TMEIC) has announced the Solar Ware Samurai Series 1,500 V inverter, the latest addition to its portfolio of utility-scale inverter offerings, and the company has already received its first order for the product. TMEIC says [Read More]

JinkoSolar 1,500 V Eagle Modules Now Available In North America

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SI Staff on Apr 27, 2016

JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd. has announced that its 1,500 V Eagle PV modules, manufactured with its strategic partner DuPont’s Tedlar polyvinyl fluoride (PVF) film-based backsheets, have received UL1703 certification by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Following the certification, the modules are now [Read More]

AMtec Releases New UL1741-Listed Disconnecting Combiner Boxes

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SI Staff on Apr 27, 2016

AMtec Solar Products, a unit of AMtec Industries, has unveiled its new Prominence Series configurable disconnecting combiner boxes, which feature disconnect ratings of up to 400 A at 1,500 V. The company says the boxes are ETL listed to UL1741 [Read More]

Trina Solar Achieves New Efficiency Record For IBC Solar Cell

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SI Staff on Apr 26, 2016

China-based Trina Solar Ltd. says that its lab has beaten the company’s own world record for a large-area interdigitated back contact (IBC) silicon solar cell. According to the company, it reached a new efficiency record of 23.5% for its silicon [Read More]

AT&T And SunPower Partner On Wireless Connectivity For Residential Solar

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SI Staff on Apr 26, 2016

Communications giant AT&T and solar company SunPower have entered into an agreement to integrate Internet of Things (IoT) technology with SunPower’s newest home energy solution, SunPower Equinox. The companies will also collaborate on co-marketing efforts to offer a SunPower home [Read More]

NREL: Nanotube Semiconductors Are ‘Well Suited’ For Solar PV

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SI Staff on Apr 26, 2016

Single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) semiconductors are well suited for solar photovoltaic systems because they can potentially convert sunlight to electricity or fuels without losing much energy, finds the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). NREL says its [Read More]

Swedish Start-Up Achieves Nanowire Milestone For Solar Modules

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SI Staff on Apr 22, 2016

Swedish start-up Sol Voltaics AB says it has confirmed the successful alignment and orientation of nanowires in a thin film. The company claims the achievement in solar nanowire manufacturing could help pave the way for photovoltaic module efficiencies of 27% [Read More]