Products & Technology

NEXTracker Acquires Software Company BrightBox Technologies

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SI Staff on Aug 30, 2016

NEXTracker, a solar tracker company and Flex subsidiary, has acquired BrightBox Technologies Inc., a provider of predictive modeling software and machine-learning technologies. NEXTracker says the integration of BrightBox’s technology will help accelerate completion time and increase the energy yield of [Read More]

Yingli Solar Launching New PV Modules In U.S. Market

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SI Staff on Aug 30, 2016

China-based PV module manufacturer Yingli Solar has announced the launch of three new module series in the U.S. The company says its Yingli Smart Module Series, certified by Underwriters Laboratory (UL), is ideal for the residential and commercial market segments [Read More]

Boviet Solar USA Unveils 1,500 V Polycrystalline Modules

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SI Staff on Aug 29, 2016

Boviet Solar USA, the North American arm of Boviet Solar Technology Co. Ltd., has introduced its new 1,500 V polycrystalline solar modules. According to the company, the new high-voltage modules are ideal for large commercial and utility-scale solar installations and [Read More]

GameChange Solar Receives ETL/UL 2703 Approval For Rivet Option

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SI Staff on Aug 29, 2016

GameChange Solar, a manufacturer of fixed-tilt and tracker solar racking systems, says it has successfully completed grounding and bonding testing under ETL/UL 2703 for use of rivets as alternate panel-mounting hardware, as well as in some cases for attachment of certain [Read More]

SMA Offers New Central Inverter, Nets UL Certification

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SI Staff on Aug 25, 2016

SMA is now taking orders for its latest central inverter, the Sunny Central 2500-EV-US, which the company says is certified to the new UL 62109 standard and is ideal for 1,500 VDC utility-scale applications. The Sunny Central 2500-EV-US provides 2,500 [Read More]

Nationwide Collaboration Leads To New Solar Forecasting System

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SI Staff on Aug 24, 2016

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) says it and a national team of scientists have developed a new system that could help save the solar energy industry hundreds of millions of dollars through improved forecasts of the atmosphere. The [Read More]

ANU Researchers Claim Solar Thermal Record

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SI Staff on Aug 23, 2016

The Australian National University (ANU) says its scientists have set a world record for efficiency for a solar thermal dish generating steam that could be used for power stations. The team designed and built a new receiver for the solar [Read More]

GameChange Solar Hits 1 GW Sales Milestone

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SI Staff on Aug 22, 2016

GameChange Solar, a manufacturer of fixed-tilt and tracker solar racking systems, has passed 1 GW in sales and expects to have substantially over 1 GW installed by year-end 2016. Starting in 2012 with fixed-tilt roof and pile-driven systems, GameChange Solar [Read More]

SMA Achieves UL 1741 SA Certification For Smart Solar Inverters

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SI Staff on Aug 18, 2016

Inverter manufacturer SMA has completed functional and safety testing with United Laboratories (UL) according to the UL 1741 SA (Supplement A) draft standard, which identifies inverter functions required for optimal grid stability. To achieve that, SMA says it enhanced the [Read More]

1366 Technologies Develops ‘Three-Dimensional’ Solar Wafer

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SI Staff on Aug 17, 2016

Massachusetts-based start-up 1366 Technologies says its proprietary Direct Wafer process has demonstrated the ability to grow a so-called “three dimensional” wafer, a thin silicon wafer with a thick border – an advancement the company claims is impossible with conventional ingot-based [Read More]