Products & Technology

Solaria Expands Manufacturing Line For PowerXT Solar Modules

Posted by Joseph Bebon on June 26, 2017

Module maker Solaria Corp. has announced the expansion of its PowerXT cell and module manufacturing line at its headquarters in Fremont, Calif., in order to ramp up production of the 330Wp residential module. “We’ve ramped up our U.S.-based manufacturing of [Read More]

Nuance Energy Nets Investment From Tabuchi Electric

Posted by Joseph Bebon on June 26, 2017

California-based Nuance Energy, manufacturer of the Osprey PowerPlatform racking system and a developer of distributed ground-mount solar projects, has received a $3 million investment from Tabuchi Electric Co., a Japan-based manufacturer of inverters and solar+storage systems. The two companies already [Read More]

Consortium Wins Army Contract To Develop Flexible Solar Modules

Posted by Joseph Bebon on June 21, 2017

NanoFlex Power Corp., a developer of photovoltaic technologies, has announced it is part of a consortium that was awarded a $6.5 million contract from the Army Research Laboratory’s Army Research Office to develop high-power, flexible, and lightweight solar modules for [Read More]

Panasonic And Pika Energy Partner On Harbor Smart Battery

Posted by Joseph Bebon on June 16, 2017

Panasonic Eco Solutions North America and U.S.-based inverter manufacturer Pika Energy Inc. have partnered to offer the Harbor 10P/15P Smart Battery, a DC-coupled energy storage solution. Harbor 10P/15P will begin shipping in late 2017 and is available for pre-order today. [Read More]

SMA America Unveils Solution To Streamline Residential Service

Posted by Joseph Bebon on June 15, 2017

SMA America has unveiled its new SMA Smart Connected solution. Now available with the Sunny Boy-US residential line of inverters, SMA Smart Connected is a proactive service package integrated into the Sunny Portal PV monitoring database that automatically detects and [Read More]

NIST Researchers Use Novel Techniques To Examine Solar Cells

Posted by Joseph Bebon on June 12, 2017

Using two novel techniques, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) say they have for the first time examined, with nanometer-scale precision, the variations in chemical composition and defects of widely used solar cells. The new techniques, [Read More]

Staubli And Power-Blox Partner On Energy Storage

Posted by Joseph Bebon on June 08, 2017

Staubli Electrical Connectors (formerly Multi-Contact), a provider of electrical connectors for photovoltaic solutions, and Swiss start-up Power-Blox have entered into a strategic partnership to jointly offer a scalable energy storage solution. The partners say that with the new technology called [Read More]

Locus Adds Loss-Estimation Tool To SolarNOC Platform

Posted by Joseph Bebon on June 05, 2017

Locus Energy, a solar monitoring and data analytics solutions provider, has added an automated loss-estimation feature to its SolarNOC platform. Called the Virtual Irradiance (VI) Performance Waterfall, the new tool analyzes the power generation data from a solar meter to [Read More]

DNV GL Charts The Most Reliable PV Modules

Posted by Joseph Bebon on June 01, 2017

DNV GL has released its third annual PV Module Reliability Scorecard report, which analyzes and compares reliability test results of more than 50 commercially available PV module models. The global energy advisory and certification company says the Scorecard serves as [Read More]

Tigo Adds Two Optimizers To TS4 Platform

Posted by Joseph Bebon on June 01, 2017

Tigo has announced the second worldwide release of its next generation of solar optimizers featuring UHD-Core (Ultra-High Definition) technology: TS4-M (Monitoring) and TS4-S (Safety). The Silicon Valley company says its UHD-Core TS4-M is a cost-efficient module-level power electronics (MLPE) monitoring [Read More]