PV ModuleTech: Making sense of solar panel developments

PV Tech talked with PV Lighthouse’s Malcolm Abbot ahead of PV ModuleTech 2017, being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 7-8 November 2017. Malcolm will be a guest speaker at the event.

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First Solar backs Suniva and SolarWorld in Section 201 case

Thin-film module manufacturer First Solar has backed the petitioners in the Section 201 trade case, the first intervention the company has made so far.

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NTPC tenders 225MW of solar under DCR in Uttar Pradesh

India’s largest utility NTPC has tendered 225MW of solar using local content rules at Billhaur in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

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India reveals solar firms to be sampled in anti-dumping investigation

India’s Directorate General of Anti-Dumping & Allied Duties (DGAD) has published a letter revealing which Chinese, Taiwanese and Malaysian solar cell producers and exporters will be sampled in its ongoing anti-dumping investigation.

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Mahindra launches India’s first mobile PV testing lab as some project performances plunge

Some solar projects in India have seen module performance drop 10% in first year or 8% in the third year alone, according to Mahindra Susten field tests.

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MNRE secretary reaffirms Indian government commitment to solar manufacturing

The comments at the REI Expo in Delhi came as the industry awaits the outcome of an anti-dumping investigation.

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ISC Konstanz qualifies Aurora Solar’s technology for BiSoN bifacial wafers

The International Solar Energy Research Center Konstanz e.V. (ISC Konstanz) has qualified Aurora Solar’s inline measurement and control technology for its BiSoN bifacial solar cell technology, which is licensed to PV manufacturers.

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GCL-SI boosts sales on PERC ramp and overseas market traction

‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member GCL System Integrated Technology (GCL-SI) recently reported its strongest rebound in sales in the second quarter of 2017, leading to a return to profitability in the first half of the year.

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First 1GW back-contact module plant starts production using MWT equipment from Eurotron

China-based PV module manufacturer Sunport Power has officially started production at 1GW assembly plant using Eurotron’s MWT equipment for back-contact PV modules that reduce cell-to-module losses and boost module performance and reliability.

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SPI 2017: Solar modules pushing the bar on performance

Updated: With the solar industry transitioning to high-performance products backed with innovation, Solar Power International 2017 in Las Vegas is showcasing an ever increasing portfolio of solar modules exceeding 300 watts in the standard 60-cell format. However, 72-cell modules exceeding 360 watts are also entering the mainstream and 400 watts is just around the corner.

Driving the high-performance wave is PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell), bifacial and the migration to 5 busbars and beyond, whether with multicrystalline or monocrystalline wafers. The growing use of half-cut and multi-cut cells that reduce cell to module losses, boosting overall performance are also becoming mainstream as well as heterojunction (HJ) modules.

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Reducing OEM module supply should be quality-driven, not to save a penny on blended costs

The use of third-party cell and module sourcing has seen a massive uptick in the solar industry, during the past 2-3 years.
The appetite of leading global module suppliers to rely on outsourced cells and modules has been clear to see in the past 12-18 months, but tends to go through almost quarterly tactical adjustments, often driven by factors that are potentially creating risk for long-term downstream asset holders of utility-scale sites.

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