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Balance of Systems

Plastic for solar panels?

Three companies are swapping out aluminum and glass in favor of plastic to save weight and add flexibility. We look at the pros and cons.

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FTC touts tracker capable of withstanding 120 MPH winds

The Voyager+ can withstand category 3 hurricane winds and also tackles the challenges of low wind speeds that have historically been an issue for 2P trackers.

Wallbox to produce EV chargers in Texas

The facility will be the first in the United States for the company and could produce 290,000 units annually by 2027.

DOE grants aim to drive down inverter costs, advance PV fire prevention tech

Several of the projects also aim for lower costs for PV module materials or PV racking, as well as for lower defect rates on module assembly lines.

Tigo launches rapid shutdown device for modules up to 700W

The Tigo TS4-A-S allows for rapid shutdown, monitoring and is safely operable from -40°F to +185°F.

Sunrise brief: Solar deployment needs to accelerate by 3-4x: Biden administration

Also on the rise: Solar imports are being detained by border agents, First Solar breaks ground in its 3.3GW Ohio plant, and partners turn to blockchain to help expand module recycling efforts.

China made 14 GW of solar modules in June – and more than 80 GW in six months

The nation produced 57% more solar cells in the first half of this year than in the same period a year earlier.

Partners turn to blockchain to expand solar module recycling

The technology is being developed in Japan and should be able to inspect solar modules to provide data on traceability and components used.

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Sunrise brief: The path steepens to 80% renewables by 2030

Also on the rise: Sandia develops a grid-scale battery storage technology, NREL researchers write code to make legacy inverters smarter, and take a moment to admire these solar panels.

Residential solar demand is ‘through the roof’

One question is whether or not manufacturers can keep up with demand, particularly inverters and semiconductors.

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