The largest solar trade show in the United States wrapped up this week. pv magazine takes a look at what went down, and the trends from the show floor.
SunPower is famous for its back-contact cells, boasting one of the industry’s most advanced technologies. Josh Moore, SunPower Director, explains why the company is now ramping up 600 MW of production for different types of front-contact cells and shingled modules. He will pitch the advantages at pv magazine’s Future PV event to be held at SPI on Tuesday September 12.
In its announcement, the company cited “business conditions in [its] part of the solar industry” as the reason for the closure, making it the second Oregon solar company to announce a closure in the past month.
Tesla described the test production as an “interim milestone” and told AP that it expects to begin ramping production by the end of the year.
In another breakthrough for the material so many solar advocates hope will replace traditional silicon in module production, a group of scientists in China and the United States have produced the first monocrystalline perovskite cell, which could accelerate its acceptance as a silicon replacement.
Independently verified by Fraunhofer ISE CalLab, the company and partner Hanwha Q Cells have reached these milestones using PERC cell technology.
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