Modules & Upstream Manufacturing

BYD to supply 170 MW of PV modules to NextEra

The Tesla of China has also announced plans to launch its high-voltage B-Box residential battery system in the United States.

What’s this about a trade case? 4 takeaways from Solar Power International

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.

LG’s back-contact PV module is now available

LG unveiled both a new high-power 365W, 60-cell residential module, and a new AC module with an Enphase microinverter and wifi communications on board.

Interview: SunPower pivots to more conventional cell technologies and shingled cell modules

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.

Solar Power International begins with a bang

With a monster hurricane in Florida and a trade case looming over the solar industry, there’s never been a more interesting time to be in solar

Panasonic to close Oregon ingot factory and eliminate 92 jobs

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 begins production of solar cells at Buffalo gigafactory

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.

The case for U.S. solar manufacturing

In this op-ed for pv magazine, SolarWorld Americas CEO Juergen Stein argues that more stringent trade measures are needed to protect U.S. solar cell and module manufacturing from subsidized Chinese imports.

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Perovskite has changed its status to single (cell)

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.

1366’s Direct Wafers achieve 20.1% and 20.3% cell efficiencies

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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