Modules & Upstream Manufacturing

Longi releases statement on patent dispute with Hanwha Q-Cells

The Chinese photovoltaic manufacturer said the recent invalidation procedure for its patent at the Chinese Patent Office’s examination and invalidity department is only an administrative examination procedure that only examines whether or not the authorized Chinese patent complies with patent law requirements.

Even if it is cheap enough, efficiency does matter

A British-German research team claims that organic PV technologies may become mature enough to compete with crystalline silicon and thin-film products not only in BIPV, but also in power generation in the electricity market. In order to get there, however, organic PV products will have to achieve higher efficiencies.

Energy Transition Jobs: New CMO at QuantumScape, new CEO at PG&E, plus Perea at SunPower, Arevon, The Engine

Executive jobs and job moves in solar, storage, cleantech, utilities and energy transition finance.

Bigger modules, yes, but better…?

It is now a well-established trend. After the switch to larger wafer sizes played out in 2019, this year has seen virtually all of the biggest PV manufacturers introduce new modules in dimensions above the 2-meter mark, and with power ratings in excess of 500 W – in some cases, as high as 800 W. As these modules begin to roll off production lines in larger quantities, it’s vital to take a look at the challenges and opportunities they bring to system design, installation, and long-term operation.

Bifacial solar panels are no longer exempt from US Section 201 import tariffs

As of today, the dumb world of solar module tariffs is currently subjecting imported bifacial modules to a 20% penalty, the same tariff as almost all other crystalline silicon solar modules.

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Clean energy industry groups CALSSA, SEIA, ACORE mount a full-court press for recovery role and jobs

“As Congress looks to recover jobs and spur new economic activity that leads to job growth and consumer savings, they should prioritize extending and expanding the ITC for distributed clean energy,” CALSSA said.

SEIA has a solar industry wish list for the incoming Biden administration

A change is coming in 2021 U.S. clean energy policy — SEIA has a wish list for the new administration ranging from tariffs to public lands to the investment tax credit.

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Energy Transition Jobs: First Solar CTO retires, new CEOs at Arevon and Kinestral, plus Voltus, CAISO and NYSERDA

Executive jobs and job moves in solar, storage, cleantech, utilities and energy transition finance.

Oxford PV’s German perovskite solar module plant backed by Brandenburg state with $10 million

Oxford PV is currently building a manufacturing facility for its silicon perovskite tandem solar cells in Brandenburg an der Havel.

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Global solar module demand will grow 15% and reach 143 GW in 2021

PV Infolink finds that global solar panel demand may increase by 15% next year — driven by the completion of projects that were delayed by the pandemic.

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