Manufacturing

LONGi, JinkoSolar, REC Group respond to Hanwha Q-Cells IP suit

All three companies say the patent infringement claim is without merit, and LONGi has provided technical details as to why its PERC isn’t based on Hanwha Q-Cells’ patent.

pvMB 3/6/19: Hawaii stays at 27% renewables, GameChange Solar ups production capacity

Happy Hump Day and welcome to your Wednesday edition of the pv magazine USA morning brief. Today we’ll check out a GreenPeace co-founder comparing the Green New Deal to the End Times, ASU dominating the Solar Energy Technology Office awards, GRID Alternatives’ “Solar Spring Break” program and everything else interesting in the industry today.

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Hanwha Q-Cells sues to keep Jinko, Longi and REC Group out of the U.S. market

The Korean/German solar manufacturer has filed patent infringement lawsuits against the three companies in the United States, and is seeking to bar them from importing solar products for the U.S. market. Hanwha Q Cells claims its three rivals have used its patented solar cell passivation technology to increase the performance of their products.

SunPower brings its A game to high efficiency

The company has rolled out its new A-Series modules as the first product using SunPower’s NGT solar cells, based on larger wafers and a streamlined manufacturing process. But will this be enough to get SunPower back to the black in its finances?

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The next big thing: grid-tied batteries. How to maximize value

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Mike Mendelsohn & Dr. Allison Weis of Ascend Analytics break down the value of battery storage and the profitability of this tech.

The solar will rise again

Louisiana utility Cleco Power may issue a request for proposals for up to 400 MW of solar capacity some time this year.

Siemens wants to take over Kaco

After announcing its entry into residential storage a week ago, the Munich-based multinational has now unveiled a plan to acquire inverter manufacturer Kaco. Siemens has not provided details about the value of the transaction.

The largest solar factory in the Western Hemisphere is now online

Hanwha Q Cells has begun shipping solar panels from its 1.7 GW factory near the Georgia-Tennessee border, as the second major U.S. module factory to announce production this week.

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If not bifacial, then what?

JinkoSolar has launched a new bifacial solar module with a clear backsheet manufactured by Dupont to compete with standard glass on glass bifacial solar modules, as well to break into new markets where bifacial might not have fit in.

Inside JinkoSolar’s Jacksonville factory

JinkoSolar is ramping the third-largest module factory in the United States, as part of a resurgence in U.S. module manufacturing.

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