Technology and R&D

Quality, now more than ever: An interview with Bill Gambogi and Bob Olsen of DuPont

As part of a focus on PV module and system quality in preparation for our Quality Roundtable at the Solar Power International Trade show in Las Vegas, pv magazine brings you an interview with DuPont Research Fellow Bill Gambogi and Director of Corporate Marketing Bob Olsen.

Burnt out, incompatible connectors

Quality control campaign: PV panel manufacturers selling plug connectors as MC4 compatible is nothing unusual. Two operators who have installed such modules are now struggling with lost insurance coverage and fires.

Quality: Minor differences in yield percentage make the difference between good and bad investment

Changing technology, pressure to cut costs, dizzying price slumps and a number of other issues make solar module quality control as relevant as ever. The danger that modules could fail outright remains slim, so module reliability is still decisive for the success of the investment, explains George Touloupas, Director of Technology and Quality at CEA, in preparation of the 4th pv magazine Quality roundtable at SPI.

USAID to fund solar research projects in India and Morocco

The U.S. Agency for International development (USAID) announced that it will provide USD10 million in funding to a number of projects aimed at addressing critical areas of development, two of the projects center on solar research in India and in Morocco.

Poor quality planning: Shifting the blame, passing the buck

An installation company in the Midwest reports how blame was laid at their door for defective PV panels. The actual cause of the defects probably lie elsewhere.

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SunLink Launches TechTrack Distributed

SunLink has launched TechTrack Distributed, its distributed single-axis tracker, featuring dynamic design, site flexibility and total cost reduction.

Energy Storage North America announces innovation finalists

Energy Storage North America (ESNA), the annual energy storage industry show, has announced the finalists for its 2016 ESNA Innovation Awards, which recognize excellence and impact in energy storage project development.

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BREAKING: Energy Department hires Charlie Gay to lead the SunShot Initiative

Gay brings with him over 40 years of experience, including heading NREL in the 90’s and serving on SunPower’s board of advisors.

1366 Technologies unveils 3-D wafers

The company says that its 3-D wafers lower the amount of silicon needed for each wafer without losing strength or performance.

Tesla: Gigafactory is “on schedule” to support 2017 Model 3 roll-out

Elon Musk gave scarce information on developments at the world’s largest battery factory in Tesla’s Q2 results.

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