GCL showcased black silicon, PERC and diamond wiring PV modules at SPI

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GCL-SI attended Solar Power International Exhibition (GCL System)

GCL System Integration Technology, a subsidiary of GCL, has been developing solar modules that utilize new technologies, specifically black silicon, PERC and diamond wiring. At SPI, the company showcased its latest products, including the Black Silicon 5 Busbar (5BB), Multi-Busbar (MBB) and Double-glass modules. The solar modules with these new technologies are all in a 72-cell format in each configuration.

“To differentiate from other solar energy companies, GCL-SI is able to provide high performance modules at a competitive price to the U.S. market due to the great advantage from integrated industrial chain of the GCL group,” explains Dong Shuguang, Executive President. “GCL-SI also offers design, product, service, finance, and operations as a whole.”

He further described that after their opening of a factory in Vietnam, the company is now able to provide 600 MW high-efficiency PERC modules to meet the requirements of the American market.

GCL-SI’s black silicon and PERC solar modules are based on multi-crystalline silicon. Dong adds that GCL-SI will maintain its focus on developing modules using multi-crystalline silicon, while continually researching more innovative ways to integrate black silicon, PERC and diamond wiring. The results will lead to lower costs and increase the efficiency of solar modules. If people are able to harness the full potential of the multi-crystalline material, that would ultimately contribute to broader adoption of solar energy by lowering the LCOE.

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LG, SolarEdge release smart module collaboration at Solar Power International

At Solar Power International, SolarEdge Technologies and LG Electronics debuted a joint smart module targeting the high-end residential and commercial PV rooftop markets in North America. The first collaboration from the two industry staples will be one of the most power-dense rooftop offerings on the market. It includes both add-on and embedded power optimizer options for both commercial and residential systems.

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“The PV industry is moving rapidly toward module-level power optimization to meet the cost, safety and performance requirements of the market. Adding the SolarEdge solution to our product portfolio will help us better serve our customers,” stated Stephen Hahm, Vice President and Head of LG Electronics USA’s Energy Solutions Business. “We put utmost priority on listening to the market and delivering the strongest products and partnerships to our customers.”

“This joint offering represents a powerful step towards SolarEdge’s vision of all PV systems benefitting from module-level optimization,” stated Peter Mathews, SolarEdge’s North America General Manager. “Joining forces with a market leader like LG further solidifies the leading role of power optimizers in the MLPE sector.”

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The package combines SolarEdge’s inverters with LG’s NeON R modules (with module efficiency up to 21.1%), P370 and P800 power optimizers for residential and commercial installations respectively, as well as free module-level monitoring. Benefits include no power clipping, increased efficiency, flexible array design and a multitude of racking options.

LG’s NeON R series offer an industry-leading 25-year complete coverage warranty, giving homeowners a hassle-free asset for the lifetime of the system. With enhanced design aesthetics, the modules feature a back contact technology. The residential version is compatible with SolarEdge’s HD-Wave inverters, StorEdge solution, and Inverter-Integrated EV chargers. The module-level monitoring can be easily connected through hardwired internet or a cellular network. The solution complies with the latest safety standards, such as NEC 2017, and smart-inverter protocols, for example Rule 21.

The LG NeON R modules with add-on power optimizers are available now, and the smart module will be introduced at a later date.

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Commercial building PV transformation? Here are two new solar glass solutions getting buzz

Endorsed by leading glass and fabrication companies including Pilkington, AGC, and Walters & Wolf, Solaria is ready to roll out its PowerVision product, which could transform building facades, skylights, canopies and other structural components into power-generating assets. At the same time, SolarWindow Technologies, developer of electricity-generating windows for tall towers and skyscrapers, has entered into an agreement for the fabrication of SolarWindow products with suburban Los Angeles-based Triview Glass Industries, LLC.

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Deployment of Solaria’s patented technology —which leverages the reliability and efficiency of crystalline silicon technology— enables structures to generate electricity cleanly and reliably.

“By reimagining commercial and residential building structures, Solaria has devised its PowerVision glass in inventive new ways so that nearly every aspect of a building envelope —beyond the rooftop— can generate electricity,” said Nick Bagatelos, President of Bagatelos Architectural Glass Systems, Inc. “PowerVision builds on the success of PowerXT to enable building owners and developers to turn skylights, windows and building facades into electricity-generating assets. Seamlessly integrated and easily installed into building designs, Solaria’s patented PowerVision transforms buildings into on-site clean power plants.”

“There’s increased demand to evolve building designs to incorporate more solar solutions, and construct, when possible, high performance, Net Zero Energy structures,” noted Solaria CEO Suvi Sharma. “Buildings currently account for forty percent of the world’s energy use — to power light, heat, cool buildings. Now architects, developers and builders can deploy solar everywhere – in skylights, windows and building facades, as well as on rooftops.”

Solaria’s unique solar cell process technology has allowed the company to develop an architecturally beautiful vision glass that can be used in locations not typically associated with solar panels; these include skylights, patios, and window openings, providing a see-through surface that generates electricity. Building owners and occupants accrue many benefits – as solar-outfitted windows mitigate the sunlight’s effect on a building. When combined with high-efficiency solar PV modules, together they offer a seamless strategy to unlock the full power potential of buildings with technologies that boost energy generation, providing high yield at a low cost.

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Extensively tested and demonstrated at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s FLEXLAB, Solaria PowerVision has proven to deliver a unique combination of high performance and high power density with optimized thermal performance, effective daylighting, and glare control.

Details on SolarWindow

The prospect of generating electricity on commercial buildings, which consume nearly 40% of all electricity generated in the US, is made possible when transparent SolarWindow electricity-generating liquid coatings are applied to glass surfaces.

As the company’s select regional fabricator in North America, Triview Glass will work to fabricate specific SolarWindow electricity-generating glass products at commercial scale by integrating SolarWindow technologies into its manufacturing processes.

Commercial buildings are ideal customers for electricity-generating windows, which could reduce electricity demand by 30%-50% and provide a one-year financial payback, according to independently-validated engineering modeling for a 50-story building.

Recently, the company achieved an important fabrication step leading to today’s announcement. SolarWindow electricity-generating coatings were successfully processed through the rigorous autoclave system for window glass lamination at Triview.

Layered with SolarWindow coatings, glass modules were subjected to the extremely high heat and pressure of autoclave equipment located at Triview. Despite the harsh conditions, subsequent performance testing confirmed that SolarWindow modules continued to produce electricity, paving the way for today’s announcement and eventual deployment of the company’s electricity-generating glass products.

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Details on new AC, heterojunction solar modules from Mission Solar

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Mission Solar Energy, a U.S. manufacturer of high-power solar modules, is displaying three new products at the annual Solar Power International Conference and Exhibition (Booth #3975) that incorporate heterojunction and AC technologies. As there are growing demands for higher panel power, increased lifetimes, and more stringent fire ratings, Mission Solar Energy is remaining competitive by showcasing new technologies.

“Our line of AC and heterojunction modules feature the very best of solar technology. We are gauging customer interest in these products, and based on market response, mass-production could begin as early as Q1 2018,” said Jae Yang, President of Mission Solar Energy.

Mission Solar Energy’s AC and heterojunction modules:

MSE HJT 72 Elite: This is a high-power module featuring Heterojunction technology which produces 460W of power with bifacial boost. The Elite consists of strong dual glass construction, not only durable but also aesthetically pleasing. This module has the ability to withstand high wind load, has a Class A fire rating, and a low thermal co-efficient.

MSE HJT 72: Much like the HJT 72 Elite, this module offers advanced heterojunction cell technology and an industry-leading front side power output of 400W. Conventional frame construction makes for a streamlined installation with current standard racking.

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MSE PERC 60 AC: This module has an integrated micro inverter, which shortens installation time, simplifies inventory management, and maximizes system production in shady conditions. Panel-level performance monitoring is another key advantage of the PERC AC. This module is tested and certified against a >210mph wind load, making it ideal for all locations.

Other modules that will be on display include the MSE PERC 60, MSE MONO 60, MSE MONO 72, and MSE MULTI 72, which are currently part of MSE’s product offerings. All Mission Solar modules are designed, engineered, and assembled at our 200MW facility in San Antonio, Texas.

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See Panasonic’s new 40mm frame HIT solar modules at SPI

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At SPI, Panasonic Eco Solutions North America will exhibit be showing off several new products and presenting on the latest advancements in HIT high-efficiency PV modules with innovative silicon heterojunction technology at booth 6701.

The solar panel products that will be on display are the HIT N315K and N320K, Panasonic’s new line of all-black solar panels that have an industry-leading temperature coefficient of -0.258 percent, as well as the N335 and N330 solar panels, the latest in Panasonic’s line of high-efficiency solar modules with a new 40mm frame. These solar modules are manufactured with “N” type cells, which reduce the annual performance degradation from 0.70 percent to 0.26 percent when compared to conventional solar panels.

Earlier this year, Panasonic and Pika Energy Inc. partnered to create the Harbor Flex and Harbor Plus, DC-coupled solar smart batteries with industry-leading performance specifications. Panasonic will also be exhibiting a lithium-ion rechargeable battery, with a wide range of portable electronic applications.

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