Toronto based GP JOULE Canada Corp., a subsidiary of global renewable energy company GP JOULE GmbH headquartered in Germany, announced that the PHLEGON single-axis tracker has passed a series of accelerated life-cycle tests conducted by the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary. The Institute’s Green Building Technology Lab and Demonstration Centre confirmed PHLEGON’s long-term reliability within a wide range of environmental conditions and proved its performance in extreme northern climates.
Dr Azmy Gowaid and his team from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) in Scotland have devised solar tiles that will allow outdoor pedestrianised areas to double up as renewable energy makers. The tile can be used in virtually any outdoor pedestrian walkway exposed to daylight. This includes public squares, pavements, schools and university campuses.
Chinese mono-crystalline modules manufacturer LONGi Solar announced on April 12 that its 120-cell half-cut monocrystalline PERC module has exceeded 360W, as certified by TÜV-SÜD. This achieves a new world record for the highest power 120-cell half-cut monocrystalline PERC module, adding to LONGi’s world record for 60-cell monocrystalline PERC module for power and conversion efficiency.
First Solar announced yesterday plans to build a new solar module manufacturing facility near its existing Perrysburg, Ohio flagship plant. The 1.2 gigawatt factory is expected to create 500 new jobs in northwestern Ohio, and will produce the company’s advanced technology Series 6 thin film photovoltaic (PV) module.
TVP Solar, a Swiss company which designs, develops, manufactures and markets innovative high-vacuum mirrorless solar thermal collectors, announced on April 10 the one-year study of its solar thermal panels at a live client site in Kuwait’s first solar thermal-driven commercial air conditioning system. The results prove TVP’s best-in-class performance operating up to 200°C as recently certified by Din Certco Solar Keymark. The solar field in Kuwait produces a massive amount of thermal energy – 750 kWh/m²/year – with a peak efficiency of 57%, validating certification values.