U.S. module manufacturer First Solar announced yesterday the unveiling of the first functional Series 6 thin film photovoltaic module off the company’s Perrysburg, Ohio, new production line. Presented during a meeting with investment analysts at the Perrysburg facility, the large area Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) glass-on-glass module was part of the first batch of material run completely through the recently activated line.
German car manufacturer Audi and Alta Devices, a subsidiary of the Chinese solar-cell specialist, Hanergy, are working together on this development project. With this cooperation, the partners aim to generate solar energy to increase the range of electric vehicles. The first prototype is to be built by the end of 2017.
German renewable energy consultancy firm Aactio GmbH is now searching for licensing partners for EcoFoot2, Ecolibrium Solar’s ballast mounting solution, which can be installed quickly and has a low-parts count, comes with integrated grounding, wire management, and increased durability to withstand extreme weather conditions.
Photovoltaic cells manufacturer Hanwha Q CELLS announced today that it has achieved a world-record-breaking multicrystalline solar module efficiency. The independent Fraunhofer ISE CalLab confirmed the record module efficiency rating of 19.5% in relation to the aperture area and a power output of 301 watts. The efficiency record has been published in the widely referenced Efficiency Tables of the renowned scientific journal “Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications” in June 2016.
Solaris, a U.S. based solar distributor and dealer of residential and commercial solar products, announced today that it has added pre-configured solar Panel Kits with Electrical Diagrams to its already expansive portfolio of Solar Energy Products to bring additional value to DIY Homeowners and Professional Installers.