Photovoltaic

QSTec to start up its polysilicon facility in Qatar

Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) has announced that it  has fired up its Qatar based polysilicon plant and successfully produced its first polysilicon.

Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) has announced that it has successfully produced its first polysilicon at its manufacturing facility in Qatar. According to the company, the production has a capacity of 8,000 metric tonnes per year.

28.03.2017

Eurolab has opened preproduction facility for back-contact solar

Clients can test-manufacture back-contact solar panels at Eurolab. (Foto: Eurolab)

Eurolab has opened a new lab facility that enables its clients to assess innovations in back-contact solar in a preproduction scale. Eurolab, based west of Rotterdam, is a sister company of Eurotron, a Dutch company providing equipment for manufacturing of back-contact solar PV modules.

24.03.2017

The first CAD for Solar

With PVCAD, designers get both CAD and solar design tools in one. (Photo: iStock)

PVComplete, an Oakland based solar design software provider, introduces PVCAD, the first and - according to the company - only CAD for solar. Powered by Autodesk technology, PVCAD rapidly accelerates solar project design and deployment.

23.03.2017

Hanwha Q CELLS and Kalyon Enerji won Turkish PV tender at a bid of 6.99 US-ct/kWh

6.99 U.S.-ct/kWh was the bid for a 1 GW solar power plant in Turkey (photo: iStock)

A 1 GW tender for the biggest renewable energy project in Turkey's history was won by a 50-50 percent joint venture formed by Hanwha Q CELLS and Kalyon Enerji. Both companies will build a 1.000 MW solar power plant in the Karapınar region in Turkey with the bid of 6.99 US-ct/kWh (6.51 Euro-ct./kWh).

20.03.2017

SMA Sunny Boy inverters UL listed

Although it is not yet mandatory, SMA has upgraded its Sunny Boy-US inverters to meet the UL 1741 SA requirements. (Photo: SMA America)

SMA America announced the Sunny Boy-US series as the first residential inverter to achieve UL 1741 SA (Supplement A) listing. California and Hawaii are the first states to mandate that the inverters meet the requirements but SMA is optimistic, that other states are going to follow suit.

16.03.2017

First pyranometer to be compliant to IEC 61724-1 requirements

The SR30 pyranometer was released in January. It is the first one to meet the revised IEC 61724-1 standards fpr PV system performance monitoring. (Photo: Hukseflux)

The IEC 61724-1 standard for PV system performance monitoring has been revised. A information, that is relevant for system owners, O&M managers, compliance officers, investors and suppliers. The SR30 pyranometer by Hukseflux is the first thermal Sensor to meet the new requirements.

09.03.2017

Europe’s first large scale battery factory to be created with investments by InnoEnergy

InnoEnergy has announced a € 3.5 Mio. investment in Northvolt AB, to enable the company to develop Europe’s first large-scale battery factory. The factory will have a final production capacity of 32 GWh, similar to that of Tesla’s US gigafactory, by 2024. The battery cells will be used for electric cars, energy storage and other electrical powered products.

07.03.2017

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