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Applied Materials announces new PV metallization system to boost solar cell efficiency, set low Cost-of-Ownership benchmark

2015-04-24 |

Ahead of the SNEC International Photovoltaic Power Generation Exhibition being held next week, Applied Materials, Inc. (Santa Clara, California, US) on April 24th, 2015 announced its “Applied Tempo” metallization system that is setting new efficiency, high-productivity and low-cost benchmarks for manufacturing advanced high-efficiency solar photovoltaic (PV) cell designs. Supporting Applied's “Fine Line Double Print” (FLDP) technology and record throughput, the Tempo platform delivers substantial efficiency, yield and cost benefits that translate into the industry's lowest cost of ownership and lowest overall cost-per-watt solution for cell manufacturing, reads the press release. Read more...

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Solar point of view

Solar point of view: Why settle for less? The use case for higher efficiency PV modules in the UK

2015-02-13 |

“With more then five million households in the UK having already installed solar panels, and that number still set to grow, I think it’s time to debunk some of the perception myths on higher efficiency modules,” says Sven Armbrecht, UK Manager, LG Solar. In this Solar point of view, he advocates the use of higher efficiency PV modules in the UK. Read more...

Solar Report

Renewable Energy and Chilean Mines: A Market Overview

2015-01-13 |

For a relatively new and untested renewable energy market, Chile has a remarkable number of strengths. The country has incredibly attractive solar resources, according to Joel Link, vice president of development and global head of mining development for SolarReserve. “The Atacama Desert, in northern Chile, has arguably the world’s strongest solar resource,” he says, noting that this area also happens to be home to the lion’s share of the country’s mining activities. Read more...

Solar Interviews

Solar Interview on desert challenges: O&M in China’s solar market

2014-12-16 |

There is growing discussion around the effects of harsh climatic conditions on the O&M of PV plants. It’s not just an issue for China, is it? No, definitely not. With cumulative global PV capacities reaching ~180 GW this year, the O&M market for solar PV installations worldwide is already substantial. Out of this total, more and more PV installations are operating under demanding climatic conditions, such as in deserts or in highly polluted areas, and this will increase in the future, especially in emerging markets. These challenging environments require module manufacturers and power generators to adapt their module design and O&M strategies accordingly, which is vital for plant profitability. Read more...

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