Modules & Upstream Manufacturing

Interview: keys to durability, and why it counts

From cost-per-watt on day one to output over 25 – 30 years: The understanding of value in the PV sector has begun to shift. Dow Chemical’s Brian Habersberger spoke to pv magazine about the materials helping inform and drive the transition.

Jakson Group to add 1.25 GW of solar manufacturing capacity in India

The Indian energy solution provider Jakson is making an INR 7 billion ($0.11 billion) investment to build 1 GW of solar module manufacturing capacity and a 250 MW solar cell manufacturing plant in Gujarat.

Bürkle presents faster lamination for crystalline modules at EU PVSEC

Bürkle has optimized its current process time for glass-backsheet and glass-glass modules by more than 20%, which will reduce the manufacturing cost per module by up to 10%, depending on the module configuration.

Vikram Solar launches new monocrystalline product line SOMERA

SOMERA series uses PERC monocrystalline solar cells reaching module area efficiency up to 19.05% (for 60 cells) and up to 18.45% (for 72 cells).

Borosil opens 2mm fully tempered solar glass production facility

Indian company Gujarat Borosil claims to have developed the world’s first 2mm fully tempered solar glass for glass-glass solar modules.

EU PVSEC: New Polyolefin-based backsheet challenges traditional PET-based backsheets

At EU PVSEC 2017, which took place in Amsterdam last week, two companies presented Polyolefin-based backsheet performance and claimed these are superior to polyester-core-layer-based backsheets.

Jinchen to install 600 MW of lamination equipment in India by November 2017

Jinchen Machinery Co Ltd, has commissioned 2 GW of manufacturing lines in India, and to continue its growth in the country the company is further planning to open its own service and spare part centers.

SC-Solar to ship 1.5 GW of module manufacturing equipment by March 2018

The leading automation equipment supplier installed 15 GW of module manufacturing lines worldwide in 2016, where 1.2 GW is installed in India.

REI: upstream and downstream review of the Indian solar show

Last week’s Renewable Energy India exhibition was a busy, bustling affair that highlighted the rude health and impressive energy of India’s solar sector. There are still many hurdles to overcome, however, if India is to develop its own domestic manufacturing industry.

India’s National Solar Mission: revisions recommended

The standing committee on energy, comprising members of the lower and upper assembly of the parliament, and the secretariat, has released a report recommending vital changes to boost India’s National Solar Mission of 100 GW by 2022.

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