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New Fraunhofer Solar Cell Stringer Uses Adhesives For 2% Boost

February 22nd, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

An R&D team at Fraunhofer ISE has unveiled a new solar cell stringing machine that can boost cell performance 2% by using electrically conductive adhesives to fix solar cells to a foil substrate in a shingled pattern. The process reduces the number of manufacturing steps that soldering a connective ribbon would require, and imparts more efficient cell performance in several incremental ways


SunPower Reports Mixed Q4 & Full-Year 2018 Results

February 20th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill

Silicon Valley solar manufacturer SunPower published its Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2018 financial results last week revealing relatively mixed results across the board, showing quarterly growth but well down on yearly metrics and falling well below market consensus. 


New SunPower Oregon Facility Is Now Producing 19% Efficient Solar Panels

February 8th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill

Silicon Valley-based solar manufacturer SunPower has finally returned to manufacturing in the United States as it announced on Thursday its newly-acquired Hillsboro, Oregon facility is now assembling the company's high-quality 19% efficient Performance Series solar panel (P19 or P-Series) for US commercial customers. 


Dolphin Boat Goes Hybrid With BMW i3 Batteries + Sunflare Panels

January 31st, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

An operator of a custom dolphin observation boat has combined Sunflare solar panels with lithium-ion batteries for what may be the first charter vessel of it kind, says the Key West owner. Dubbed “The Squid,” the vessel was designed for tour operator Honest Eco by David Walworth, an MIT-educated boat designer and builder


What Changed In The Solar & Energy Storage Industries In 2018?

January 19th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

I started covering the solar energy industry seriously in 2009. It seemed like a hopping, exciting time in the industry — growth was exploding. I remember one early story in which readers admonished me a little because I put "Solar Power Exploding" in a headline, and they thought I was referring to genuine explosions. In 2019, 2009 and 2010 progress looks like anthills


SunPower Squirms After Topsy-Turvy Third Quarter

November 6th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

US-based solar PV manufacturer SunPower announced its financial results for the third quarter last week, in which it revealed better-than-expected earnings but weaker-than-expected revenues for a quarter that performed as a current snapshot of the combined challenges and successes of the solar industry


Sunrun Ranked As Leading Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Vendor

October 19th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

A new report published by Navigant Research has proclaimed US residential solar company Sunrun as the world's leading solar-plus-storage vendor in a market which is expected to see nearly 40 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity installed in the next decade. 



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