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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


Sunfolding’s Pneumatic Solar Tracker Builds 60 Megawatt Pipeline

February 7th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

Maverick pneumatic solar tracker maker Sunfolding has amassed a pipeline of 60 megawatts for the first quarter of 2019, following its 2018 commercial rollout, says Matthew Schneider, the vice president of product at the San Francisco-based company. Sunfolding also is supplying its first delivery contract for a utility-scale photovoltaic array, a 39 MW project in California, using the company’s motor-less T29 single-axis design


San Diego Has Vast Solar Parking Lot Potential

January 18th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

San Diego has an untapped 500 megawatt solar potential at commercial sites within the city, with parking lots representing three-quarters of the total, according to a new survey by the Clean Coalition.


Sunfolding’s Unique Solar Bellows Selected for CA Project

December 20th, 2018 | by Charles W. Thurston

The ancient air bellows has been repurposed once again, to drive solar tracker arrays created by Sunfolding, of San Francisco, in a 39 megawatt installation at an undisclosed California location. The cost-saving design has attracted the attention of the ARPA-e program, DOE’s SunShot program, and several venture capitalists


Will US Solar Growth Continue To Shock, Explode, & Demolish Under Trump/Bannon/Pence?

February 28th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Solar power growth was more dramatic than almost anyone expected during the Obama administration. That was largely due to global factors — incentives in other countries that ramped up demand in those countries, a subsequent burst in manufacturing capacity (especially in China), and the dramatic drop in solar panel costs that resulted (globally)



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