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JinkoSolar hits highest conversion efficiency with 182 mm TOPCon module

JinkoSolar has announced a new conversion efficiency record for its 182 mm N-type TOPCon solar module. TÜV SÜD said that it achieved a conversion efficiency of 25.42%. “This further reinforces our confidence that N-type TOPCon technology is the most competitive technology choice for sustainability and, as a result, has substantial growth potential,” said the Chinese …

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Longi presents 24.4%-efficient 660 W HPBC solar panel

Chinese solar module manufacturer Longi has unveiled a new module series based on its proprietary hybrid passivated back contact (HPBC) cell technology. “Longi’s first-generation BC products were primarily positioned for the rooftop market, but the second generation of BC is entirely different,” the company said in a statement. “The Hi-MO 9 panel is mainly positioned for the ground-mounted utility …

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Longi reveals plans to open 5 GW solar module factory in US market

Chinese panel maker Longi Solar and US solar project developer Invenergy have agreed to jointly construct a 5 GW solar panel factory in Pataskala, Ohio, via a newly founded company, Illuminate USA. A press release from Illuminate USA says the plan will cost $220 million. Invenergy said it has invested $600 million in the facility. Illuminate USA says that the …

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The right tilt angle, inverter sizing, row spacing for optimal yield forecast

Researchers in Hungary have found that a high tilt angle may increase power forecast errors in a PV installation by up to 49%. They also ascertained that undersizing the inverters by a sizing factor of 1.5 may reduce forecast errors by up to 25%. Image: Image: Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Applied Energy, Creative …

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Solar power costs continued to fall in 2021, despite rising panel prices

The global average levelized cost of energy (LCOE) from solar power fell 13% last year, despite the significant rise in materials costs and panel prices. That was partly because so many of the world’s large-scale solar projects have a long lead in times and contractual clauses limiting cost increases, according to a new report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) this …

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JinkoSolar's new Tiger Pro 415W high-efficiency module.

JinkoSolar shipped 25.2GW of PV products in 2021

JinkoSolar shipped 25.2GW of PV products in 2021 The Chinese module manufacturer saw its sales and turnover increase significantly in the past financial year. The company said it is benefiting from increasing demand for n-type products worldwide, and also for distributed generation systems, with which higher returns can be achieved. Chinese panel maker JinkoSolar shipped photovoltaic products …

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PV-powered system

Fully PV-driven system to produce water, electricity, crops

Fully PV-driven system to produce water, electricity, crops Researchers in Saudi Arabia have fabricated an integrated fully PV-powered system to extract fresh water from the atmosphere. The system uses excess heat from the solar modules to evaporate and condense water that can then be used to grow crops. Part of the water is also used …

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TOPCon modules

TOPCon vs PERC

TOPCon vs PERC TOPCon solar cells are on their way to fully compete with PERC solar products, according to recent research from Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE. Efficiency gains for the TOPCon concept, however, are necessary to help it capture more market share, as production costs remain higher than those for PERC tech. A series of cost-driven …

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