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JA Solar takes top spot on WoodMac’s list of PV module manufacturers

Wood Mackenzie has released its PV module manufacturer rankings for 2023. The company said it evaluated 30 manufacturers on nine criteria: manufacturing experience, manufacturing capacity, vertical integration, capacity utilization rates, technology maturity, R&D, financial conditions, adherence to environmental social governance (ESG) and corporate social responsibility (CSR), and availability of third-party certifications. JA Solar grabbed the top spot in the …

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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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Solar module prices remain steady amid unchanged market fundamentals

The Chinese Module Marker (CMM), the OPIS benchmark assessment for TOPCon modules was assessed at $0.121 per W, unchanged week to week while mono PERC modules from China were assessed at $0.112/W, stable from the previous week amid unchanged market fundamentals. The past few weeks of price hikes in the Chinese market saw a slight …

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Types of photovoltaic power generation systems

As distributed photovoltaics become increasingly prevalent in thousands of households, the demands for photovoltaic solutions are becoming more diverse. The conventional on- grid system, where photovoltaic power generation is primarily for self-use, is no longer the sole option. Depending on the specific requirements of different scenarios, photovoltaic power generation systems can be categorized into five …

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PV commissioning times up by 6 months over past 20 years, claim scientists

Researchers at Switzerland’s ETH Zürich have conducted an extensive analysis on the commissioning timelines of a set of renewable energy projects deployed worldwide between 2005 and 2022 and have found, surprisingly, that completion times increased on average over the past two decades. The academics investigated, in particular, the timelines of 12,475 projects using PV, wind onshore, wind …

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Photovoltaics can reduce economic poverty by 4.5% in China

Researchers from the University of Zurich and Wuhan University have assessed how solar energy resources affect social and economic development to reduce poverty in China, using empirical data from the country’s Photovoltaic Poverty Alleviation Project (PPAP). Through PPAP, the government provides monetary and material assistance for the installation of PV systems, which then enables poor households to …

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New research shows impact of dust on PV module temperature, performance

International researchers have investigated the impact of dust accumulation on the performance of PV systems in two climate regions of Pakistan. They quantified the precise amount of dust density on the panels and analyzed the composition and particle size. The scientists created one setup on the rooftop of a building in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, …

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Solar corporate funding hits decade-long high in 2023

Solar companies raised $34.3 billion in corporate funding last year – the largest amount in a decade, according to Mercom Capital Group’s latest report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the sector. The overall figure accounts for 160 deals and represents a 42% year-on-year increase from 2022, when $24.1 billion was made across 175 …

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