Jane Morrill

Dec 172014
 
Semi reported the worldwide PV manufacturing equipment billings and bookings for the third quarter of 2014. Worldwide billings decreased to $264 million (USD) in the third quarter of 2014, a decrease of 17% from the prior quarter but 36% above the same quarter a year ago. Worldwide bookings for the third quarter declined to $157 million, 33% below the second quarter of 2014 but 71% higher than the third quarter of 2013. At 0.60, the book-to-bill ratio is below parity. On a regional...
Oct 212014
 
Unirac, Inc., a Hilti Group Company, announces a milestone in providing of high quality, competitive photovoltaic (PV) mounting solutions in North America. Unirac’s SolarMount system provides grounding and bonding processes listed to Underwriters Laboratories (UL) 2703 that eliminates the need for copper wire and grounding straps from the installation process. SolarMount’s mounting technology when used with Enphase Energy M215 and M250 Microinverters, meets all grounding and...
Oct 012014
 
Quantum Materials Corporation today announced that it is scaling up volume production of photoactive quantum dots for use in next-generation photovoltaic (PV) solar power technologies. While offering numerous advantages for solar power generation, the high cost and difficulty of producing large quantities of quantum dots with which to develop thin-film solar cells has until now kept them from commercial utilisation and acceptance. The company is seeking partners for pilot thin-film quantum-dot...
May 282014
 
Sunlight Photonics Inc. launched Sunlink-5, a small solar unmanned airborne vehicle (UAV) for commercial and civil applications in the low-to-medium altitude range. Its primary power source comes from sunlight, which enables Sunlink-5 to perform day-long missions. Sunlight Photonics’ UAVs are suitable for a variety of applications, including wireless communications, precision agriculture, land surveys, wildfire and wildlife monitoring, border patrol and more. Sunlink-5 is a...
May 082014
 
The Innovation Award Laser Technology 2014, initiated by the associations Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik e.V. (AKL) and the European Laser Institute (ELI) and provided with €10 000 EUR (~$14,000 USD) prize money, has been conferred on Dr. Ralf Preu, director of the division Photovoltaics – Production Technology and Quality Assurance of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Freiburg, Germany on 7 May 2014 in Aachen, Germany´s town hall. Dr. Preu and his team won...
Mar 202014
 
Oriel Instruments, a Newport company, introduces its latest innovation in solar simulators: the VeraSol light-emitting diode (LED) solar simulator. Compared to conventional solar simulators with Xenon sources, the LED-based VeraSol provides spectral control, a long lifetime and reduced operating costs. The system is specifically designed to meet the requirements of the photovoltaic (PV) research market and provides a variable output from 0 to 1.1 Suns over a 2-inch × 2-inch illumination...
Nov 072013
 
The Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) and FHR Anlagenbau GmbH have jointly announced the start of a close collaboration on the development of new Transparent Conductive Oxide (TCO) coatings that have broad applications in the manufacture of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules and flat-panel displays (FPDs). To meet industrial requirements, TCOs need to be both optically highly transparent and electrically highly conductive. SERIS has several years of...
Oct 232013
 
Building on US President Obama’s broad-based plan to cut carbon pollution and support clean energy innovation across the country, Ernest Moniz, secretary of the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced approximately $60 million (USD) in awards to support innovative solar energy research and development (R&D). As part of the DOE’s SunShot Initiative (i.e., a collaborative national effort that aggressively drives innovation to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with...
Oct 172013
 
Thermal-management materials for light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and power electronics will be a $4.8 billion (USD) market in 2020, more than doubling from 2013’s $1.8 billion. As manufacturers look for more cost-effective ways to improve heat dissipation, thermally conductive polymers will increase their market share from 16% in 2013 to 40% in 2020, according to a Lux Research report. Pallavi Madakasira is a Lux Research analyst and the lead author of the report entitled,...