Trends in Solar Module Manufacturing
EU PVSEC Exhibition 2017: meet your target group right there
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Trends in Solar Module Manufacturing

From the distance, today’s solar module might not look any different than 20 years ago, but researchers and module manufacturers have been pretty innovative on improving the solar module’s contribution to efficiency and yield, often independent from the cell.

The so-called cell-to-module losses (CTM) value is a clear indication of this progress. According to the 7th edition of the International Technology Roadmap for PV (ITRPV), published by the German Engineering Federation’s (VDMA) PV Chapter, the CTM losses for multicrystalline modules would be zero already by 2017, whereas monocrystalline modules would reach this level in 2019. This difference is mainly due to monocrystalline cells featuring already a superior surface texturing that leads to relatively lower reflection losses, but it also means that they benefit less from the ‘coupling gain’ after encapsulation.

Cutting Cells in Two

There are different means to decrease the CTM losses. One is to reduce the interconnection losses and improved light trapping approaches. Interconnection losses can be minimized with ‘half cells’, in which a fully processed cell is deliberately cut into two pieces. The logic behind slicing a full cell in half is that the series resistance losses, which are a square of the flowing current, are reduced to a quarter for half-cut cells compared to a full cell. Norwegian company REC even announced in March 2016, it would switch all production at its Singapore facility to half-cut PERC cells. Several module manufacturers have added such module products to their portfolio as well, for example, Hanwha Q CELLS presented a 315 W mono 60-half cells based prototype module in September 2016.

Choosing the Right Platform

These are just a few trends we see in module manufacturing, but there is so much to explore to improve the technology. With all these technical developments requiring a strong cooperation between researchers, equipment makers, material vendors and PV manufacturers, the upcoming 33rd European PV Solar Energy Conference & Exhibition (EU PVSEC) in September in Amsterdam offers the perfect platform to present your innovative solutions for solar module making and beyond.

Reserve your booth by 15 January 2017 to profit from a 10% early bird discount.

EU PVSEC Exhibition 2017: meet your target group right there

The Exhibition takes place from Monday to Thursday, 25 - 28 September 2017, at the RAI Convention & Exhibition Centre, Amsterdam. You will meet your target group right there: the global PV community, from science and PV industry will gather at the EU PVSEC. Technologies, innovations and new concepts in the upstream PV sector are the main characteristics.

Become Exhibitor at the EU PVSEC 2017 and benefit from 10% early bird discount until 15 January 2017.

Why the PV industry should join EU PVSEC

EU PVSEC, the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, is the most inspiring international conference for the photovoltaic solar sector. For more than 30 years, it has been serving globally as the annual meeting point for PV experts from research, development and the industry.

The EU PVSEC focuses on upstream research and technologies. It covers the latest findings in R&D. The future of photovoltaics will be shaped by this unique forum for exchange and for building alliances between research and industry.

Meet your target group at the EU PVSEC in September 2017 and talk to your customers about the latest developments on PV technologies and markets.

Please find important information in the Information for Exhibitors brochure

Don't forget to submit your Abstracts until 10 February 2017

Contribute to the EU PVSEC 2017 Conference Programme by submitting your abstracts by 10 February 2017 and be part of the world’s leading specialist PV Solar Conference.

Good reasons to participate:

  • Attaining remarkable visibility in PV industry & research sector
  • Performing networking on a global scale
  • Sharing results and getting inspired
  • Finding future business partners to valorize your research
  • Abstract evaluation by renowned Scientific Committee
  • Nomination as Student Award Winner
  • Nomination as Poster Award Winner

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