Ascent Solar Enters Manufacturing And Distribution Alliance With TFG Radiant Gro

Posted by weijing3333 on October 19th, 2015

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Ascent Solar Technologies Inc. says it has entered into a partnership with China-based TFG Radiant Group that includes investments by TFG Radiant in Ascent, as well as a joint development agreement to establish manufacturing facilities to be located in East Asia.Under the agreement, TFG Radiant has committed 5 million for the initial East Asia fab, bringing the total deal value to about 0 million plus royalties. This fab is expected to have an initial annual production capacity of 100 MW.

TFG Radiant will cover consulting costs for Ascent personnel in helping to install and bring online the fab in China. Ascent will receive partial ownership of the China facility and royalties on all sales from that FAB.Ascent has also agreed to exclusively license its technology for fabrication and distribution of copper indium gallium diselenide photovoltaic modules to TFG Radiant for East Asia, including China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Korea and Singapore. Ascent retains all rights for the U.S. and rest of the world.

Canadian Solar Inc. says it has introduced a new product and performance warranty for its solar modules. Effective Aug. 1, the warranty now provides a linear performance guarantee for the PV module power output over a 25-year period.Under the terms of the new performance warranty, Canadian Solar guarantees that the actual power output of its modules will be no less than 97% of the labeled power output during the first year of operation, and will decline by no more than 0.7% annually; thus, by the end of year 25 the actual power output will be no less than 80% of the module's labeled power output.In addition, under this new policy, Canadian Solar has expanded its product warranty covering workmanship and material defects to 10 years. The warranty will continue to be backed by a 25-year, non-cancelable insurance policy issued by A.M. Best-rated, investment-grade insurance underwriters, the company notes.

A solar cell encapsulation process developed by Dow Corning Corp. and Reis Robotics has passed factory acceptance testing and is now available for commercial use, according to the companies. Additional site testing was conducted on the pilot line at the new Dow Corning Solar Solutions Application Center in JinCheon, Korea, with an unnamed manufacturer of solar power products.The new technology enables solar panel manufacturers to use Dow Corning PV-6100 Cell Encapsulant Series and Reis equipment to achieve higher production rates for crystalline and amorphous silicon thin-film modules, the companies explain.The liquid encapsulation process provides a clear laminate to protect each solar cell in a panel and can replace commonly used ethyl vinyl acetate resin. Panel manufacturers can increase efficiency and reduce total cost of ownership through lower processing temperatures and faster throughput, according to the companies. This process also requires lower capital and less factory space.

Siemens Industry Inc. has begun production of its SINVERT solar inverters at its recently updated manufacturing plant located in West Chicago, Ill. The company says it invested approximately million to upgrade two buildings at the location, one of which will focus on solar power product needs.Siemens is currently producing SINVERT PVS inverters in West Chicago to support a 20 MW solar project in the Southwest. This multi-million-dollar contract was secured in early 2011, with commissioning of the inverters slated for October.Siemens' West Chicago manufacturing facilities, comprising 200,000 square feet in two buildings, employ 350 people. The company says it has renovated and modernized both buildings at the location, implementing a number of employee suggestions designed to improve productivity and efficiency.


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