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PVMC Announces Innovative Solar Energy Optimization Test Kit

New test kit announced at PVMC Annual Program Workshop at SUNY Polytechnic Institute where PVMC partners, the Department of Energy, and other stakeholders further defined solar energy’s future.

 

PVMC member Ultrasonic Technologies receives a DOE Tech to Market 2 award for a high-volume non-contact inline metrology tool initially developed within collaborative R&D projects of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium

Through a collaborative effort, PVMC members participating in the crystalline silicon programs have demonstrated a novel concept for characterizing non-destructively and in real-time diamond wire used for sawing solar silicon wafers, then developed few laboratory prototypes, which led to promising preliminary results in the field.

 

The U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium holds a successful workshop in San Francisco during the week of Intersolar NA on "Advanced c-Si Wafering Technologies and Processing Challenges"

U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) and industry members gathered for our 5th annual c-Spi PVMC workshop on July 13, 2016 at the Marriott Marquis to address important challenges associated with advanced wafering and subsequent cell processing through presentations and discussions. Critical challenges - both in the near-term (1-3 years) and in the long-term (4 years or more) - were identified and subsequently ranked in real-time. Presentations and the ranking results are available in the event archive section.

 

Solar Raceway and Miasolé Announce the Commercial Release of Unique Solar Raceway Wire Management System, Developed in Collaboration with SUNY Poly’s U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium

Through proof of concept and outdoor reliability testing at the U.S. PVMC Product Development Facility in Halfmoon, New York, the family of Solar Raceway wire management products is now proven to reduce installation costs and lower the cost of ownership.

 

BrightSpot Automation, LLC News Release: BrightSpot Automation partners with the US Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC)

BrightSpot Automation (BSA) has joined the US Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC). The PVMC is the lead customer for BSA’s new ContactSpot system for measuring the contract resistance and other solar cell electrical parameters. Collaborative research will increase the accuracy of these measurements to aid in the development and manufacturing of improved solar cells.

 

SUNY Poly CNSE Announces M+W Group to Expand U.S. Headquarters at Albany NanoTech Complex and Outlines New Research Alliance and $105 Million Statewide Solar Power Initiative

Major expansion to include M+W owned Gehrlicher Solar America Corporation that will create up to 400 jobs to develop solar power plants at SUNY Poly Sites across New York state.

 

Akrion Systems will partner with the US Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC)

Akrion Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Akrion Systems, has joined the US Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) and will provide advanced texturing and etching processes developed for solar cells from crystalline silicon wafers for the consortium.

 

The Buzz: Sunny promise

New York state’s solar industry added 2,070 jobs in 2014, according to the Solar Foundation, a group that tracks such data.

 

U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) Demonstrates Innovative PV Installation Technologies that Reduce Balance of System (BOS) Costs by up to 25%

PVMC’s Prototype Demonstration Facility (PDF) at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s Solar Energy Development Center (CNSE SEDC) enables collaborations with industry leaders to advance next-generation PV technologies and enhance deployment.

 

Solar energy: building a new industry in WNY from the ground up

One of the world’s biggest solar panel factories is arising from the rubble of a long-abandoned steel plant in South Buffalo.

 

Introduction: When lightning strikes twice

Crews work on the foundation of the massive solar panel manufacturing facility at RiverBend, projected to bring 2,900 jobs to WNY.

 

Contract for solar panels may lead to the construction of plant in Buffalo

Solar Frontier selected as supplier of solar modules for a new, highly energy efficient building on the SUNY Polytechnic Institute campus in Albany.

 

Solar Frontier Supplying Zero Energy Nano Building at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany, New York

CIS modules to become part of “living laboratory” for renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

 

SolarCity factory could grow again if company needs to expand

The solar panel factory slated for a former brownfield site in South Buffalo already is five times more massive than originally planned.

 

Seeking Alpha: SolarCity Stands Strong Despite Unrelenting Pressure And Unwarranted Criticism

  • SolarCity is a codependent link in the Elon Musk chain.
  • SolarCity’s acquisition of Silevo will prove to be very accretive.
  • SolarCity’s expense growth is a function of thoughtful planning, not mismanagement.
  • Critical characterizations of SolarCity’s financial innovations are misguided.
 

Fortune: Mr. Sunshine

Lyndon Rive thinks solar power can overtake fossil fuels, one rooftop at a time. Some say Solar City’s CEO is dreaming—but that’s what they said about his cousin Elon Musk.

 

Governor Cuomo Announces Japan's New Energy and Industrial Development Organization to Invest in Emerging Technologies at the SUNY CNSE 'Zero Energy Nano' Building

$25M partnership to develop state-of-the-art technologies at CNSE’s Zero Energy Nano building, one of the world’s largest mixed-use, net-zero energy buildings.

 

Governor Cuomo Announces New SolarCity GigaFactory Complex at RiverBend

Will create nearly 5,000 jobs upstate, with over 3,000 in Buffalo. Governor breaks ground on largest solar manufacturing facility in Western Hemisphere.

 

SoloPower Systems to Partner with the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC)

The U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) says that it will serve as a strategic technology partner in its agreed-upon collaboration with SoloPower Systems of Portland, Oregon. PVMC will provide services including technical support to SoloPower Systems to develop thin-film solar.

 

Research at the Newly Merged SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) / SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) Institution, Solar Energy Development Center, and PVMC Honored at 40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference

In accordance with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY-SUN and energy superhighway initiatives that are expanding New York’s clean energy industry, pioneering photovoltaic-based research conducted at the newly merged SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) / SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) institution, both at its Albany NanoTech Complex and Solar Energy Development Center (SEDC) in Halfmoon, led to U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) Program Manager Ankush Halbe’s selection as a featured speaker. In addition, PVMC Program Manager Eric Holton earned an award at the recent IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC) international exhibition.
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SolarCity Blog: Solar at Scale

SolarCity has signed an agreement to acquire Silevo, a solar panel technology and manufacturing company whose modules have demonstrated a unique combination of high energy output and low cost.

 

SolarCity Plans to Acquire Silevo for $200M, Lays Out Plans for 1-GW Manufacturing Plant

The U.S. will soon have a fourth vertically integrated solar company.

 

Buffalo Business First: BUDC approves sale of Riverbend property for high-tech hub

The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. has unanimously approved the land sale of a large portion of the Riverbend Commerce Park to a state-affiliated agency.

 

Bloomberg Businessweek: Gaining momentum as a clean energy center

With a major Japanese solar panel manufacturer signing an agreement to study the feasibility of setting up a factory in Buffalo -- it would be a natural to locate at the planned RiverBend clean energy hub -- the push to build a new industry in Western New York is starting to generate some energy of its own.

 

Times Union: New York state offers prime market for Japanese solar company seeking growth

Japanese solar panel maker Solar Frontier is looking to expand to New York state because domestic demand has reached its peak.

 

Utica Observer-Dispatch: Japanese solar energy company may invest in New York

Local spin-off jobs are possible if Solar Frontier K.K. makes the expected $700 million investment in the state.

 

The Buffalo News: Another solar panel maker interested in Western New York

A second solar panel manufacturer is showing interest in opening a factory in the Buffalo Niagara region as part of the state's efforts to develop a clean energy hub in Western New York.

 

PVTECH: Solar Frontier looking at New York State for first offshore production plant

Major CIS thin-film producer, Solar Frontier is considering establishing a production plant in Buffalo, New York after signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the State University of New York College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (SUNY CNSE).

 

Global Leader in Solar Cell Manufacturing Eyes New York for Major Expansion Outside of Japan

CNSE and Solar Frontier Explore $700 Million Investment, Job Creation in New York State

 

The Buffalo News: Opinion: With the new state budget, Cuomo has delivered on the "Buffalo Billion"

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo promised to make it rain in Buffalo and he has kept his word. The final slug of the Buffalo Billion - $680 million - is in the state budget.

 

The Buffalo News: Buffalo Billion developers announce plans for new technology-based hubs

More than a month after the state announced that developers LPCiminelli and McGuire Development Co. would have the lead roles in creating two new technology-based "hubs" planned under the Buffalo Billion economic development initiative, officials on Thursday unveiled what each would be doing.

 

U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium Releases First-Ever U.S. Roadmap for CIGS Solar Technologies

Roadmap to accelerate the deployment of thin film manufacturing and play a critical role in building a competitive U.S. photovoltaic industry

 

Research at SUNY's NanoCollege and Solar Energy Development Center honored at 39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference

In accordance with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY-SUN and energy superhighway initiatives that are expanding New York’s clean energy industry, pioneering photovoltaic-based research conducted at SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), both at its Albany NanoTech Complex and Solar Energy Development Center (SEDC) in Halfmoon, led to U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) Senior Research Scientist Upendra Avachat and CNSE Ph.D. student Norbert Biderman receiving IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC) awards during the recent international exhibition.

 

U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium Announces Lineup of Expert Presentations and Workshops at Intersolar 2013

Executives and technology leaders from the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) will highlight leading-edge research during a series of appearances at Intersolar North America 2013, being held July 8-11 in San Francisco, CA.
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U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium and NREL Team Up to Develop Thin Film PV Cells and Modules

The U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium, an industry-led collaboration headquartered in New York at the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, has partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory to improve manufacturing processes for thin film CIGS photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules, including products, metrology and reliability that will support the U.S. solar industry in the development, manufacturing, and commercialization of next-generation solar PV systems.
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Magnolia Solar, in Collaboration With the SUNY NanoCollege and U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium, Demonstrates High-Performance Flexible CIGS Solar Cell

Magnolia Solar Corporation ("Magnolia Solar") announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Magnolia Solar, Inc., has demonstrated a flexible CIGS solar cell with an efficiency of 13 percent, rivaling the average efficiency of current PV technologies and proving that flexible thin film solar cells are potentially a viable solution for various energy needs.

 

PVMC Tackles c-Si Feedstock/Wafering Challenges (PDF)

The crystalline silicon (c-Si) activities of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC), headquartered in New York, went through a Pareto exercise in 2012 with 38 separate organizations from PV industry, national labs and academia to identify and prioritize the critical challenges in c-Si feedstock/wafering. These challenges are organized into four different production areas: feedstock production; ingot/brick production; wafer production; and cross-cut, i.e., multiple production areas. Identifying the most significant c-Si feedstock/wafering hurdles is the first step in initializing collaborative R&D consortium projects that will spur U.S. industry progress in c-Si feedstock and wafering solutions.
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SEMI and U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium Sign MOU to Enable Focus on Standards and Roadmap Development

SEMI and the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance their cooperation in areas of standards and roadmap activities for the solar thin film industry.
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Governor Cuomo Announces $20 Million Partnership between SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and Ceres Technologies in Ulster County

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the U.S. Photovoltaic Consortium (PVMC) and Ceres Technologies, a Hudson Valley-based nanotechnology manufacturer, have launched a $20 million partnership in which Ceres will become one of the first official suppliers of manufacturing equipment to the PVMC.
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U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium Appoints Joseph Hudgins as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Alliances

Solar Industry Veteran Brings 20 Years of International Strategic Consulting and Business Alliance Expertise to U.S. Solar Consortium as the new Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Alliances.
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Vertical Specialization and the Role of Consortia
in the Solar Photovoltaic Industry

(Article from July 2012 issue of Future Photovoltaics)

"The solar photovoltaic industry has grown tremendously over the last decade. Worldwide annual solar cell production increased from 370 MW in 2001 to 27,000 MW in 2010. This rapid growth was driven in part by support programs for solar offered by governments across the world, and in part by the reduction in prices of PV systems..."
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Roadmapping Considerations
(Article from July 2012 issue of Future Photovoltaics)

"Roadmapping is usually described as an effort to address pre-competitive issues, but the term 'pre-competitive' is not so easliy defined: Manufacturing and technology challenges that are common to many organizations can be defined as pre-competitive by some but areas of competitive advantages by others..."
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SEMATECH & CNSE Intersolar Reception

As many as 800 solar and semiconductor industry representatives attended SEMATECH's 2012 SEMICON West / Intersolar Reception in San Francisco, hosted by SEMATECH and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE).
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U.S. CIGS PV Roadmap Forum

CNSE's Dr. Pradeep Haldar Discusses the Innovative NY Solar Model at the US CIGS PV Roadmap Forum.
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Dr. Pradeep Haldar Speaks at Third Annual SEMI North American PV Fab Managers Forum at Intersolar 2012

Dr. Pradeep Haldar, CNSE Vice President for Clean Energy, and Chief Operating and Technology Officer of PVMC discusses some of the opportunities for solar research and development centered in New York, among other main points he made in a presentation to PV industry representatives at Intersolar 2012, held in San Francisco.
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U.S. PVMC Intersolar Speaker and Workshop Lineup

Leaders and technologists from the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC), an industry-led national collaboration headquartered at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany in New York that is designed to accelerate next-generation solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies, will address the importance of a collaborative supply chain in the U.S. and highlight leading-edge research during a series of appearances at Intersolar North America 2012, being held July 9-12 in San Francisco, CA.
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U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium Selects Recognized Solar Leaders to Guide the Development of a National CIGS PV Roadmap

The U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC), an industry-led collaboration headquartered at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany in New York that is designed to accelerate next-generation solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies, has selected a trio of leading solar industry executives to guide development of the first-ever U.S. CIGS PV Roadmap.
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PVMC Tackles c-Si Metrology Challenges

Abstract: The crystalline silicon (c-Si) activities of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC), headquartered in New York, have gone through a Pareto exercise with 38 separate organizations from the industry, national labs and academia to identify and prioritize the critical challenges in c-Si metrology. These challenges are organized into four different production areas: feedstock and wafer production; cell production; module production; and cross-cut, i.e., multiple production areas. Identifying the most significant c-Si metrology hurdles is the first step in initializing collaborative R&D consortium projects that will spur U.S. industry progress in c-Si metrology solutions.
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U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium Showcases Collaborative Model at Intersolar 2011

Pioneering partnership between the UAlbany NanoCollege and SEMATECH will lead national push to accelerate solar energy research, development and manufacturing.
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U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium Leaders to Speak Directly to Key Solar Stakeholders at Intersolar 2011

Leaders from the groundbreaking U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) – a more than $300 million partnership between SEMATECH and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany to enable the development of advanced PV-related manufacturing processes – will address solar suppliers, researchers, scientists, policy makers and key industry stakeholders on the importance of a collaborative supply chain in the U.S. during a series of presentations at Intersolar North America 2011, being held in San Francisco, CA from July 11 through 13. read more

 

Schumer: NanoCollege wins $57.5 million for solar center

The University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering has been awarded $57.5 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to create a solar manufacturing consortium that could rival what Sematech did for the computer chip industry and the city of Austin, Texas two decades ago. read more

 

Secretary Chu Announces Over $110 Million in SunShot Projects to Advance Solar Photovoltaic Manufacturing in the U.S.

As part of the SunShot Initiative, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the selection of up to $112.5 million over five years for funding to support the development of advanced solar photovoltaic (PV)-related manufacturing processes throughout the United States. The Department's SunShot Advanced Manufacturing Partnerships will help the solar power industry overcome technical barriers and reduce costs for PV installations, help the U.S. regain the lead in the global market for solar technologies, and provide support for clean energy jobs for years to come. read more