Solar Builder

SEP-OCT 2017

Solar Builder focuses on the installation/construction of solar PV systems. We cover the latest PV technology (modules, mounting, inverters, storage, BOS) and equip installers/contractors with tips and tools to make informed purchasing decisions.

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20 S E P T E M B E R / O C TO B E R 2 0 1 7 T he solar industry is forever in need of constant innovation and scientific breakthrough. Even now, with PV capacity reaching record highs, prices con- tinuing to fal l and efficiencies inching up, more innovation is needed. A lot more. At Intersolar North America in July, Martin Keller, director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), told attendees that if new materials and new production methods don't hit the market, solar will never make the impact we al l think possible as a distributed energy source. "What are some new materials we can combine with new manufacturing technologies?" he asks. "If you are really serious about manufacturing on a global scale, we need new methods and new materials." If you are reading this, we assume you meet Keller's "really serious" criteria and thus would like an update on some of those new methods and materials on the horizon. As far off as Kel ler made 2017 technology seem from where it needs to be, we think there are enough smart people working on stuff right now that this challenge will be met.

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