Top PV Markets: Q1’19 Market Reports
Monday June 10, 2019

Q1’19 reports have been released, announcing the top installers in 2018 and giving forecasts for 2019 and beyond. China installed the most solar by a huge amount in 2018, but did not reach their massive ~53GW installed in 2017, and actually saw the market contracting somewhat. The US, while taking second place in terms of

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Weekly News Update: “Solar Cell Defect Mystery Solved After Decades of Effort”, The University of Manchester
Friday June 7, 2019

An article posted on the University of Manchester’s website reports that a team of scientists at the University have solved the initial degradation of solar cell efficiency.  Prof Tony Peaker explains that “during the first hours of operation, after installation, a solar panel’s efficiency drops [around 2%]”, a phenomenon known as LID (light induced degradation). 

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Picture of a semiconductor chip

Semiconductor Trends in China
Monday June 3, 2019

Semicon sales by Chinese manufacturers are said to have reached RMB 653.2bn in 2018, about $97.3bn, or around ~20% of global semiconductor revenue for 2018 (The Register). China’s regime has been making aggressive moves to increase the amount of semiconductors produced locally, as they currently only produce 16% of its semiconductor needs, relying on imports.

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Video Introduction: The Quartz Corp
Tuesday April 23, 2019

Why should you care about The Quartz Corp

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Why Quartz Quality Matters for Optical Lenses
Monday March 4, 2019

Fused quartz is glass which contains only SiO2, and no other ingredients…

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Quartz sand being produced

How High Purity Quartz Sand Is Made
Tuesday January 22, 2019

The Quartz Corp is a key supplier of high purity quartz sand, which is mined in Spruce Pine, North Carolina.

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Weekly News Update: “LONGi Solar has Bifacial Mono-PERC Solar Cell World Record Verified at 24.06%”, PV Tech
Friday January 18, 2019

LONGi has reported a record conversion efficiency of 24.06%, achieved with its monocrystalline PERC cells, according to PV Tech.  The efficiency has been verified by the National Center of Supervision and Inspection on Solar Photovoltaic Product Quality. LONGi has previously broken PV efficiency records, and is considered one of the leading supplier of high efficiency mono

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How Thermal Processing is Used to Improve High Purity Quartz
Monday January 14, 2019

How Thermal Processing is Used to Improve High Purity Quartz

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Weekly News Update: “Semiconductor Makers Boosted in AI Trend”, ECNS
Friday January 11, 2019

According to a report from ECNS, published on the 11th of January 2019, the increasing demand for AI is set to give China a “substantial boost” in the global semiconductor market, with revenues growing by 25% in 2019. One Chinese chip foundry has reported that it will begin producing semiconductors specifically developed to support AI and

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How do Self Driving Cars Work?
Monday November 26, 2018

Autonomous cars are big news globally, due to the safer rider they will offer us in the future.

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