BrightSpot Automation has installed a LoadSpot tool at D2solar to help companies optimize their module designs to reduce cell cracking and other problems experienced during static and cyclic mechanical loading
Dec. 2, 2018 – Westford, MA
BrightSpot Automation has installed a LoadSpot system for performing mechanical load testing of solar panels at D2solar in San Jose, CA.
Attending Solar Power International - Sept 25-26, 2018, Anaheim CA
Sep 10, 2018 – Anaheim, CA
BrightSpot Automation CTO, Andrew Gabor, will be attending the SPI tradeshow and available for discussions and demonstrations of the BrightSpot Electroluminescence camera system
Presentations and Tradeshow Booth at WCPEC-7 Hawaii.
Jun 8, 2018 – Waikoloa Village, HI
BrightSpot Automation CTO, Andrew Gabor, will be at the 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion on Jun 11-15, WCPEC-7, in
Hawaii. He will be at tradeshow booth #115, as well as presenting our "Powered by Sunshot" work titled Compressive Stress Strategies for Reduction of Cracked Cell Related Degradation Rates
in New Solar Panels and Power Recovery in Damaged Solar Panels in room
Kona4 on Jun 14 at 8:45am. Other BrightSpot co-authored presentations include:
1) Cyclic Mechanical Loading of Solar Panels – A Field Experiment, 2)
The Effect of Encapsulant Properties and Temperature Cycling on the Fracture Strength and Performance of Encapsulated Solar Cells, 3) Electroluminescence Based Metrics to Assess the Impact of Cracks on Photovoltaic Module Performance, 4) Accelerating Cyclic Loading, and 5) Detailed Performance Loss Analysis of Silicon Solar Cells using High-Throughput Metrology Methods.
Presentations at the NREL PV Reliability Workshop
Feb. 26, 2018 – Lakewood, CO
BrightSpot Automation CTO, Andrew Gabor, will be at the NREL PV Reliability Workshop in Lakewood CO on Feb 27-28, 2018 to present our work, together with partners D2Solar and the Florida Solar Energy Center, on how cold exposure can sensitize solar panels to cell cracking under mechanical load, ways to redesign the panels to make them more durable, and new Cold-Climate accelerated tests. This work is Powered by DOE Sunshot.
July 24, 2017 – Westford, MA
The U.S. Department of Energy Sunshot PVRD2 program has awarded BrightSpot Automation, together with subrecipients D2Solar and the Florida Solar Energy Center, $600k to develop designs and manufacturing equipment for constructing more durable solar panels.
June 20, 2017 – Westford, MA
A novel nondestructive tool for contact resistance testing of solar cells has been installed at the Univ. of Central Florida, and has shown good correlation to traditional measurements on cells with a wide range of contact resistivities and sheet resistances supplied by the Chinese metallization paste company Gonda. The results will be presented on June 26 at the IEEE PVSC in Washington D.C.
MassCEC award to develop LoadSpot-Mobile solar panel testing tool
February 9, 2017 – Westford, MA
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center has chosen BrightSpot Automation as a recipient of its InnovateMass award. Under the project BrightSpot will develop and field-test a new tool to inspect the durability and performance of solar panels prior to installation using the Predictive Crack Opening test. Project partners include Borrego Solar, Acuity Power Group, and Boston Community Capital.
First LoadSpot system installed and operating at the Florida Solar Energy Center
October 17, 2016 – Westford, MA
BrightSpot Automation has delivered its first LoadSpot system for performing mechanical load testing of solar panels and for predicting the impact of cracked cells on module power degradation in the field. The system has been installed at the Florida Solar Energy Center and is available for testing by outside groups.
First ContactSpot system installed and operating at the US Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC)
January 4, 2016 – Westford, MA
BrightSpot Automation has delivered its first ContactSpot system for measuring the contact resistivity of solar cell metallization. The system has been installed at the University of Central Florida (UCF) as part of a program at the US Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC).