Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Aurora

February 8, 2018

With the price of solar energy dropping from $6 per watt to less than $1 per watt in the past 8 years, the outlook for solar energy as an alternative to dirty fossil fuels has never looked brighter. Driving this cost reduction is the launch of new, innovative solar cell designs and processes which could see the market size triple by 2020. This growth is being driven by investments in clean energy from emerging markets such as China and India where heavy air pollution in major cities is a key strategic problem as well as from leading Western countries such as the U.S., Japan, UK and Canada, and the European Union.

The new solar cell designs such as Monocrystalline PERC, Bifacial and Heterojunction technology are leading the way in improving margins and productivity for cell producers. With significant investments in these three areas by the leading global producers of solar cells, more than 80% of installed solar cell capacity are expected to reflect these designs within the next 7 years.

Addressing new high-efficiency solar cell markets.

Over the past two years, Aurora has successfully launched Decima and Gemini quality measurement platforms to support Monocrystalline PERC and Bifacial applications. The company has delivered more than 50 of these systems to leaders in the market and continues to expand its customer base and order book by establishing infrared quality measurement as a standard in all new production lines.

As part of the company's leadership strategy in production measurement and control for high-efficiency PV cell manufacturing, Aurora has recently made excellent progress in developing its infrared measurement technology to support Heterojunction Technology (HJT) PV cell manufacturing quality control. (HJT is an ultra high-efficiency solar cell design pioneered by Japan'sPanasonic Corp., who is now also partnered with Tesla Inc. for solar products). According to Solar Media Ltd., HJT production capacity is expected to increase by 20 percent this year.

Full release here: http://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/aurora-provides-update-on-market-and-strategic-product-initiatives-20180125-00454


Electrician Forum Brought to you by Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric

June 25, 2018

Sponsored by Schneider Electric

Today we are all concerned with the energy we consume within our homes. But how many truly understand the ins and outs of home energy use, and where exactly does the electrician and the development of energy management systems come into play. There is much to consider when discussing home energy use. The consumer first off needs to be informed about energy use, how it is calculated and ultimately billed if they are to make changes to their energy consumption rates. But in terms of educating consumers does the residential electrician have a role? And beyond that are manufacturers developing products designed to help electricians and consumers better understand residential energy use? Throughout this article we will deal with each of these important questions.

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A new “future ready” circuit breaker from Schneider Electric is described by the company as the next generation of power distribution for the Internet of Things (IoT) era. Masterpact MTZ increases efficiency and can adapt to ever-evolving needs for safety, reliability and sustainability. The world is becoming more connected, electric, digitized, decarbonized, and decentralized, says Schneider Electric. Power distribution is facing new regulations, becoming more seamless and connected. 

Masterpact MTZ is the latest in a series of circuit breaker innovations, following Masterpact M, and then Masterpact NT/NW.

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Total Electrical Solutions was founded in 2013 by Jeremy Herrington in Quispamsis, on the outskirts of Saint John, New Brunswick. Since 2013 Jeremy has steadily grown Total Electrical Solutions in the residential, commercial and construction sectors. The growth is primarily the result of Jeremy’s customer first philosophy, plus his over 20 years of industry experience.

Jeremy grew up learning about the industry from his father who was an electrical contractor. Jeremy spent his early years helping and watching his father as a contractor and business owner. After high school Jeremy was, like many, not wholly aware of the course he wished to take and so he began an electrical apprenticeship at his father’s company.

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