Industry Roundup

  • RENA texturing process will be on show at this week's EU PVSEC event

    RENA and imec develop a new low-cost texturing process for high efficiency PERC solar cells

    21 hours ago

    At this week’s European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC), RENA, a leading supplier for wet chemical production tools, and nano-electronics research center, imec, present a novel isopropyl-alcohol (IPA)-free process for the texturing of Cz-Si wafers for high-efficiency silicon solar cell manufacturing at low cost.

  • SoLayTec

    Rising orders and shipments for SoLayTec’s InPassion ALD systems

    21 hours ago

    In recent weeks SoLayTec has shipped a number of systems. These systems include a repeat order for modules (approx. 60MW) for an Asian customer, who is using an InPassion ALD (60MW) since early this year. Further two InPassion ALD systems were shipped. Both systems will be installed at solar cell manufacturers, already working with PECVD AlOx for several years.


    PV Tracking array provides 100% of annual electricity needs at US dairy

    16 September 2014, 14:58

    Vander Woude Dairy of Merced, California teamed with local design-build construction firm Pickett Solar and mounting systems specialist, Array Technologies to have a 1.1 MWdc PV tracking array that would produce 100% of the dairy’s electricity needs on a yearly basis.

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    Australia’s largest smart PV array wins design award using Upsolar’s smart modules

    10 September 2014, 17:17

    Fabless PV module manufacturer, Upsolar, said that Radius Technology, a leading distributor of energy efficient solar products in Australia had received a Solar Design and Installation Award from Australia’s Clean Energy Council during Clean Energy Week.

  • Sebastian Gölz

    Fraunhofer ISE details survey into Germanys energy transformation

    10 September 2014, 12:07

    Under the leadership of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, an interdisciplinary team is investigating how the transition to an energy system based on renewables finds durable acceptance among the German population.

  • Ginlong’s 2nd gen ‘Solis’ PV inverter on US CEC approved list

    Ginlong’s 2nd gen ‘Solis’ PV inverter on US CEC approved list

    09 September 2014, 17:27

    PV inverter manufacturer, Ginlong Technologies said its second generation ‘Solis’ single phase PV inverter that comes with an AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter) option had been certified to UL standard 1741 and has therefore been included on the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) list of approved PV inverter products and can be installed in California and across the US.

  • ACT Aurora

    ACT Aurora gets US Patent for dopant measurement system

    05 September 2014, 17:13

    ACT Aurora Control Technologies said it had received formal issuance notification from the United States Patent Office granting patent number 8829442 for its application “Non-contact Measurement of the Dopant Content of Semiconductor Layers”.

  • OST Energy undertakes technical review on Wuxi Suntech’s manufacturing operations

    04 September 2014, 17:06

    The turnaround in Wuxi Suntech’s business has been underlined after it received an independent technical review of its operations by engineering consultancy firm, OST Energy, based in the UK.

  • Durex Industries to open new office in Singapore

    Tool maker Durex Industries opens Singapore office

    05 August 2014, 08:23

    Durex Industries, a North American designer and manufacturer of heaters, temperature sensors, controls and process systems for the PV and semiconductor sectors, recently announced the opening of a new sales office in Singapore.

  • PSEG Solar Source to acquire 13 MW Texas solar project from juwi

    02 July 2014, 13:00

    PSEG Solar Source announced today that it will acquire a 13MW solar energy facility near El Paso, TX from juwi solar.  The project was originally developed by JSI and has a 30-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with El Paso Electric Company. 

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  • Photovoltaics International 24th Edition

    Signs earlier in the year of the global industry entering a growth phase have now been confirmed beyond any doubt. Almost all the big-name suppliers have now announced some form of manufacturing capacity expansion, a trend that analysts agree will only gather pace as long as the levels of demand predicted over the next few years turn out to be correct.

  • Manufacturing The Solar Future: The 2014 Production Annual

    Although the past few years have proved extremely testing for PV equipment manufacturers, falling module prices have driven solar end-market demand to previously unseen levels. That demand is now starting to be felt by manufacturers, to the extent that leading companies are starting to talk about serious capacity expansions later this year and into 2015. This means that the next 12 months will be a critical period if companies throughout the supply chain are to take full advantage of the PV industry’s next growth phase.



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