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Laser systems specialist LPKF Laser & Electronics expects lean new order bookings in its Solar segment for the remaining half of 2015.
First Solar has guided 2015 PV module shipments almost double those of 2014. The CdTe thin-film leader expects shipments to be in the range of 2.8GW to 2.9GW.
A 3GW module shipment “milestone” announced today by Japan-headquartered thin-film firm Solar Frontier is confirmation that CIGS technology “can work” despite facing challenges during its history, according to solar market analyst Finlay Colville.
R&D expenditure in 2014 increased by almost US$100 million from the previous year to reach a new record of US$512.75 million from 12 major tier-one PV module manufacturers, PV Tech has historically tracked in its annual PV R&D spending report.
Leading CdTe thin-film producer First Solar has made several internal management changes, including a new US regional president and chief operating officer (COO).
Recognising that the vast growth in solar deployment under the feed-in tariff (FiT) could lead to an accumulation of PV waste in landfills, Japan will soon begin implementing recycling rules for solar modules.
Thin-film is better suited to compete across all market segments with its conventional rivals than ever before, despite generally recording lower conversion efficiencies, Solar Frontier CEO Atsuhiko Hirano has said.
Brazil’s Ministry of Mine and Energy (MME) has pushed back the results of its solar-exclusive energy auction by two weeks to 28 August 2015.
Leading thin-film PV manufacturer First Solar has surpassed multicrystalline module conversion efficiencies for the first time with its CdTe module efficiency reaching a record 18.6%.
Equipment specialist GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) said it was assessing fire damage to the former Apple sapphire making equipment housed in the Arizona facility that caught fire last week due to a potentially faulty PV rooftop array.
Independent power producer (IPP) sPower has started its first PV power plant project in Los Angeles County, which is deploying 250,000 First Solar CdTe thin-film modules at the 22.5MW project.
First Solar is targeting commercial and industrial PV projects in the Philippines through a newly agreed joint venture.
First Solar has published research suggesting its CdTe thin-film modules would offer a higher energy yield than those based on crystalline silicon technology in the hot, arid conditions typical of South Africa.
PV manufacturing equipment specialist Smit Ovens has filed for bankruptcy in the Netherlands to restructure its operations.
Leading thin-film PVEP First Solar is keeping tight control of capital expenditure (CapEx) in 2015, after a tough year, leading to flat sales and missed shipment guidance.
Leading thin-film PV energy provider First Solar reported 2014 full-years sales of US$3.39 billion, missing previously lowered guidance of US$3.6 billion to US$3.9 billion.
High-tech manufacturing equipment firm, Manz AG reported preliminary record 2014 full-year financial results while incurring a €22.5 million depreciation hit on its solar segment and shifting c-Si PV equipment operations to China.
Hanergy Thin Film Power (HTF) has revealed for the first time the planned thin-film product supply deals signed with Hanergy Group through 2017 for its downstream project business plans.
PV equipment and automation specialist, Spire Corporation has secured a ‘Spi-Sun Simulator 6013i SLP’ order with a Chinese producer of large-area thin film modules.
First Solar has announced it has set yet another world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) PV research cell conversion efficiency, achieving 21.5% efficiency certified at the Newport Corporation’s Technology and Applications Center (TAC) PV Lab.
Organisers of the 31st European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) have set deadlines for paper abstract submissions for the event being held in mid-September at the CCH - Congress Center Hamburg, in Hamburg, Germany.
First Solar reported third quarter net sales of US$889 million, an increase of US$345 million from the second quarter of 2014. However, project delays would result in full-year revenue guidance lowered by US$100 million to a range of US$3.6 billion to US$3.9 billion.
First Solar has said it will restore idled production lines at its main production plant in Malaysia bringing back 360MW of capacity. The company also said it would add two new lines at its facility in Ohio, providing a further 178MW of nameplate capacity in 2015.
The new contracts for difference mechanism in the UK market is “an interesting opportunity for a more market orientated approach”, according to First Solar.
Major PV manufacturers spent around US$422 million in 2013 on R&D activities, down 9% from 2012, according to the annual R&D spending analysis undertaken by PV Tech.
US thin-film manufacturer First Solar has achieved a 21.0% conversion rate in a cadmium-telluride (CdTe) PV cell, a new record.
US thin-film maker First Solar is targeting the annual installation of 100MW of its panels in Japan through a deal with domestic distributor XSOL.
Major PV energy provider, First Solar, has cancelled long-standing plans to build a 2GW PV power plant near Ordos City, Inner Mongolia, according to reports.
PV module encapsulant material supplier, STR Holdings continues to struggle transitioning its business and product portfolio after loosing its major customer, First Solar earlier in 2013.
Leading photovoltaics energy provider, First Solar, has reported first quarter 2014 revenue well above guidance on a PV project pull-in but reiterated full-year revenue guidance would be unchanged at up to US$4 billion.
Major PVEP (Photovoltaics Energy Provider), First Solar is to provide turnkey Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor services to EDF Renewable Energy in California.
The 290MW Agua Caliente solar PV facility in Arizona is close to being fully complete, according NRG Solar and MidAmerican Solar.
GE’s CdTe thin-film manufacturing equipment from its facilities in Colorado, US is to go under the hammer in an online auction beginning on 8 May 2014.
Dubai’s state utility company has opened the tender process for 100MW solar PV generating capacity.
First Solar has revealed a new total area module efficiency record for its CdTe thin-film technology of 17%, a significant increase from 16.1%, set in April 2013.
First Solar is planning its next major CdTe thin-film production capacity expansion phase to occur in 2015 with an additional 1GW of nameplate capacity. The company revealed the plans during its 2014 Analyst Day event.
US thin-film developer First Solar will host its analyst day on Wednesday, at which Deutsche Bank expects the company to offer “upbeat” targets for the coming years up to 2016.
First Solar reported fourth quarter and full-year 2013 results that failed to meet financial analyst’s expectations by a wide-margin, with it shares taking a big tumble.
First Solar has reported a world record for a CdTe solar cell with a conversion efficiency of 20.4%.
First Solar’s third annual NOVA awards for suppliers have been handed out, with the thin-film manufacturer recognising the contribution of four companies in “providing enduring value to First Solar’s manufacturing and EPC project activities”.
Laser structuring specialist, LPKF SolarQuipment has installed a new LPKF Presto laser scriber at its Shanghai application centre to extend its capabilities in researching advanced laser machining techniques for thin-film PV modules employing different coating technologies.
On cue, First Solar said it had started construction of a 102MW (AC) PV power plant in Nyngan, New South Wales (NSW).
Market research firm, Lux Research expects balance of system (BOS) component costs to fall gradually through the rest of the decade, according to a new report.
First Solar said it had started construction of a 22MW PV power plant in Pecos County, Texas.
A collaborative development programne (CDP) between First Solar and Intermolecular that was established in 2012 to target higher efficiency CdTe thin-film modules has been amended.
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Photon Energy Investments (PEI), a division of PV solutions and services company Photon Energy has launched a standardised financing model through its fully-owned subsidiary, Photon Energy Generation Australia (PEGA).
The German Government has successfully received aid to the tune of €2.3 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to finance programmes to help support workers made redundant at two thin-film production plants closed by First Solar at the end of 2012.
Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) thin-film solar module maker Calyxo has commissioned a new 60MW production line at its Bitterfeld-Wolfen plant in Germany.
With an initial plan to invest around US$100 million, First Solar said it would build PV power plants in the booming Japanese market, both directly and with Japanese companies in partnership. Japan has not previously been a target market for First Solar.