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Manufacturer of PV screen printing equipment, DEK Solar, has been sold as part of a deal between the owner of DEK, Dover Corporation, and ASM Pacific Technology (ASMPT), itself a part of Dutch-based semiconductor equipment supplier ASM International.
Fraunhofer ISE said it had developed a low-cost rear contact Tunnel Oxide Passivated Contact ‘TOPCon’ n-Type solar cell that has achieved a conversion efficiency of 24%.
R&D centre, imec has implemented a laser doping process to its i-PERC solar cell that pushes conversion efficiencies to 20.2%, while claiming lower processing costs that could result in faster commercial adoption.
Strong demand for modules in the third quarter of 2013, meant JA Solar reported increased product shipments and revenue, while reducing losses.
Bosch has sold its solar cell and module operations in Arnstadt, Germany to SolarWorld, securing around 800 jobs, according to an official statement from the company. Financial details were not disclosed.
With its evolutionary E-STAR II cell in production, Hanwha SolarOne said that upgrades enabled a silver paste consumption reduction of up to 45%, while improving cell conversion efficiencies by 0.2 to 0.25%.
Spectrolab has set a new solar cell efficiency world record for a non-concentrated solar cell of 38.8% and in doing so has beaten the company’s own previous record of 37.8%, set in April.
A Wuxi court has approved Shunfeng Photovoltiac International’s purchase of Suntech Power’s manufacturing arm, taking the protracted saga closer to conclusion.
Applied Materials has reported positive results while also revealing that it has diverted resources away from its solar operations.
Global capital spending in the PV industry is expected to increase at a higher rate than previously expected, says market research firm IHS.
Merchant PV solar cell and module supplier, Neo Solar Power (NSP) reported that accumulated net profits for the first nine-months of 2013 reached NT$200 million (US$6.8 million) as demand, higher ASPs and high utilisation rates continued.
Solar3D, the start-up which is developing a three-dimensional solar cell, has signed a definitive purchase agreement for 100% of California-based solar panel installer and energy consulting corporation Solar United Networks (SUNworks).
The centrotherm Group was able to secure new orders totalling €163.2 million during its restructuring period through October 2012 and May 2013.
A common theme at PV Taiwan 2013, being held in Taipei this week, has been a series of solar cell and module manufacturers cautiously planning incremental production capacity expansions as the global PV market demand continues to pick up.
DuPont Microcircuit Materials has enhanced the performance of its ‘Solamet’ PV18x series frontside silver metallisation materials for monocrystalline wafers employing enhanced Lightly Doped Emitters (LDEs) that were showcased at PV Taiwan 2013.