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The US Energy Department said it would provide US$45 million in new renewable energy funding focused on solar manufacturing technologies and is part of its Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative.
The 2015 edition of the SEMI International Technology Roadmap for PV (ITRPV), which will be released during SNEC in Shanghai in late April, will incorporate several key changes to its technology focus.
Schmid Group has followed the start of construction of a new photovoltaics factory in Argentina by opening offices and a warehouse to support the new facility.
Europe’s approach to research and innovation in photovoltaics needs “systemic” change if the continent is to avoid seeing its solar manufacturing industry entirely wiped out in the coming years.
China state-owned aerospace firm, Shanghai Aerospace Automobile Electromechanical Co (HT-SAAE) has revealed verified record solar module efficiencies for both N-type PERT (passivated emitter, rear totally diffused) and P-type multicrystalline modules.
The Taiwanese PV manufacturing sector could use the very same loophole that put it in the US government’s crosshairs, to sidestep the punitive duties now faced by its own firms.
A major multinational Japanese firm has ordered two Levitrack Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) systems from Levitech intended for volume production of PERC (passivated emitter rear cell) solar cells including both multicrystalline and n-type wafers.
According to market research firm IHS, Chinese tier-1 PV module suppliers are mostly sold out in the first quarter of 2015 as demand remains strong from markets such as China, Japan and the UK as well as in South America and Central America.
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.
PV manufacturer Hanwha Q CELLS, said it would close down all solar cell and module manufacturing capacity in Germany and relocate the lines to its main production facility in Cyberjaya, Malaysia with the loss of 550 jobs.
PV equipment specialist Despatch Industries said it had recently sold 10 firing furnaces to a leading solar cell producer, marking a milestone that all of the top-10 largest solar cell producers are now using its furnace technology.
According to local reports, First Solar has officially opened its TetraSun technology-based production line at its PV manufacturing complex in Kulim High Tech Park, Malaysia.
Leading PV manufacturer, Trina Solar, has started mass production of high-efficiency PERC (passivated emitter rear cell) technology with the expected availability of both multicrystalline and monocrystalline ‘Honey’ modules available in Europe this year and a global roll-out in 2016.
Indian PV manufacturer and project developer, Moser Baer Solar said that a strategy announced back in January 2012 to vastly improve its competitive position in the industry has been completed.
Specialist PV equipment supplier RENA, which is in the middle of restructuring efforts, has said its new order intake in the fourth quarter of 2014 totalled €30 million.