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PV equipment specialist SEMCO Group is to supply its latest LYTOX technology to an unidentified solar cell producer to carryout post-ion implantation damage annealing.
The final steps in SunEdison’s spin-off of its semiconductor business – through which the company was originally founded before its ascent to being the biggest renewable energy developer in the world – look set to go ahead.
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.
Chinese manufacturer LDK Solar, newly emerged from a period of financial upheaval, has appointed a new chairman and two new board directors.
Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE and France’s CEA have joined forces to create a ‘virtual lab’ through which the two research centres will collaborate on developing high-efficiency multi-junction solar cells.
Major merchant solar cell producer Neo Solar Power (NSP) may be taking a cautious ‘wait-and-see’ approach to moving production outside Taiwan to circumvent US anti-dumping duties but its plan to launch a yieldco on the Hong Kong stock exchange reveals a more aggressive option to rekindle its business growth.
Inline measurement equipment specialist Aurora Solar Technologies has started a collaboration with PV equipment supplier SEMCO Group, offering its ‘Veritas’ and ‘Decima’ products with SEMCO’s ‘LYDOP’ and ‘LYTOX’ horizontal diffusion and annealing furnaces.
Atomic layer deposition (ALD) equipment specialist SoLayTec, a subsidiary of Amtech Systems has secured orders from two China-based PV manufacturers.
Monocrystalline wafer producer Comtec Solar Systems Group said it had completed the qualification processes to supply two existing customers headquartered in the US and Japan from its Malaysian-based wafer production plant.
Belgian research centre imec has reported a Perovskite module efficiency of 8% during the Intersolar Europe exhibition in Munich.
German firm IBC Solar has introduced a new monocrystalline module with black cells, which will be available from July.
Germany-based PV materials manufacturer Heraeus has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Taiwan-based PV materials specialist Giga Solar Materials Corp for allegedly infringing a patent held by Heraeus over front-side metallisation paste materials used for solar cells.
Nano-electronics research center imec said it had achieved a record cell conversion efficiency of 22.5% for its large area (6-inch) n-type PERT (passivated emitter, rear totally diffused) Cz-Si solar cell.
China-based PV manufacturer Wuxi Suntech is migrating 1GW of cell production to PERC in 2015 as it launches its ‘SuperPoly’ module series at Intersolar Europe.
A total of 6.4GW of new manufacturing capacity announcements, across thin film, crystalline silicon solar cell and PV module assembly were made in May 2015, a new record high in more than four years, according to PV Tech’s initial analysis.