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Manufacturing equipment specialist, Manz reported preliminary record revenue of €266.2 million in 2013, with solar segment sales of only €10.4 million.
Having worked with the Australian National University (ANU), the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) and PV Lighthouse, a two-year R&D program with Trina Solar to develop an Interdigitated Back Contact (IBC) solar cell is set to be commercialised.
A major Taiwan-based solar cell producer has placed an ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition) system previously used for evaluation work from Netherlands-based Levitech into manufacturing, while placing a second system on order.
Japanese PV manufacturer, Kyocera is preparing to launch solar modules around mid-year with multicrystalline cells with 18.6% conversion efficiency.
PV equipment supplier, Amtech Systems said it had received orders worth around US$10 million from leading PV manufacturers in Korea and Taiwan.
BTU International has reported 2013 full-year revenue of US$47.8 million and said it was continuing to exercise caution over the next technology and buy-cycle within the PV manufacturing sector.
A fire was reported to have occurred at a solar cell manufacturing line at Canadian Solar’s production facility in Suzhou, China according to Chinese websites and video footage.
PV equipment supplier, Singulus Technologies reported preliminary revenue for 2013 of €134 million (US$184 million), up 23% from the previous year.
Production equipment and plant construction firm RENA has pinned its hopes for a successful restructuring process on the expected upturn in the solar industry.
Meyer Burger and CSEM PV Center are establishing the Swiss-Inno HJT Project that will include a pilot line and development program to produce low-cost Heterojunction silicon solar cell technology (HJT).
First Solar’s subsidiary, TetraSun has placed its first order with ACT Aurora Control Technologies for its Decima CD inline measurement system.
Major PV energy provider SunPower has guided capital expenditure (capex) plans for 2014 that are nearly double spending in 2013.
In a continued effort to return its Energy and Environmental Solutions (EES) division to breakeven, despite two-years of downsizing and restructuring, Applied Materials said it had reduced EES spending per quarter to US$25 million.
The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that an investigation into anti-dumping and countervailing duties for solar cell products from China and Taiwan will go ahead, following a preliminary phase vote in Washington DC on Friday.
Tier one PV manufacturer, Trina Solar, is acquiring a majority shareholding in Hubei Hongyuan PV Science and Technology, a solar cell producer in China.