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The latest figures from global microelectronics industry body SEMI suggest a stumbling recovery for PV equipment suppliers worldwide.
JA Solar, the fastest growing PV manufacturer in 2014, has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with PV materials and technology specialist DuPont.
The Silver Institute, a trade association for leading silver producers expects overall industrial demand to increase by 27% through 2018, with demand from the PV industry increasing around 24% in that time frame.
Semiconductor and solar equipment supplier, Orbotech has received a repeat order for its ‘Aurora’ PECVD tools worth around US$15 million.
Taiwan-based PV producer, Motech Industries reported relatively strong sales in November that have recovered to levels before sales declined earlier in the year due to the US anti-dumping case.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer, Gintech Energy, reported a major turnaround in monthly sales for November, having seen a slide since June, due to the US anti-dumping case.
The merger of Hanwha SolarOne and Hanwha Q CELLS is set to proceed in a deal estimated to cost Hanwha SolarOne around US$1.2 billion in an all-stock transaction.
PV manufacturing equipment specialist, SCHMID Group has secured orders for three ‘Multi Busbar Connector’ (MBC) lines for the production of novel highly efficient PV modules from an unidentified customer in Asia that was said to be a ‘premium’ producer of both solar cells and modules.
Major PV manufacturer JinkoSolar said that its 60-cell multicrystalline silicon ‘Eagle+’ series modules have achieved power output of 306.9 Watts.
The largest merchant solar cell producer, Neo Solar Power Corporation (NSP) continued to post a slow recovery in monthly revenue after peaking with record revenue in May, 2014.
A Soitec multi-junction solar cell for use in concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems has become the company’s latest cell to reach a world record for conversion efficiency at 46%, according to Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy (Fraunhofer ISE).
Neo Solar Power (NSP), the largest merchant solar cell producer, has struck a major supply deal with leading PV energy provider, Canadian Solar for 2015.
India-based PV module manufacturer, Vikram Solar, has said it is evaluating its next module capacity expansion plans as well as a new joint venture to establish solar cell production with a major existing producer.
Italian specialist solar cell manufacturer, MegaCell, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Egyptian investment firm, Misr Asset Management, to seek investors to build and operate a 120MW solar cell and module assembly plant in Egypt using its n-type monocrystalline bi-facial cell technology.
Trina Solar is expected to announce its first PV manufacturing plant to be based outside of China, shortly.
PV equipment specialist, Amtech Systems, has secured a follow-on order with US-based PV manufacturer, Mission Solar, in a multi-million dollar deal said to be in the low teens.
Leading-edge PV equipment supplier, SoLayTec has secured an order from US-based PV manufacturer, Mission Solar Energy for its InPassion ALD tool that will be used in production for N-type silicon bifacial solar cell production.
Citing continued strong global growth and market share gains, major PV manufacturer, JinkoSolar said it was planning to expand module capacity in 2015 by 20% to 25%.
Major PV manufacturer JA Solar said it was planning to expand both solar cell and PV module capacity by around 20% in order to keep in alignment with expected global market growth in 2015.
PV manufacturer JA Solar reported a 55.6% increase in module shipments in the third quarter and generated revenue of US$492.2 million, up 24.7% sequentially.
Major PV equipment supplier, Meyer Burger has officially opened its heterojunction (HJ) solar cell pilot production line with CSEM at subsidiary, Meyer Burger Research AG in Hauterive, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
Trina Solar has produced n-type and p-type monocrystalline and p-type multicrystalline solar cells with new record conversion efficiencies. Trina Solar expects the technologies used to become part of its future production roadmap.
Major China-based PV manufacturer, JA Solar, has had TUV Rheinland verify its PERC cell technology modules have a record-high >17.2% conversion efficiency, producing a standard 60-cell module with a performance figure above 280W.
One of India’s largest PV module manufacturer’s, Waaree Energies said it would collaborate with GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) on incorporating its new ‘Merlin’ technology into its existing production lines.
Ahead of its financial analyst day event, major PV energy provider SunPower has pre-released financial guidance for 2015, while announcing its highly anticipated next wave of manufacturing capacity expansions.
High-tech manufacturing equipment firm, Manz AG reported record revenue for the first nine months of 2014, driven by its Flat Panel Display segment, which generated €179.9 million from the total revenue of €250.9 million.
Having seen a rebound in sales in September, Taiwan-based PV producer, Motech Industries reported sales flat in October, 2014.
Major PV energy provider, Canadian Solar, has reported record quarterly results for the third quarter of 2014, while guiding higher shipments and revenue for the fourth quarter.
A second US PV manufacturer has voiced concern that trade proposals could inadvertently classify its products as Chinese.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer, Gintech Energy reported October, 2014 monthly sales of NT$904 million (US$29.55 million), down 14.2% from the previous month.
The largest merchant solar cell producer, Neo Solar Power Corporation (NSP) reported a net loss in the third quarter of 2014, due to the imposition of US anti-dumping duties on Taiwanese made solar cells.
PV equipment and technology specialist, Schmid Group, has officially started construction of an integrated PV production plant in Argentina for the provincial government of San Juan.
PV manufacturing equipment supplier, Singulus Technologies reported revenue for the first nine months of 2014 of €52.8 million, down from €93.1 million in the prior year period.
Taiwan-based wafer producer, Green Energy Technology (GET) reported an 18% increase in sales for October, reaching a new monthly revenue record of NT$1,547 million (US$50.49 million).
An ad hoc consortium of three German research institutes and the south-western German industry association, Solar Cluster, are undertaking a detailed feasibility study for the establishment of a fully integrated PV manufacturing facility on behalf of ITAIPU, a Brazilian-Paraguayan power company, and FIEP, an industry association.
PV equipment specialist and subsidiary of Meyer Burger, Roth & Rau said it was preparing to delist from the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
Panasonic has passed TÜV Rheinland’s salt mist corrosion testing for its latest photovoltaic (PV) module type, the manufacturer announced today.
The acquisition by Amtech Systems of BTU International was pre-planned to be completed and the company assimilated into Amtech ahead of the next capacity expansion phase by major PV manufacturers, according to Paul van der Wansem, chairman and CEO of BTU International.
SolarWorld has announced plans to invest over US$10 million in adding a new ‘flexible’ manufacturing line at its Hillsboro, Oregon facility with the creation of around 200 jobs.
Yingli Green Energy updated the financial community as to its long-term technology roadmap during its fifth annual investor day event during Solar Power International 2014, held in Las Vegas.
PV manufacturer Trina Solar is planning to significantly expand solar module manufacturing capacity in 2014, according to documents seen by PV Tech.
Consolidation in the PV manufacturing equipment sector has continued with Amtech Systems acquiring BTU International in an all stock transaction valuing BTU at US$32.5 million.
China Sunergy (CSUN), the Chinese module manufacturer awarded tier one module supplier status by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) earlier this year, has announced that its latest 280W module is ready for commercial release.
European module supplier, REC announced today its modules have passed new performance tests.
VC funded ‘low cost’ CPV technology developer, Cogenra Solar has claimed to have set three performance records for conventional 60-cell format n-type, p-type and multi crystalline modules.
Potential changes to the scope of the US trade investigation into Chinese modules could create a serious drop in Taiwan-produced cell sales, according to analysts at EnergyTrend.
Fraunhofer ISE has teamed with industrial partners Merck, Heraeus and ASYS to produce fine line contacts with widths under 35µm, employing new materials and contactless techniques to reduce shading and boost conventional solar cell efficiencies.
Module manufacturer Trina Solar has broken the world record for P-type monocrystalline silicon PV modules with a figure of 335.2W.
Despite the lack of current capital expenditure (capex) across the PV industry value chain, market research firm NPD Solarbuzz expects a major shift to higher efficiency cells and modules to finally dominate the sector by the end of 2018.
The largest merchant solar cell producer, Neo Solar Power Corporation (NSP), reported a slight increase in sales for September, after three months of decline.