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Meyer Burger’s subsidiary, Roth & Rau has won the first order for its ‘PiXDRO JETx’ ink jet printing technology for high-efficiency solar cells for a US-based customer’s production facility in Malaysia.
Restructuring and cost-cutting efforts at PV equipment and technology specialist, Amtech Systems helped limit fourth quarter financial year losses to US$1.7 million, a highlight in what has been another difficult year for the company.
A multi-million euro investment is being made by China-based start-up, Nanjing Sunport Power Co. Ltd., in purchasing a complete, back-contact PV module assembly lines from Dutch manufacturer, Eurotron.
In recent days a number of key Taiwan-based PV component suppliers have reported continued growth in monthly revenue, highlighting strong demand for wafers, cells and modules through the fourth quarter of 2013.
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.
Although Taiwan has become the second largest solar cell manufacturing base next to China, policies in place to support domestic PV installations only stretch to a meagre target of 200MW.
PV equipment supplier, BTU International, has reported third quarter net sales of US$12.0 million, down 15.7% compared to US$14.2 million in the preceding quarter as little sales activity was generated from the PV sector.
A tier one cell manufacturer has ordered a second RENA-SoLayTec machine to start producing Passivated Emitter and Rear Cells (PERC) cells.
Manufacturing equipment specialist, Intevac said it had secured a new customer which had selected a new c-Si deposition tool from the company.
The Heraeus Photovoltaics Business Unit is showcasing a customised back-side tabbing paste, especially developed for the Taiwan market at PV Taiwan 2013, being held in Tapei this week.
According to the latest NPD Solarbuzz PV Equipment Quarterly report, solar PV module production is set to reach the 50GW milestone in 2014.
Holding its fourth annual global investor day on the opening day of Solar Power International 2013, Yingli Green Energy provided for the first time a window into its longer-term cell efficiency roadmap to 2020.
A new research note from Deutsche Bank analyst, Vishal Shah, remains bullish on the solar industry’s prospects for 2014, after meting with key industry players at Solar Power International.
Demand for monocrystalline solar cells demand is increasing as PV rooftop markets switch to self-consumption, according to EnergyTrend, a research division of TrendForce.
Beleaguered PV equipment supplier, centrotherm photovoltaics, has given a cryptic account of deterioration in revenue expectations over the next two years, having recently reviewed its order backlog.
At Solar Power International 2013, 3M Renewable Energy is debuting its latest backside busbar tape, ‘4706’ which allows manufacturers to eliminate silver-based backside busbars, enabling cost savings and protecting against the volatility of silver prices.
Eckhard Rau is to takeover as CFO of German equipment supplier RENA Group.
AVACO, a specialist manufacturer of sputtering (PVD) vacuum deposition equipment and atomic layer deposition (ALD) equipment, has announced the development of a new concept buffer layer deposition for photovoltaic cells.
Motech Industries will be showcasing a new ‘Sirius’ cell at Solar Power International.
After an extensive evaluation period, Hanwha Q CELLS has qualified for production purposes the use of ACT Aurora Control Technologies inline Decima CD metrology tool.
Lithuanian-based c-Si solar cell start-up, Baltic Solar Energy remains on track to start ramping its 67MW production line in the fourth quarter of 2013 with news that the facility will officially be opened in the Visoriai IT Park, Vilnius, Lithuania on October 15.
Taiwanese cell manufacturer Neo Solar Power (NSP) has recorded a 156.2% year-on-year revenue growth for September following its merger with DelSolar.
Professor Stuart Wenham of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) is leading a new PV cell processing initiative with many of the largest Asia-based cell manufacturers in a programme that is expected to improve silicon quality and cell performance.
Having continued to optimize its latest ‘Dual Print’ stencils and screens to provide fine-line front side silver contacts, DEK Solar, in conjunction with the Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH) have reduced metallization silver cost to below US$0.01 per Wp, while achieving a 20.2% cell efficiency on a PERC solar cell.
Peter Fath has been appointed as the new managing director of the solar division of German equipment supplier RENA.
Belgian nanoelectronics research centre, imec and semiconductor plating equipment supplier, Meco will present high-efficiency i-PERC-type silicon solar cells at EU PVSEC this week.
Employing an i-PERC-type solar cell at imec, researchers have been able to demonstrate a best cell efficiency of 20.1% using atomic layer deposition (ALD) Al2O3 passivation with standard screen printed contacts. However, using front-side copper contacts boosted efficiency to 20.6%.
A conversion efficiency of 20.1% has been demonstrated by the collaboration between the Institute for Solar Energy Research in Hamelin (ISFH) and commercial partner SoLayTec on a monocrystalline boron-doped Czochralski p-type silicon wafer using a PERC-based solar cell.
US trade body the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has proposed a solution to the US-China trade dispute in the form of a ‘Solar Manufacturing Settlement Fund’, with funding to come from Chinese companies, to assist US solar manufacturers grow the US market.
Market research firm IHS has attempted to counter recent reports from rival firm, NPD Solarbuzz in the next direction PV manufacturers will take, which could have a significant impact on equipment and materials suppliers to the sector.
Despite the continued constraints on capital expenditure and R&D investments, ROFIN-BAASEL Lasertech said it had seen an uptick in laser system orders, notably due to solar cell manufacturers focusing in on PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) and selective emitter processes for improvements in conversion efficiencies.
RENA has said that its inline passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC) processing equipment ‘InPERC’ has achieved solar cell efficiencies at a customer site in China of 18%, without the use of selective emitter cell design.
Swedish company Sol Voltaics has acquired enough funding to take the its high-efficiency ‘Solink’ gallium arsenide nanomaterial into pilot production.
China-based Zhejiang Fortune Photovoltaic Co (M-Cells) has placed an order with Singulus Technologies for delivery of up to 16 vacuum coating machines with conversion efficiencies of over 18% for multicrystalline solar cells. Delivery of the first machine is scheduled for the first quarter of 2014.
ACT Aurora Control Technologies is using engineering equipment and services firm, SIBCO to support market penetration of its inline measurement solutions to the China-based PV manufacturing sector.
A joint development program is to mesh atomic layer deposition (ALD) with large-area substrates to provide production tool technology for improved buffer and barrier layer deposition for thin-film PV modules, including CIGS.