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Major tier-1 integrated PV manufacturer Hanwha Q CELLS said it was mulling over further capacity expansion plans as shipments and revenue rebound after merger with sister company.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer TSEC Corporation is pitching its future competitiveness on plans to migrate to advanced N-type monocrystalline heterojunction (HJ) and advanced multicrystalline PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) technology over the next few years.
Tier-one PV manufacturer JinkoSolar has said its new production facility for solar cells and modules in Malaysia has started ramping on schedule and was expected reach capacity within two months.
JA Solar will establish a 500MW cell and module plant in India, it has been confirmed.
Tempress Systems, a subsidiary of Amtech Systems, has received a multi-system order for its “next-generation” solar diffusion system from a leading solar cell and module manufacturer in China.
Meyer Burger has secured an order for passivated emitter rear cell (PERC) technology equivalent to 2.5GW of annual capacity.
Major tier-one PV manufacturer JA Solar said it was building a 400MW solar cell plant in Penang, Malaysia as well as adding capacity for high-performance monocrystalline and multicrystalline cells and modules, while establishing a JV module partnership with Essel in India.
Consumer electronics and PV materials manufacturer Panasonic will invest ¥9.5 billion to expand its solar cell and module production lines in its home country of Japan by 150MW a year.
Integrated PV module manufacturer SolarWorld said its Passivated Emitter Rear Cell (PERC) technology had proved a big hit in the US market and would reach 430MW of production capacity at its US-based plant in Hillsboro, US in the second quarter of 2015.
Sharp Corporation reported its Solar Cells unit significantly increased sales and operating income in FY2014 due to strong domestic demand and its shift to downstream PV mega-solar project business.
Major merchant solar cell producer Neo Solar Power (NSP) reported first quarter 2015 sales down around 37% from the same period a year ago as demand remained weak.
Taiwanese crystalline silicon cell manufacturer Gintech Energy is to build a 350MW cell production facility in Thailand.
Hanwha Q CELLS, which recently merged with Hanwha Solar One, has taken preliminary steps to selling securities worth up to US$500 million.
PV manufacturing equipment specialist, Amtech Systems has reported its highest level of tool order backlog in three years as part of reporting its fiscal second quarter 2015 financial results.
PV manufacturing equipment specialist Singulus Technologies expects ongoing improvement in sales after its order backlog exceeded €60 million in the first quarter of 2015.
Leading PV manufacturer Trina Solar has confirmed its next major solar cell and module assembly capacity expansion will be located in Thailand, its first overseas production plant.
SolarWorld’s US manufacturing operations are migrating some of its production to five busbar technology along with upgraded PERC (Passivated Emitter Real Cell) cells to produce 60-cell modules at around the 300W level in the third quarter of 2015.
The sixth edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaic has been released, setting out key measures for continued cost cutting along the crystalline silicon PV value chain.
Hanwha Q CELLS, which recently merged with Hanwha Solar One, will use the SNEC expo in China to unveil the latest in its HSL S series modules and high efficiency Q.ANTUM cell range.
Materials supplier DuPont has launched the latest generation of its Solamet PV metallisation pastes, unveiling Solamet PV19x at the SNEC expo in Shanghai, China.
The announcement of a 16% efficiency record for a CIGS module by Manz appears to have been trumped just a day later by TSMC Solar, which says it has reached a verified 16.5% efficiency for commercial-size CIGS modules.
Tier-1 PV manufacturer Zhongli Talesun Solar expects to ramp it recently announced 500MW cell and module production plant near the end of year, which will produce PERC (Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell) technology for its new ‘Hipro’ 285W+ modules being launched at SNEC 2015.
China’s Trina Solar has claimed a new efficiency record for a p-type multi-crystalline silicon module of 19.14%.
PV equipment maker Singulus Technologies will undergo a financial restructuring as it looks to reduce it debt.
Major Taiwanese solar cell producer Neo Solar Power (NSP) is collaborating with materials supplier DuPont on high-efficiency metallisation pastes.
Major US electricity producer NextEra Energy Resources has signed a 1.5GW solar PV module supply agreement with Hanwha Q CELLS, using its high-efficiency Q.ANTUM cell (PERC) technology produced in Malaysia and South Korea.
Wuxi Suntech, the PV module manufacturing arm of Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) said it was upgrading all of its cell and module manufacturing capacity from three- to four-busbar technology to boost product performance.
PV screen printing equipment specialist DEK Solar has been assimilated into a new ‘alternative energy’ structure within ASM Pacific Technology (ASMPT).
A solar module factory with a 70MW production capacity will be built by Orange Solar Power, a Dutch photovoltaics (PV) manufacturer and supplier, in West Brabant, the Netherlands.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer Solartech Energy Corp has reported further declines in sales for March 2015.
Major merchant solar cell producer Neo Solar Power (NSP) reported lacklustre sales improvement in March 2015, resulting in sales remaining in the doldrums for the first quarter of the year.
Major PV materials supplier DuPont Microcircuit Materials said its newly developed ‘Solamet’ PV76x series metallisation paste used by Taiwan-based solar cell/module producer, Solartech Energy Corp has set a new in-house PERC cell-based ‘Saphire’ module power output record.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer Gintech Energy Corp reported weak March 2015 sales, marking a new low point since 2013.
According to market research firm EnergyTrend, a division of TrendForce global PV installations are to reach 51.4GW in 2015.
Enphase has formed a partnership to supply its microinverters to PetersenDean, a prominent US solar installer and roofing company which recently pledged to only use American-made products in its PV projects.
Major PV equipment supplier Meyer Burger is to supply French research centre, Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) with equipment to develop high performance heterojunction (HJT) cells and Meyer Burger’s SmartWire Connection technology (SWCT).
Major tier-1 PV manufacturer JA Solar said its chief technology officer Yong Liu had resigned from the company, effective March 31, 2015.
One of Japan’s largest trading companies, Marubeni, which is already involved in both upstream and downstream sectors of PV industry, has entered the domestic market for residential solar.
PV equipment specialist InnoLas Solutions said it had so far received orders equating to almost 1GW of production capacity for its laser systems used for PERC solar cell processing.
Technology manufacturing equipment specialist Singulus Technologies has reported heavy 2014 losses on weak revenue in its Optical Disc and Solar divisions.
PV module supplier Innotech Solar has filed for insolvency blaming uncertainty in the European market for its troubles.
Tier-1 PV manufacturer and clean energy developer Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) reported a major turnaround in its business operations in 2014, after integrating Wuxi Suntech.
PV and polysilicon equipment specialist centrotherm Group returned reported a return to profitability in 2014 on the back of recovering sales of €189.2 million, driven by an upturn in revenue from PV equipment sales and progress on building a polysilicon plant in Qatar.
Major PV equipment specialist Meyer Burger reported a 56% increase in 2014 sales and new order intake 13% above 2013 levels.
Major tier-one PV module manufacturer Yingli Green Energy has said it would not be adding new manufacturing capacity in 2015 as it focuses on its high debt ratios and need to restructure over US$2 billion of its US$4 billion debt this year.
PV technology start-up Natcore Technology is to work with specialist PV equipment supplier Eurotron B.V, to integrate back-contact cell designs to patterned conductive backsheet-based solar modules.
The University of New South Wales (UNSW) and PV Lighthouse have officially announced the development and operation of the world’s first free access online solar cell fabrication simulator, designed to replicate real world production processes.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer Gintech Energy reported slight increase in revenue for February, bucking the seasonal trend for the month.
Taiwan-based solar cell manufacturer E-Ton Solar Tech sales almost dropped 50% in February.
Major merchant solar cell producer Neo Solar Power (NSP) reported a modest decline in revenue for February 2015 due to the shorter working month and Chinese New Year.