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Several firms have touted the benefits of Bifacial solar cells and modules in advance of this week’s EU PVSEC event in Amsterdam.
Solar prices in the US in 2013 fell by a further 15% year on year, a study from the Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found.
Reflecting the general recovery in PV equipment sales, Meyer Burger Technology has said it will increase its working capital in a CHF100 million (US$106 million) convertible bond issue.
The German Engineering Federation (VDMA) has said that around the 100 equipment suppliers in the country that support the PV manufacturing supply chain have seen sales rebound in the first half of 2014.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer, Solartech Energy is investing approximately US$16.2 million in Malaysia-based solar cell producer, TS Solartech Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Tek Seng Holdings Bhd.
The Indian government is set to make significant changes to its national solar mission, according to industry observers based in the country.
China-based PV manufacturer and developer Hareon Solar Technology is raising approximately US$618 million in a non-public offering of shares to fund several key projects related to manufacturing and PV power plant projects.
China-based PV energy firm, United PV, expects to acquire between 500MW and 1,000MW of solar power plants in China this year.
The largest merchant solar cell producer, Neo Solar Power Corporation (NSP) experienced its third consecutive decline in monthly sales due to the impact of the US anti-dumping case.
UK-based thin-film start-up, Oxford Photovoltaics said it would commercialise a perovskite based tandem thin-film for conventional c-Si solar cells ahead of plans to commercialise its BIPV product offering set for 2017.
Taiwan-based PV manufacturer, Motech Industries reported a further drop in revenue for the month of August having been hit hardest by the impact of the US anti-dumping ruling.
Repeated trade actions against Chinese PV manufacturers have failed to have any discernible impact in stopping the country’s industry dominating the global c-Si supply chain, according to analysts NPD Solarbuzz.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer, Gintech Energy Corp reported a third consecutive slump in monthly sales.
Amtech Systems solar sector subsidiary, Tempress Systems has received an order for a boron diffusion system from a leading Taiwan cell manufacturer.
Taiwanese solar cell producer, Solartech Energy Corp reported a rebound in revenue for August, 2014.
Major PV manufacturers spent around US$422 million in 2013 on R&D activities, down 9% from 2012, according to the annual R&D spending analysis undertaken by PV Tech.
ChemTrace, which offers micro-contamination testing of solar substrates, wafering, and cell manufacturing equipment has established a new testing laboratory in Hsinchu, Taiwan.
Integrated PV manufacturer, Solargiga Energy Holdings reported an 85.9% increase in first-half 2014 revenue as it expanded PV module production to meet increased demand from its main customer, Sharp.
United PV has sold a 70% stake in its cell unit to concentrate on its PV project business.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer, E-Ton Solar Tech reported a second severe sequential decline in revenue for July, 2014.
New firm, S4 Solar do Brasil has said it has teamed with equipment suppliers, Meyer Burger, Confirmware and Jinchen Machinery Co to provide a 100MW automated c-Si PV module assembly plant at a cost of around R$30 million (US$13.2 million).
Having secured its first ‘Levitrack’ ALD system order from a major Taiwanese solar cell producer in March, 2014, Netherlands-based Levitech BV has secured another Taiwan-based producer as a customer.
China-based tier-1 integrated PV manufacturer, JA Solar expects the next phase of its manufacturing expansions to be in 2015 that are expected to include new facilities in either the US or Southeast Asia.
Major tier-1 integrated PV manufacturer JA Solar reported second quarter financial results within guidance but raised full-year shipment guidance on the back of stronger than expected demand in China.
A new 50MW solar panel factory is to be set up in Uruguay.
Cell manufacturers are increasing their research efforts to push for greater cell efficiencies, according to a new report by NPD Solarbuzz.
Trina Solar is to supply 82MW of its anti-degradation modules to a project in China.
The commercial roll-out of GT Advanced Technologies’ Merlin metallisation and interconnection has moved a step closer with the securing of three key certifications.
Switzerland’s Meyer Burger has confirmed the beginnings of a recovery for PV equipment manufacturers after posting encouraging first-half results.
The Taiwanese government is to intervene on behalf of solar manufacturers hit by the US government’s latest solar trade duties.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer, E-Ton Solar Tech, has reported a decline in revenue for June, following other merchant suppliers in the region ahead of US anti-dumping preliminary findings.
Major PV energy provider, SunPower, could announce today plans to expand PV production by as much as 750MW, according to a research note by Deutsche Bank equity analyst, Vishal Shah ahead of SunPower’s second quarter earnings call.
Thermal processing equipment specialist, BTU International, has reported second quarter sales of US$16.4 million, a 40.7% increase from the previous quarter, while the company booked several PV pilot line equipment orders in the quarter.
Materials specialist, AkzoNobel is collaborating with the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) at the National University of Singapore in a bid to offer lower-cost ALD and PECVD precursors for aluminium oxide passivation layer processing.
Mission Solar Energy, formerly known as Nexolon America, a joint venture with Korean-owned OCI Solar Power and partner of Texas-based CPS Energy has started PV module production in June and expects N-type monocrystalline solar cell production to start in the early part of the third quarter of 2014.
The US Department of Commerce (DOC) has set preliminary anti-dumping (AD) duties on Taiwanese producers of PV modules and solar cells, the first time Taiwan-based producers have been affected by such proceedings.
Japanese electronics materials firm, Shin-Etsu Chemical, is offering to license its production-ready bifacial monocrystalline solar cell technology that is claimed to have the highest conversion efficiency of 21% for conventional screen-printing processes.
US-based PV module manufacturer, Suniva, is to build its second production plant in Saginaw Township, Michigan, providing an additional 200MW of annual nameplate capacity.
China-based PVEP, Shunfeng Photovoltaic International (SF-PV) said it expected to report a profit for the first six months of 2014, primarily due to the increased solar cell sales coming from its manufacturing subsidiary, Wuxi Suntech Power Co.
R&D centre, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) has officially opened its module development and testing laboratory the CleanTech Park in Singapore.
The founder of Helios Technology has bought two cell production lines from the company for his new firm Megacell.
Updated. Tier-one PV module manufacturer, Hanwha Q CELLS, has said its review of a petition filed by Kyocera over a claimed busbar patent infringement has concluded that the lawsuit does not affect any of its products.
PV screen printing specialist, DEK, has licensed its ‘VectorGuard’ stencil technology to China-based Suzhou Sunshine Laser and Electronics Technology Company.
Market research firm, EnergyTrend, has warned of weak demand across the PV supply chain in July, forcing inventory up and prices down.
Chinese PV manufacturer, Zhongli Talesun, has said the filing of a patent infringement case by Kyocera Corporation against the Japanese subsidiary of Hanwha Q CELLS on the use of a ‘three-busbar electrode structure’ was a “crisis signal to most PV manufacturers”.
PV module manufacturer, Kyocera Corporation, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the Japanese subsidiary of Hanwha Q CELLS concerning its solar cell ‘three-busbar electrode structure’, while seeking negotiations with other “parties” on the claimed infringement.
As part of its PV manufacturing expansion plans to 1GW, Shaanxi Non-ferrous Photovoltaic Technology, also known as Shaanxi Youser Photovoltaic Technology, a subsidiary of state-owned Shaanxi Youser Group has placed equipment orders with RENA.
Japanese technology and equipment manufacturer, Choshu Industry Corporation (CIC) has installed the ‘SpotLIGHT’ cell tester from Meyer Burger subsidiary, Pasan for research on heterojunction (HJT) and busbar-less solar cells within next generation PV modules.
Mid-sized tier-one PV manufacturer, China Sunergy (CSUN), has teamed with state-owned 48th Research Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation on materials and equipment research as well as to “co-develop solar projects”.
Two of the most iconic names in the semiconductor equipment market, Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron, have been dropped as part of the merger between the companies.