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PV manufacturer Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) said it was upgrading and migrating 200MW of solar cell capacity to PERL (Passivated Emitter, Rear Locally diffused) technology.
Following the retirement of David B. Miller, DuPont has appointed Jon D. Kemp as president of its Electronics & Communications business effective November 1, 2015.
Laser equipment specialist 3D-Micromac has appointed Dr. Carsten Swiatkowski as its new CTO.
PV equipment specialist INDEOtec SA has secured an order for its OCTOPUS II PECVD deposition tool with French R&D centre, Institut Photovoltaïque d’Ile-de-France (IPVF).
High-technology equipment manufacturer Intevac has received an order for its ion implantation tool from tier-1 solar cell producer, according to the company.
Solar cell manufacturers in India have put in a request to the government to investigate anti-dumping duties on the import of solar cells, according to a local report.
Metallisation paste producer Heraeus Photovoltaics has strengthened its IP patent portfolio in regards to lead-free products with the purchase of several patents held by Japanese company, Murata Manufacturing.
Indian industrial firm Adani Group and China’s largest independent polysilicon to power plants group, GCL have signed an agreement to develop both upstream and downstream PV operations in India as well as collaborating on a range of energy projects such as wind and LNG terminals.
Monocrystalline wafer producer Longi Silicon Materials has signed a memorandum of understanding with the provincial government of Andhra Pradesh, India to build and operate a 500MW solar cell and module production plant.
PV module manufacturer aleo solar, a subsidiary of Taiwan-based wafer producer Sino American Silicon Products (SAS), is to expand into producing 200MW of solar cells at its plant in Germany.
China-based monocrystalline module producer Shanghai Aerospace Automobile Electromechanical Co (HT-SAAE) has completed a production line upgrade from three- to four-busbar technology.
Taiwan-based market research firm EnergyTrend, a division of TrendForce expects prices for polysilicon, wafers, cells and modules to steadily increase through the second half of the year as downstream demand in China, US, Japan and India remains strong.
Using technologies already available on the market today, monocrystalline solar cells with a PERC structure could reach efficiencies of 24%.
Taiwanese cell and module producer Neo Solar Power (NSP) has secured an NT$3.3 billion (US$101.8 million) syndicated loan led by Taiwan Cooperative Bank, Land Bank of Taiwan, First Bank and CTCB Bank.
Iceland’s prime minister has welcomed news that Silicor Materials has taken a step closer to establishing its “low cost” commercial-scale solar silicon plant, securing US$105 million of equity capital agreements.
German-headquartered PV manufacturer SolarWorld will launch a 72-cell bifacial solar panel at this week’s Solar Power International trade show in California.
Meyer Burger has agreed to supply a PV system incorporating the company’s newest heterojunction cell technologies (HJT) and bi-facial PV modules, to one of Switzerland’s biggest retailers.
A presentation by Fraunhofer ISE at EU PVSEC 2015 claims to offer a better approach to higher efficiency solar cells and low cost production after reporting a record cell efficiency of 25.1%.
Fraunhofer ISE spin-off, NexWafe will showcase new n-doped EpiWafers that have been processed in to cells that achieve 20% conversion efficiencies at the European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) in Hamburg this week.
Nano-electronics research centre imec continues to tout its solar cell R&D work in the PV industry but is also focusing efforts on new areas such as PV energy yield predictions at the European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) in Hamburg this week.
Wuxi Suntech, the PV module manufacturing arm of clean energy developer, Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) is re-entering the US market with a suite of new products.
Major PV materials supplier Heraeus has said that its front-side metallisation paste has been used at SolarWorld’s R&D line in Freiberg, Germany to produce PERC cells with a record conversion efficiency of 21.7%.
Taiwan-based wafer producer, Sino-American Silicon (SAS) sales in August, 2015 continued a trend of limited volatility due to high-utilisation rates experienced since April 2014.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer E-Ton Solar Tech continued to experience erratic sales in August, which decline 23.4% from the previous month.
PV equipment specialist InnoLas Solutions has appointed GCD Sunlight as its exclusive sales agent in China.
Taiwan-based merchant solar cell producer Motech Industries retained strong sales in August, flat with the previous month.
The precarious financial position of major tier-one PV manufacturer Yingli Green was further highlighted in its second quarter financial results and subsequent earnings call with financial analysts.
GCL Poly is in the process of selling off its non-solar businesses and will emerge from a proposed US$500 million sale to focus on polysilicon and wafer manufacturing and sales, as well as PV plant development.
Solar, storage and clean energy testing and accreditation house Fraunhofer ISE has claimed that its newest reference photovoltaic cell “significantly reduces” measurement uncertainty and can be used to take accurate field measurements of solar insolation.
Brazil must establish a “specific industrial policy” for domestic PV manufacturing so it can produce the 2GW of solar equipment necessary to operate 61 solar plants planned for 2017, according to the Brazilian Association of Photovoltaic Solar Energy (Absolar).
According to PV Tech’s preliminary analysis, global PV manufacturing expansion plans for the month of August 2015 neatly totalled 1,000MW, down over 72% from 3,680MW in the previous month, but significantly higher than announcements made in August 2014, which only totalled 50MW.
Major merchant solar cell producer Gintech Energy Corp has reported August 2015 sales of NT$1,435 million (US$40.04 million), down 3% from the previous month but up 65.2% year-on-year as the impact of US anti-dumping duties hit sales with Chinese module manufacturing customers.
Taiwan-based merchant solar cell producer Solartech Energy Corp overcame a blip in sales reported in July to report a new record in monthly sales of NT$106.5 million (US$32.7 million).
High-technology equipment manufacturer Intevac said that recent process development work with a tier-one solar cell manufacturer had led to the purchase of a ‘MATRIX’ PVD system.
China-based integrated PV manufacturer Hareon Solar has reported a steep decline in PV module shipments in the first half of 2015.
Non-compliance with EU directives for PV waste materials could undermine customer confidence in the sector, a statement by leading solar companies and a waste management organisation has warned.
In the wake of reports that the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has ruled in favour of the US over its complaint about India’s local content policies for solar equipment, an American Trade representative has said that the US supports the rapid deployment of solar energy in India.
Major photovoltaics energy provider (PVEP) Shunfeng International Clean Energy reported a 19.5% increase in revenue for the first half of 2015 against a backdrop of profits falling 65.8%, compared to the prior year period.
Major tier-1 PV manufacturer JA Solar and India’s Essel Infraprojects are planning to build a solar cell production plant ahead of a PV module assembly plant, according to Bloomberg.
Roth & Rau, technology and product subsidiary of PV equipment specialist Meyer Burger, is to be renamed to bring it further into the fold of the parent company.
The first reported quarterly figures for PV module shipments in Japan in the country’s current financial year show a drop below the 2GW mark for the first time since JFY2013.
Major PV manufacturer Hanwha Q CELLS has appointed Seung Deok Park to its Board of Directors.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has backed teams working on 11 new solar technologies based on micro-CPV (concentrated PV), awarding funding of between just under US$1 million and US$3.5 million to each.
Tier-one PV manufacturer Hanwha Q CELLS’ PV module shipments have increased 12.2% quarter-over-quarter, driven by shipments to the US, which accounted for 37% of total shipments by revenue in the second quarter.
Indian solar market observers have downplayed the likely impact of a World Trade Organization ruling against local content policies in the country’s flagship solar programme.
German engineering association VDMA is to take over the coordination of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) from global semiconductor association, SEMI.
Brazil’s largest solar panel manufacturing facility will be inaugurated on Friday (28 August) by manufacturer Globo Brazil, providing a major boost towards financing domestic PV projects.
According to Dutch media reports, Heerlen, Netherlands based solar cell producer, Solland Solar, a subsidiary of Italian industrial firm Pufin Group, has filed for bankruptcy protection.
Chinese tier-1 PV manufacturer Hareon Solar Technology’s product testing laboratory has recently met TÜV SÜD’s on-site testing standards.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer E-Ton Solar Tech has reported record sales in July, topping its previous recent record set in May, 2014.