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China-based PV manufacturer Hareon Solar said that its initial Phase 1 160MW solar cell production plant in India was part of more ambitious plans to establish a 1GW state-of-the-art solar cell facility in a joint venture with Indian firm Dalmia Group.
Chinese PV manufacturer Hareon Solar plans to set up a 160MW cell production project in India through its wholly owned-subsidiary Hareon Solar Power along with Keshav Power, an arm of business conglomerate Dalmia.
Swiss/Hungarian silicon thin-film equipment and technology firm Ecosolifer has been reported to be planning an 80MW module assembly plant in Brazil, using its proprietary amorphous silicon deposition technology on monocrystalline wafers produced at its plant in Csorna, Hungary.
PV manufacturing equipment specialist Amtech Systems is selling the majority of its stake in subsidiary Kingstone Technology to China-based venture capital firm, Suzhou Zhuo Jing Investment Center for around US$13.6 million.
Investment in solar power in India could surpass investment in coal by 2019-20, with US$35 billion already committed by global companies, according to a Deutsche Bank report.
Chinese conglomerate Tongwei Group has taken a 10% stake in Taiwanese cell manufacturer Gintech.
The Brazilian senate has passed a bill to reduce the tax burden on imports of certain components and machinery used in the production of PV equipment.
Germany-headquartered PV manufacturer SolarWorld has had a record efficiency for a PERC solar cell of 21.7% independently verified by the photovoltaic calibration laboratory (CalLab) of Fraunhofer ISE.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) figures have underlined previous analysis by PV Tech suggesting a mass overseas relocation of production capacity by Chinese PV manufacturers in response to increasingly hostile trading conditions.
Nanoelectronics research group imec says it has made a “breakthrough” in developing perovskite-based thin-film photovoltaics (PV), recording an active area efficiency of 11.9% with its module.
Griguol Impianti Elettrici is at an advanced stage of constructing the world’s largest bifacial PV system ‘La Hormiga’ at 2.5MWp in Chile, using technology from Italy-based module manufacturer MegaCell, which is part of Mega Group.
Shi Lei, VP of HT-SAAE, a leading dedicated monocrystalline solar cell and module producer, sees growing demand across multiple markets for high-efficiency modules and explains what is driving its sales growth.
PV manufacturer Wuxi Suntech, a subsidiary of Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) has reported verified solar cell efficiency gains for its recently introduced monocrystalline and multicrystalline ‘HyPro’ silicon solar cells.
R&D expenditure in 2014 increased by almost US$100 million from the previous year to reach a new record of US$512.75 million from 12 major tier-one PV module manufacturers, PV Tech has historically tracked in its annual PV R&D spending report.
A new chief operating officer has been chosen and approved at German high-tech equipment manufacturer Manz AG.
The government of Brazilian state Pernambuco is in negotiations with two unnamed solar panel manufacturers to set up facilities in the state, according to a local report.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer Solartech Energy Corp has seen its monthly sales rebound strongly in the last few months as the company continues to shift production to PERC (passivated emitter rear contact) cell technology.
PV equipment specialist SEMCO Group is to supply its latest LYTOX technology to an unidentified solar cell producer to carryout post-ion implantation damage annealing.
The final steps in SunEdison’s spin-off of its semiconductor business – through which the company was originally founded before its ascent to being the biggest renewable energy developer in the world – look set to go ahead.
Recognising that the vast growth in solar deployment under the feed-in tariff (FiT) could lead to an accumulation of PV waste in landfills, Japan will soon begin implementing recycling rules for solar modules.
Chinese manufacturer LDK Solar, newly emerged from a period of financial upheaval, has appointed a new chairman and two new board directors.
Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE and France’s CEA have joined forces to create a ‘virtual lab’ through which the two research centres will collaborate on developing high-efficiency multi-junction solar cells.
Major merchant solar cell producer Neo Solar Power (NSP) may be taking a cautious ‘wait-and-see’ approach to moving production outside Taiwan to circumvent US anti-dumping duties but its plan to launch a yieldco on the Hong Kong stock exchange reveals a more aggressive option to rekindle its business growth.
Inline measurement equipment specialist Aurora Solar Technologies has started a collaboration with PV equipment supplier SEMCO Group, offering its ‘Veritas’ and ‘Decima’ products with SEMCO’s ‘LYDOP’ and ‘LYTOX’ horizontal diffusion and annealing furnaces.
Atomic layer deposition (ALD) equipment specialist SoLayTec, a subsidiary of Amtech Systems has secured orders from two China-based PV manufacturers.
Monocrystalline wafer producer Comtec Solar Systems Group said it had completed the qualification processes to supply two existing customers headquartered in the US and Japan from its Malaysian-based wafer production plant.
Belgian research centre imec has reported a Perovskite module efficiency of 8% during the Intersolar Europe exhibition in Munich.
German firm IBC Solar has introduced a new monocrystalline module with black cells, which will be available from July.
Germany-based PV materials manufacturer Heraeus has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Taiwan-based PV materials specialist Giga Solar Materials Corp for allegedly infringing a patent held by Heraeus over front-side metallisation paste materials used for solar cells.
Nano-electronics research center imec said it had achieved a record cell conversion efficiency of 22.5% for its large area (6-inch) n-type PERT (passivated emitter, rear totally diffused) Cz-Si solar cell.
China-based PV manufacturer Wuxi Suntech is migrating 1GW of cell production to PERC in 2015 as it launches its ‘SuperPoly’ module series at Intersolar Europe.
A total of 6.4GW of new manufacturing capacity announcements, across thin film, crystalline silicon solar cell and PV module assembly were made in May 2015, a new record high in more than four years, according to PV Tech’s initial analysis.
China-based PV manufacturer and project developer Lerri Solar Technology Co has placed a CHF16.5 million (US$17.5 million) tool order with Meyer Burger.
Hanwha Q CELLS has confirmed its forthcoming capacity expansion plans include the construction of its first solar cell production facilities in Korea, with a nameplate capacity of 1.5GW.
PV tool maker Schmid has secured a 400MW order for wafer edge isolation equipment from Chinese tier-one manufacturer JA Solar.
Major Taiwan-based solar cell producer Gintech Energy Corp is placing greater emphasis on partnering with companies outside its core cell manufacturing activities, while focusing on R&D activities to remain a key player in the sector.
Singapore-based integrated PV module manufacturer REC Solar ASA has reported module sales down 16% quarter-on-quarter due to weaker demand in Europe and declining ASPs.
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.