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Major PV manufacturer Hanwha Q CELLS has appointed Seung Deok Park as its new CTO after the resignation of Dr. Jin Seog Choi, a position he held for only eight months.
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.
Tier-one PV manufacturer JinkoSolar has raised its module shipment guidance for the full-year. The company expects shipments to be in the range of 4.0GW to 4.5GW, up from previous guidance of 3.3GW to 3.8GW.
Taiwan-based merchant solar cell producer Motech Industries has secured NT$6.4 billion (US$196 million) in a new syndicated financing round.
Taiwan-based merchant solar cell producer Solartech Energy Corp’s strong first half year increase in sales ended in July, 2015 with a 10.48% decline from a record high set in June.
Leading semiconductor equipment supplier Applied Materials (AMAT) has confirmed to PV Tech that it is to close its Precision Wafering Systems (PWS) wire saw business, headquartered in Switzerland and stop development on its ‘Solion’ ion implant product.
PV and silicon equipment specialist centrotherm photovoltaics has reported increased sales in the first half of 2015, driven by revenue generated from the often delayed polysilicon plant project in Qatar for Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec).
The venture capital investment arm of King Saud University of Saudi Arabia has picked out Solexel, a manufacturer of thin monocrystalline solar as a prospect, contributing to a recently closed funding round for the US company.
Integrated PV manufacturer SolarWorld has re-purchased a PV module assembly line from JV partner and major shareholder Qatar Solar Technologies (QST).
Clean energy firm and PV developer Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) has acquired a majority stake (63.13%) in US-based solar cell and module manufacturer Suniva with an investment of US$57.76 million.
Major PV manufacturing equipment supplier Meyer Burger reported group sales of CHF124.4 million (US$127 million) in the first half of 2015, yet incoming orders topped CHF222.6 million (US$227.4 million), enabling the company to guide full-year sales of around CHF400 million (US$408 million).
Major tier-1 PV manufacturer JA Solar reported stronger than expected shipments and sales in the second quarter of 2015.
Major merchant solar cell producer Motech Industries continues to demonstrate increased monthly sales.
Technology manufacturing equipment firm, Manz AG reported flat first half 2015 sales as orders from several business segments were said to have been delayed or cancelled.
Major PV manufacturing equipment supplier Meyer Burger has secured a CHF29 million (US$29.5 million) order from Swiss/Hungarian silicon thin-film equipment and technology firm EcoSolifer for a 90-100MW heterojunction (HJ) solar cell line.
PV manufacturing equipment specialist centrotherm photovoltaics said that Hans Autenrieth and Peter Augustin are to set down from the management Board of the company at the end of the year.
Laser systems specialist Rofin-Sinar Technologies reported fiscal third quarter sales of US$132.5 million for the third quarter, supported by “excellent sales level in the solar industry,” according to CEO Thomas Merk.
Major Taiwan-based merchant solar cell producer Neo Solar Power (NSP) reported preliminary July, 2015 sales of NT$1,713 million (US$54.15 million), down around 5% from the previous quarter, which has been the highest sales month for the company in 2015.
PV manufacturing equipment specialist Amtech Systems reported its best quarterly results since 2011, backed by significant sales in its Solar segment.
High-technology equipment manufacturer Intevac is currently qualifying its second ‘MATRIX’ PVD system with another tier-1 PV manufacturing customer.
Machine vision manufacturer VITRONIC has secured a major order for its ‘VINSPECsolar’ optical inspection systems from a leading Korean PV manufacturer.
Major tier-one PV manufacturer JinkoSolar said it had secured more than US$62 million in a loan agreement with The Export-Import Bank of China (TEIBC) to support long-term fixed assets and mid-term working capital for its recently started Malaysia facility. The company said it had already drawn down the US$62 million loan.
PV manufacturing equipment specialist Singulus Technologies has reported new order intake for the first half of 2015 topped €73.1 million, significantly up from €25.2 million in the prior year period.
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.