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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.
Researchers at imec have achieved a new, record conversion efficiency for N-type PERT (Passivated Emitter, Rear Totally diffused) solar cells using Ni/Cu/Ag plating (3 bus bars grid) technology from Meco and Atomic Layer Deposited (ALD) Al2O3 process from SoLayTec.
Major Taiwanese PV suppliers such as Motech Industries, Neo Solar Power, Gintech Energy and Green Energy Technology all experienced revenue declines in June 2014 due to pending preliminary decisions on possible anti-dumping duties.
‘Black Silicon’ solar cell material start-up, Natcore Technology has claimed its secretive Australian business partner Denzo Pty Limited has been undertaking site selection analysis in advance of building a small solar cell production facility in Australia.
The Heraeus Photovoltaics Business Unit is shifting all R&D activities for its solar cell metallization pastes to the US in a bid to bring next-generation products to market faster.
The DEK brand, including that of PV screen printing specialist, DEK Solar is to be retained as the acquisition of the company was completed, according to ASM subsidiary, ASM Pacific Technology (ASMPT).
Home to a number of specialist monocrystalline PV manufacturers, Heraeus Photovoltaics Business Unit is showcasing its SOL9620 Series and SOL9621 Series metallisation pastes at Intersolar North America, being held in San Francisco next week.
PV equipment specialist, centrotherm has secured orders worth around €15 million (US$20.5 million) from Shaanxi Non-ferrous Photovoltaic Technology Co., Ltd.
Tier-one PV manufacturer, JA Solar has said it is ramping its P-type monocrystalline solar cells (PERCIUM) to 170MW in 2014 and plans to reach a capacity of 350MW in 2015.
Market research firm, IHS, has again raised its global PV market demand forecast for 2014.
Trade association, SEMI has reported clear signals of a recovery in worldwide PV manufacturing equipment orders with the book-to-bill ratio rebounding strongly to 1.24 in the first quarter of 2014.
Indian cell manufacturer Indosolar has confirmed that it will more than double its manufacturing capacity this year with orders from the country’s national solar mission continuing to roll in.
PV laser systems specialist, InnoLas Solutions has appointed Ernst Hartmannsgruber as its new director of sales and marketing, effective May 1, 2014.
Market research firm, TrendForce, and its EnergyTrend arm are expecting a significant fall in production utilisation rates in Taiwan by the end of June, ahead of the next US anti-dumping verdict which includes for the first time Taiwan-based solar cell manufacturers.
Taiwan-based solar cell and module manufacturer, Gintech Energy, reported sales in May, 2014 of NT$1,705 million (US$56.8 million), continuing its higher sales level which spiked in March.
‘Black Silicon’ material start-up, Natcore Technology said it would collaborate with Fraunhofer ISE on independent analysis of Natcore’s passivation techniques for both cell performance and production costs as the company pushes to commercialise the technology.
The International Photovoltaic Equipment Association (IPVEA) has elected a number of new members to its board during its AGM during Intersolar Europe.
PV equipment specialist, Singulus Technologies, has supplied a turnkey PV production line to a newly formed subsidiary of optical disc manufacturer, BOD Group, located in Lithuania.
Hanplast, a high-precision plastic mouldings engineering firm based in Poland is the first company to deploy Meyer Burger’s ‘SmartWire’ interconnect technology in a PV module assembly plant.
The largest merchant solar cell producer, Neo Solar Power Corporation (NSP) reported May 2014 revenue of NT$2,624 million (US$87.5 million) a new historical high.
Schmid Group has secured a major equipment order with China-based PV manufacturer, Shaanxi Youser Photovoltaic Technology Co. Ltd.
The first vertically integrated PV manufacturer in the MENA region, Qatar Solar Energy (QSE), has officially opened a 300MW PV module production plant, located in a Doha industrial zone, Qatar.
Having recently reporting full-year solar cell and module shipment guidance of between 2.7GW and 2.9GW, JA Solar is also increasing solar cell capacity from 2.5GW to 2.8GW to better match module capacity levels.
A DEK Solar existing customer, Nice Sun PV Co., Ltd, located in Zhangzhu, Yixing City, China has ordered several DEK Solar Apollo metallisation platforms to integrate into its existing DEK Solar PV 1200 lines to increase capacity of solar cell production. The deal was said to have been struck on the first day of SNEC 2014, held last month in Shanghai, China.
The largest merchant solar cell producer, Neo Solar Power (NSP) with 2.2GW of capacity in Taiwan has drawn-up contingency plans to potentially offset any negative outcome of preliminary rulings on the latest anti-dumping investigation in the US.
PV equipment specialist, Meyer Burger Technology is streamlining its R&D activities at its Roth & Rau subsidiaries technology and product centre in Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany with the loss of around 120 positions.
PV laser processing systems specialist, InnoLas Solutions is establishing a laser processing demonstration centre Hsinchu, Taiwan, which will be initially equipped with for laser technology for contact opening of PERC type solar cells.
Equipment specialist SCHMID Group has sold its first PERC production line to an unnamed Chinese client.
PV equipment supplier, Amtech Systems is highlighting two new innovations at SNEC 2014 that include its ‘SPECTRE’ PECVD system after several new order wins for passivation and anti-reflective coating processes using the technology.
Centrotherm expects the PV manufacturing sector to continue to be focus on both cost pressure and efficiency improvements during SNEC 2014 in Shanghai this week.
Solar cell metallization equipment supplier, DEK Solar is launching the HouYi platform with throughput of 1,350wph in a small footprint at SNEC 2014. Its fine line printing stencils under the VectorGuard brand were used in the recent record-breaking 21.2% PERC cell efficiency project with the Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH) will also be featured at the major PV show in Shanghai.
PV equipment specialist BT Imaging is to showcase two of its latest software packages which are optional upgrades for its existing LIS-R2 photoluminescence imaging laboratory measurement tool and also for the QS-W2 wafer inspection system at SNEC 2014.
At SNEC 2014, PV manufacturing equipment specialist, InnoLas Solutions is showcasing its new ‘ILM-2’ laser processing platform for PERC (Passivated Emitter and Rear Cells) solar cells.
Major tier-1 PV manufacturer and downstream PV energy provider (PVEP) Canadian Solar has started construction of a new 1.2GW solar cell manufacturing facility in partnership with its long-standing ingot/wafer supplier, GCL-Poly in Funning, Jiangsu Province, China.
PV equipment supplier Despatch Industries said that it had experienced an increase in tool orders since the beginning of the year, which included its new ‘Safire’ fast firing furnace employing its Dri-Tech Dryer system.
PV equipment suppliers, RENA and SoLayTec said they had shipped their 10th ‘InPassion’ system to a tier-1 fully integrated PV manufacturer based in China for monocrystalline solar cells.
Thermal processing equipment specialist, BTU International is introducing its new Stacked Wafer Inline Furnace Technology (SWIFT) on its ‘Meridian’ platform at SNEC, 2014.
PV equipment specialist, ACT Aurora Control Technologies has sold a Decima CD inspection tool to a leading solar cell manufacturer based in Asia.
The Heraeus Photovoltaics Business Unit is launching several new metallization pastes at the SNEC exhibition in China, which are designed for standard to ultra-lightly doped emitter cells, providing higher cell efficiencies and process window flexibility, according to the company.