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PV module supplier Innotech Solar has filed for insolvency blaming uncertainty in the European market for its troubles.
Tier-1 PV manufacturer and clean energy developer Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) reported a major turnaround in its business operations in 2014, after integrating Wuxi Suntech.
PV and polysilicon equipment specialist centrotherm Group returned reported a return to profitability in 2014 on the back of recovering sales of €189.2 million, driven by an upturn in revenue from PV equipment sales and progress on building a polysilicon plant in Qatar.
Major PV equipment specialist Meyer Burger reported a 56% increase in 2014 sales and new order intake 13% above 2013 levels.
Major tier-one PV module manufacturer Yingli Green Energy has said it would not be adding new manufacturing capacity in 2015 as it focuses on its high debt ratios and need to restructure over US$2 billion of its US$4 billion debt this year.
PV technology start-up Natcore Technology is to work with specialist PV equipment supplier Eurotron B.V, to integrate back-contact cell designs to patterned conductive backsheet-based solar modules.
The University of New South Wales (UNSW) and PV Lighthouse have officially announced the development and operation of the world’s first free access online solar cell fabrication simulator, designed to replicate real world production processes.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer Gintech Energy reported slight increase in revenue for February, bucking the seasonal trend for the month.
Taiwan-based solar cell manufacturer E-Ton Solar Tech sales almost dropped 50% in February.
Major merchant solar cell producer Neo Solar Power (NSP) reported a modest decline in revenue for February 2015 due to the shorter working month and Chinese New Year.
Major tier-one PV manufacturer JinkoSolar has finally said its first major overseas solar cell and module manufacturing facility is based in Penang, Malaysia.
PV manufacturing process inspection specialist, ACT Aurora Control Technologies expects to supply its first repeat order for two ‘Decima’ inline production measurement systems with its ‘Veritas’ software.
DuPont and JinkoSolar have signed a strategic collaboration agreement for implementing next-generation solar cell metallization pastes and module backsheet materials as well as downstream co-marketing programs. No financial details were disclosed.
PV inspection equipment specialist MBJ Solutions is supplying a large number of SolarModule EL-inline solar cell/module inspection tools to a major tier-1 PV manufacturer.
SunEdison has expanded its monocrystalline solar cell purchases from Korea-based producer, Shinsung Solar Energy.
Sweden-based nano-material development firm, Sol Voltaics has claimed a 1-sun record conversion efficiency of 15.3% for a solar cell coated with its gallium-arsenide (GaAs) nanowire array (NWA).
SolarWorld is planning to add a total of 500MW of monocrystalline ingot production at the former Bosch solar manufacturing facilities in Arnstadt, Germany, and upgrade all 700MW of solar cell production at the site to next-generation PERC (passivated emitter rear cell) technology.
Tier-one PV manufacturer JA Solar is planning to partner on both solar cell and module production in Southeast Asia to expand its shipments to the US market and avoid anti-dumping duties.
Major tier-1 PV manufacturer JA Solar reached module shipments of 2.4GW in 2014, confirming shipment growth of 105% from the previous year and the highest shipment growth in the industry.
Major PV equipment supplier Meyer Burger said it would be adding further in-house capacity to meet strong demand for its MB PERC upgrade cell technology, primarily due to orders received for its MAiA 2.1 system platform.
PV manufacturing process inspection specialist, ACT Aurora Control Technologies has won two supply contracts with PV equipment supplier SEMCO Engineering for its Decima inline measurement system used to monitor solar cell emitter formation.
SolarWorld will use the first anniversary of the acquisition of former solar cell and module production plants owned by Bosch to announce further expansions.
Taiwanese solar cell producer, Solartech Energy Corp reported a steep decline in February 2015 sales.
PV manufacturing equipment supplier, Singulus Technologies said its solar segment order intake had surpassed €50 million in the first quarter 2015.
Major PV equipment supplier Meyer Burger has won a sizable order from SolarWorld to provide 400MW of upgraded PERC (passivated emitter rear contact) equipment.
Leading PV module manufacturer Trina Solar has revised and updated its integrated manufacturing capacity expansion plans for 2015, which include production outside China for the first time.
Major tier-1 PV module manufacturer JinkoSolar expects to start actual production of both solar cells and modules at a new facility in South-East Asia by May 2015.
Tier-1 PV module manufacturer, REC Solar is planning to spend around US$50 million on production upgrades and expansions in 2015 with an extra 300MW of module assembly capacity via two new lines.
PV equipment specialist SCHMID Group has sold eight APCVD systems to three undisclosed Asia-based solar manufacturers. Financial and shipment details were not disclosed.
Major PV energy provider SunPower is set to significantly increase capital spending (CapEx) in 2015.
High-tech manufacturing equipment firm, Manz AG reported preliminary record 2014 full-year financial results while incurring a €22.5 million depreciation hit on its solar segment and shifting c-Si PV equipment operations to China.
Despite construction of its first 1GW integrated PV module assembly plant being slowed due to heavy snow falls in Buffalo, New York State, SolarCity said when releasing record full-year results that it expects tool install to begin in early 2016.
Total shipments of PV modules in Japan for the third quarter of the 2014 Japanese financial year stood at 2.46GW, representing a 4% fall from the previous quarter, according to new figures from the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA).
Taiwanese solar cell producer, Solartech Energy Corp reported flat sales for January, 2015, compared to the previous month.
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) reported a decline in solar cell and PV module sales in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Chinese PV manufacturer Zhongli Talesun has officially started construction of a 500MW integrated solar cell and modules assembly plant in the Thai-China Industrial Park in Rayong, Thailand.
The director of the US Department of Energy’s (DoE) solar cost cutting programme has hailed the “phenomenal jobs growth rate” that the US solar industry has enjoyed in recent times.
After a strong recovery in solar cell shipments at the end of 2014, Taiwan-based cell producer, Gintech Energy reported a 29.8% month-on-month sales decline for January, 2015.
Taiwan-based PV manufacturer Motech Industries has reported a 13.4% jump in sales for the month of January, continuing a recovery in sales which slumped in July and August last year due to the US anti-dumping case.
PV manufacturing equipment supplier, Amtech Systems experienced a slide in revenue for its first fiscal quarter.
PV manufacturing equipment specialist Amtech Systems has received orders from China and Japan worth US$10 million.
The largest merchant solar cell producer, Neo Solar Power (NSP) reported a dramatic drop in sales for January 2015.
Hanwha SolarOne has completed the acquisition of Hanwha Q CELLS.
High-technology manufacturing equipment specialist, Intevac said in its fourth quarter 2014 earnings call that it’s first ‘MATRIX’ PVD system is nearing customer qualification and sign-off that could lead to further tool orders as the customer plans for capacity expansions.
According to market research firm, EnergyTrend Taiwan-based solar cell producers shipped more than 10GW of cells in 2014, despite the impact of US anti-dumping duties.
The largest merchant solar cell producer, Neo Solar Power (NSP) has reported a preliminary net profit in 2014 of NT$243 million (US$ US$7.7 million).
Insolvent PV equipment and wet processing specialist, RENA GmbH has been acquired by Swiss private equity firm, Capvis for an undisclosed sum.
South Korean PV module manufacturer, SolarPark Korea is purchasing multicrystalline solar cells from China Sunergy.
According to reports, LG Electronics is planning to spend around US$145 million on expanding its capacity for its N-type monocrystalline cells and modules.
India’s solar manufacturing sector appears to have received a boost, with solar cell manufacturer Indosolar signing a wafer supply agreement worth US$200 million with Korean company Osung.