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JA Solar’s PV module shipments are projected to grow at a strong 44% CAGR through 2015, according to ROTH Capital equity analyst, Philip Shen.
Manufacturing equipment specialist, Manz reported preliminary record revenue of €266.2 million in 2013, with solar segment sales of only €10.4 million.
Having worked with the Australian National University (ANU), the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) and PV Lighthouse, a two-year R&D program with Trina Solar to develop an Interdigitated Back Contact (IBC) solar cell is set to be commercialised.
A major Taiwan-based solar cell producer has placed an ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition) system previously used for evaluation work from Netherlands-based Levitech into manufacturing, while placing a second system on order.
Japanese PV manufacturer, Kyocera is preparing to launch solar modules around mid-year with multicrystalline cells with 18.6% conversion efficiency.
PV equipment supplier, Amtech Systems said it had received orders worth around US$10 million from leading PV manufacturers in Korea and Taiwan.
BTU International has reported 2013 full-year revenue of US$47.8 million and said it was continuing to exercise caution over the next technology and buy-cycle within the PV manufacturing sector.
A fire was reported to have occurred at a solar cell manufacturing line at Canadian Solar’s production facility in Suzhou, China according to Chinese websites and video footage.
PV equipment supplier, Singulus Technologies reported preliminary revenue for 2013 of €134 million (US$184 million), up 23% from the previous year.
Production equipment and plant construction firm RENA has pinned its hopes for a successful restructuring process on the expected upturn in the solar industry.
Meyer Burger and CSEM PV Center are establishing the Swiss-Inno HJT Project that will include a pilot line and development program to produce low-cost Heterojunction silicon solar cell technology (HJT).
First Solar’s subsidiary, TetraSun has placed its first order with ACT Aurora Control Technologies for its Decima CD inline measurement system.
Major PV energy provider SunPower has guided capital expenditure (capex) plans for 2014 that are nearly double spending in 2013.
In a continued effort to return its Energy and Environmental Solutions (EES) division to breakeven, despite two-years of downsizing and restructuring, Applied Materials said it had reduced EES spending per quarter to US$25 million.
The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that an investigation into anti-dumping and countervailing duties for solar cell products from China and Taiwan will go ahead, following a preliminary phase vote in Washington DC on Friday.
Tier one PV manufacturer, Trina Solar, is acquiring a majority shareholding in Hubei Hongyuan PV Science and Technology, a solar cell producer in China.
PV manufacturer LDK Solar has agreed a two-week forbearance agreement with bondholders on overdue interest payments.
Major PV energy provider (PVEP), SunPower Corp, has revealed it is prepping plans for its next-generation ‘Fab 5’ manufacturing facility that would be on a larger scale than existing facilities.
Major PVEP (PV energy provider), SunPower Corp said that it reduced production costs by more than 20% in 2013, following-on from a greater than 20% reduction achieved in the previous year.
PV equipment supplier, centrotherm photovoltaics said that in December, 2013 and January, 2014 new order intake had totaled around €30 million.
The Taiwanese government has raised fears that the latest the anti-dumping investigation by the U.S. Department of Commerce that has expanded its reach to include Taiwanese PV products could “seriously damage the interests of manufacturers and suppliers”.
India-based PV manufacturer, Vikram Solar is considering a technology collaboration with Finish firm Cencorp in respect to its Metal Wrap Through (MWT) solar cell and Conductive Back Sheet (CBS) based PV module technology.
The PV cell and module manufacturing operations of Dutch firm Pufin Power are to increase their production capacity after securing a supply deal with French distributor Thomson Energy.
PV equipment and technology specialist, Amtech Systems reported a noticeable rebound in sales for its fiscal first quarter of 2014.
Major merchant solar cell and module manufacturer, Neo Solar Power (NSP), posted sales of NT$2,424 million (US$79.9 million) for January, 2014.
The latest solar trade case brought in the US could see American companies produce “Chinese” solar products, if the petitioner SolarWorld’s terms were met, according to a lawyer representing Chinese PV manufacturers.
Roth & Rau, a subsidiary of Meyer Burger, reported a 50% drop in revenue for 2013 compared to the previous year, with increased losses.
SunEdison and the Government of Saudi Arabia are undertaking a feasibility study to establish a fully integrated PV manufacturing complex, including polysilicon production through to PV module assembly at an estimated cost of US$6.4 billion.
Taiwanese cell producers could reach 10GW in 2014 but the spectre of US trade action could yet derail 2013’s growth, according to new research.
Taiwan-based market research firm, TrendForce said that solar cell manufacturers in Taiwan primarily met the US International Trade Commission (ITC) criteria as used in the original case with Chinese cell and module manufacturers.
Stocks in a large-number of PV companies were heavily sold-off last Friday on the same day erroneous market forecasts for PV demand in China and misinterpretation of recent Chinese Government agencies commitment targets for the sector in 2014 emerged.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has agreed to SolarWorld Industries Americas request to investigate anti-dumping (AD) and anti-subsidy ‘loop-hole’ claims over imported PV products including solar cells used in Chinese modules supplied from Taiwan.
DuPont microcircuit materials has said that its ‘Solamet’ PV18x series metallisation pastes have been instrumental in raising REC Solar’s multicrystalline modules’ peak power performance (Pmax(Wp)) to new record levels.
An Australian engineer has been awarded £300,000 (US$493,000) by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for his work on increasing the efficiency of solar PV whilst lowering costs.
China Sunergy and the University of New South Wales, Australia (UNSW) are undertaking a five-year R&D programme to significantly improve solar wafer material quality using UNSW’s advanced hydrogenation technology.
Chinese state-owned PV manufacturer, CECEP Solar Energy Technology has used upgrades for Applied Materials ‘Baccini Esatto’ screen printers to produce average multicrystalline solar cell conversion efficiencies of 18.32%.
The first R&D project that took three years to complete as part of the German Photovoltaics Innovation Alliance has reported a world record for a PERC (Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell) solar module of 306 watts (60-cell format) and verified by TÜV Rheinland.
PV thermal processing equipment specialist, BTU International said that it has lowered fourth quarter 2013 revenue guidance to approximately US$11 million versus previous guidance of US$13.5 to US$14.5 million.
The Chinese government’s list of approved solar manufacturers, which threatened to leave three quarters of the country’s operators in the wilderness, will not spill over into the global PV market, according to industry analysts IHS.
Hanwha Q CELLS has provided greater transparency over previously announced plans to add an additional solar cell production line to meet growing demand.
Specialist PV equipment supplier, Despatch Industries has signed an exclusive sales and service agent agreement with Kromax International for China and Taiwan markets.
Neo Solar Power (NSP), a major merchant solar cell and module manufacturer based in Taiwan has reported its twelfth consecutive month of revenue growth.
The Chinese government has excluded almost 80% of operating manufacturers, including Shunfeng and LDK Solar, from benefitting from domestic support measures as it looks to curb oversupply and increase the quality of its manufacturing solar sector.
Semiconductor technology group, Meyer Berger has announced an order from a European customer to provide CHF10 million (US$11 million) worth of components for a PV production line in South America.
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Israeli electronics equipment supplier, Orbotech has received a US$10 million order for its Aurora PECVD tool, marking the entry of the company into the PV equipment market.
A leading solar cell manufacturer in Asia has placed its first order with Meyer Burger, via its subsidiary, Roth & Rau for its ‘Heterojunction’ technology that combines amorphous silicon thin-film layers to both sides of monocrystalline silicon wafers.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) is making a US$13 million investment in five separate projects designed to improve manufacturing competitiveness in the domestic solar industry.
An existing customer of Meyer Burger based in Asia has placed orders with the company worth CHF15 million (US$16.8 million). The delivery is expected to be completed in the first quarter 2014.
Meyer Burger’s subsidiary, Roth & Rau has won the first order for its ‘PiXDRO JETx’ ink jet printing technology for high-efficiency solar cells for a US-based customer’s production facility in Malaysia.