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JA Solar has started production of its metal wrap-through (MWT) solar cells in China as a precursor to plans to be announced about its next-generation solar cell technology.
Global industry association SEMI has reported that PV manufacturing equipment bookings in 2012 slumped 74% to only US$1.31 billion, down from US$4.97 billion in 2011.
Having defaulted on a bond due to cash flow problems, struggling PV manufacturer, LDK Solar has sold its major crystalline solar cell production plant to an affiliate of the Hefei City government for a nominal US$19.4 million.
Europe will remain China Sunergy’s (CSUN) single largest market for its PV modules this year, despite a selective exodus from EU countries by a number of other China-based module manufacturers before the completion of an investigation into anti-dumping by the EU Commission.
Plasma etches and deposition systems manufacturer Oxford Instruments has announced two one-day seminars in Beijing and Taiwan which will focus on nanoscale plasma processing.
Leading thin-film and PV project developer First Solar has rocked the solar industry with the acquisition of US-based monocrystalline start-up TetraSun.
Innotech Solar (ITS), a Scandinavian-German module manufacturer, is to ramp up its module production capacity from 60MW to 100MW and could even expand to 170MW.
JA Solar’s strategy of shifting sales from solar cells to modules has been achieved but at the cost of flat-lining business that started in 2011 and is expected to continue in 2013.
Meyer Burger Group net sales in 2012 fell 51% to CHF645.2 million (US$684 million) on the back of overcapacity across its fields served in the PV industry.
US-based three-dimensional solar cell start-up Solar3D is planning to produce a manufacturing prototype of its cell technology in 2013.