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Hanergy Solar is set to receive significant investment from its parent company as it prepares to ramp up its thin-film production capacity.
Manufacturing equipment firm Manz AG has raised around €26.9 million (US$36.6 million) an increase in cash capital, to be used for the ‘internal and external growth of the company’.
Verified by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Zentrum für Sonnenenergie (ZSW) has achieved 10.3% conversion efficiency (cell; 0.5cm2) with Kesterite absorber material using a printing process rather than by conventional low temperature vacuum techniques.
Silicon Valley manufacturer, Solexant, has announced a relaunch as Siva Power and a transition to focusing exclusively on CIGS thin-film PV technology.
Strong revenue growth from its Display segment helped major manufacturing equipment firm, Manz report record revenue for the first nine-months of 2013.
Thin-film developer Ascent Solar (Ascent), has released financial results for the third quarter of this year in which the company reported that product revenue was up by US$102,000 over the previous quarter.
Honda has announced it will close its thin-film manufacturing subsidiary Honda Soltec spring 2014.
Thin-film manufacturer Hanergy has made its first move into the US downstream market with the acquisition of a 19MW project in Pittsburg, California.
Japan-based specialty chemical company, Kuraray Co has invested in US-based start-up Vitriflex Inc to support the manufacturing ramp of its flexible ultra-barrier film that can be used to replace glass as an encapsulant in electronic devices, including solar PV products for consumer applications. Financial details were not disclosed.
Manufacturer of consumer-driven flexible CIGS thin-film products, Ascent Solar said preliminary sales in the third quarter are expected to reach US$275,000, an increase of approximately 22% over second quarter.
Thin-film manufacturer Solar Frontier has now supplied 86MW of modules to engineering firm Chiyoda Corporation.
Japanese thin-film company Solar Frontier has been selected by housing company Seiksui Heim to provide CIS solar modules for its new ‘Smart Power Station’ homes.
According to the latest NPD Solarbuzz PV Equipment Quarterly report, solar PV module production is set to reach the 50GW milestone in 2014.
The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) has achieved a record 20.8% conversion efficiency with a copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin-film PV cell.
Japanese thin-film manufacturer Solar Frontier is to introduce its SolarSets range of standardised PV systems to the Italian residential market after agreeing a distribution deal with P.M. Service.