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The announcement of a 16% efficiency record for a CIGS module by Manz appears to have been trumped just a day later by TSMC Solar, which says it has reached a verified 16.5% efficiency for commercial-size CIGS modules.
Japanese firm Solar Frontier has completed its acquisition of the US project pipeline of developer Gestamp Solar.
Hi-tech equipment manufacturer Manz has set a new efficiency record for a CIGS thin-film module of 16%.
Sweden-based thin-film equipment specialist Midsummer said it had received a multi-million US dollar order for its ‘DUO’ a volume production flexible CIGS (copper, indium, gallium and selenium) thin-film solar cell sputtering tool.
Japan-based CIS thin-film module manufacturer Solar Frontier said it had completed the construction of its Tohoku Plant in March 2015 as expected and plans to start ramping production immediately.
Hanergy Thin Film Power (Hanergy TF) remained highly dependent on parent company Hanergy Holding Group for revenue in 2014, gaining revenue for the sales of a small number of PV plants and limited revenue from thin-film sales to IKEA that were outside group transactions.
Technology manufacturing equipment specialist Singulus Technologies has reported heavy 2014 losses on weak revenue in its Optical Disc and Solar divisions.
Laser equipment specialist LPKF reported strong sales to the solar industry in 2014, despite limited capital spending in the sector.
Thin-film maker Hanergy, which has been the subject of recent press reports over “unusual” share trading, has opened a number of retail stores in its homeland, China.
Flexible CIGS thin-film producer Ascent Solar Technologies reported 2014 annual revenue of US$5.33 million on net losses of US$43.3 million.
India-based renewable energy project developer Welspun Renewables has entered into a 100MW supply deal with Solar Frontier, marking continued efforts by the Japanese CIS thin-film producer to broaden its geographical sales footprint outside Japan.
PV manufacturing equipment specialist Smit Ovens has filed for bankruptcy in the Netherlands to restructure its operations.
Japanese CIS thin-film manufacturer, Solar Frontier, is to acquire the entire US project pipeline of Gestamp Solar in what the company said marked its first step towards becoming a significant global downstream player.
Hanergy Thin Film (HTF) and Hanergy Group have amended their flexible CIGS thin-film substrate master supply agreement.
The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and technology partner, Manz have achieved a small area CIGS cell conversion efficiency of 21%, verified by Fraunhofer ISE.