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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.
Hanergy Holding is licensing the 61 CIGS thin-film patents it acquired with the acquisition of US-based Global Solar Energy to one of its many subsidiaries, Hanergy Hi-Tech.
Confirmed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Hanergy subsidiary, Solibro has achieved a conversion efficiency of 18.7% in a lab produced copper-indium-gallium-selenium (CIGS) sub-module (5x5cm2), one of the highest reported for CIGS technology.
Not content with its acquisitions of Solibro, MiaSolé and Global Solar Energy, Hanergy Holding is “aggressively” looking to make further CIGS thin-film IP and company acquisitions as it plans to be the global leader in the sector.
According to the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC), 578MW of solar capacity from large-scale projects was added in the US during August 2013.
Euro Brazil Investments SA, specialising in foreign investments in Brazil has provided PacWest Equities with US$50 million to initiate the production of CIGS thin-film PV products in Brazil.
A joint development program is to mesh atomic layer deposition (ALD) with large-area substrates to provide production tool technology for improved buffer and barrier layer deposition for thin-film PV modules, including CIGS.
In reporting improving sales in the first-half of 2013, Chinese thin-film equipment supplier and module manufacturer, Hanergy expects a ‘wide window of opportunity’ in Europe to gain module sales and market share after the anti-dumping dispute between the EU and China has been resolved.
Hanergy Holding is transferring the intellectual property (IP) rights to Solibro’s copper-indium-gallium-selenium (CIGS) thin-film technology to subsidiary, Apollo Kunming.
The 143MW Catalina solar park, once billed as the world’s largest thin-film solar PV plant, has begun operations.
CIGS thin-film module manufacturer Stion has revealed a 10W performance improvement in its panels.
According to the latest findings from NPD Solarbuzz, the continued competitiveness of conventional c-Si technologies and market overcapacity is taking its toll on PV thin-film market share.
The strategy to diversify its business away from dependence on sectors such as solar is proving to be a significant success for equipment supplier, Manz AG.
PacWest Equities, has been invited by the Brazilian government to manufacture thin-film products in Brazil.
South Korean business conglomerate SK Group has invested a further US$19 million into Texas-based CIGS thin-film PV module manufacturer HelioVolt.
Banking on the Chinese PV end-market continuing to prosper, PV energy provider (PVEP) Hanergy Holding Group has received US governmental approval to acquire struggling flexible CIGS thin-film producer, Global Solar Energy (GSE).
CIS thin-film manufacturer, Solar Frontier, is touting a new lightweight PV module for the residential rooftop market, primarily in Japan.
Thin-film manufacturer SoloPower has announced it is looking for new investors as its restructuring process continues.
Taiwan-based TSMC Solar has pushed its CIGS thin-film module efficiency to 15.7%, up from 15.1%, only four months ago.
An unidentified Swiss investor, involved in the downstream PV power plant business, has acquired the German manufacturing operations of US-based CIGS thin-film producer Nanosolar.
Colorado-based thin-film PV manufacturer Ascent Solar is to build a new factory in China after agreeing a joint venture with the municipal authority of Suqian, a city in Jiangsu Province.
Initiated by SEMATECH and CNSE as part of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot Initiative, a roadmap for CIGS thin-film technology development has been created.
With the aim of achieving 20% conversion efficiencies but with lower material costs, Solliance and imec have demonstrated a CZTSe (Cu2ZnSnSe4)-based thin-film solar cell (1x1cm2, AM1.5G) with 9.7% efficiency.
Having received an unspecified capital injection, CIGS thin-film start-up Solarion has successfully exited insolvency proceedings.
Claiming to be closing the gap with mainstream polycrystalline silicon module technology, Solar Frontier’s latest champion CIS thin-film module has reached a conversion efficiency of 14.6%
Having set a record CIGS module conversion efficiency record at the beginning of the year, TSMC Solar has announced a new champion record of 15.7%.
Japan’s postal service has revealed plans to install solar panels at 286 of its facilities with a total capacity of 11MW.
First quarter 2013 new order intake at manufacturing equipment specialist Singulus Technologies may have been at a low level but sales in the quarter increased to €22.8 million.
Diversified manufacturing equipment specialist Manz reported a 13% increase in first quarter 2013 sales, reaching €49.8 million.
US-based SoloPower is to suspend operations at its US$340 million plant in Portland, Oregon in June, laying off 29 employees.
An aqueous-based silver nanoparticle ink technology developed in the last 10 years by chemicals giant Beyer has been acquired by high-tech chemicals specialist Clariant International.
US-based chemical corporation Dow has announced the completion and shipping of its Enlight polyolefin encapsulant film production line in Schkopau, Germany.
An 11.6MW project in Rajasthan, India, has been commissioned by thin-film CIGS manufacturer MiaSolé and Indian developer KSK Energy Ventures.
PV manufacturer DayStar Technologies has announced the appointment of Lorne Roseborough as its new CEO and interim chairman.
The New York-based US Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) has formed a partnership with the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to improve manufacturing processes for thin film CIGS PV cells and modules.
Diversification strategies at equipment specialist, Manz coupled have led to weak solar segment sales in 2012 have resulted in the sector only accounting for 5% of its order backlog.