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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.
Flexible CIGS thin-film producer Ascent Solar Technologies has said its sales in 2014 topped US$5.3 million, a new record for the company.
PV equipment specialist Singulus Technologies said it had received contractually agreed payments for CIGS thin-film equipment believed to be for Hanergy’s planned capacity expansions in China.
CIGS thin-film start-up Siva Power has recently raised a total of US$10 million to fund its build of what it claims is the world’s highest capacity co-evaporation source, the key tool for its claimed ultra-low cost CIGS modules.
Both the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and the Financial Times (FT) have recently attempted to delve into the financial and business operations of the Hanergy group of companies with mixed success.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative is providing CIGS thin-film start-up Siva Power with US$3 million in funding as part of the program to bring novel and highly innovative ideas to commercialisation.
Organisers of the 31st European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) have set deadlines for paper abstract submissions for the event being held in mid-September at the CCH - Congress Center Hamburg, in Hamburg, Germany.
PV equipment specialist, Singulus Technologies has signed an order to supply vacuum coating machines to an unidentified CIGS thin film producer.
Dieter Manz, founder of equipment supplier Manz AG, claims that crystalline technology will “lose out” to thin-film as the global solar market grows and gears itself up to much larger scales of production.
Hanergy has confirmed details of a 300MW CIGS thin-film factory in Hunan Province.
High-tech manufacturing equipment firm, Manz AG reported record revenue for the first nine months of 2014, driven by its Flat Panel Display segment, which generated €179.9 million from the total revenue of €250.9 million.
Japanese thin-film manufacturer Solar Frontier has said its next-generation fab will trim a third off the cost of producing its CIGS modules.
Japanese thin-film manufacturer Solar Frontier could build a factory in New York state, its new president has said.
Equipment supplier and CIGS thin-film specialist Manz is to receive a €20 million research loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB).
During the opening conference sessions to The 29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC 2014) in Amsterdam this year, the call to arms from leading European PV protagonists was for the sector to embrace the energy transformation that could require one trillion euros to achieve.
Researchers at the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) in Stuttgart have achieved a 21.7% conversion rate in a CIGS thin-film cell, a new record.
Japanese thin-film manufacturer and project developer Solar Frontier has supplied 21.3MW of its solar modules to a large-scale PV project in southern Japan for its former parent company, Showa Shell.
German PV systems are regularly generating more power than expected, according to researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE).
Flexible CIGS thin-film specialist, Ascent Solar is to issue shares to its largest investor, TFG Radiant Investment Group, as well as Series A investor, Seng Wei Seow, for a total of US$8 million.
skytron energy has recently commissioned its park controller in the 15.2MWp PV power plant near Bambous, in the western Rivière Noire District of Mauritius.
Solar Frontier has announced its second quarter financial results, reporting a year-on-year improvement in ordinary profit and reduction in production costs, while parent company Showa Shell has approved a plan for the two entities to split.
Hanergy Solar Group has proposed a name change to better reflect its focus on thin-film PV technologies.
Japanese thin-film solar company Solar Frontier has announced a number of changes to its senior management team which it says will aid the company’s expansion plans domestically and elsewhere.
Japanese thin-film manufacturer and project developer Solar Frontier is to build a 13MW PV plant close to the historic town of Hiraizumi.
Work continues apace on the new factory that will serve as a “blueprint” for the future plans of Japanese thin-film module manufacturer Solar Frontier, with the company confirming to PV Tech that it will target a cell efficiency of 15% on its production lines.
Some of the distinctive cylindrical photovoltaic modules produced by bankrupted US thin-film manufacturer Solyndra are being resold in Europe through Photon Energy, PV Tech has learned.
Flexible CIGS thin-film producer, Ascent Solar is collaborating with NASA through its Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) programme to develop low-cost lightweight large area solar arrays for a range of space applications in the future.
Start-up Siva Power has touted a revised low-cost roadmap for CIGS thin-film modules that would generate US$0.28/Watt on a single 300MW fully-automated production line.
PV equipment specialist, Singulus Technologies has received an order said to be over €15 million (US$20.4 million) for a CIGS thin-film wet-chemical coating processing tool from an unidentified customer in China.
CIGS thin-film maker Siva Power has received the initial portion of an anticipated US$15 million in investment, which the company said it intends to put towards scaling up its production facilities to gigawatt production capacity.
Showa Shell has said it is considering consolidating its PV R&D activities in thin-film technology into its subsidiary, Solar Frontier, to enable a faster response to changing market dynamics.
Solar Frontier’s Atushiko Hirano explains how the thin-film manufacturer’s new factory in Japan will serve as a blueprint for expansion into other parts of the world.
US-based CIGS thin-film manufacturer, Stion Corporation said it would be expanding capacity in the wake of recent preliminary tariffs on Chinese solar cells and modules shipped to the US.
Hanergy Global Solar Power & Applications Group, a subsidiary of Hanergy Solar Group Limited, has signed a strategic partnership framework with Sojitz Machinery Corporation – one of the largest trading corporations in Japan.
Japanese thin-film company, Solar Frontier, has plans to enter the UK market, although an official announcement is some way off, according to the company’s senior vice president, Atsuhiko Hirano.
Taiwan-based CIGS thin-film producer, TSMC Solar has attracted Dr. Rommel Noufi, a leading CIGS technologist and pioneer at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to consult with the company on future R&D activities.
Thin-film manufacturer Hanergy Solar has supplied electric supercar maker Tesla with two solar charging stations for electric vehicles in China.
Major CIS thin-film producer, Solar Frontier, is considering establishing a production plant in Buffalo, New York after signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the State University of New York College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (SUNY CNSE).
Hanergy Solar’s German-based subsidiary, Solibro has achieved a conversion efficiency of 20.5%, which have been verified by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).