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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).
CIGS thin-film producer, TSMC Solar has obtained MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) certification from TUV SUD BABT to sell its PV modules in the booming UK market.
Hanergy Solar said it was in the early stages of developing a 400MW PV power plant in the Northern Region of Ghana at an estimated cost of approximately US$1.1 billion.
Thin-film producer, Solar Frontier has produced a CIS solar cell with a record conversion efficiency of 20.9% at the Atsugi Research Center, Japan in collaboration with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).
Flexible CIGS thin-film firm, Ascent Solar surpassed US$1 million in annual revenue for the second time since it started operations in 2005.
Manufacturing equipment specialist, Manz reported preliminary record revenue of €266.2 million in 2013, with solar segment sales of only €10.4 million.
In a Hong Kong stock market statement, Hanergy Solar said it expected more than a 50% increase in net profits for 2013, compared to the previous year.
US-based CIGS thin-film developer, Stion, has claimed a prototype CIGS cell (20 cm x 20 cm) has achieved a 23.2% conversion efficiency using scalable commercial processes. The company did not disclose if the module results had been independently verified.
In a strategic move ahead of possible new anti-dumping duties being imposed on c-Si PV manufacturers in China and Taiwan, CIGS thin-film producer, TSMC Solar has selected Centrosolar America as its exclusive distributor in North America.
Chinese thin-film manufacturer Hanergy Solar has confirmed that it has now received all due payments from its parent company Hanergy Group.
PV equipment supplier, Singulus Technologies reported preliminary revenue for 2013 of €134 million (US$184 million), up 23% from the previous year.
Leading CIS thin-film PV module manufacturer, Solar Frontier reported its first annual profit in 2013, fuelled by the boom in the Japanese market.
Saint-Gobain subsidiary, AVANCIS has reported a 30 x 30 cm² champion CIS thin-film module with a conversion efficiency of 16.6%, verified by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
China-based energy company, Hanergy Holding has transferred Hanergy UK’s operations to Hanergy Solar, its dedicated downstream PV operation.
Thin-film manufacturer Solopower has announced that it is close to reopening its factory in Portland, Oregon.
US-based start-up, Siva Power formerly Solexant, has reported a CIGS cell efficiency of 18.8% that it claims was verified by NREL in December 2013.
Laser structuring specialist, LPKF SolarQuipment has installed a new LPKF Presto laser scriber at its Shanghai application centre to extend its capabilities in researching advanced laser machining techniques for thin-film PV modules employing different coating technologies.
PTiP (Photovoltaic Technology Intellectual Property), a spin-off from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has commissioned its CIGS thin-film solar module pilot line in collaboration with equipment supplier, Singulus Technologies.
Hanergy Solar has said it will start construction of a planned 3GW CIGS thin-film manufacturing complex in Caofeidian, Hebei Province, China in March 2014 with tool install starting by the end of the year.
Japan-based thin-film PV manufacturer, Solar Frontier has completed what it claims to be the largest solar installation at an airport anywhere in Asia.
Japanese PV manufacturers Solar Frontier has agreed the site deal for its fourth thin-film manufacturing plant.
Hanergy Group has secured financing from several Chinese banks totalling around 20 billion yuan (US$3.3 billion), according to reports, as it looks to become a major PVEP (PV Energy Provider) employing a-Si and CIGS thin-film technology for downstream PV power plants.
Plans by Ascent Solar to build a JV manufacturing plant with the Municipal City of Suqian in Jiangsu Province, China, have been revised but the plan remains on track.
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Hanergy has said it was in takeover talks with a key PV installer working with a major “household furniture retail chain”. The company has already sealed a thin-film module supply agreement with retail furniture chain IKEA in the UK.
Japanese thin-film PV manufacturer Solar Frontier is to build its fourth CIGS module assembly plant in Japan with a nameplate capacity of 150MW.
Hanergy subsidiary, Solibro, has made a significant step forward in its sub-module (5x5cm2) lab produced copper-indium-gallium-selenium (CIGS) thin-film process with a verified conversion efficiency of 19.6%.
CIGS thin-film specialist, Solarion has started production of a foil-backed flexible thin-film module with ratings of between 65 and 80 Watt.
The local government of Rio Grande do Sul has announced that Chinese firm Hanergy plans to build a thin-film solar PV module factory in the Brazilian state.
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.