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Tier 1 PV module manufacturer, Hanwha SolarOne reported increased revenue on the back of increased module shipments, primarily to China in the third quarter of 2014.
Citing continued strong global growth and market share gains, major PV manufacturer, JinkoSolar said it was planning to expand module capacity in 2015 by 20% to 25%.
Major PV energy provider SunPower has said it is to restructure operations with 85 to 115 jobs losses, primarily in Europe. Charges are expected to be in the range of US$15 million to US$25 million and be accounted for in the current fourth quarter.
PV module assembly equipment specialist, Mondragon Assembly has acquired rival Spanish firm, Gorosabel Group’s solar assembly and automation business unit.
Major PV manufacturer JA Solar said it was planning to expand both solar cell and PV module capacity by around 20% in order to keep in alignment with expected global market growth in 2015.
A number of recent announcements from US-based solar PV manufacturers concerning new or expanded module capacity have heralded a major turnaround in North America’s PV manufacturing fortunes.
Major PV equipment supplier, Meyer Burger has officially opened its heterojunction (HJ) solar cell pilot production line with CSEM at subsidiary, Meyer Burger Research AG in Hauterive, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
China-based polysilicon and wafer producer, Daqo New Energy, has reported record third quarter results, due to strong demand that is expected to continue through the first quarter of 2015.
One of India’s largest PV module manufacturer’s, Waaree Energies said it would collaborate with GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) on incorporating its new ‘Merlin’ technology into its existing production lines.
PV module encapsulant material producer, STR Holdings has expanded production at its Malaysian plant to meet growing PV module production in the country after the latest round of US anti-dumping duties on Chinese and Taiwanese made solar cells.
GCL-Poly Energy Holdings, the largest polysilicon and solar wafer producer reported strong third quarter results as demand exceeded supply and was running at 100% utilization rates for both products.
Ahead of its financial analyst day event, major PV energy provider SunPower has pre-released financial guidance for 2015, while announcing its highly anticipated next wave of manufacturing capacity expansions.
Major PV energy provider, Canadian Solar, has reported record quarterly results for the third quarter of 2014, while guiding higher shipments and revenue for the fourth quarter.
Thin-film OPV firm, Dyesol has renewed its involvement with Swansea University in Wales and the Sustainable Product Engineering Centre for Innovative Functional Industrial Coatings (SPECIFIC) to develop and commercialise perovskite-based OPV thin-film products.
PV equipment and technology specialist, Schmid Group, has officially started construction of an integrated PV production plant in Argentina for the provincial government of San Juan.
The largest polysilicon producer, GCL-Poly Energy Holdings and a group of other investors are to take a majority shareholding in bankrupt PV module manufacturer, Shanghai Chaori Solar. The company also announced plans to dispose of its wafer production business, which has recently been expanded to a nameplate capacity of 13GW.
First Solar has said it will restore idled production lines at its main production plant in Malaysia bringing back 360MW of capacity. The company also said it would add two new lines at its facility in Ohio, providing a further 178MW of nameplate capacity in 2015.
Canadian Solar will add another 500MW of module capacity next year, according to its CEO Shawn Qu.
Japanese thin-film manufacturer Solar Frontier has said its next-generation fab will trim a third off the cost of producing its CIGS modules.
Samsung SDI and PV inverter manufacturer, Sungrow Power Supply are to team on building and operating a lithium-ion battery energy storage plant in China and the supply of energy storage systems in the country.
An ad hoc consortium of three German research institutes and the south-western German industry association, Solar Cluster, are undertaking a detailed feasibility study for the establishment of a fully integrated PV manufacturing facility on behalf of ITAIPU, a Brazilian-Paraguayan power company, and FIEP, an industry association.
Chang Zhou Almaden a major PV glass manufacturer in China is establishing a new manufacturing plant in Dubai to produce 400,000 PV glass substrates per annum.
REC Silicon is to expand polysilicon production at its Moses Lake facility and silane production at its Butte facility, while restarting Silane I production. The company is also undertaking a feasibility study to establish a 20,000MT joint venture polysilicon plant in Saudi Arabia with IDEA Polysilicon.
US PV energy provider, SunPower, has said it will own and operate a new module assembly plant in South Africa to produce its E20/440 high-efficiency PV panels.
Hanergy Thin Film Power is setting up a product development business with a research centre to be established in Silicon Valley.