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Mission Solar Energy, formerly known as Nexolon America, a joint venture with Korean-owned OCI Solar Power and partner of Texas-based CPS Energy has started PV module production in June and expects N-type monocrystalline solar cell production to start in the early part of the third quarter of 2014.
N-type monocrystalline wafer producer, Comtec Solar Systems Group said that recent qualification starts by two potentially new unidentified customers coupled to estimated demand growth would lead to a 300MW capacity expansion.
Tier-one PV module manufacturer, REC Solar ASA has said that the US market will become increasingly important to its module sales in 2015 and beyond.
US-based PV module manufacturer, Suniva, is to build its second production plant in Saginaw Township, Michigan, providing an additional 200MW of annual nameplate capacity.
R&D centre, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) has officially opened its module development and testing laboratory the CleanTech Park in Singapore.
The founder of Helios Technology has bought two cell production lines from the company for his new firm Megacell.
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.
Chinese manufacturer, BYD, has chosen Sao Paulo in Brazil for a new manufacturing campus, including a solar panel factory.
Solar silicon materials producer, Silicor Materials is to establish a 19,000MT plant in Iceland to convert metallurgical-grade silicon (MG-Si) feedstock to purified solar grade silicon that it claims can be produced at US$9/kg.
GCL-Poly subsidiary, Jiangsu Zhongneng Polysilicon Technology Development, is to supply silicon tetrachloride, a byproduct of polysilicon production to a new joint venture between Evonik Industries and GCL-Poly Energy Holdings that will produce fumed silica and ultra-pure silicon tetrachloride.
Sharp Corporation is exiting its a-Si thin-film joint venture in Europe with Enel at a cost of around US$141 million.
The portions of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s first national budget relating to solar energy have been met with a mixed reaction from the industry, based on first impressions.
As part of its PV manufacturing expansion plans to 1GW, Shaanxi Non-ferrous Photovoltaic Technology, also known as Shaanxi Youser Photovoltaic Technology, a subsidiary of state-owned Shaanxi Youser Group has placed equipment orders with RENA.
German PV module manufacturer, Solar-Fabrik has acquired the module manufacturing facility of insolvent Centrosolar, Sonnenstromfabrik, in Wismar, Germany, securing 143 jobs.
‘Black Silicon’ solar cell material start-up, Natcore Technology has claimed its secretive Australian business partner Denzo Pty Limited has been undertaking site selection analysis in advance of building a small solar cell production facility in Australia.
European branch of AGC Glass, AGC Europe has signed a Letter of Intent to enter into a joint venture with Saudi Arabian glass company, Obeikan Glass.
The Heraeus Photovoltaics Business Unit is shifting all R&D activities for its solar cell metallization pastes to the US in a bid to bring next-generation products to market faster.
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, centrotherm has secured orders worth around €15 million (US$20.5 million) from Shaanxi Non-ferrous Photovoltaic Technology Co., Ltd.
GT Advanced Technologies has started a major realignment of its manufacturing, engineering and supply chain resources with the loss of around 70 jobs.
Major PV equipment supplier, Meyer Burger has officially confirmed the recent deal, exclusively revealed by PV Tech to supply plastic mouldings engineering firm, Hanplast with a complete turnkey ‘SmartWire’ module assembly line. Financial details were not disclosed.
Russian thin-film module manufacturing start-up, Hevel Solar has started trial production of its Oerlikon Solar supplied turnkey tandem-junction ‘Micromorph’ a-Si plant.
German-based PV manufacturing start-up, Smartenergy Renewables said that recent success with its glass/glass utility market crystalline modules would lead to ramping production higher and that it had strengthened its management team to further exploit downstream business opportunities.
Germany-based PV module manufacturer and project developer, Solarwatt has acquired two operation centres of bankrupt PV project developer CentroSolar to further boost its European expansion plans. Financial details were not disclosed.
Europe’s PV manufacturing sector has a limited window of opportunity in which to position itself to capitalise on the predicted worldwide upturn in solar demand, according to the director of Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE research establishment.