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Major PV energy provider SunPower has said that demand for its PV modules exceeded supply and that its PV project pipeline has topped 7.5GW, boosted by around 300MW of secured projects through its majority shareholder, the oil giant Total.
Chinese building materials and glass company CNBM is to buy German CIS thin-film manufacturer Avancis.
Germany’s energy minister Sigmar Gabriel has said he may be willing to compromise on the amount of a proposed surcharge on residential self-consumption of solar electricity.
Aleo solar has reported negative operational earnings of almost 74% in its full-year report for 2013 while revenues have fallen by over 55%, as the company prepares to enter liquidation.
Korean-based materials and PV project developer, OCI has reported a new quarterly record in polysilicon shipments and higher average selling prices (ASPS), reflecting the continued strong demand in the PV industry in the first quarter of 2014.
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).
GE’s CdTe thin-film manufacturing equipment from its facilities in Colorado, US is to go under the hammer in an online auction beginning on 8 May 2014.
Leading PV manufacturer, Yingli Green, is providing an unidentified France-based PV module manufacturer with its polycrystalline solar cells.
Bankrupt PV module manufacturer Shanghai Chaori Solar has stopped production at its Shanghai headquarters as customers cancel orders and it struggles to generate cash flow.
Plans have been agreed at the aleo solar EGM for the company to wind down through a liquidation, with as much as €50 million (US$69.1 million) of support provided by parent company Robert Bosch in order to avoid bankruptcy proceedings.
Tier-1 PV manufacturer, Hanwha SolarOne said that it’s chairman and CEO, Ki-Joon Hong has retired and the company expected to appoint a replacement by the end of April.
The International Photovoltaic Equipment Association (IPVEA) said it would collaborate with Solar PV Consulting to study the entire PV supply chain in an effort to reduce wastage after estimates project annual inefficiencies could cost the industry as much as US$1 billion by 2018.
Struggling lower-tier a-Si thin-film producer and BIPV developer, China Solar Energy Holdings has been forced to close its a-Si thin-film manufacturing plant in Changzhou, Jiangsu, China after the subsidiary was forced into bankruptcy.
PV module stringer specialist, teamtechnik said it had reduced cell-to-cell soldering cycle-times to below 2.25 second, boosting overall throughput of its single-track TT1600 stringer system to an annual output of 45MWp, inline with dual stringer systems, according to the company.
Specialist equipment supplier Robert Bürkle has supplied a further two ‘Ypsator’ 1722-7 lamination lines to OEM module manufacturer, Jabil Poland.