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US-Based ‘Direct Wafer’ producer, 1366 Technologies has met a key production milestone set a year ago of producing 5MW per year for each furnace that is claimed to be on par with conventional ingot casting furnaces used in producing the ubiquitous multicrystalline wafer.
Four of the largest polysilicon producers have all reported strong revenue for the third quarter of 2014, on the back of stable ASPs and strong demand from the PV industry.
From next year, anti-dumping duties levied on Chinese suppliers could contribute to a rebound in the falling price of solar glass, according to a new report from IHS Technology.
GT Advanced Technology (GTAT) was suffering from sapphire yield issues at its Arizona production plant, according to a consensus of financial analysts and equipment suppliers that PV Tech spoke to during Solar Power International, held in Las Vegas last week.
Yingli Green Energy updated the financial community as to its long-term technology roadmap during its fifth annual investor day event during Solar Power International 2014, held in Las Vegas.
SPI and GD Solar are to develop 500MW of solar in China, each year from 2015 to 2017, for a total of 1.5GW.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) is to provide US$53 million to fund 40 R&D projects aimed at slashing the cost of solar.
As expected, LDK Solar’s three US subsidiaries have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection at the District of Delaware US Bankruptcy Court, according to court documents.
US commercial and industrial solar solutions provider, Inovateus Solar has partnered with Indiana-based solar racking company, Kanzo.
Major PVEP SunEdison is looking to leverage its advanced fluidized bed reactor (PBR) technology that is claimed to offer high-purity polysilicon at the lowest cost to build a major downstream PV power plant business in the largest market, China.
Market research firm GTM Research expects around 130,000MT of polysilicon production to come on stream in the next few years, equivalent of 25GW, which could impact pricing.
The Chapter 11 bankruptcy of GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) has led to the US NASDAQ stock market stopping trading of its shares today.
Fraunhofer ISE has teamed with industrial partners Merck, Heraeus and ASYS to produce fine line contacts with widths under 35µm, employing new materials and contactless techniques to reduce shading and boost conventional solar cell efficiencies.
Despite the lack of current capital expenditure (capex) across the PV industry value chain, market research firm NPD Solarbuzz expects a major shift to higher efficiency cells and modules to finally dominate the sector by the end of 2018.
Major Taiwan-based wafer producer, Green Energy Technology (GET) said sales in September reached US$43.1 million, up 3.1% from the prior month.
In a shock move, major PV equipment provider, GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) said it would file for chapter 11 bankruptcy in the District of New Hampshire, US.
Scientists at Ohio State University claim to have developed a hybrid device which combines a solar cell with a rechargeable battery, as part of a US Department of Energy (DoE) funded research programme.
Taiwan-based wafer producer, Sino-American Silicon (SAS) saw a rebound in flagging sales in September, due to the fall-out in orders due to the US anti-dumping case.
SmartFlex, a three-year project part-funded by the EU, has completed a factory that will manufacture individually-designed solar facades.
Specialist materials firm Royal DSM has opened an advanced PV materials demonstration centre in India, which includes a rooftop PV system to meet 25% of the site’s electricity needs.
SunEdison said that its high pressure fluidized bed reactor (HP-FBR) technology being ramped at its new joint venture facility in Korea will provide source polysilicon to enable 400 watt peak PV panel performance at a cost of US$0.40 per watt peak by 2016.
US-based PV module manufacturing start-up, SolarTech Universal LLC has selected Meyer Burger’s ‘SmartWire’ Connection Technology (SWCT) for its first production facility in Riviera Beach, Florida.
Sharp Corporation’s next-generation solar cell technology that enters volume production is expected to be based on its long-term development of both c-Si and a-Si thin-film cells with efficiencies touted to be over 25%.
In a bid to retain their solar cell efficiency lead of Chinese rivals and gain more business in the booming Japanese market, Taiwanese solar cell producers are increasing mono c-Si PERC cell production, according to market research firm, EnergyTrend.
Business and technology association, the International Photovoltaic Equipment Association (IPVEA), has been renamed SOLARUNITED, as part of a wider rebranding and repurposing exercise.