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Wacker’s polysilicon sales may have reached a new peak for the first time in three years in the first quarter of 2015, yet sales declined almost 10% in the second quarter, held up significantly by further penalty payments by customers on terminated long-term supply deals.
Dow Corning said its polysilicon sales, via its majority owned subsidiary Hemlock Semiconductor declined in first half of 2015.
Major PV equipment supplier Meyer Burger has axed further jobs and undertaken equipment write-downs at its sapphire substrate cutting plant in Colorado Springs, US, which was initially established to meet Apple’s demand for sapphire screens for its mobile phones through a partnership with GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT).
PV module encapsulant producer STR Holdings could be the US front for its parent company, China-based project developer, Zhenfa Energy Group entering the US market.
Germany-headquartered PV manufacturer SolarWorld has had a record efficiency for a PERC solar cell of 21.7% independently verified by the photovoltaic calibration laboratory (CalLab) of Fraunhofer ISE.
China-based polysilicon manufacturer Daqo New Energy has received approval from Chongqing Rural Commercial Bank for RMB825 million (US$133 million) in loans.
REC Silicon has revealed that it will halve production at its Moses Lake facility in Washington State as a result of the ongoing polysilicon trade dispute with China.
Solar power company Hanwha Q CELLS has agreed to a new solar module agreement with residential solar company Sunrun.
Taiwanese PV module company WINAICO has completed TÜV Rheinland’s IEC 61215 and IEC 61730 certification tests for its 300 W monocrystalline PERC module.
Zep Solar, the US rooftop PV mounting systems specialist backed by SolarCity, will launch its products into the UK market later this year, the company has told PV Tech.
Nanoelectronics research group imec says it has made a “breakthrough” in developing perovskite-based thin-film photovoltaics (PV), recording an active area efficiency of 11.9% with its module.
R&D expenditure in 2014 increased by almost US$100 million from the previous year to reach a new record of US$512.75 million from 12 major tier-one PV module manufacturers, PV Tech has historically tracked in its annual PV R&D spending report.
The leading dedicated solar website PV Tech and sister downstream technical journal, PV Tech Power are to carry out a major survey in cooperation with DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions to assess the current state of the global photovoltaic (PV) market as it relates to quality, reliability and durability of PV modules.
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer ISE) has committed to expanding its research and development activities in a range of technologies considered “complementary” to solar as key foundations of a transformation to distributed, low emissions energy networks.
Green Energy Technology (GET), Taiwan’s largest wafer producer has signed an outsourcing agreement for ingot growing and wafer slicing with another Taiwan-based producer, Eversol.
Daqo New Energy has begun pilot production from its newly added 6,000MT of capacity, the Chinese polysilicon manufacturer said today.
The final steps in SunEdison’s spin-off of its semiconductor business – through which the company was originally founded before its ascent to being the biggest renewable energy developer in the world – look set to go ahead.
Recognising that the vast growth in solar deployment under the feed-in tariff (FiT) could lead to an accumulation of PV waste in landfills, Japan will soon begin implementing recycling rules for solar modules.
Chinese manufacturer LDK Solar, newly emerged from a period of financial upheaval, has appointed a new chairman and two new board directors.
Thin-film is better suited to compete across all market segments with its conventional rivals than ever before, despite generally recording lower conversion efficiencies, Solar Frontier CEO Atsuhiko Hirano has said.
US-based solar silicon manufacturer Silicor Materials has provisionally signed Danish contractor MT Højgaard to build a new poly plant in Iceland.
Tier-one PV manufacturer Yingli Green and a leading monocrystalline wafer producer Xi’an LONGi Silicon Materials are to cross-use their products from wafers to modules.
PV company JinkoSolar has agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with solar power system integrator Andalay Solar, in which JinkoSolar will license and develop PV modules while utilising Andalay’s Instant Connect frame technology.
A new spin-off from Fraunhofer ISE is targeting kerfless solar wafer production having developed high-throughput equipment that is touted to produce high-quality low cost wafers using APCVD technology.
Monocrystalline wafer producer Comtec Solar Systems Group said it had completed the qualification processes to supply two existing customers headquartered in the US and Japan from its Malaysian-based wafer production plant.