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Leading polysilicon and solar wafer producer GCL-Poly Energy Holdings reported group sales of US$4.8 billion and returned to a profit of US$277.9 million in 2014, operating its polysilicon and solar wafer operations at full capacity.
PV and polysilicon equipment specialist centrotherm Group returned reported a return to profitability in 2014 on the back of recovering sales of €189.2 million, driven by an upturn in revenue from PV equipment sales and progress on building a polysilicon plant in Qatar.
Polysilicon producer, Silicor Materials, has signed German conglomerate, SMS Siemag, to equip and fit out a planned new low-cost plant in Iceland.
Power management company Eaton has signed multiple contracts in order to provide solar inverters, electrical distribution equipment and services for the 72.9MW Redwood Solar Farm in Kern County, California.
Major construction and engineering firm Fluor Corporation has been awarded the contract to build the Shaanxi Non-Ferrous Tian Hong REC Silicon Materials Co., Ltd., (TianREC) fluidised bed reactor polysilicon plant in China.
The cost of solar in Japan declined as much as 15% in one year, but a lack of clear policy direction from the government has left a number of businesses with a “pessimistic” outlook of the industry’s future, according to a survey by the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF).
DuPont and JinkoSolar have signed a strategic collaboration agreement for implementing next-generation solar cell metallization pastes and module backsheet materials as well as downstream co-marketing programs. No financial details were disclosed.
PV wet chemical equipment and materials supplier, RENA GmbH has changed its name to RENA technologies GmbH and appointed a new CEO as the company prepares to exit insolvency proceedings that will result in Jürgen Gutekunst, founder and former CEO of RENA GmbH leaving the company.
Major tier-1 PV manufacturer JinkoSolar has been impacted by a serious fire at its wafer production facility at the National Shangrao Economic and Technical Development Zone in Jianxi Province, China.
Sweden-based nano-material development firm, Sol Voltaics has claimed a 1-sun record conversion efficiency of 15.3% for a solar cell coated with its gallium-arsenide (GaAs) nanowire array (NWA).
SolarWorld is planning to add a total of 500MW of monocrystalline ingot production at the former Bosch solar manufacturing facilities in Arnstadt, Germany, and upgrade all 700MW of solar cell production at the site to next-generation PERC (passivated emitter rear cell) technology.
SunEdison, the world’s largest renewable energy developer is to purchase diamond wire saw technology from tool maker Meyer Burger.
Taiwan-based solar wafer producer Green Energy Technology (GET) reported a seasonal decline in revenue for the month of February 2015.
UK-based thin-film start-up, Oxford Photovoltaics, has secured at least a further £8 million (US$12.1 million) in venture capital funding to further plans to commercialise its blend of perovskite materials under a licensing model.
Hanwha Q CELLS is collaborating with US-based ‘Direct Wafer’ supplier, 1366 Technologies to commercialise the multicrystalline-type wafers.
Major tier-1 PV module manufacturer ReneSola reported full-year module shipments above revised guidance at 1,970.3MW, up 14% from the prior year.
Leading PV module manufacturer Trina Solar has revised and updated its integrated manufacturing capacity expansion plans for 2015, which include production outside China for the first time.
PV module encapsulants specialist STR Holdings has appointed Weijie Kong as as sales director for China.
Tier-1 PV module manufacturer, REC Solar is planning to spend around US$50 million on production upgrades and expansions in 2015 with an extra 300MW of module assembly capacity via two new lines.
Microinverter technology provider Enphase Energy has agreed to a strategic partnership with smart energy management solutions company MyLight Systems.
DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions and module manufacturer TSEC will feature the latter’s new “V-Series” high-efficiency solar panels for the first time during PV EXPO 2015 in Tokyo, Japan from later this week.
LDK Solar’s chapter 15 bankruptcy proceedings as well as the chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the US have been concluded with the majority of bondholders agreeing to a complex debt for stock swap and a convertible debt scheme due in 2018.
GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) has received a new order with an existing polysilicon customer in Asia for equipment used in the production of Trichlorosilane (TCS) as part of the Hydrochlorination process.Financial details were not disclosed.
PV mounting systems provider GameChange Racking has announced that it has contracted 10.9 million kgs (24 million pounds) of steel in order to reach the first half of 2015’s 500MW of consumer demand for GameChange’s ground and rooftop PV racking systems.
Based on the SEMI trade association’s polysilicon shipment data as well as REC Silicon’s own estimates, a total of 271,000MT of polysilicon was shipped in 2014, suggesting between 42GW to 43GW of PV modules were produced last year.
US-based polysilicon producer REC Silicon is planning to attempt to shift its current FBR-based (fluidised bed reactor) polysilicon production sales away from China over tariff duty uncertainties and the eventual ramp of its JV FBR-base plant in China in 2017.
Korean polysilicon producer, OCI Company has reported a 17% increase in polysilicon sales in 2014 as its plants run at full capacity.
The parent company of GCL Poly has taken over the management of embattled module manufacturer Chaori Solar.
Dow Corning, majority owner of Hemlock Semiconductor the largest polysilicon producer in the US reported fourth quarter 2014 sales of US$1.68 billion, a 5% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2013.
The director of the US Department of Energy’s (DoE) solar cost cutting programme has hailed the “phenomenal jobs growth rate” that the US solar industry has enjoyed in recent times.
Taiwan-based wafer producer, Green Energy Technology (GET), reported increased sales in January 2015, up 16.7% on the previous month.
Insolvent PV equipment and wet processing specialist, RENA GmbH has been acquired by Swiss private equity firm, Capvis for an undisclosed sum.
Monocrystalline wafer producer, Longi Silicon Materials and electronics giant and PV inverter producer, Huawei Technologies have signed a memorandum of cooperation to pursue smart technology options to boost PV power plant performance and reliability.
India’s solar manufacturing sector appears to have received a boost, with solar cell manufacturer Indosolar signing a wafer supply agreement worth US$200 million with Korean company Osung.
Wacker has reported that preliminary sales for its polysilicon division in the fourth quarter of 2014 topped €262 million, up 5% from the prior year period, but declined slightly quarter on quarter.
PV module encapsulant material provider, STR Holdings, has said it is to undertake a reverse stock split of its NYSE listed shares in a bid restore its share price above the US$1.0 minimum threshold.
The PV industry’s largest polysilicon and solar wafer producer, GCL-Poly Energy Holdings has signed its eighth supply contract with bankrupt PV module manufacturer, Shanghai Chaori Solar. GCL-Poly is in the process of becoming a majority shareholder in the struggling firm.
The 2015 edition of the SEMI International Technology Roadmap for PV (ITRPV), which will be released during SNEC in Shanghai in late April, will incorporate several key changes to its technology focus.
Schmid Group has followed the start of construction of a new photovoltaics factory in Argentina by opening offices and a warehouse to support the new facility.
Europe’s approach to research and innovation in photovoltaics needs “systemic” change if the continent is to avoid seeing its solar manufacturing industry entirely wiped out in the coming years.
Organisers of the 31st European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) have set deadlines for paper abstract submissions for the event being held in mid-September at the CCH - Congress Center Hamburg, in Hamburg, Germany.
According to local reports, First Solar has officially opened its TetraSun technology-based production line at its PV manufacturing complex in Kulim High Tech Park, Malaysia.
Module manufacturer Yingli has launched a range of specially coated PV panels designed to reduce the cost of operating solar power plants in harsh environments.
Investors in PV module manufacturer, REC Solar have given the green light to the acquisition of the company by Chinese firm, China National Bluestar, a joint venture firm between the conglomerate ChemChina and Blackstone.
Indian PV manufacturer and project developer, Moser Baer Solar said that a strategy announced back in January 2012 to vastly improve its competitive position in the industry has been completed.
China-based monocrystalline wafer producer, Solargiga Energy has reported increased shipments and revenue in 2014.
Specialist PV equipment supplier RENA, which is in the middle of restructuring efforts, has said its new order intake in the fourth quarter of 2014 totalled €30 million.
Taiwan-based solar wafer producer, Sino-American Silicon (SAS) reported its second strongest month in 2014 for sales in December, just below recent record sales in June, 2014.
European R&D facility, imec has achieved new solar cell record efficiency for its N-type, monocrystalline n-PERT (passivated emitter, rear totally diffused) process using commercial sized wafers and processing equipment.
PV equipment specialist SoLayTec, recently acquired by Amtech Systems has secured an evaluation testing period for its ALD (atomic layer deposition) system with Hanwha Q CELLS.