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Specialist US-based solar wafer producer, 1366 Technologies has received a further US$2.5 million in Series C financing bringing the round to a total of US$17.5 million.
Wafer production equipment from Conergy’s integrated module manufacturing plant in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany is being sold in an online auction.
Thin-film module manufacturer Solar Frontier claims to have broken the world record for CZTS cell efficiency, reaching 12.6%.
LDK Solar’s continued lack of finances for offshore business transactions has forced the struggling company to enter into a new 30-day forbearance arrangement with bondholders after being unable to pay interest on the loan.
In recent days a number of key Taiwan-based PV component suppliers have reported continued growth in monthly revenue, highlighting strong demand for wafers, cells and modules through the fourth quarter of 2013.
Germany-based materials manufacturer Heraeus’ Photovoltaics Business Unit is to increase production capacity at its silver paste plant in Singapore.
Tier one Chinese PV manufacturer, ReneSola has reported another quarter of record shipments and revenue that exceeded guidance as its PV module and OEM business continued to increase.
PV manufacturer, ReneSola said that it would permanently close its Phase 1, Sichuan polysilicon production plant due to its failure to significantly reduce production costs.
REC Silicon is to extend and existing polysilicon supply contract with an existing customer by two years.
A month after announcing a sapphire substrate manufacturing agreement with consumer electronics giant, Apple, GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) is planning to raise over US$125 million in a convertible bond.
Tightening supply of quality solar wafers due to booming demand for PV modules could see the return of contract trading by wafer producers, according to market research firm, EnergyTrend.
Mitsubishi Materials, a minority shareholder in polysilicon producer, Hemlock Semiconductor has sold its stake in the company to Dow Corning for US$240 million.
The EU is to apply a 42.1% anti-dumping duty on Chinese solar glass manufacturers, according to a document published in the organisation’s official journal.
Citing the fast pace of material developments for PV manufacturing, Heraeus’ Photovoltaics Business Unit is expanding its silver paste R&D capabilities at its site in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
LDK Solar has reported increased shipments, higher revenue and reduced losses for the third quarter of 2013, while cash levels also improved by approximately US$10 million after plummeting to only US$85.1 million in the previous quarter.
Daqo New Energy has plans to double polysilicon production at its plant in Xinjiang, China to 12,000MT per annum by the end of 2014.
A syndicate of 11 commercial banks in China have provided technically bankrupt, LDK Solar with a RMB 1.56 billion (US$256 million) credit facility.
Wafer producer PV Crystalox Solar has said it expects shipments to be at the high end of its mid-year guidance of 160-180MW.
Hoku’s abandoned polysilicon plant in Pocatello City, Idaho is to be re-auctioned with bidding starting at US$5 million.
The market for PV materials will grow at 9.2% annually till 2018, according to new a new report by Lux Research.
China’s largest polysilicon and solar wafer producer, GCL-Poly, has agreed a US$200 million bond sale to an Asian investment fund.
Manufacturing costs for tier one integrated polysilicon and PV wafer makers are set to hit a record low of US$0.20 per watt in 2014, according to analysis by NPD Solarbuzz.
China’s largest polysilicon and solar wafer producer, GCL-Poly Energy, has said that continued high manufacturing utilisation rates at customer facilities meant its production supply could not meet with market demand.
Specialist encapsulant supplier, STR Holdings, continues to struggle following the loss of its major customer, First Solar, last year, as third quarter sales continued to decline, forcing further plant closures and restructuring efforts.
Impacted by its financial woes and ingoing restructuring, SolarWorld said that PV product shipments within its German domestic market continued to decline in the third quarter of 2013.
The Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) and Germany-based FHR Anlagenbau announced a collaboration to develop high-performance Transparent Conductive Oxide (TCO) coatings.
Crystal growing equipment specialist, PVA TePla, has said it has seen an increase new orders, including an order from the PV industry.
Soon after REC split its polysilicon and PV module manufacturing operations into separate companies, REC Silicon is to reduce its workforce by approximately 60 across all locations, with immediate effect.
Iconic consumer electronics firm, Apple, is investing US$578 million in a new manufacturing plant to be operated by GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT), creating 700 jobs in Arizona, US.
China-based polysilicon and wafer producer, Daqo New Energy, has revised upwards its expected shipment levels for the third quarter of 2013.
The centrotherm Group was able to secure new orders totalling €163.2 million during its restructuring period through October 2012 and May 2013.
China’s Ministry of Commerce has said it will extend a probe into imports of solar-grade polysilicon from Europe by six months.
DuPont Microcircuit Materials has enhanced the performance of its ‘Solamet’ PV18x series frontside silver metallisation materials for monocrystalline wafers employing enhanced Lightly Doped Emitters (LDEs) that were showcased at PV Taiwan 2013.
Haraeus and DuPont have announced the end of their trade dispute over metal pastes used in the manufacture of solar panels.
Japan-based specialty chemical company, Kuraray Co has invested in US-based start-up Vitriflex Inc to support the manufacturing ramp of its flexible ultra-barrier film that can be used to replace glass as an encapsulant in electronic devices, including solar PV products for consumer applications. Financial details were not disclosed.
Hemlock Semiconductor continued to report positive financial results in the third quarter of 2013, despite the imposition by China of anti-dumping duties on imported polysilicon, notably from the US.
The Heraeus Photovoltaics Business Unit is showcasing a customised back-side tabbing paste, especially developed for the Taiwan market at PV Taiwan 2013, being held in Tapei this week.
A 42% increase in the sale of metal pastes and other materials used in solar panels has contributed to improved earnings for chemical giant DuPont.
Cash-strapped Chinese manufacturer LDK Solar has won a second reprieve from noteholders on repaying interest on its bonds first due two months ago.
REC management has revealed that demand for both its polysilicon and PV modules remained strong in the third quarter of 2013.
Beleaguered PV equipment supplier, centrotherm photovoltaics, has given a cryptic account of deterioration in revenue expectations over the next two years, having recently reviewed its order backlog.
The Renewable Energy Company ASA has announced the results of its public share offering for its new division, REC Solar.
Hoku Materials’ never-used polysilicon plant in Idaho will go up for sale next week.
Restructuring activities at PV backsheet specialist, STR Holdings, have moved up the ladder to include the elimination of some senior executive positions as cost-cutting continues.
According to a research note from EnergyTrend, a research division of TrendForce based in Taiwan, PV demand could potentially outstrip supply by the first quarter of 2014.
A new round of funding, led by Japan’s largest polysilicon producer, Tokuyama will enable 1366 Technologies to ramp its ‘Direct Wafer’ technology to volume production.
Asahi Glass will convert one of its solar glass factories in China to make automotive products.
Belgium-based PV encapsulant materials developer, NovoPolymers has secured a new round of investment, led by nanotech VC specialist, Capital-E. Financial details were not disclosed.
Continuing to benefit from increased demand, Taiwan-based solar wafer producer Green Energy Technology (GET) posted revenue of NT$1,159 million (US$39.4 million) for September 2013, up 2.8% month-on-month and up 226% from the same period of 2012.
Norwegian manufacturer REC’s division into REC Solar and REC Silicon has made it possible for the company to “invest heavily in research and development again”, according to REC Solar’s senior vice president for sales and marketing, Luc Graré.