Rapidly expanding China-based polysilicon and wafer producer Daqo New Energy has secured a RMB500 million (US$76.05 million) line of credit from Chongqing Rural Commercial Bank to expand polysilicon production by nearly 50%.
Stringent energy efficiency rules for buildings would make it “almost a no-brainer” to integrate PV at time of construction and would “change the whole cost equation”, solar analyst Finlay Colville has said.
Solar module manufacturer Hanwha Q CELLS has officially set a new world record in multicrystalline PV module efficiency, as the independent Fraunhofer ISE CalLab confirmed an efficiency rating of 19.5% in relation to the aperture area and a power output of 301 watts.
Heraeus Photovoltaics will be featuring its new range of metallization pastes for PERC-solar cells as well as for low-temperature heterojunction and organic solar cell applications at Intersolar Europe 2016.
Fraunhofer TechBridge and the SunRISE Partners that include Royal DSM and Greentown Labs have selected a small group of North American solar start-ups to receive further support in developing their technology and shortening time to market.
German industry trade organisation VDMA said that new incoming orders for German manufacturers of components, machinery and equipment for the photovoltaics industry, increased by 142% in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the prior year period.
Leading PV manufacturing equipment supplier, Meyer Burger has secured a CHF 22 million (US$22.5 million) order from Russia-based integrated solar module manufacturer to convert to heterojunction (HJ) and bifacial cell production and ‘SmartWire’ module assembly.