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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.
Taiwan’s largest solar wafer producer, Green Energy Technology (GET), reported a decline in sales in December, citing and increase in its OEM business for the revenue fall.
Major PV energy provider, SunEdison, has added Gujarat, India to the list of potential sites for its plans to become a fully integrated PV manufacturer.
Solar tracking technology provider Exosun has reached agreements with multiple renewable energy companies to provide solar trackers for four new PV plants in France.
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has issued further government guidelines on the need for a major consolidation of PV manufacturing companies.
Taiwan-based Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS), a major wafer producer, is selling its complete shareholding in former subsidiary, GlobalWafers Co, for around US$131 million.
As a precursor to restarting polysilicon production, China-based LDK Solar said it had completed a US$70 million upgrade to its plant in Mahong, Jiangxi.
SolarWorld, the petitioner in PV module trade cases in the US and EU, has spoken out against the latest investigation by Brussels into solar glass.
PV manufacturing equipment specialist Amtech Systems has acquired a majority stake in atomic layer deposition (ALD) equipment firm SoLayTec from another equipment supplier, RENA.
The US commerce department’s decision to slap hefty tariffs on Chinese and Taiwanese solar imports is “already hurting” US-based manufacturers, the body opposed to punitive trade policies has claimed.
Polysilicon producer Hemlock Semiconductor is to close its facility in Clarksville, Tennessee, due to what it said were ongoing adverse market conditions and problems stemming from international trade disputes.
Leading Chinese polysilicon and wafer manufacturer GCL-Poly is to abandon plans for the US$1.3 billion sale of its wafer business.
The European Commission has reopened its investigation into solar glass imports for China after a request from EU ProSun Glass.
Dieter Manz, founder of equipment supplier Manz AG, claims that crystalline technology will “lose out” to thin-film as the global solar market grows and gears itself up to much larger scales of production.
Production systems supplier Amtech Systems has generated over US$28 million in orders — including US$21 million in purchases for its solar materials — since 1 October 2014.
JA Solar, the fastest growing PV manufacturer in 2014, has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with PV materials and technology specialist DuPont.
The joint provisional liquidators (JPL’s) of Cayman Islands registered LDK Solar are to hand back management of the bankrupt firm to its management.
Taiwan-based solar wafer producer, Sino-American Silicon (SAS) reported a two month sequential decline in sales.
The Silver Institute, a trade association for leading silver producers expects overall industrial demand to increase by 27% through 2018, with demand from the PV industry increasing around 24% in that time frame.
Semiconductor and solar equipment supplier, Orbotech has received a repeat order for its ‘Aurora’ PECVD tools worth around US$15 million.
Taiwan-based solar wafer producer, Green Energy Technology (GET), reported sales in November of NT$1,460 million (US$46.79 million), down 5.6% on the previous month.
Major PV manufacturer JinkoSolar said that its 60-cell multicrystalline silicon ‘Eagle+’ series modules have achieved power output of 306.9 Watts.
A Soitec multi-junction solar cell for use in concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems has become the company’s latest cell to reach a world record for conversion efficiency at 46%, according to Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy (Fraunhofer ISE).
Xinyi Solar will invest around US$100 million in a new ultra-clear PV glass factory in Malaysia.
GCL-Poly Energy Holdings, the largest polysilicon and wafer producer in the PV industry has confirmed the sale of its wafer production assets for approximately US$1.3 billion in cash.
N-type monocrystalline wafer producer, Comtec Solar Systems Group, has reported a steep decline in revenue for the third quarter of 2014.
State-owned chemical firm, China National Bluestar, has bought tier-one module manufacturer REC Solar ASA for NOK4.34 billion (US$640 million).
Taiwan Polysilicon Corp has filed for corporate restructuring after a court ruled that it had failed to fulfil its obligations on NT$940 million (US$30.6 million) bonds.
Trina Solar has produced n-type and p-type monocrystalline and p-type multicrystalline solar cells with new record conversion efficiencies. Trina Solar expects the technologies used to become part of its future production roadmap.
China-based polysilicon and wafer producer, Daqo New Energy, has reported record third quarter results, due to strong demand that is expected to continue through the first quarter of 2015.
One of India’s largest PV module manufacturer’s, Waaree Energies said it would collaborate with GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) on incorporating its new ‘Merlin’ technology into its existing production lines.
PV module encapsulant material producer, STR Holdings has expanded production at its Malaysian plant to meet growing PV module production in the country after the latest round of US anti-dumping duties on Chinese and Taiwanese made solar cells.
GCL-Poly Energy Holdings, the largest polysilicon and solar wafer producer reported strong third quarter results as demand exceeded supply and was running at 100% utilization rates for both products.
Inverter manufacturer SMA has unveiled a new roof-mount racking solution for commercial-level PV installations.
Major PV energy provider, Canadian Solar, has reported record quarterly results for the third quarter of 2014, while guiding higher shipments and revenue for the fourth quarter.
The planned sale by GCL-Poly Energy Holdings of its wafer business is due to its very high debt leveraged ratio, primarily due to the concentration of short-term debt, Zhu Gongshan, the company’s CEO has said in an emergency investor call.