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Consumer electronics and PV materials manufacturer Panasonic will invest ¥9.5 billion to expand its solar cell and module production lines in its home country of Japan by 150MW a year.
Integrated PV module manufacturer SolarWorld said its Passivated Emitter Rear Cell (PERC) technology had proved a big hit in the US market and would reach 430MW of production capacity at its US-based plant in Hillsboro, US in the second quarter of 2015.
PV module encapsulant supplier STR Holding has resorted to accepting PV modules as payment worth approximately US$7.4 million for encapsulant material supplied to a Chinese PV module manufacturer.
Sharp Corporation reported its Solar Cells unit significantly increased sales and operating income in FY2014 due to strong domestic demand and its shift to downstream PV mega-solar project business.
The acquisition of PV module manufacturer REC Solar was said to have been completed by Norway-based Elkem Group, owned by Chinese investment firm China National Bluestar Group.
High-tech equipment manufacturer Manz sees “significant opportunities for growth” in both its solar and energy storage business segments, according to statements released to accompany first quarter results for 2015.
A former polysilicon supply deal between Wacker Chemie and SunEdison, formerly MEMC, which went sour, has been settled.
Horizontal tracking systems provided by IdeemaTec Deutschland GmbH will be utilised by the Jordanian government programme for renewable energies in three projects — totaling 43.5MW.
Renewable energy provider Silicon Ranch has selected technology and products from First Solar for its 12MW solar power project — which is expected to generate power to Aerojet Rocketdyne and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) in East Camden, Arkansas.
Polysilicon producer REC Silicon reported a 48% decline in polysilicon sales in the first quarter of 2015, driven by a number of negative impacts.
Ecoppia, a developer of water-free PV solar panel cleaning solutions, has announced that its E4 robotic solar panel cleaning system is now operational on five PV installations in the Middle East — comprising of over 35MW of installed capacity.
Major polysilicon producer Wacker Chemie said its capacity could reach around 80,000MT by 2017 as it optimises production in Germany and ramps its new plant in
More details have emerged on inverters for Tesla’s new home battery system, to be made by Fronius and SolarEdge, while the EV-maker’s energy storage will be installed at demonstration and commercial projects for US utility Edison International.
The sixth edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaic has been released, setting out key measures for continued cost cutting along the crystalline silicon PV value chain.
Materials supplier DuPont has launched the latest generation of its Solamet PV metallisation pastes, unveiling Solamet PV19x at the SNEC expo in Shanghai, China.
Germany-based PV materials manufacturer Heraeus is to open new R&D centres in mainland China and Taiwan.
Semiconductor equipment makers Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron have agreed to terminate plans for a merger after the US Department of Justice (DoJ) warned about loss of competition from the procedure.
The renewable energy advisory subsidiary of German insurance giant Allianz is to offer risk assessment and certification services to PV projects in partnership with VDE and Fraunhofer ISE, two of solar’s best known certification and testing houses.
PV metallization paste manufacturer Heraeus Photovoltaics Global Business Unit is expected to attend the SNEC 9th International Photovoltaic Power Generation Conference & Exhibition from 28 – 30 April, 2015, in Shanghai, China.
Following recent news that Holland’s Orange Solar will open a module factory aimed at “reviving” European PV manufacturing, BIPV specialist Onyx Solar will begin work on a factory in Spain.
Major Taiwanese solar cell producer Neo Solar Power (NSP) is collaborating with materials supplier DuPont on high-efficiency metallisation pastes.
India-based PV module manufacturer Vikram Solar has teamed with Fraunhofer ISE, Meyer Burger, and centrotherm to provide its previously announced plans to include solar cell production as part of overall module capacity expansions.
Wuxi Suntech the PV module manufacturing arm of Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) has confirmed the development and testing with Taiwan Carbon Nanotube Technology Corporation (TCNT) of a high-strength, lightweight carbon and glass fibre composite PV module frame, the first such development of its kind in the PV industry.
Taiwan-based solar wafer producer Sino-American Silicon (SAS) reported first quarter 2015 non-audited sales slightly ahead from the prior year period.
Major PV materials supplier DuPont Microcircuit Materials said its newly developed ‘Solamet’ PV76x series metallisation paste used by Taiwan-based solar cell/module producer, Solartech Energy Corp has set a new in-house PERC cell-based ‘Saphire’ module power output record.
Taiwan-based solar wafer producer Green Energy Technology (GET) reported March 2015 sales almost flat with the previous month.
US-Based ‘Direct Wafer’ producer 1366 Technologies has attracted a new investor from China and a new customer in Japan.
According to market research firm EnergyTrend, a division of TrendForce global PV installations are to reach 51.4GW in 2015.
As expected integrated PV manufacturer LDK Solar is to exit provisional liquidation proceedings in the Cayman Islands on 21 April.
Enphase has formed a partnership to supply its microinverters to PetersenDean, a prominent US solar installer and roofing company which recently pledged to only use American-made products in its PV projects.
Major tier-1 PV manufacturer JA Solar said its chief technology officer Yong Liu had resigned from the company, effective March 31, 2015.
Taiwan-based solar wafer producer Green Energy Technology (GET) reported a net loss for 2014 of NT$1.96 billion (US$62.9 million), despite higher shipments and utilisation rates that remained above 95% in the year.
One of Japan’s largest trading companies, Marubeni, which is already involved in both upstream and downstream sectors of PV industry, has entered the domestic market for residential solar.
Solar energy solutions provider REC Group has reached a deal with Tucson Electric Power (TEP) as the new exclusive solar panel supplier for the local utility’s TEP Residential Solar Program.
Monocrystalline wafer producer Comtec Solar Systems Group reported a 20% revenue drop from the sale of 125mm x 125mm monocrystalline solar wafers, primarily to its largest customer, SunPower in 2014.
PV solar mono c-Si pulling equipment specialists PVA TePla suffered another tough year due primarily to problems in the wider PV industry
US headquartered PV module encapsulant producer STR Holdings has secured a major new exclusive supply contract worth potentially 500MW per annum in volume sales through its majority shareholder, China-based PV project developer Zhenfa Energy Group. Financial details were not disclosed.
Bankrupt PV and sapphire equipment specialist GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) has been able to secure US$95 million of debtor-in-possession financing to provide working capital needs during its Chapter 11 restructuring efforts.
Tier-1 PV manufacturer and clean energy developer Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) reported a major turnaround in its business operations in 2014, after integrating Wuxi Suntech.
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.