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Metallisation paste producer Heraeus Photovoltaics claims that its SOL9621 Series paste has a world-record PERC efficiency of 21.7%.
US-Based ‘Direct Wafer’ producer, 1366 Technologies, has set out plans for a massive scale-up of operations with the building of a 3GW solar wafer facility in Genesee County, New York.
PV encapsulant producer STR Holdings has been de-listed from the NYSE, due to non-compliance with the US$15 million average global market capitalization requirement.
Taiwan-based PV metallisation paste producer Giga Solar Materials has reported record sales each month since April, 2015.
Israel-headquartered SolarEdge has said that its new technology, HD Wave, which the company claims dramatically reduces the magnetic and cooling elements of a PV inverter, might have won the prize endowed by Google to find a compact solution for inverters.
Taiwan-based solar wafer producer Green Energy Technology (GET) has raised concerns that wafer capacity constraints in the sector could hamper downstream PV market growth in 2016.
Updated: Major renewable energy firm SunEdison experienced a silane leak that caused an explosion and fire at its granular polysilicon plant in Pasadena, Texas on Friday, October 2 injuring four workers carrying out maintenance work, according to reports.
Following the retirement of David B. Miller, DuPont has appointed Jon D. Kemp as president of its Electronics & Communications business effective November 1, 2015.
Health issues have been cited by PV thin film equipment and module producer Hanergy Thin Film Power Group (Hanergy TF) and monocrystalline ingot/wafer producer, Solargiga Energy Holdings for the resignations of two senior executives.
Thin film perovskite solar cell developer Dyesol has secured funding of AUD$449,000 (US$353,000) from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
Materials supplier DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions has signed a strategic collaboration agreement with Indian PV module manufacturer Navitas Green Solutions (Navitas Solar).
German PV materials manufacturer Heraeus has added an additional product to a patent infringement lawsuit it filed against Taiwan’s Giga Solar Materials in June.
PV equipment specialist INDEOtec SA has secured an order for its OCTOPUS II PECVD deposition tool with French R&D centre, Institut Photovoltaïque d’Ile-de-France (IPVF).
Metallisation paste producer Heraeus Photovoltaics has strengthened its IP patent portfolio in regards to lead-free products with the purchase of several patents held by Japanese company, Murata Manufacturing.
Indian industrial firm Adani Group and China’s largest independent polysilicon to power plants group, GCL have signed an agreement to develop both upstream and downstream PV operations in India as well as collaborating on a range of energy projects such as wind and LNG terminals.
The Standardization Administration of China (SAC) has approved a new testing regime supported by Trina Solar regarding the test method for determining vinyl acetate (VA) content of ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer applied in modules using Thermal Gravimetric analysis (TGA).
China-based monocrystalline ingot/wafer producer, Solargiga Energy Holdings is relocating and centralising monocrystalline ingot and wafer production to cut costs.
US-based polysilicon producer REC Silicon has warned it may be forced to completely shut down its Moses Lake production plant with the loss of around 400 jobs due to the ongoing imposition by China of high import duties on polysilicon.
Taiwan-based market research firm EnergyTrend, a division of TrendForce expects prices for polysilicon, wafers, cells and modules to steadily increase through the second half of the year as downstream demand in China, US, Japan and India remains strong.
Renewable energy systems and products manufacturer Outback Power has introduced the Skybox, a hybrid energy management and storage platform, which will be scheduled for release in January 2016.
Taiwanese cell and module producer Neo Solar Power (NSP) has secured an NT$3.3 billion (US$101.8 million) syndicated loan led by Taiwan Cooperative Bank, Land Bank of Taiwan, First Bank and CTCB Bank.
Iceland’s prime minister has welcomed news that Silicor Materials has taken a step closer to establishing its “low cost” commercial-scale solar silicon plant, securing US$105 million of equity capital agreements.
German-headquartered PV manufacturer SolarWorld will launch a 72-cell bifacial solar panel at this week’s Solar Power International trade show in California.
Meyer Burger has agreed to supply a PV system incorporating the company’s newest heterojunction cell technologies (HJT) and bi-facial PV modules, to one of Switzerland’s biggest retailers.
Solar PV design and manufacturing company Sunpreme announced the launch of the Maxima GxB-310 SM Smart Modules – integrating Tigo TS4-L optimiser solutions with its Bi-facial solar modules.
Crystalline-silicon solar manufacturer SolarWorld and microinverter specialist Enphase Energy have agreed to partner up and develop a new portfolio of AC solar modules (ACM) for the worldwide market.
Advanced solar module manufacturer ET Solar announced that its new ET Cell Optimizer Module (COM) has been certified and is now commercially available.
Fraunhofer ISE spin-off, NexWafe will showcase new n-doped EpiWafers that have been processed in to cells that achieve 20% conversion efficiencies at the European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) in Hamburg this week.
Nano-electronics research centre imec continues to tout its solar cell R&D work in the PV industry but is also focusing efforts on new areas such as PV energy yield predictions at the European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) in Hamburg this week.
Taiwan-based wafer producer, Sino-American Silicon (SAS) sales in August, 2015 continued a trend of limited volatility due to high-utilisation rates experienced since April 2014.
PV equipment specialist LayTec said its ‘X Link’ metrology system has been integrated into REC Solar’s module assembly lines to provide non-destructive testing of EVA materials used for module encapsulation.
Major monocrystalline wafer producer Longi Silicon Materials has signed land and development contracts with the Yinchuan Economic and Technological Development Zone Management Committee to build a 3GW monocrystalline silicon facility in Yinchuan City, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.
The precarious financial position of major tier-one PV manufacturer Yingli Green was further highlighted in its second quarter financial results and subsequent earnings call with financial analysts.
GCL Poly is in the process of selling off its non-solar businesses and will emerge from a proposed US$500 million sale to focus on polysilicon and wafer manufacturing and sales, as well as PV plant development.
Brazil must establish a “specific industrial policy” for domestic PV manufacturing so it can produce the 2GW of solar equipment necessary to operate 61 solar plants planned for 2017, according to the Brazilian Association of Photovoltaic Solar Energy (Absolar).
Taiwan-based solar wafer producer Green Energy Technology (GET) reported August, 2015 sales increase 8.7% on the previous month as demand increased.
Elkem Solar, the new owner of REC Solar, will partially reopen a wafer plant in Porsgrunn, Norway, with the creation of 80 new jobs.
Major monocrystalline wafer producer Longi Silicon Materials has reported a first-half 2015 operating income of around US$264.2 million, 15.3% higher than the prior-year period.
Non-compliance with EU directives for PV waste materials could undermine customer confidence in the sector, a statement by leading solar companies and a waste management organisation has warned.
Roth & Rau, technology and product subsidiary of PV equipment specialist Meyer Burger, is to be renamed to bring it further into the fold of the parent company.
Monocrystalline wafer producer Comtec Solar Systems Group has reported first half year financial results that included a shift to the production of larger wafers to meet demand from US-based customer Mission Solar.
PV and sapphire materials equipment specialist GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) said it would undertake a major reduction in its global workforce as it reduces expenses inline with a revised business plan ahead of expectations of emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the first quarter of 2016.
Major PV manufacturer Hanwha Q CELLS has appointed Seung Deok Park to its Board of Directors.
The largest polysilicon producer GCL-Poly Energy Holdings increased production of both polysilicon and solar wafers to offset ASP declines that limited first half year revenue and profits.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has backed teams working on 11 new solar technologies based on micro-CPV (concentrated PV), awarding funding of between just under US$1 million and US$3.5 million to each.
Indian solar market observers have downplayed the likely impact of a World Trade Organization ruling against local content policies in the country’s flagship solar programme.
German engineering association VDMA is to take over the coordination of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) from global semiconductor association, SEMI.
Tier-one PV manufacturer ReneSola has reported a significant decline in shipments and sales in the second quarter of 2015, due to a major shift in its business model downstream.
Chinese tier-1 PV manufacturer Hareon Solar Technology’s product testing laboratory has recently met TÜV SÜD’s on-site testing standards.
Leading semiconductor equipment supplier Applied Materials (AMAT) has confirmed to PV Tech that it is to close its Precision Wafering Systems (PWS) wire saw business, headquartered in Switzerland and stop development on its ‘Solion’ ion implant product.