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Major polysilicon producer Wacker Chemie expects revenue from cancelled or restructured polysilicon supply contracts from its solar sector customers to be around €210 million (US$283.2 million) in 2014.
R&D centre, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) has officially opened its module development and testing laboratory the CleanTech Park in Singapore.
Industry association, the Silver Institute, said that industrial consumption of silver had “advanced at a healthy pace in 2014”, resulting in a 5% price increase since the beginning of the year.
Joint provisional liquidators of Cayman Islands-registered solar wafer producer, LDK Solar, have said that two non-executive directors of the company have resigned, without citing any reasons for the departures.
Polysilicon producer, REC Silicon reported second quarter revenues of US$126.8 million, compared to US$113.3 million in the previous quarter, due to higher demand for fluidised bed reactor-based granular polysilicon and a 4% increase in selling prices.
PV module manufacturing leader Yingli Green Energy Holding Company will provide 3MW of PV modules to a demonstration project for distributed generation (DG) in Wuhan, China.
PV screen printing specialist, DEK, has licensed its ‘VectorGuard’ stencil technology to China-based Suzhou Sunshine Laser and Electronics Technology Company.
Market research firm, EnergyTrend, has warned of weak demand across the PV supply chain in July, forcing inventory up and prices down.
Smart energy solutions provider ET Solar has supplied some of its high-quality PV modules to German solar developer and EPC company DOMILUX Leuchten Herstellung und Vertrieb GmbH for a 728kW rooftop PV plant in Turkey.
Liquidators for Cayman Islands-listed LDK Solar have said the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) appeal to the company’s delisting has been rescheduled from June to September 2014.
Solar silicon materials producer, Silicor Materials is to establish a 19,000MT plant in Iceland to convert metallurgical-grade silicon (MG-Si) feedstock to purified solar grade silicon that it claims can be produced at US$9/kg.
GCL-Poly subsidiary, Jiangsu Zhongneng Polysilicon Technology Development, is to supply silicon tetrachloride, a byproduct of polysilicon production to a new joint venture between Evonik Industries and GCL-Poly Energy Holdings that will produce fumed silica and ultra-pure silicon tetrachloride.
The largest merchant solar cell producer, Neo Solar Power (NSP), has raised approximately US$120 million in a bond issue.
PV manufacturer SolarWorld has agreed to pay a penalty payment to an unidentified polysilicon supplier for changing terms on a long-term supply deal.
The portions of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s first national budget relating to solar energy have been met with a mixed reaction from the industry, based on first impressions.
The recovery in polysilicon prices to above US$20/kg since the beginning of the year are set to peak soon at around the US$23/kg mark, according to specialist polysilicon market research firm, Bernreuter Research.
As part of its PV manufacturing expansion plans to 1GW, Shaanxi Non-ferrous Photovoltaic Technology, also known as Shaanxi Youser Photovoltaic Technology, a subsidiary of state-owned Shaanxi Youser Group has placed equipment orders with RENA.
Mid-sized tier-one PV manufacturer, China Sunergy (CSUN), has teamed with state-owned 48th Research Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation on materials and equipment research as well as to “co-develop solar projects”.
Two of the most iconic names in the semiconductor equipment market, Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron, have been dropped as part of the merger between the companies.
Researchers at imec have achieved a new, record conversion efficiency for N-type PERT (Passivated Emitter, Rear Totally diffused) solar cells using Ni/Cu/Ag plating (3 bus bars grid) technology from Meco and Atomic Layer Deposited (ALD) Al2O3 process from SoLayTec.
Smart energy solutions provider ET Solar’s PV modules will be used to help power six utility-scale projects throughout the state of North Carolina.
The Heraeus Photovoltaics Business Unit is shifting all R&D activities for its solar cell metallization pastes to the US in a bid to bring next-generation products to market faster.
Home to a number of specialist monocrystalline PV manufacturers, Heraeus Photovoltaics Business Unit is showcasing its SOL9620 Series and SOL9621 Series metallisation pastes at Intersolar North America, being held in San Francisco next week.
In a strategic deal encompassing polysilicon supply and possible downstream PV project collaboration, Qatar Solar Energy (QSE) has secured a long-term polysilicon supply with Kazakhstan state-owned industrial firm, Kazatomprom.
GT Advanced Technologies has started a major realignment of its manufacturing, engineering and supply chain resources with the loss of around 70 jobs.
China-based polysilicon producer, Daqo New Energy has re-appointed its former chief operations officer (COO), Qiangmin Zhou to the same role after previously leaving the company for personal reasons in April, 2013.
Major PV equipment specialist, Meyer Burger has received orders worth over CHF25 million from two customers based in Asia.
The lack of cash within LDK Solar’s holding company, registered in the Cayman Islands has been highlighted by its Joint Provisional Liquidators (JPLs), which are still seeking sufficient funds to carry out planned restructuring duties.
Canada-based start-up, Ubiquity Solar Inc has received CAD$3.1 million in funding to further develop its low-cost hyper-pure polysilicon and monocrystalline ingot/wafer technology, ahead of plans to commercialise the technology.
Market research firm, IHS, has again raised its global PV market demand forecast for 2014.
The PV materials manufacturer DuPont has completed a 4.5MW array at its Cernay facility in France.
Taiwanese PV manufacturers, Green Energy Technology (GET) and Gintech Energy, are to form a module manufacturing joint venture to be called Gintung Energy Corporation.
Chinese thin-film manufacturer Hanergy and iconic British sports car maker Aston Martin are working on a joint R&D initiative looking at the use of solar in performance vehicles.
‘Black Silicon’ material start-up, Natcore Technology said it would collaborate with Fraunhofer ISE on independent analysis of Natcore’s passivation techniques for both cell performance and production costs as the company pushes to commercialise the technology.
Qatar Solar Energy (QSE), which recently announced the opening of a 300MW integrated PV module manufacturing plant, will use GT Advanced Technologies’ next-generation ‘HiCz 200’ continuous feeding monocrystalline puller technology, the equipment supplier has confirmed.
The International Photovoltaic Equipment Association (IPVEA) has elected a number of new members to its board during its AGM during Intersolar Europe.
Battery maker Trojan claims its new proprietary ‘Smart Carbon’ technology can improve the cycle life of lead acid batteries by as much as 15%, through effective management of the cell in a partial state of charge.
Major Taiwan-based wafer producer, Green Energy Technology (GET) said sales in May, 2014 reached NT$1,183 million (US$39.4 million), a 2% increase from the previous month and 14.4% higher from the same period of 2013.
PV solutions leader Schneider Electric Solar Business has unveiled the Conext CL, the company’s newest line of three-phase string inverters.
The US government’s decision to impose anti-subsidy duties on Chinese PV manufacturers will make solar power more expensive for American consumers, the world’s biggest module supplier, Yingli Solar has said.
Global PV energy provider, SunEdison, is to team up with Chinese wafer manufacturer, Huantai Group to develop PV projects in China’s booming market.
Taiwan-based PV materials specialist, Giga Solar Materials Corp said it was gaining market share in the silver paste sector and expected to ship 210 tons of front-side Ag (silver) metallization paste in 2014, up from just 40 tons in the previous year.
Tier-one PV manufacturer, ReneSola, continues to expand its module manufacturing outsourcing strategy and shift its focus to related PV products and residential markets as it moves away from competitor strategies.
Chinese PV manufacturer LDK Solar has secured a RMB2 billion loan from a consortium of investors led by the China Development Bank.
N-type monocrystalline wafer producer, Comtec Solar Systems Group recently reported preliminary first quarter 2014 revenue of RMB235,071,000 (US$37.68 million and a gross profit of approximately RMB24,414,000 (US$3.91 million) due to increased demand, primarily for its N-type ‘Super Mono’ wafers.
Major monocrystalline wafer producer, LONGi Silicon Materials is entering the PV module market to demonstrate and promote the significant cost reductions achieved in monocrytalline wafer production and highlight the performance and life-time yield superiority of monocrystalline products over multicrystalline.
Non-silicon mono wafer costs are plummeting and could challenge the predominance of monocrystalline silicon wafers, according to the head of a leading Chinese wafer producer.
Thin-film developer Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. announced that it has agreed to a partnership with Silent Falcon UAS Technologies and Bye Aerospace which will see the company provide CIGS materials to power the Silent Falcon unmanned aerial system (UAS).
The worlds largest polysilicon producer, GCL-Poly is to make a major investment in adding 25,000MT of granular silicon capacity using FBR (Fluidized Bed Reactor) technology the company has spent several years developing in-house.
Solar cell metallization equipment supplier, DEK Solar is launching the HouYi platform with throughput of 1,350wph in a small footprint at SNEC 2014. Its fine line printing stencils under the VectorGuard brand were used in the recent record-breaking 21.2% PERC cell efficiency project with the Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH) will also be featured at the major PV show in Shanghai.