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Finland-based industrial automation specialist, Cencorp, has assembled its first PV module with conductive back sheet material as part of a plan to offer the technology to PV manufacturers.
Canadian Solar has won a court case relating to an alleged breach of contract concerning its wafer supply contracts with LDK Solar.
Former management at PV Crystalox’s polysilicon plant in Germany are in talks with the company to acquire the shuttered plant.
Applied Materials reported a surprise GAAP operating loss for its Energy and Environmental Solutions (EES) segment of US$322 million that included impairment charges of US$278 million. Non-GAAP operating loss was US$34 million.
China’s largest polysilicon producer, GCL-Poly said that both polysilicon and wafer average selling prices (ASPs) had stabilised in the first quarter of 2013 as demand picked-up.
The planned outsourcing of module production to Europe to avoid expected EU anti-dumping duties is expected to contribute to higher average selling prices for ReneSola during the rest of the year.
Chinese manufacturer LDK Solar has signed a 500MW wafer supply contract with Realforce Power.
PV project lumpiness and weakness in polysilicon investments impacted first quarter 2013 sales at power electronics specialist, 3W Power/AEG Power Solutions.
Struggling LDK Solar has reported a net loss of US$1.05 billion in 2012, the starkest figure in an annual report containing volumes of negative financial figures.
Solar PV wafer production is forecast to surpass 30GW and recover to 2011 levels, according to the latest NPD Solarbuzz Polysilicon and Wafer Supply Chain Quarterly.
Taiwan-based multicrystalline wafer producer, Green Energy Technology (GET) said that increased demand since November 2012 drove utilisation rates above 95% in April 2013.
The Heraeus Photovoltaics business unit, part of German technology firm Heraeus, has upgraded its PV laboratory in Shanghai, China, in order to increase its local support to Chinese cell manufacturers.
MEMC Electronic Materials and Tainergy Tech have agreed to reduce monocrystalline wafer shipment levels in their long-term supply contract.
Tokuyama Corporation, a Japanese silicon producer, has teamed up with 1366 Technologies, a solar wafer manufacturer, with a key focus on research and development.
Specialist encapsulant supplier STR Holdings continued to see sales slump in the first quarter of 2013, despite many module manufacturers raising production utilization rates on improved demand.
GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) reported revenue down 44% in the first quarter of 2013.
Dow Corning reported first quarter 2013 revenue of US$1.26 billion, down from US$1.48 billion in the fourth quarter 2012 and down 17% from the first quarter of 2011.
Stronger than expected demand for high-purity polysilicon led to Wacker reporting a 10% increase in sales and plant utilisation rates reaching 90% in the first quarter of 2013.
The European Commission has initiated an anti-subsidy investigation into imports of solar glass from China.
South Korea-based polysilicon supplier OCI has cancelled all three of its long-term supply contracts with Suntech’s Chinese operations in response to subsidiary Suntech Wuxi entering bankruptcy proceedings.
Reduced polysilicon production dragged revenue generation down at Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) in the first quarter of 2013.
Struggling PV manufacturer LDK Solar is issuing another tranche of shares to Fulai Investments in return for US$25.75 million.
DuPont’s overall global PV module production is set to decline around 15% in the second quarter, according to Ellen Kullman, the company’s chair of the board and chief executive.
Canada has become the latest country to take action against China over allegedly unfair trade practices.
Yingli Green has secured two short-term loans worth a total of US$165 million from China Development Bank (CDB) to purchase raw materials.
ReneSola has reported neither workers nor operations at its polysilicon factory in Meishan, Sichuan, were affected by the magnitude-7 earthquake that devastated parts of the south-west region over the weekend.
A petrochemical construction firm based in Saudi Arabia plans to build a state-of-the-art polysilicon plant in Sarawak, Malaysia, expected to being production in 2016.
LDK Solar took a massive hit in the fourth quarter of 2012, reporting net losses of US$517 million.
PV manufacturer Spectrolab has brought out a new solar cell wafer it claims will reduce customers’ costs by 10 to 15%.
Chinese manufacturer LDK Solar has technically defaulted on repayment of a loan after making only partial payment on a $23.7 million bond due 15 April.
Struggling PV manufacturer, LDK Solar has brought forward the release of its fourth quarter 2012 financial results and conference call to Thursday, April 18, 2013.
The local court in Amberg has appointed Attorney, Christopher Seagon as the administrator of silicon wafer slurry specialist, SiC Processing.
China-based polysilicon producer Daqo New Energy reported fourth quarter 2012 sales of only US$6.2 million, compared to US$21.1 million in the prior quarter.
Reports have cited that at least five stock listed suppliers to Suntech Wuxi, which filed for bankruptcy restructuring last month, have declared provisions for bad debt from the collapsed subsidiary of Suntech Power Holdings.
An aqueous-based silver nanoparticle ink technology developed in the last 10 years by chemicals giant Beyer has been acquired by high-tech chemicals specialist Clariant International.
Tawian-based polysilicon producer, Powertec Energy Corporation has signed a follow-on deal with GT Advanced Technologies to purchase polysilicon technology and equipment for a second-phase capacity expansion.
PV manufacturer and project developer Centrosolar is to dispose of its solar glass operations due to falling market prices and sales volumes.
Meyer Burger Group net sales in 2012 fell 51% to CHF645.2 million (US$684 million) on the back of overcapacity across its fields served in the PV industry.
GCL-Poly will use Yingli Green’s PV modules for its project pipeline that stands at around 1GW in a major new pact between the two companies.
PV materials start-up, SolarExcel based in the Netherlands has been acquired by major industrial materials form, DSM for an undisclosed sum.
Encapsulant supplier STR Holdings is pinning hopes for a recovery in sales on a range of new potential induced degradation (PID) products having taken a hit last year with the loss of its largest customer First Solar.
GCL-Poly Energy Holdings reported around a US$432 million loss from its solar materials business in 2012, which includes polysilicon and solar wafers.
China-based solar wafer and module manufacturer ReneSola has revealed it is sold out of modules until June 2013 as it reported record quarterly and annual shipment results.
Increased polysilicon shipments in 2012, partially offset a 50% price decline, resulting in polysilicon-based revenue at Wacker declining nearly 22% last year.
MEMC Electronic Materials has said it plans to drop its name that has been in existence for decades and take on its subsidiary SunEdison as the corporate moniker.
According to the Oregonian newspaper, Hemlock Semiconductor has filed a law suit against SolarWorld’s subsidiary, Deutsche Solar over alleged failure to honour polysilicon ‘take or pay’ contracts.
The local court in Amberg, Germany court has appointed Dr Hubert Ampferl, partner of Nuremberg-based law firm Dr Beck & Partner, as supervisor of SiC Processing, which is operating as ‘debtor-in-possession’ during insolvency proceedings.
Bekaert said in its 2012 annual report that it had taken a €117 million (US$153 million) charge on restructuring its solar wafer wire sawing business.
GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) said that around 42% of expected sales in 2013 would be attributed to its polysilicon segment business thanks to a major order in its backlog from Korean-based polysilicon producer OCI-Poly.
Spanish PV developer Isofotón and Lancaster Group, a Kazakhstan-based private company operating in several industries including energy, have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop PV projects in Kazakhstan.