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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.
PV and silicon equipment specialist centrotherm photovoltaics has reported increased sales in the first half of 2015, driven by revenue generated from the often delayed polysilicon plant project in Qatar for Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec).
The venture capital investment arm of King Saud University of Saudi Arabia has picked out Solexel, a manufacturer of thin monocrystalline solar as a prospect, contributing to a recently closed funding round for the US company.
Renewable energy equipment provider ET Solar has announced a new slate of modules, tabbed as the “ET Smart Flex.”
The EU has increased anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar glass to a maximum of 75.4%. The highest original anti-dumping tariff was 36.1%.
Integrated PV manufacturer SolarWorld has re-purchased a PV module assembly line from JV partner and major shareholder Qatar Solar Technologies (QST).
PV encapsulant producer STR Holdings is battling continued losses, laclustre sales and second warning from NYSE regarding de-listing.
Major PV manufacturing equipment supplier Meyer Burger reported group sales of CHF124.4 million (US$127 million) in the first half of 2015, yet incoming orders topped CHF222.6 million (US$227.4 million), enabling the company to guide full-year sales of around CHF400 million (US$408 million).
China-based polysilicon producer Daqo New Energy’s financial results were impacted by a sharp decline in polysilicon prices in the second quarter of 2015.
Tawian-based solar wafer producer Green Energy Technology (GET) continued to operate plants above 95% in July, increasing sales 3.1% from the prior month.
Silicon PV and sapphire materials equipment supplier GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) said its long-standing CEO, Tom Gutierrez has resigned all positions at the company, which continues to operate under Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
PV manufacturing equipment specialist centrotherm photovoltaics said that Hans Autenrieth and Peter Augustin are to set down from the management Board of the company at the end of the year.
China-based polysilicon producer Daqo New Energy is to expand its Xinjiang polysilicon plant capacity by around 8,000MT per annum to bring capacity up to 18,000MT with the expansion expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
Wacker’s polysilicon sales may have reached a new peak for the first time in three years in the first quarter of 2015, yet sales declined almost 10% in the second quarter, held up significantly by further penalty payments by customers on terminated long-term supply deals.
Dow Corning said its polysilicon sales, via its majority owned subsidiary Hemlock Semiconductor declined in first half of 2015.
Major PV equipment supplier Meyer Burger has axed further jobs and undertaken equipment write-downs at its sapphire substrate cutting plant in Colorado Springs, US, which was initially established to meet Apple’s demand for sapphire screens for its mobile phones through a partnership with GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT).
PV module encapsulant producer STR Holdings could be the US front for its parent company, China-based project developer, Zhenfa Energy Group entering the US market.
Germany-headquartered PV manufacturer SolarWorld has had a record efficiency for a PERC solar cell of 21.7% independently verified by the photovoltaic calibration laboratory (CalLab) of Fraunhofer ISE.
China-based polysilicon manufacturer Daqo New Energy has received approval from Chongqing Rural Commercial Bank for RMB825 million (US$133 million) in loans.
REC Silicon has revealed that it will halve production at its Moses Lake facility in Washington State as a result of the ongoing polysilicon trade dispute with China.
Solar power company Hanwha Q CELLS has agreed to a new solar module agreement with residential solar company Sunrun.
Taiwanese PV module company WINAICO has completed TÜV Rheinland’s IEC 61215 and IEC 61730 certification tests for its 300 W monocrystalline PERC module.
Zep Solar, the US rooftop PV mounting systems specialist backed by SolarCity, will launch its products into the UK market later this year, the company has told PV Tech.
Nanoelectronics research group imec says it has made a “breakthrough” in developing perovskite-based thin-film photovoltaics (PV), recording an active area efficiency of 11.9% with its module.
R&D expenditure in 2014 increased by almost US$100 million from the previous year to reach a new record of US$512.75 million from 12 major tier-one PV module manufacturers, PV Tech has historically tracked in its annual PV R&D spending report.
The leading dedicated solar website PV Tech and sister downstream technical journal, PV Tech Power are to carry out a major survey in cooperation with DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions to assess the current state of the global photovoltaic (PV) market as it relates to quality, reliability and durability of PV modules.
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer ISE) has committed to expanding its research and development activities in a range of technologies considered “complementary” to solar as key foundations of a transformation to distributed, low emissions energy networks.
Green Energy Technology (GET), Taiwan’s largest wafer producer has signed an outsourcing agreement for ingot growing and wafer slicing with another Taiwan-based producer, Eversol.
Daqo New Energy has begun pilot production from its newly added 6,000MT of capacity, the Chinese polysilicon manufacturer said today.
The final steps in SunEdison’s spin-off of its semiconductor business – through which the company was originally founded before its ascent to being the biggest renewable energy developer in the world – look set to go ahead.
Recognising that the vast growth in solar deployment under the feed-in tariff (FiT) could lead to an accumulation of PV waste in landfills, Japan will soon begin implementing recycling rules for solar modules.
Chinese manufacturer LDK Solar, newly emerged from a period of financial upheaval, has appointed a new chairman and two new board directors.
Thin-film is better suited to compete across all market segments with its conventional rivals than ever before, despite generally recording lower conversion efficiencies, Solar Frontier CEO Atsuhiko Hirano has said.
US-based solar silicon manufacturer Silicor Materials has provisionally signed Danish contractor MT Højgaard to build a new poly plant in Iceland.
Tier-one PV manufacturer Yingli Green and a leading monocrystalline wafer producer Xi’an LONGi Silicon Materials are to cross-use their products from wafers to modules.
PV company JinkoSolar has agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with solar power system integrator Andalay Solar, in which JinkoSolar will license and develop PV modules while utilising Andalay’s Instant Connect frame technology.
A new spin-off from Fraunhofer ISE is targeting kerfless solar wafer production having developed high-throughput equipment that is touted to produce high-quality low cost wafers using APCVD technology.
Monocrystalline wafer producer Comtec Solar Systems Group said it had completed the qualification processes to supply two existing customers headquartered in the US and Japan from its Malaysian-based wafer production plant.