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Leading Chinese polysilicon and wafer manufacturer GCL-Poly is to abandon plans for the US$1.3 billion sale of its wafer business.
The European Commission has reopened its investigation into solar glass imports for China after a request from EU ProSun.
Dieter Manz, founder of equipment supplier Manz AG, claims that crystalline technology will “lose out” to thin-film as the global solar market grows and gears itself up to much larger scales of production.
Production systems supplier Amtech Systems has generated over US$28 million in orders — including US$21 million in purchases for its solar materials — since 1 October 2014.
JA Solar, the fastest growing PV manufacturer in 2014, has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with PV materials and technology specialist DuPont.
The joint provisional liquidators (JPL’s) of Cayman Islands registered LDK Solar are to hand back management of the bankrupt firm to its management.
Taiwan-based solar wafer producer, Sino-American Silicon (SAS) reported a two month sequential decline in sales.
The Silver Institute, a trade association for leading silver producers expects overall industrial demand to increase by 27% through 2018, with demand from the PV industry increasing around 24% in that time frame.
Semiconductor and solar equipment supplier, Orbotech has received a repeat order for its ‘Aurora’ PECVD tools worth around US$15 million.
Taiwan-based solar wafer producer, Green Energy Technology (GET), reported sales in November of NT$1,460 million (US$46.79 million), down 5.6% on the previous month.
Major PV manufacturer JinkoSolar said that its 60-cell multicrystalline silicon ‘Eagle+’ series modules have achieved power output of 306.9 Watts.
A Soitec multi-junction solar cell for use in concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems has become the company’s latest cell to reach a world record for conversion efficiency at 46%, according to Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy (Fraunhofer ISE).
Xinyi Solar will invest around US$100 million in a new ultra-clear PV glass factory in Malaysia.
GCL-Poly Energy Holdings, the largest polysilicon and wafer producer in the PV industry has confirmed the sale of its wafer production assets for approximately US$1.3 billion in cash.
N-type monocrystalline wafer producer, Comtec Solar Systems Group, has reported a steep decline in revenue for the third quarter of 2014.
State-owned chemical firm, China National Bluestar, has bought tier-one module manufacturer REC Solar ASA for NOK4.34 billion (US$640 million).
Taiwan Polysilicon Corp has filed for corporate restructuring after a court ruled that it had failed to fulfil its obligations on NT$940 million (US$30.6 million) bonds.
Trina Solar has produced n-type and p-type monocrystalline and p-type multicrystalline solar cells with new record conversion efficiencies. Trina Solar expects the technologies used to become part of its future production roadmap.
China-based polysilicon and wafer producer, Daqo New Energy, has reported record third quarter results, due to strong demand that is expected to continue through the first quarter of 2015.
One of India’s largest PV module manufacturer’s, Waaree Energies said it would collaborate with GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) on incorporating its new ‘Merlin’ technology into its existing production lines.
PV module encapsulant material producer, STR Holdings has expanded production at its Malaysian plant to meet growing PV module production in the country after the latest round of US anti-dumping duties on Chinese and Taiwanese made solar cells.
GCL-Poly Energy Holdings, the largest polysilicon and solar wafer producer reported strong third quarter results as demand exceeded supply and was running at 100% utilization rates for both products.
Inverter manufacturer SMA has unveiled a new roof-mount racking solution for commercial-level PV installations.
Major PV energy provider, Canadian Solar, has reported record quarterly results for the third quarter of 2014, while guiding higher shipments and revenue for the fourth quarter.
The planned sale by GCL-Poly Energy Holdings of its wafer business is due to its very high debt leveraged ratio, primarily due to the concentration of short-term debt, Zhu Gongshan, the company’s CEO has said in an emergency investor call.
Executive directors and other senior management at Chinese polysilicon producer GCL New Energy Holdings have been ordered to attend training courses on stock exchange listings compliance, after the company belatedly revealed details of module supply deals with bankrupt PV module manufacturer Shanghai Chaori Solar, for which GCL recently revealed a bail-out deal.
Thin-film OPV firm, Dyesol has renewed its involvement with Swansea University in Wales and the Sustainable Product Engineering Centre for Innovative Functional Industrial Coatings (SPECIFIC) to develop and commercialise perovskite-based OPV thin-film products.
Taiwan-based solar wafer producer, Sino-American Silicon (SAS) experienced a slight fall in revenue in October, 2014 after rebounding from flagging sales in July and reaching record levels in September.
PV equipment and technology specialist, Schmid Group, has officially started construction of an integrated PV production plant in Argentina for the provincial government of San Juan.
The largest polysilicon producer, GCL-Poly Energy Holdings and a group of other investors are to take a majority shareholding in bankrupt PV module manufacturer, Shanghai Chaori Solar. The company also announced plans to dispose of its wafer production business, which has recently been expanded to a nameplate capacity of 13GW.
Taiwan-based wafer producer, Green Energy Technology (GET) reported an 18% increase in sales for October, reaching a new monthly revenue record of NT$1,547 million (US$50.49 million).
An ad hoc consortium of three German research institutes and the south-western German industry association, Solar Cluster, are undertaking a detailed feasibility study for the establishment of a fully integrated PV manufacturing facility on behalf of ITAIPU, a Brazilian-Paraguayan power company, and FIEP, an industry association.
Chang Zhou Almaden a major PV glass manufacturer in China is establishing a new manufacturing plant in Dubai to produce 400,000 PV glass substrates per annum.
REC Silicon is to expand polysilicon production at its Moses Lake facility and silane production at its Butte facility, while restarting Silane I production. The company is also undertaking a feasibility study to establish a 20,000MT joint venture polysilicon plant in Saudi Arabia with IDEA Polysilicon.
US-Based ‘Direct Wafer’ producer, 1366 Technologies has met a key production milestone set a year ago of producing 5MW per year for each furnace that is claimed to be on par with conventional ingot casting furnaces used in producing the ubiquitous multicrystalline wafer.
Four of the largest polysilicon producers have all reported strong revenue for the third quarter of 2014, on the back of stable ASPs and strong demand from the PV industry.
From next year, anti-dumping duties levied on Chinese suppliers could contribute to a rebound in the falling price of solar glass, according to a new report from IHS Technology.
GT Advanced Technology (GTAT) was suffering from sapphire yield issues at its Arizona production plant, according to a consensus of financial analysts and equipment suppliers that PV Tech spoke to during Solar Power International, held in Las Vegas last week.
Yingli Green Energy updated the financial community as to its long-term technology roadmap during its fifth annual investor day event during Solar Power International 2014, held in Las Vegas.
SPI and GD Solar are to develop 500MW of solar in China, each year from 2015 to 2017, for a total of 1.5GW.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) is to provide US$53 million to fund 40 R&D projects aimed at slashing the cost of solar.
As expected, LDK Solar’s three US subsidiaries have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection at the District of Delaware US Bankruptcy Court, according to court documents.
US commercial and industrial solar solutions provider, Inovateus Solar has partnered with Indiana-based solar racking company, Kanzo.
Major PVEP SunEdison is looking to leverage its advanced fluidized bed reactor (PBR) technology that is claimed to offer high-purity polysilicon at the lowest cost to build a major downstream PV power plant business in the largest market, China.
Market research firm GTM Research expects around 130,000MT of polysilicon production to come on stream in the next few years, equivalent of 25GW, which could impact pricing.
The Chapter 11 bankruptcy of GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) has led to the US NASDAQ stock market stopping trading of its shares today.
Fraunhofer ISE has teamed with industrial partners Merck, Heraeus and ASYS to produce fine line contacts with widths under 35µm, employing new materials and contactless techniques to reduce shading and boost conventional solar cell efficiencies.
Despite the lack of current capital expenditure (capex) across the PV industry value chain, market research firm NPD Solarbuzz expects a major shift to higher efficiency cells and modules to finally dominate the sector by the end of 2018.
Major Taiwan-based wafer producer, Green Energy Technology (GET) said sales in September reached US$43.1 million, up 3.1% from the prior month.
In a shock move, major PV equipment provider, GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) said it would file for chapter 11 bankruptcy in the District of New Hampshire, US.