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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.
Germany-based PV materials manufacturer Heraeus has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Taiwan-based PV materials specialist Giga Solar Materials Corp for allegedly infringing a patent held by Heraeus over front-side metallisation paste materials used for solar cells.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has opened its new headquarters in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, which the organisation’s director general has described as a “paragon of sustainability”.
German-based thermoplastic films producer RENOLIT Group is entering the PV module backsheet material sector, launching its product offering at Intersolar Europe.
PV tool maker Schmid has secured a 400MW order for wafer edge isolation equipment from Chinese tier-one manufacturer JA Solar.
Major Taiwan-based solar cell producer Gintech Energy Corp is placing greater emphasis on partnering with companies outside its core cell manufacturing activities, while focusing on R&D activities to remain a key player in the sector.
The Fraunhofer Institute has opened a new research centre in Chile to help further the development of solar thermal and PV technologies.
Firefighters responded to an emergency at one of Apple’s facilities in Mesa, Arizona on Tuesday afternoon after a blaze broke out in an area of solar panels fitted to the roof of the building.
China-based monocystalline wafer producer Xian Longi Silicon Materials Company is partnering with local authorities in Shanting District, Shandong Province, China to provide PV projects totalling 400MW.
Consumer electronics and PV materials manufacturer Panasonic will invest ¥9.5 billion to expand its solar cell and module production lines in its home country of Japan by 150MW a year.
Integrated PV module manufacturer SolarWorld said its Passivated Emitter Rear Cell (PERC) technology had proved a big hit in the US market and would reach 430MW of production capacity at its US-based plant in Hillsboro, US in the second quarter of 2015.
PV module encapsulant supplier STR Holding has resorted to accepting PV modules as payment worth approximately US$7.4 million for encapsulant material supplied to a Chinese PV module manufacturer.
Sharp Corporation reported its Solar Cells unit significantly increased sales and operating income in FY2014 due to strong domestic demand and its shift to downstream PV mega-solar project business.
The acquisition of PV module manufacturer REC Solar was said to have been completed by Norway-based Elkem Group, owned by Chinese investment firm China National Bluestar Group.
High-tech equipment manufacturer Manz sees “significant opportunities for growth” in both its solar and energy storage business segments, according to statements released to accompany first quarter results for 2015.
A former polysilicon supply deal between Wacker Chemie and SunEdison, formerly MEMC, which went sour, has been settled.
Horizontal tracking systems provided by IdeemaTec Deutschland GmbH will be utilised by the Jordanian government programme for renewable energies in three projects — totaling 43.5MW.
Renewable energy provider Silicon Ranch has selected technology and products from First Solar for its 12MW solar power project — which is expected to generate power to Aerojet Rocketdyne and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) in East Camden, Arkansas.
Polysilicon producer REC Silicon reported a 48% decline in polysilicon sales in the first quarter of 2015, driven by a number of negative impacts.
Ecoppia, a developer of water-free PV solar panel cleaning solutions, has announced that its E4 robotic solar panel cleaning system is now operational on five PV installations in the Middle East — comprising of over 35MW of installed capacity.
Major polysilicon producer Wacker Chemie said its capacity could reach around 80,000MT by 2017 as it optimises production in Germany and ramps its new plant in
More details have emerged on inverters for Tesla’s new home battery system, to be made by Fronius and SolarEdge, while the EV-maker’s energy storage will be installed at demonstration and commercial projects for US utility Edison International.
The sixth edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaic has been released, setting out key measures for continued cost cutting along the crystalline silicon PV value chain.
Materials supplier DuPont has launched the latest generation of its Solamet PV metallisation pastes, unveiling Solamet PV19x at the SNEC expo in Shanghai, China.
Germany-based PV materials manufacturer Heraeus is to open new R&D centres in mainland China and Taiwan.
Semiconductor equipment makers Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron have agreed to terminate plans for a merger after the US Department of Justice (DoJ) warned about loss of competition from the procedure.
The renewable energy advisory subsidiary of German insurance giant Allianz is to offer risk assessment and certification services to PV projects in partnership with VDE and Fraunhofer ISE, two of solar’s best known certification and testing houses.
PV metallization paste manufacturer Heraeus Photovoltaics Global Business Unit is expected to attend the SNEC 9th International Photovoltaic Power Generation Conference & Exhibition from 28 – 30 April, 2015, in Shanghai, China.
Following recent news that Holland’s Orange Solar will open a module factory aimed at “reviving” European PV manufacturing, BIPV specialist Onyx Solar will begin work on a factory in Spain.