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A syndicate of 11 commercial banks in China have provided technically bankrupt, LDK Solar with a RMB 1.56 billion (US$256 million) credit facility.
Japan-based specialty chemical company, Kuraray Co has invested in US-based start-up Vitriflex Inc to support the manufacturing ramp of its flexible ultra-barrier film that can be used to replace glass as an encapsulant in electronic devices, including solar PV products for consumer applications. Financial details were not disclosed.
Tasnee, a major Saudi Arabian petro-chemical company, is to make its second investment in DSC thin-film firm, Dyesol.
Australian-based dye solar cell developer, Dyesol, has appointed a new director responsible for international relationships with industry, analysts and investors.
Meyer Burger Group member Roth & Rau B.V. has formed a strategic alliance with materials science firm, Rolic Technologies to develop product offerings for the organic electronics, display, and security markets, which Rolic Technologies already serves.
Employing its liquid-based dye solar cell (DSC) substrate, Dyesol claimed it had surpassed the standard IEC 61646 design qualification for PV modules, without disclosing the approved testing house.
Dye solar cell (DSC) developer Dyesol has claimed a breakthrough in solid-state DSC efficiency of 11.3%. Typically best-in class efficiencies for such cells have been in the 5% range.
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.
Heliatek has achieved a record 12% conversion efficiency in its organic PV (OPV) cells using a vacuum-deposition process.
UK-based dye sensitised solar cell (DSSC) flexible thin-film manufacturer G24 Innovations has sought protection under administration, according to reports.
ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe has joined the Solliance (ECN, imec, TNO, Holst Centre, TU/e, Forschungszentrum Jülich) R&D alliance that is focused on organic photovoltaics (OPV) thin film technologies.
Belectric advised that the deal to acquire Konarka Technologies has been completed, with an agreement reached between the two companies. Konarka Technologies applied for insolvency earlier this year and began negotiations with several investors. Alexander Kubusch, preliminary insolvency administrator from Curator, commented, “…our talks have now reached a successful conclusion. Of the many interested parties, we ultimately opted for Belectric Holding, because this company not only offered an ideal solution to the issue of business operations but also went a long way toward upholding the interests of creditors.”
Imec and chemicals company Solvay are once again presenting the development of a new organic PV module. The companies have announced that the world-record certified 5.5% efficiency was achieved using an inverted bulk heterojunction architecture developed by imec, in close collaboration with Solvay and a proprietary ActivInk semiconductor from Polyera.
Armor Group, a French supplier of coated films for the thermal transfer printing industry, is stepping into the OPV solar cell manufacturing realm by investing €14 million (US$18 million) in a pilot OPV production line in La Chevrolière in western France, Les Echos revealed.
Heliatek has started a pilot production programme for its new solar film technology. Production is being carried out at its facility in Dresden, Germany, which was inaugurated in March 2011. Heliatek is a specialist in the manufacture of energy harvesting components made from flexible solar films based on organic semiconductor materials.