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Masdar PV said that the first of its custom-sized a-Si thin-film modules have been shipped and installed for a BIPV project in Sweden.
Weak market demand and pricing pressure on a-Si thin-film modules were cited by Schott Solar for the permanent closure of its manufacturing facility in Jena, Germany with the potential loss of around 150 jobs.
REC Solar has cancelled its NOK200 million (US$32 million) revolving credit facility with sister company REC Silicon, citing a “positive outlook on business”.
Following the start of legal procedures by the liquidation trustee for failed flexible a-Si thin-film manufacturer, Energy Conversion Devices (ECD), Trina Solar has also responded to the litigation, noting the complaint was ‘without merit”.
In a quirk of fate, Applied Materials is back in the amorphous silicon thin-film market having acquired Tokyo Electron in a major move to dominate the semiconductor and Flat Panel Display equipment sectors.
According to the latest findings from NPD Solarbuzz, the continued competitiveness of conventional c-Si technologies and market overcapacity is taking its toll on PV thin-film market share.
Silicon micromorph (a-Si/μc-Si) thin-film module manufacturer, Masdar PV, has secured a 17-year loan to finance an 11.7MW PV power plant in Thuringia, Germany.
An R&D collaboration between Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and silicon thin-film manufacturer, Masdar PV, could potentially enable module efficiencies above 20%.
Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy firm Masdar has commissioned a US$31.99 million, 15MW PV power plant in the Mauritania, no
The acquisition of Swiss silicon thin film equipment supplier Oerlikon Solar by Tokyo Electron has resulted in sales of approximately US$3.1 million in 2012 up from US$2.9 million in 2011.
Germany-based industrial laser specialist InnoLas Systems GmbH said that the company achieved revenue of €40 million (US$52.9 million) in 2012, which was 60% higher than the previous year.
A total of 15 PV projects equal to approximately 85MW are to be built by project developer, Strata Solar and module manufacturer Canadian Solar in 2013.
China-based silicon thin-film manufacturer, Trony Solar which had its shares halted on the Hong Kong stock exchange due to accounting anomalies last year, said in a stock market filing that its audit committee dealing with the accounting issues had resigned.
Sharp Corporation reported PV product sales of 55.9 billion yen for its FYQ3 2012, up 9.4% compared to the previous quarter.
Panasonic’s high-performance ‘HIT’ PV modules have shown no sign of being affected by potential induced degradation (PID) characteristics after testing took place at the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon-Photovoltaics (CSP).