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Struggling lower-tier a-Si thin-film producer and BIPV developer, China Solar Energy Holdings has been forced to close its a-Si thin-film manufacturing plant in Changzhou, Jiangsu, China after the subsidiary was forced into bankruptcy.
Hanergy Solar said it was in the early stages of developing a 400MW PV power plant in the Northern Region of Ghana at an estimated cost of approximately US$1.1 billion.
In a Hong Kong stock market statement, Hanergy Solar said it expected more than a 50% increase in net profits for 2013, compared to the previous year.
Laser structuring specialist, LPKF SolarQuipment has installed a new LPKF Presto laser scriber at its Shanghai application centre to extend its capabilities in researching advanced laser machining techniques for thin-film PV modules employing different coating technologies.
Tokyo Electron (TEL) has announced plans to discontinue its ‘micromorph’ turnkey thin-film production line operations, which it acquired after buying Oerlikon Solar in 2012.
Sharp has signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to construct a 52MW DC photovoltaic (PV) plant in Thailand for Thai company Serm Sang Palang Ngan (SSP).
Silicon (a-Si) thin-film manufacturer, Masdar PV is to supply the modules for a 6MW IRENA/ADFD funded project in Sierra Leone.
Hanergy Group has secured financing from several Chinese banks totalling around 20 billion yuan (US$3.3 billion), according to reports, as it looks to become a major PVEP (PV Energy Provider) employing a-Si and CIGS thin-film technology for downstream PV power plants.
Having acquired amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin-film equipment supplier Oerlikon Solar for over US$280 million in 2012, Tokyo Electron (TEL) has made an impairment charge on the operations of around US$214 million, revaluing the operations at around US$71 million.
A leading solar cell manufacturer in Asia has placed its first order with Meyer Burger, via its subsidiary, Roth & Rau for its ‘Heterojunction’ technology that combines amorphous silicon thin-film layers to both sides of monocrystalline silicon wafers.
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.