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China-based Hanergy Thin Film Power Group is to build a 10MW gallium arsenide (GaAs) thin-film solar cell R&D and manufacturing plant using recently acquired US start-up Alta Devices technology.
This Wednesday will be the deadline date for submissions to Germany’s first ever competitive tender process for large-scale solar power plants, with 150MW of projects up for grabs.
Sweden-based thin-film equipment specialist Midsummer said it had received a multi-million US dollar order for its ‘DUO’ a volume production flexible CIGS (copper, indium, gallium and selenium) thin-film solar cell sputtering tool.
Japan-based CIS thin-film module manufacturer Solar Frontier said it had completed the construction of its Tohoku Plant in March 2015 as expected and plans to start ramping production immediately.
Hanergy Thin Film Power (Hanergy TF) remained highly dependent on parent company Hanergy Holding Group for revenue in 2014, gaining revenue for the sales of a small number of PV plants and limited revenue from thin-film sales to IKEA that were outside group transactions.
Technology manufacturing equipment specialist Singulus Technologies has reported heavy 2014 losses on weak revenue in its Optical Disc and Solar divisions.
China-based Hanergy Thin Film Power Group has been forced to repay HK$1,262,629,000 (US$162.8 million) to its parent company, Hanergy Holding on failure to meet 2013 a-Si thin-film module supply contracts for downstream PV power plant projects.
Hanergy Thin Film Power Group’s thin-film equipment manufacturing subsidiary, Fujian Apollo, has won a further two thin-film equipment and plant service deals totalling US$1.82 billion.
Laser equipment specialist LPKF reported strong sales to the solar industry in 2014, despite limited capital spending in the sector.
Thin-film maker Hanergy, which has been the subject of recent press reports over “unusual” share trading, has opened a number of retail stores in its homeland, China.
Flexible CIGS thin-film producer Ascent Solar Technologies reported 2014 annual revenue of US$5.33 million on net losses of US$43.3 million.
Sweden-based nano-material development firm, Sol Voltaics has claimed a 1-sun record conversion efficiency of 15.3% for a solar cell coated with its gallium-arsenide (GaAs) nanowire array (NWA).
India-based renewable energy project developer Welspun Renewables has entered into a 100MW supply deal with Solar Frontier, marking continued efforts by the Japanese CIS thin-film producer to broaden its geographical sales footprint outside Japan.
PV manufacturing equipment specialist Smit Ovens has filed for bankruptcy in the Netherlands to restructure its operations.
Japanese CIS thin-film manufacturer, Solar Frontier, is to acquire the entire US project pipeline of Gestamp Solar in what the company said marked its first step towards becoming a significant global downstream player.