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Italy’s Enel Green Power has confirmed it is to take full ownership of the 3Sun thin-film joint venture it originally created with Sharp and STMicroelectronics.
Work continues apace on the new factory that will serve as a “blueprint” for the future plans of Japanese thin-film module manufacturer Solar Frontier, with the company confirming to PV Tech that it will target a cell efficiency of 15% on its production lines.
Some of the distinctive cylindrical photovoltaic modules produced by bankrupted US thin-film manufacturer Solyndra are being resold in Europe through Photon Energy, PV Tech has learned.
A newly developed Fresnel lens by Fraunhofer ISE and produced by ORAFOL Fresnel Optics have been combined into Soitec’s ‘FLATCON’ CPV module and record efficiency multi-junction solar sells to provide a record module conversion efficiency of 36.7%.
Sharp Corporation is exiting its a-Si thin-film joint venture in Europe with Enel at a cost of around US$141 million.
Major PV energy provider, First Solar, has cancelled long-standing plans to build a 2GW PV power plant near Ordos City, Inner Mongolia, according to reports.
Flexible CIGS thin-film producer, Ascent Solar is collaborating with NASA through its Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) programme to develop low-cost lightweight large area solar arrays for a range of space applications in the future.
Start-up Siva Power has touted a revised low-cost roadmap for CIGS thin-film modules that would generate US$0.28/Watt on a single 300MW fully-automated production line.
Senators for the US state of Ohio, Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown, have written to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) opposing India’s anti-dumping duties on US solar manufacturers.
Russian thin-film module manufacturing start-up, Hevel Solar has started trial production of its Oerlikon Solar supplied turnkey tandem-junction ‘Micromorph’ a-Si plant.
PV equipment specialist, Singulus Technologies has received an order said to be over €15 million (US$20.4 million) for a CIGS thin-film wet-chemical coating processing tool from an unidentified customer in China.
Component and subsystem provider EMCORE Corporation has agreed to a long-term supply deal with Space Systems/Loral, LLC (SSL) that will see EMCORE construct and deliver solar cells for SSL’s satellite programs.
Market research firm, IHS, has again raised its global PV market demand forecast for 2014.
CIGS thin-film maker Siva Power has received the initial portion of an anticipated US$15 million in investment, which the company said it intends to put towards scaling up its production facilities to gigawatt production capacity.
Showa Shell has said it is considering consolidating its PV R&D activities in thin-film technology into its subsidiary, Solar Frontier, to enable a faster response to changing market dynamics.