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Dieter Manz, founder of equipment supplier Manz AG, claims that crystalline technology will “lose out” to thin-film as the global solar market grows and gears itself up to much larger scales of production.
Construction has begun on a 61MW solar power plant in Honduras.
Hanergy has confirmed details of a 300MW CIGS thin-film factory in Hunan Province.
The former golf course is in Nakagawa, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan and will sell power generated to the grid.
A Soitec multi-junction solar cell for use in concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems has become the company’s latest cell to reach a world record for conversion efficiency at 46%, according to Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy (Fraunhofer ISE).
High-tech manufacturing equipment firm, Manz AG reported record revenue for the first nine months of 2014, driven by its Flat Panel Display segment, which generated €179.9 million from the total revenue of €250.9 million.
Thin-film OPV firm, Dyesol has renewed its involvement with Swansea University in Wales and the Sustainable Product Engineering Centre for Innovative Functional Industrial Coatings (SPECIFIC) to develop and commercialise perovskite-based OPV thin-film products.
First Solar and Belectric have started construction of one of the UK’s largest solar farms, a 46MW project in Oxfordshire that will bring large-scale PV capacity deployed by the pair in the UK up to 80MW when completed.
First Solar reported third quarter net sales of US$889 million, an increase of US$345 million from the second quarter of 2014. However, project delays would result in full-year revenue guidance lowered by US$100 million to a range of US$3.6 billion to US$3.9 billion.
First Solar has said it will restore idled production lines at its main production plant in Malaysia bringing back 360MW of capacity. The company also said it would add two new lines at its facility in Ohio, providing a further 178MW of nameplate capacity in 2015.
Japanese thin-film manufacturer Solar Frontier has said its next-generation fab will trim a third off the cost of producing its CIGS modules.
Thin-film OPV firm, Dyesol said it was undertaking the planning phases of commercialising its solid-state DSC technology using perovskite-based thin-films.
Hanergy Thin Film Power is setting up a product development business with a research centre to be established in Silicon Valley.
Thin-film manufacturer Hanergy has completed the first phase of a BIPV install at its headquarters in Beijing, covering the building’s exterior almost entirely with 600kW of thin-film PV.
Swedish furniture store IKEA is to offer residential solar panels in the Netherlands.