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Flexible CIGS thin-film firm, Ascent Solar surpassed US$1 million in annual revenue for the second time since it started operations in 2005.
Manufacturing equipment specialist, Manz reported preliminary record revenue of €266.2 million in 2013, with solar segment sales of only €10.4 million.
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.
US-based CIGS thin-film developer, Stion, has claimed a prototype CIGS cell (20 cm x 20 cm) has achieved a 23.2% conversion efficiency using scalable commercial processes. The company did not disclose if the module results had been independently verified.
Infrastructure management company, based in South Africa, Engevix has installed a pilot PV plant in Brazil.
In a strategic move ahead of possible new anti-dumping duties being imposed on c-Si PV manufacturers in China and Taiwan, CIGS thin-film producer, TSMC Solar has selected Centrosolar America as its exclusive distributor in North America.
First Solar reported fourth quarter and full-year 2013 results that failed to meet financial analyst’s expectations by a wide-margin, with it shares taking a big tumble.
Chinese thin-film manufacturer Hanergy Solar has confirmed that it has now received all due payments from its parent company Hanergy Group.
Analysts have predicted slow growth for India’s solar market this year due to delays in implementing its waning national solar mission.
First Solar has reported a world record for a CdTe solar cell with a conversion efficiency of 20.4%.
After losing the support of one of its largest investors, HelioVolt officials announced in a statement Monday that the company will be seeking a wide range of alternatives in order to keep its manufacturing and development business afloat.
PV equipment supplier, Singulus Technologies reported preliminary revenue for 2013 of €134 million (US$184 million), up 23% from the previous year.
First Solar’s third annual NOVA awards for suppliers have been handed out, with the thin-film manufacturer recognising the contribution of four companies in “providing enduring value to First Solar’s manufacturing and EPC project activities”.
Leading CIS thin-film PV module manufacturer, Solar Frontier reported its first annual profit in 2013, fuelled by the boom in the Japanese market.
Saint-Gobain subsidiary, AVANCIS has reported a 30 x 30 cm² champion CIS thin-film module with a conversion efficiency of 16.6%, verified by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
The US government has requested that the WTO investigate India’s domestic content requirements that form part of its solar procurement drive.
China-based energy company, Hanergy Holding has transferred Hanergy UK’s operations to Hanergy Solar, its dedicated downstream PV operation.
Thin-film manufacturer Solopower has announced that it is close to reopening its factory in Portland, Oregon.
US-based start-up, Siva Power formerly Solexant, has reported a CIGS cell efficiency of 18.8% that it claims was verified by NREL in December 2013.
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.
PTiP (Photovoltaic Technology Intellectual Property), a spin-off from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has commissioned its CIGS thin-film solar module pilot line in collaboration with equipment supplier, Singulus 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.
On cue, First Solar said it had started construction of a 102MW (AC) PV power plant in Nyngan, New South Wales (NSW).
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).
Hanergy Solar has said it will start construction of a planned 3GW CIGS thin-film manufacturing complex in Caofeidian, Hebei Province, China in March 2014 with tool install starting by the end of the year.
Japan-based thin-film PV manufacturer, Solar Frontier has completed what it claims to be the largest solar installation at an airport anywhere in Asia.
Chinese manufacturer, Hanergy, could build a US$500 million thin-film PV factory in the Ivory Coast, according to the country’s government and a statement released by the company.
Market research firm, Lux Research expects balance of system (BOS) component costs to fall gradually through the rest of the decade, according to a new report.
Silicon (a-Si) thin-film manufacturer, Masdar PV is to supply the modules for a 6MW IRENA/ADFD funded project in Sierra Leone.
First Solar said it had started construction of a 22MW PV power plant in Pecos County, Texas.
Japanese PV manufacturers Solar Frontier has agreed the site deal for its fourth thin-film manufacturing plant.
Chinese state-owned PV manufacturer, CECEP Solar Energy Technology has used upgrades for Applied Materials ‘Baccini Esatto’ screen printers to produce average multicrystalline solar cell conversion efficiencies of 18.32%.
Chinese thin-film manufacturer Hanergy has recommenced share trading and issued 500 million new shares to an unnamed investor.
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.
Plans by Ascent Solar to build a JV manufacturing plant with the Municipal City of Suqian in Jiangsu Province, China, have been revised but the plan remains on track.
A collaborative development programne (CDP) between First Solar and Intermolecular that was established in 2012 to target higher efficiency CdTe thin-film modules has been amended.
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Hanergy has said it was in takeover talks with a key PV installer working with a major “household furniture retail chain”. The company has already sealed a thin-film module supply agreement with retail furniture chain IKEA in the UK.
Japanese thin-film PV manufacturer Solar Frontier is to build its fourth CIGS module assembly plant in Japan with a nameplate capacity of 150MW.
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.
Hanergy subsidiary, Solibro, has made a significant step forward in its sub-module (5x5cm2) lab produced copper-indium-gallium-selenium (CIGS) thin-film process with a verified conversion efficiency of 19.6%.
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.
CIGS thin-film specialist, Solarion has started production of a foil-backed flexible thin-film module with ratings of between 65 and 80 Watt.
Photon Energy Investments (PEI), a division of PV solutions and services company Photon Energy has launched a standardised financing model through its fully-owned subsidiary, Photon Energy Generation Australia (PEGA).
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.
The German Government has successfully received aid to the tune of €2.3 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to finance programmes to help support workers made redundant at two thin-film production plants closed by First Solar at the end of 2012.
The local government of Rio Grande do Sul has announced that Chinese firm Hanergy plans to build a thin-film solar PV module factory in the Brazilian state.
Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) thin-film solar module maker Calyxo has commissioned a new 60MW production line at its Bitterfeld-Wolfen plant in Germany.
REC Solar has cancelled its NOK200 million (US$32 million) revolving credit facility with sister company REC Silicon, citing a “positive outlook on business”.