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In the wake of reports that the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has ruled in favour of the US over its complaint about India’s local content policies for solar equipment, an American Trade representative has said that the US supports the rapid deployment of solar energy in India.
PV thin film equipment and module producer Hanergy Thin Film Power Group (Hanergy TF) said in reporting first half 2015 financial results that it would be restructuring its operations with the loss of around 2,000 jobs, 37% of its workforce of 5,458 at the end of the reporting period.
Further adding to its woes, struggling Hong Kong PV manufacturer Hanergy Thin Film Power is to be dropped from investment indexes compiled by MSCI.
A report, four years in the making, has been released by the US Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Inspector General into the collapse of CIGS thin-film producer, Solyndra, and the way more than US$500 million of loan guarantees were given out by the department to the failed company.
Swedish thin-film PV equipment specialist Midsummer has been awarded a SEK10 million (US$1.2 million) grant to support production and sales of its cell manufacturing machines.
Taiwan-based CIGS thin-film module producer TSMC Solar, a subsidiary of leading semiconductor foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp is to close its manufacturing plant at the end of August and exit the solar PV market.
Hanergy Thin Film Power has issued a profit warning for its first half 2015 results as its primary customer, Hanergy Group, recently cancelled a major connected transaction to appease a Hong Kong stock market investigation into Hanergy TF’s viability when the majority of a sales go through its privately held parent company.
Flexible CIGS thin-film producer Ascent Solar Technologies has dropped plans to build an initial 25MW plant in Suqian, Jiangsu Province, China.
Laser systems specialist LPKF Laser & Electronics expects lean new order bookings in its Solar segment for the remaining half of 2015.
Technology manufacturing equipment firm, Manz AG reported flat first half 2015 sales as orders from several business segments were said to have been delayed or cancelled.
First Solar has guided 2015 PV module shipments almost double those of 2014. The CdTe thin-film leader expects shipments to be in the range of 2.8GW to 2.9GW.
PV manufacturing equipment specialist Singulus Technologies has reported new order intake for the first half of 2015 topped €73.1 million, significantly up from €25.2 million in the prior year period.
Swiss/Hungarian silicon thin-film equipment and technology firm Ecosolifer has been reported to be planning an 80MW module assembly plant in Brazil, using its proprietary amorphous silicon deposition technology on monocrystalline wafers produced at its plant in Csorna, Hungary.
A 3GW module shipment “milestone” announced today by Japan-headquartered thin-film firm Solar Frontier is confirmation that CIGS technology “can work” despite facing challenges during its history, according to solar market analyst Finlay Colville.
CIGS thin-film producer Hulk Energy Technology (Hulk) is planning a single 200MW line expansion by the end of 2015, due to growing demand in Europe and the expectation of establishing a strong market in the US.
Beleaguered Chinese manufacturer Hanergy Thin Film Power has cancelled a controversial module supply deal with its parent group.
Hanergy Thin Film Power has threatened to challenge its suspension by the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) in the courts.
The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (HKSFC) has suspended Hanergy Thin Film Power Group.
Nanoelectronics research group imec says it has made a “breakthrough” in developing perovskite-based thin-film photovoltaics (PV), recording an active area efficiency of 11.9% with its module.
R&D expenditure in 2014 increased by almost US$100 million from the previous year to reach a new record of US$512.75 million from 12 major tier-one PV module manufacturers, PV Tech has historically tracked in its annual PV R&D spending report.
Hulk Energy Technology has set a new record power output for a commercial CIGS thin-film module.
A new chief operating officer has been chosen and approved at German high-tech equipment manufacturer Manz AG.
Leading thin-film manufacturer First Solar faces the prospect of losing a key financial supporter of its foreign exports as the possible closure of the US Export-Import Bank looms.
Solar Frontier, the vertically integrated thin-film PV manufacturer and project developer headquartered in Japan, has opened an office in London aimed at steering its activities in the currently buoyant UK market.
Leading CdTe thin-film producer First Solar has made several internal management changes, including a new US regional president and chief operating officer (COO).
The Guggenheim Solar Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) has sold its shares in Hanergy Thin Film Power (TFP) despite the stock not currently being publicly traded.
Recognising that the vast growth in solar deployment under the feed-in tariff (FiT) could lead to an accumulation of PV waste in landfills, Japan will soon begin implementing recycling rules for solar modules.
Hanergy Thin Film Power has refused to share details of parent company Hanergy’s accounts with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX), according to a report by Reuters.
Thin-film is better suited to compete across all market segments with its conventional rivals than ever before, despite generally recording lower conversion efficiencies, Solar Frontier CEO Atsuhiko Hirano has said.
Brazil’s Ministry of Mine and Energy (MME) has pushed back the results of its solar-exclusive energy auction by two weeks to 28 August 2015.
Major CIS thin-film producer Solar Frontier is partnering in the construction of five PV power plat projects in the region of Kyushu, Japan totalling 9MW.
Leading thin-film PV manufacturer First Solar has surpassed multicrystalline module conversion efficiencies for the first time with its CdTe module efficiency reaching a record 18.6%.
Japan’s domestic solar industry faces a “wait-and-see” period, but recent rule changes imposed by the government are “very understandable”, according to the CEO of Solar Frontier.
Thin-film manufacturing equipment specialist Hanergy Thin Film Power has cancelled a recent 900MW a-Si turnkey production plant with parent company, Hanergy Holding.
Belgian research centre imec has reported a Perovskite module efficiency of 8% during the Intersolar Europe exhibition in Munich.
A total of 6.4GW of new manufacturing capacity announcements, across thin film, crystalline silicon solar cell and PV module assembly were made in May 2015, a new record high in more than four years, according to PV Tech’s initial analysis.
An EU funded R&D project has been launched to achieve commercially viable CIGS (copper indium gallium (di)selenide) thin-film cells with 25% conversion efficiencies.
Equipment specialist GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) said it was assessing fire damage to the former Apple sapphire making equipment housed in the Arizona facility that caught fire last week due to a potentially faulty PV rooftop array.
Independent power producer (IPP) sPower has started its first PV power plant project in Los Angeles County, which is deploying 250,000 First Solar CdTe thin-film modules at the 22.5MW project.
Southern Power, a subsidiary of the utility Southern Company, has acquired the 103MW Butler solar facility in Georgia from renewable energy company Community Energy.
The parent company of Hanergy Thin Film Power (Hanergy TF) has insisted the firm is in good financial condition despite its shares almost halving in value yesterday.
First Solar is targeting commercial and industrial PV projects in the Philippines through a newly agreed joint venture.
Shares in Chinese thin-film solar firm Hanergy Thin Film Power (Hanergy TF) fell 47%, wiping HK$144.3 billion (US$18.6 billion) off the company’s market value before trading was suspended in Hong Kong.
The business model behind a hybrid plant which uses solar PV, combined heat and power systems and battery storage at a commercial facility in Germany, could be adapted and scaled up elsewhere, according to General Electric (GE), one of the project’s partners.
First Solar has published research suggesting its CdTe thin-film modules would offer a higher energy yield than those based on crystalline silicon technology in the hot, arid conditions typical of South Africa.
Thin-film module producer Solar Frontier has revealed that it will partner with German developer, New Energy for the World (NEW) to develop and sell 100MW of solar farms in the UK.
High-tech equipment manufacturer Manz sees “significant opportunities for growth” in both its solar and energy storage business segments, according to statements released to accompany first quarter results for 2015.
Hanergy Thin Film Power Group (Hanergy TF) has revealed plans to open 1,500 retail stores globally for its suite of thin-film solar products by 2017.
PV manufacturing equipment specialist Singulus Technologies expects ongoing improvement in sales after its order backlog exceeded €60 million in the first quarter of 2015.
Thin-film manufacturing equipment specialist Hanergy Thin Film Power has signed a new supply deal with parent company Hanergy Holding for a 900MW a-Si turnkey production plant for thin-film modules to be used for BIPV and BAPV applications.