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Hanergy Solar Group has proposed a name change to better reflect its focus on thin-film PV technologies.
Japanese thin-film solar company Solar Frontier has announced a number of changes to its senior management team which it says will aid the company’s expansion plans domestically and elsewhere.
US thin-film maker First Solar is targeting the annual installation of 100MW of its panels in Japan through a deal with domestic distributor XSOL.
Japanese thin-film manufacturer and project developer Solar Frontier is to build a 13MW PV plant close to the historic town of Hiraizumi.
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.
Chinese thin-film manufacturer Hanergy and iconic British sports car maker Aston Martin are working on a joint R&D initiative looking at the use of solar in performance vehicles.
A utility company in Texas that serves nearly 400,000 people has declared that it is not only ready to meet recently issued Environment Protection Agency (EPA) carbon standards but will be able to go entirely ‘coal-free’ by 2016.
Solar Frontier’s Atushiko Hirano explains how the thin-film manufacturer’s new factory in Japan will serve as a blueprint for expansion into other parts of the world.
US-based CIGS thin-film manufacturer, Stion Corporation said it would be expanding capacity in the wake of recent preliminary tariffs on Chinese solar cells and modules shipped to the US.
India’s transport minister, Nitin Gadkari, has written a letter opposing the proposed anti-dumping duties on US, Chinese and Malaysian solar imports.
Hanergy Global Solar Power & Applications Group, a subsidiary of Hanergy Solar Group Limited, has signed a strategic partnership framework with Sojitz Machinery Corporation – one of the largest trading corporations in Japan.
Japanese thin-film company, Solar Frontier, has plans to enter the UK market, although an official announcement is some way off, according to the company’s senior vice president, Atsuhiko Hirano.
Solar analyst Bridge to India’s managing director, Tobias Engelmeier, has warned anti-dumping duties will halt India’s solar industry for up to two years.
Taiwan-based CIGS thin-film producer, TSMC Solar has attracted Dr. Rommel Noufi, a leading CIGS technologist and pioneer at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to consult with the company on future R&D activities.
One of the last remaining a-Si thin-film manufacturing plants in production globally and the last in Germany is to close with the loss of 160 jobs at Masdar PV in Ichterhausen.
Before India’s new pro-solar Prime Minister Narendra Modi can settle into office, a glut of troubling solar issues await resolution.
PV module encapsulant material supplier, STR Holdings continues to struggle transitioning its business and product portfolio after loosing its major customer, First Solar earlier in 2013.
Leading photovoltaics energy provider, First Solar, has reported first quarter 2014 revenue well above guidance on a PV project pull-in but reiterated full-year revenue guidance would be unchanged at up to US$4 billion.
Major PVEP (Photovoltaics Energy Provider), First Solar is to provide turnkey Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor services to EDF Renewable Energy in California.
The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) will partner on thin-film PV research with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).
JinkoSolar has inked a major PV module supply agreement with Enel Green Power (EGP) to provide 100MW to two PV power plants being built in Chile.
The silicon thin-film market is set for continued decline, according to a new report by EnergyTrend.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) has dropped an initial request by the United States to set up a panel to review the controversial domestic content requirement in India’s national solar programme.
Advanced thermal processing equipment supplier, BTU International has reported first quarter 2014 sales of US$11.7 million, up 6.3% compared the previous quarter.
The 290MW Agua Caliente solar PV facility in Arizona is close to being fully complete, according NRG Solar and MidAmerican Solar.
DuPont said that its DuPont Apollo amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin-film module manufacturing subsidiary’s operations would be permanently closed by the end of 2014.
North Carolina-based high-efficiency concentrated photovoltaics (CPV) manufacturer Semprius claims it has developed a new stacked solar cell that brings closer the promise of 50% conversion efficiency.
Thin-film manufacturer Hanergy Solar has supplied electric supercar maker Tesla with two solar charging stations for electric vehicles in China.
Chinese building materials and glass company CNBM is to buy German CIS thin-film manufacturer Avancis.
Major CIS thin-film producer, Solar Frontier, is considering establishing a production plant in Buffalo, New York after signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the State University of New York College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (SUNY CNSE).
GE’s CdTe thin-film manufacturing equipment from its facilities in Colorado, US is to go under the hammer in an online auction beginning on 8 May 2014.
Hanergy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with renewable energy asset management firm Greenbacker Renewable Energy Corporation for the funding of up to 126MW of PV projects in the US.
Dubai’s state utility company has opened the tender process for 100MW solar PV generating capacity.
Struggling lower-tier a-Si thin-film producer and BIPV developer, China Solar Energy Holdings has been forced to close its a-Si thin-film manufacturing plant in Changzhou, Jiangsu, China after the subsidiary was forced into bankruptcy.
Perovskite thin-film solar cells could be closer to commercialisation than expected after Oxford Photovoltaics (Oxford PV) made a critical appointment of a veteran leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing technologist as its Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Chris Case.
Hanergy Solar’s German-based subsidiary, Solibro has achieved a conversion efficiency of 20.5%, which have been verified by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).