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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).
CIGS thin-film producer, TSMC Solar has obtained MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) certification from TUV SUD BABT to sell its PV modules in the booming UK market.
Hanergy Solar said it was in the early stages of developing a 400MW PV power plant in the Northern Region of Ghana at an estimated cost of approximately US$1.1 billion.
Thin-film producer, Solar Frontier has produced a CIS solar cell with a record conversion efficiency of 20.9% at the Atsugi Research Center, Japan in collaboration with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).
Tier one PV manufacturer, China Sunergy (CSUN), is selling a non-active facility to major shareholding affiliate company, China Electric Equipment Group (CEEG).
CPV solar cell producer, EMCORE will make the modules for a NASA satellite using its ZTJ triple-junction III-V solar cells.
Organic thin-film producer, Heliatek, has claimed a lab-based OPV solar cell has achieved a conversion efficiency of 7.2% with 40% light transparency to meet the needs of glass manufacturers for both building integrated PV (BIPV) and automotive roof markets.
First Solar has revealed a new total area module efficiency record for its CdTe thin-film technology of 17%, a significant increase from 16.1%, set in April 2013.
First Solar is planning its next major CdTe thin-film production capacity expansion phase to occur in 2015 with an additional 1GW of nameplate capacity. The company revealed the plans during its 2014 Analyst Day event.
US thin-film developer First Solar will host its analyst day on Wednesday, at which Deutsche Bank expects the company to offer “upbeat” targets for the coming years up to 2016.
A new working group has been formed in Germany to support organic PV (OPV) firms and research institutes developing the thin-film technology.
Having dropped organic solar cells (OPV) that used fullerenes as the acceptor materials, imec has reported in ‘Nature Communications’ that it has produced a fullerene-free OPV cell with a record conversion efficiency of 8.4% and a 156cm2 module with a conversion efficiency of 5.3%.
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.