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OPV thin-film firm Heliatek is supplying its ‘HeliaFilm’ substrate to a building integrated organic photovoltaic (BIOPV) project in Singapore that will evaluate its performance and durability in hot and humid climates.
Updated: Hanergy Thin Film Power Group’s thin-film equipment manufacturing subsidiary, Fujian Apollo, has won an order valued at US$660 million to supply 600MW of tools and plant operations to Shangdong Macrolink New Resources Technology Ltd.
Leading thin-film PVEP First Solar is keeping tight control of capital expenditure (CapEx) in 2015, after a tough year, leading to flat sales and missed shipment guidance.
Leading thin-film PV energy provider First Solar reported 2014 full-years sales of US$3.39 billion, missing previously lowered guidance of US$3.6 billion to US$3.9 billion.
The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and technology partner, Manz have achieved a small area CIGS cell conversion efficiency of 21%, verified by Fraunhofer ISE.
High-tech manufacturing equipment firm, Manz AG reported preliminary record 2014 full-year financial results while incurring a €22.5 million depreciation hit on its solar segment and shifting c-Si PV equipment operations to China.
Flexible CIGS thin-film producer Ascent Solar Technologies has said its sales in 2014 topped US$5.3 million, a new record for the company.
Hanergy Thin Film Power (HTF) has revealed for the first time the planned thin-film product supply deals signed with Hanergy Group through 2017 for its downstream project business plans.
PV equipment and automation specialist, Spire Corporation has secured a ‘Spi-Sun Simulator 6013i SLP’ order with a Chinese producer of large-area thin film modules.
Recent challenges to large-scale solar in Japan, including disputes over grid connection, appear to be having a tangible effect, with negative impacts reported this week by two major PV companies in their latest financial results.
PV equipment specialist Singulus Technologies said it had received contractually agreed payments for CIGS thin-film equipment believed to be for Hanergy’s planned capacity expansions in China.
Taiwan-based wafer producer, Green Energy Technology (GET), reported increased sales in January 2015, up 16.7% on the previous month.
First Solar has announced it has set yet another world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) PV research cell conversion efficiency, achieving 21.5% efficiency certified at the Newport Corporation’s Technology and Applications Center (TAC) PV Lab.
Germany-based OPV substrate manufacturer, Heliatek, has signed a business development agreement with Singapore-based vTrium Energy to grow its market in the region.
CIGS thin-film start-up Siva Power has recently raised a total of US$10 million to fund its build of what it claims is the world’s highest capacity co-evaporation source, the key tool for its claimed ultra-low cost CIGS modules.
The US Energy Department said it would provide US$45 million in new renewable energy funding focused on solar manufacturing technologies and is part of its Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative.
Both the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and the Financial Times (FT) have recently attempted to delve into the financial and business operations of the Hanergy group of companies with mixed success.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative is providing CIGS thin-film start-up Siva Power with US$3 million in funding as part of the program to bring novel and highly innovative ideas to commercialisation.
Europe’s approach to research and innovation in photovoltaics needs “systemic” change if the continent is to avoid seeing its solar manufacturing industry entirely wiped out in the coming years.
Thin-film OPV firm, Dyesol is collaborating with Portuguese electrical engineering firm, EFACEC on a novel laser assisted, glass frit sealing technology for its solid-state DSC solar cells to provide 20-year plus sealing for its planned perovskite-based commercial PV products.
Organisers of the 31st European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) have set deadlines for paper abstract submissions for the event being held in mid-September at the CCH - Congress Center Hamburg, in Hamburg, Germany.
Germany-based OPV thin-film producer Heliatek has started integrating flexible OPV substrates on a PVC-based membrane used for air dome structures, opening up a new area of Building Integrated Organic Photovoltaics (BIOPV).
Indian PV manufacturer and project developer, Moser Baer Solar said that a strategy announced back in January 2012 to vastly improve its competitive position in the industry has been completed.
The 550MW Desert Sunlight project has been completed in California, earning the distinction of being the world’s joint largest operational PV power plant.
PV equipment specialist, Singulus Technologies has signed an order to supply vacuum coating machines to an unidentified CIGS thin film producer.
Renewable energy developer Enel Green Power has announced the completion and connection of three photovoltaic (PV) power plant projects in Chile totalling 136MW of generation capacity.
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.
The bid results for the 500MW solar tender in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India reveals that US thin film manufacturer, First Solar has submitted the lowest bid.
The president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet said the country will aim to become a leader in renewable energy.
The new contracts for difference mechanism in the UK market is “an interesting opportunity for a more market orientated approach”, according to First Solar.
De Aar 3, an 85MW solar project said to be the largest solar farm in South Africa using thin-film modules, has been completed.
The sudden withholding of grid access from renewable energy projects including solar is “unreasonable” and could bring “great confusion” to the renewable energy industry, the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF) has claimed.
The board of Chinese PV manufacturer Hanergy has approved a change of name for the company.
The closure of Masdar PV’s a-Si thin-film operations that were announced in May, 2014 has subsequently and inevitably led to the sale of the production line equipment, which will take place in an online auction conducted by Maynards on October 8.
Thin-film firm, Dyesol has reported increased annual losses primarily on the back of reduced revenue and higher developments costs associated with its major shift to develop solid state perovskite-based solar cells.
Dresden-based OPV thin-film start-up, Heliatek GmbH has raised €18 million in a ‘Series C’ investment round that included German entrepreneur, Stefan Quandt.