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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.
US thin-film manufacturer First Solar is targeting projects as part of a proposed tender to build 600MW of new large-scale solar in Germany, which is expected to be implemented early next year, PV Tech has learned.
Japanese thin-film manufacturer Solar Frontier could build a factory in New York state, its new president has said.
Equipment supplier and CIGS thin-film specialist Manz is to receive a €20 million research loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB).
IKEA will extend its residential solar offering into eight new markets in the next 18 months following the success of the scheme in the UK.
During the opening conference sessions to The 29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC 2014) in Amsterdam this year, the call to arms from leading European PV protagonists was for the sector to embrace the energy transformation that could require one trillion euros to achieve.
Researchers at the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) in Stuttgart have achieved a 21.7% conversion rate in a CIGS thin-film cell, a new record.
Solar prices in the US in 2013 fell by a further 15% year on year, a study from the Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found.
Japanese thin-film manufacturer and project developer Solar Frontier has supplied 21.3MW of its solar modules to a large-scale PV project in southern Japan for its former parent company, Showa Shell.
The German Engineering Federation (VDMA) has said that around the 100 equipment suppliers in the country that support the PV manufacturing supply chain have seen sales rebound in the first half of 2014.
German PV systems are regularly generating more power than expected, according to researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE).
The use of thin-film technology in Indian PV projects could be set for a rebound after having taken a beating over the past year, according to analysis from consultancy Bridge to India.
UK-based thin-film start-up, Oxford Photovoltaics said it would commercialise a perovskite based tandem thin-film for conventional c-Si solar cells ahead of plans to commercialise its BIPV product offering set for 2017.
First Solar has completed the initial 18MW phase of the Barilla PV plant in Texas, the first plant in the state to operate without a power purchase agreement.
Major PV manufacturers spent around US$422 million in 2013 on R&D activities, down 9% from 2012, according to the annual R&D spending analysis undertaken by PV Tech.
Flexible CIGS thin-film specialist, Ascent Solar is to issue shares to its largest investor, TFG Radiant Investment Group, as well as Series A investor, Seng Wei Seow, for a total of US$8 million.