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Masdar PV said that the first of its custom-sized a-Si thin-film modules have been shipped and installed for a BIPV project in Sweden.
CIGS thin-film specialist, Solarion has started production of a foil-backed flexible thin-film module with ratings of between 65 and 80 Watt.
Photon Energy Investments (PEI), a division of PV solutions and services company Photon Energy has launched a standardised financing model through its fully-owned subsidiary, Photon Energy Generation Australia (PEGA).
Weak market demand and pricing pressure on a-Si thin-film modules were cited by Schott Solar for the permanent closure of its manufacturing facility in Jena, Germany with the potential loss of around 150 jobs.
The German Government has successfully received aid to the tune of €2.3 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to finance programmes to help support workers made redundant at two thin-film production plants closed by First Solar at the end of 2012.
The local government of Rio Grande do Sul has announced that Chinese firm Hanergy plans to build a thin-film solar PV module factory in the Brazilian state.
Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) thin-film solar module maker Calyxo has commissioned a new 60MW production line at its Bitterfeld-Wolfen plant in Germany.
REC Solar has cancelled its NOK200 million (US$32 million) revolving credit facility with sister company REC Silicon, citing a “positive outlook on business”.
Hanergy Solar is set to receive significant investment from its parent company as it prepares to ramp up its thin-film production capacity.
Manufacturing equipment firm Manz AG has raised around €26.9 million (US$36.6 million) an increase in cash capital, to be used for the ‘internal and external growth of the company’.
Verified by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Zentrum für Sonnenenergie (ZSW) has achieved 10.3% conversion efficiency (cell; 0.5cm2) with Kesterite absorber material using a printing process rather than by conventional low temperature vacuum techniques.
A syndicate of 11 commercial banks in China have provided technically bankrupt, LDK Solar with a RMB 1.56 billion (US$256 million) credit facility.
Silicon Valley manufacturer, Solexant, has announced a relaunch as Siva Power and a transition to focusing exclusively on CIGS thin-film PV technology.
With an initial plan to invest around US$100 million, First Solar said it would build PV power plants in the booming Japanese market, both directly and with Japanese companies in partnership. Japan has not previously been a target market for First Solar.
Array Technologies has supplied the ‘Mount Signal’ 265MW solar plant in Calexico, California with its Dura Track HZ solar tracking system.
The Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) and Germany-based FHR Anlagenbau announced a collaboration to develop high-performance Transparent Conductive Oxide (TCO) coatings.
Strong revenue growth from its Display segment helped major manufacturing equipment firm, Manz report record revenue for the first nine-months of 2013.
Thin-film developer Ascent Solar (Ascent), has released financial results for the third quarter of this year in which the company reported that product revenue was up by US$102,000 over the previous quarter.
In issuing third quarter 2013 financial results, thin-film market leader First Solar, reported its largest quarterly decline in its CdTe module cost per watt since 2007.
Honda has announced it will close its thin-film manufacturing subsidiary Honda Soltec spring 2014.
Technology giant, Apple has applied for the patent of a power management system to utilise portable solar panels, to the US patent and trademark office on Thursday.
The Colorado manufacturing facility of Abound Solar, which went bankrupt, has been reported by US news outlets as having left toxic and hazardous waste behind that could cost as much as US$3.7 million to clean up.
Thin-film manufacturer Hanergy has made its first move into the US downstream market with the acquisition of a 19MW project in Pittsburg, California.
Japan-based specialty chemical company, Kuraray Co has invested in US-based start-up Vitriflex Inc to support the manufacturing ramp of its flexible ultra-barrier film that can be used to replace glass as an encapsulant in electronic devices, including solar PV products for consumer applications. Financial details were not disclosed.
Manufacturer of consumer-driven flexible CIGS thin-film products, Ascent Solar said preliminary sales in the third quarter are expected to reach US$275,000, an increase of approximately 22% over second quarter.
Thin-film manufacturer Solar Frontier has now supplied 86MW of modules to engineering firm Chiyoda Corporation.
Japanese thin-film company Solar Frontier has been selected by housing company Seiksui Heim to provide CIS solar modules for its new ‘Smart Power Station’ homes.
According to the latest NPD Solarbuzz PV Equipment Quarterly report, solar PV module production is set to reach the 50GW milestone in 2014.
The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) has achieved a record 20.8% conversion efficiency with a copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin-film PV cell.
First Solar is to build a 3.28MW PV plant for use as a research facility at the University of Queensland in Australia.
Japanese thin-film manufacturer Solar Frontier is to introduce its SolarSets range of standardised PV systems to the Italian residential market after agreeing a distribution deal with P.M. Service.
Following the start of legal procedures by the liquidation trustee for failed flexible a-Si thin-film manufacturer, Energy Conversion Devices (ECD), Trina Solar has also responded to the litigation, noting the complaint was ‘without merit”.
Hanergy Holding is licensing the 61 CIGS thin-film patents it acquired with the acquisition of US-based Global Solar Energy to one of its many subsidiaries, Hanergy Hi-Tech.
Another major milestone has been reached in the 550MW Topaz Solar Farms construction with a total of five million, First Solar-made CdTe thin-film modules having been installed.
Lithuanian-based c-Si solar cell start-up, Baltic Solar Energy remains on track to start ramping its 67MW production line in the fourth quarter of 2013 with news that the facility will officially be opened in the Visoriai IT Park, Vilnius, Lithuania on October 15.
Thin-film PV manufacturer First Solar is selling its unused manufacturing plant in Mesa, Arizona, built at a cost of around US$300 million, for over US$100 million.
Confirmed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Hanergy subsidiary, Solibro has achieved a conversion efficiency of 18.7% in a lab produced copper-indium-gallium-selenium (CIGS) sub-module (5x5cm2), one of the highest reported for CIGS technology.
Solar Exchange has been shortlisted as a semi-finalist in the ‘Start-Up Alley’ at Solar Power International (SPI), in Chicago.
IKEA has confirmed that all UK IKEA stores will stock, sell and install solar PV modules.
First Solar has acquired K Road Power’s planned 250MW ‘Moapa Solar Project’ in Nevada, US, the latest development in a recent flurry of activity by the thin-film manufacturer and project developer to replenish its PV project pipeline.
Prevalent crystalline photovoltaics technologies are unlikely to meet targets set under a US government solar programme to reduce the installed cost of PV in America, according to research.
The Silver State South project has been issued an environmental statement released from the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to downsize by 100MW due to environmental concerns.
In a quirk of fate, Applied Materials is back in the amorphous silicon thin-film market having acquired Tokyo Electron in a major move to dominate the semiconductor and Flat Panel Display equipment sectors.
A solar cell with 50% efficiency is no longer a pipe dream after researchers at at Fraunhofer ISE, CEA-Leti, Helmholtz Center Berlin and commercial CPV firm, Soitec reached a world record 44.7% conversion efficiency for a novel III-V-based solar cell.
First Solar has broken ground on its third Imperial County PV power plant.
Not content with its acquisitions of Solibro, MiaSolé and Global Solar Energy, Hanergy Holding is “aggressively” looking to make further CIGS thin-film IP and company acquisitions as it plans to be the global leader in the sector.
According to the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC), 578MW of solar capacity from large-scale projects was added in the US during August 2013.
PacWest Equities is to relocate its solar manufacturing line to Parana in Brazil.
Swedish company Sol Voltaics has acquired enough funding to take the its high-efficiency ‘Solink’ gallium arsenide nanomaterial into pilot production.
Apple has removed a job advertisement it listed last week for a thin-films engineer for its mobile devices division, raising heated speculation that the company could be planning to develop solar-powered iPhones or iPads.