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India-based PV module manufacturer Vikram Solar has teamed with Fraunhofer ISE, Meyer Burger, and centrotherm to provide its previously announced plans to include solar cell production as part of overall module capacity expansions.
SunEdison’s rural electrification business, which aims to give 20 million people access to electricity, will be headed up by Cathy Zoi.
Wuxi Suntech the PV module manufacturing arm of Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) has confirmed the development and testing with Taiwan Carbon Nanotube Technology Corporation (TCNT) of a high-strength, lightweight carbon and glass fibre composite PV module frame, the first such development of its kind in the PV industry.
Energy storage start-up Stem says it sees a “strong opportunity” for expansion of its business in Australia, Japan and the EU and is especially focused on the potential of aggregated ‘virtual power plants’, in the week when the company closed a US$12 million funding round led by Japanese trading company Mitsui & Co.
Bundling a number of solar power generation assets into one investment fund through so-called ‘yieldcos’ is lowering the cost of renewables, while the yieldco market itself is expected to experience substantial growth in the next few years, an investment banker has said.
Wuxi Suntech, the PV module manufacturing arm of Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) said it was upgrading all of its cell and module manufacturing capacity from three- to four-busbar technology to boost product performance.
The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has published updated guidance for PV manufacturers aimed at ratcheting up the quality of solar modules.
PV screen printing equipment specialist DEK Solar has been assimilated into a new ‘alternative energy’ structure within ASM Pacific Technology (ASMPT).
The growth of solar yieldcos and the pending decrease in the US investment tax credit ensured a buoyant first quarter of 2015 for corporate funding of the global sector, according to clean-tech research firm, Mercom.
Sweden-based thin-film equipment specialist Midsummer said it had received a multi-million US dollar order for its ‘DUO’ a volume production flexible CIGS (copper, indium, gallium and selenium) thin-film solar cell sputtering tool.
South Africa’s solar investments stood out in a slow Q1 for renewable investment, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).
Major PV materials supplier DuPont Microcircuit Materials said its newly developed ‘Solamet’ PV76x series metallisation paste used by Taiwan-based solar cell/module producer, Solartech Energy Corp has set a new in-house PERC cell-based ‘Saphire’ module power output record.
US-Based ‘Direct Wafer’ producer 1366 Technologies has attracted a new investor from China and a new customer in Japan.
According to market research firm EnergyTrend, a division of TrendForce global PV installations are to reach 51.4GW in 2015.
China-based clean energy and PV manufacturer Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) is entering the Energy Management Contracting (EMC) market through a joint venture with China state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).