- Industry Roundup
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- PV Modules
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Following on from recent projections for the PV industry, market research firm IHS has revealed key developments and issues for the sector in 2014.
Meyer Burger has said its new order intake doubled in the second half of 2013 as orders from the PV industry started to recover.
Global solar installations will reach the 43GW mark in 2014, according to clean energy consultancy Mercom.
Having acquired amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin-film equipment supplier Oerlikon Solar for over US$280 million in 2012, Tokyo Electron (TEL) has made an impairment charge on the operations of around US$214 million, revaluing the operations at around US$71 million.
Long-term quality assurance testing at Sharp Corporation on DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions backsheet and metallisation pastes have been concluded with the materials passing stringent tests.
A major Korea-based PV module manufacturer has placed an initial order with Spire Corporation for advanced test and metrology equipment as part of a capacity expansion programme.
Sharp has announced that it will cease solar PV production at its Wrexham manufacturing plant in February 2014.
Israeli electronics equipment supplier, Orbotech has received a US$10 million order for its Aurora PECVD tool, marking the entry of the company into the PV equipment market.
Hanergy subsidiary, Solibro, has made a significant step forward in its sub-module (5x5cm2) lab produced copper-indium-gallium-selenium (CIGS) thin-film process with a verified conversion efficiency of 19.6%.
A leading solar cell manufacturer in Asia has placed its first order with Meyer Burger, via its subsidiary, Roth & Rau for its ‘Heterojunction’ technology that combines amorphous silicon thin-film layers to both sides of monocrystalline silicon wafers.
An existing customer of Meyer Burger based in Asia has placed orders with the company worth CHF15 million (US$16.8 million). The delivery is expected to be completed in the first quarter 2014.
Meyer Burger’s subsidiary, Roth & Rau has won the first order for its ‘PiXDRO JETx’ ink jet printing technology for high-efficiency solar cells for a US-based customer’s production facility in Malaysia.
Restructuring and cost-cutting efforts at PV equipment and technology specialist, Amtech Systems helped limit fourth quarter financial year losses to US$1.7 million, a highlight in what has been another difficult year for the company.
Philip Fan, independent director and board member at Suntech Power Holdings, has resigned his position with immediate effect, according to an SEC filing.
A multi-million euro investment is being made by China-based start-up, Nanjing Sunport Power Co. Ltd., in purchasing a complete, back-contact PV module assembly lines from Dutch manufacturer, Eurotron.