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Major PV manufacturer Trina Solar is planning to significantly expand solar module manufacturing capacity in 2014, according to an investor presentation material provided at the ROTH Capital ‘Solar Symposium’ a parallel investor event during Solar Power International 2014.
Consolidation in the PV manufacturing equipment sector has continued with Amtech Systems acquiring BTU International in an all stock transaction valuing BTU at US$32.5 million.
Siemens has installed microinverters and an electric vehicle (EV) charging station as its contribution to a ‘net zero energy’ house demonstration which is complete with solar panels fitted by 1st Light Energy.
Canadian Solar will reveal a new Diamond module at SPI in Las Vegas this week.
The new contracts for difference mechanism in the UK market is “an interesting opportunity for a more market orientated approach”, according to First Solar.
Market research firm GTM Research expects around 130,000MT of polysilicon production to come on stream in the next few years, equivalent of 25GW, which could impact pricing.
Major PV energy provider SunEdison has struck a major deal with China-based private equity firm, JIC Capital, a subsidiary of Central HuiJin Investment to fund the development and construction of PV power plant projects in China totalling 1GW over the next three years.
Fraunhofer ISE has teamed with industrial partners Merck, Heraeus and ASYS to produce fine line contacts with widths under 35µm, employing new materials and contactless techniques to reduce shading and boost conventional solar cell efficiencies.
Global solar energy provider, SunEdison, has reaffirmed its support for the UK market, despite uncertainties over how future support arrangements for large-scale PV will play out.
Wuxi Suntech has bolstered its warranty with the addition of insurance coverage by China-based Ping An and reinsured by Munich Re.
Module manufacturer Trina Solar has broken the world record for P-type monocrystalline silicon PV modules with a figure of 335.2W.
The role of the inverter is changing. More than just converting the electricity generated by a PV plant from DC to AC, today’s inverter is expected to be an intelligent piece of kit that can define a solar power system’s role in the electricity network.
Major PV inverter manufacturer, Sungrow Power Supply is to debut three new, UL listed inverters for the North American market at Solar Power International being held in Las Vagas from October 21.
Despite the lack of current capital expenditure (capex) across the PV industry value chain, market research firm NPD Solarbuzz expects a major shift to higher efficiency cells and modules to finally dominate the sector by the end of 2018.
Two of the major PV market research firms have two contrasting forecasts on global PV installations in the fourth quarter of 2014.