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  • sma solar

    SMA Solar cutting a further 1,000 jobs by mid-year on lower sales forecast

    13 hours ago

    Leading PV inverter manufacturer, SMA Solar Technology, is slashing a further 1,000 jobs, primarily in Germany due to lower expected sales in 2015 from its traditional German and European markets.

  • Paris

    PV sector urged to turn up volume ahead of key Paris climate talks

    26 January 2015, 10:27

    A leading figure in European PV technology research has urged the global solar industry to pull together to make itself heard at the COP 21 climate change talks in Paris later this year.


    Next edition of the ITRPV changes focus

    26 January 2015, 10:23

    The 2015 edition of the SEMI International Technology Roadmap for PV (ITRPV), which will be released during SNEC in Shanghai in late April, will incorporate several key changes to its technology focus.

  • Levitech

    Tool Order: Levitech wins multiple ALD systems order for PERC cells in Japan

    22 January 2015, 16:03

    A major multinational Japanese firm has ordered two Levitrack Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) systems from Levitech intended for volume production of PERC (passivated emitter rear cell) solar cells including both multicrystalline and n-type wafers.

  • Trina Solar

    Trina Solar remains committed to supplying PV modules to US after ITC ruling

    22 January 2015, 11:46

    Leading PV manufacturer Trina Solar said it would continue to meet demand for its PV modules in the US, despite the US International Trade Commission’s (ITC) final determination on anti-dumping and countervailing duties issued yesterday.

  • IHS

    Chinese tier-1 PV module suppliers sold out in Q1 - IHS

    22 January 2015, 10:08

    According to market research firm IHS, Chinese tier-1 PV module suppliers are mostly sold out in the first quarter of 2015 as demand remains strong from markets such as China, Japan and the UK as well as in South America and Central America.


    EU PVSEC 2015 call for papers deadline set

    22 January 2015, 08:00

    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.

  • Hanwha Q CELLS

    Hanwha Q CELLS stopping production in Germany, shifting lines to Malaysia

    21 January 2015, 13:16

    PV manufacturer Hanwha Q CELLS, said it would close down all solar cell and module manufacturing capacity in Germany and relocate the lines to its main production facility in Cyberjaya, Malaysia with the loss of 550 jobs.

  • DEGERenergie

    Management buyout at DEGERenergie

    21 January 2015, 10:17

    PV tracking systems specialist, DEGERenergie has been acquired by its CEO, Hünkar Korkmaz from founder Artur Deger for an undisclosed sum.

  • trina solar

    Trina Solar creates COO role

    20 January 2015, 10:59

    Leading PV manufacturer Trina Solar has strengthened its management team with the creation of a chief operating officer (COO) position and appointing Zhiguo Zhu to the role.

  • Dispatch Industries

    Despatch Industries supplies 10 solar cell firing furnaces to single customer

    20 January 2015, 10:30

    PV equipment specialist Despatch Industries said it had recently sold 10 firing furnaces to a leading solar cell producer, marking a milestone that all of the top-10 largest solar cell producers are now using its furnace technology.

  • First Solar

    First Solar starts TetraSun technology production ramp

    19 January 2015, 18:03

    According to local reports, First Solar has officially opened its TetraSun technology-based production line at its PV manufacturing complex in Kulim High Tech Park, Malaysia.


    Temperature coefficient playing key role in PV system performance – IEA report

    19 January 2015, 16:49

    The latest in a line of reports from the IEA (International Energy Agency) into longer-term analysis of PV systems highlights the role of ambient temperature in the long-term performance of PV systems.

  • Trina Solar

    Trina Solar starts PERC technology volume production

    19 January 2015, 11:15

    Leading PV manufacturer, Trina Solar, has started mass production of high-efficiency PERC (passivated emitter rear cell) technology with the expected availability of both multicrystalline and monocrystalline ‘Honey’ modules available in Europe this year and a global roll-out in 2016.

  • soitec

    Soitec’s CPV foray could soon be over

    19 January 2015, 10:43

    Concentrator PV (CVP) producer Soitec has said it is to immediately refocus its operations on its core semiconductor materials and equipment business, putting in doubt its long-term commitment to its CPV business.

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