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Global solar installations in 2013 hit 37GW, according to the latest data from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA).
SolarWorld has reported preliminary 2013 financial results, highlighting its continued bankability issues in key historical markets such as Germany during its lengthy financial restructuring phase.
A strong spike in PV module shipments in the fourth quarter of 2013 supported Canadian Solar closing in on 2GW of shipments for the year and secured a return to profitability in 2013.
ReneSola said it had supplied approximately 45,900 PV modules to an 11.7MW ground-mounted PV power plant project in Italy.
Trina Solar reached PV module shipments in 2013 of approximately 2.58GW, over 1GW above shipment levels achieved in 2012. Due to expected strong demand in 2014, the company guided shipments to increase a further 1GW to between 3.6GW to 3.8GW.
Yingli Green Energy, the world’s largest solar module manufacturer, has revised up its module shipment guidance for 2013.
JinkoSolar reported total shipments over 1.9GW and revenue of US$1.17 billion in 2013, with full-year profitability secured and becomes the first China-based tier 1 PV manufacturer to do so after more than two years of losses within the sector.
SunEdison is teaming with the Global Academy of Technology (GAT) based in Bangalore to create a research and development facility at the college’s Bengaluru campus.
Having worked with the Australian National University (ANU), the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) and PV Lighthouse, a two-year R&D program with Trina Solar to develop an Interdigitated Back Contact (IBC) solar cell is set to be commercialised.
A major Taiwan-based solar cell producer has placed an ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition) system previously used for evaluation work from Netherlands-based Levitech into manufacturing, while placing a second system on order.
Inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology is now offering a battery backup function for some of its inverters.
Bernreuter Research has warned that next-generation polysilicon production techniques should not be over-hyped.
PV equipment supplier, Amtech Systems said it had received orders worth around US$10 million from leading PV manufacturers in Korea and Taiwan.
BTU International has reported 2013 full-year revenue of US$47.8 million and said it was continuing to exercise caution over the next technology and buy-cycle within the PV manufacturing sector.
The concentrating solar power (CSP) is set to shrink during the next four years but could make a recovery at the end of the decade, according to a report by Lux Research.