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Major renewable energy firm, SunEdison is undertaking a round of redundancies as a result of its numerous acquisitions to reduce duplication and simplify its business structure.
Leading microinverter manufacturer Enphase Energy has appointed veteran Philips Electronics executive Peter van Berkel as its general manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
PV manufacturer Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) said it was upgrading and migrating 200MW of solar cell capacity to PERL (Passivated Emitter, Rear Locally diffused) technology.
The International Energy Agency has called for a strong agreement at the COP21 climate talks in Paris later this year as the best means of accelerating renewable energy deployment beyond current projections.
The Taiwanese government is preparing to plead its case to the European Commission as it looks to avoid the imposition of trade duties on its solar products.
Following the retirement of David B. Miller, DuPont has appointed Jon D. Kemp as president of its Electronics & Communications business effective November 1, 2015.
Laser equipment specialist 3D-Micromac has appointed Dr. Carsten Swiatkowski as its new CTO.
The joint First Solar/SunPower yieldco, 8point3 Energy Partners, has reported solid results from its first full quarter of operation, despite the recent stock market turmoil affecting other yieldcos.
Thin film perovskite solar cell developer Dyesol has secured funding of AUD$449,000 (US$353,000) from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
Embattled PV thin film equipment and module producer Hanergy Thin Film Power Group (Hanergy TF) continues to have its stocks suspended from trading on the Hong Kong exchange since they collapsed in May 2015.
Updated: Struggling Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) member Yingli Green has said it will have to restructure a repayment plan for US$157 million, due in October.
German PV materials manufacturer Heraeus has added an additional product to a patent infringement lawsuit it filed against Taiwan’s Giga Solar Materials in June.
International downstream player, Conergy, is to take its first steps towards becoming a solar independent power producer.
High-technology equipment manufacturer Intevac has received an order for its ion implantation tool from tier-1 solar cell producer, according to the company.
Leading PV inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology has revised upwards its sales and earnings forecast in 2015 for a second time this year.
Struggling PV module manufacturer China Sunergy (CSUN) has reported a first quarter 2015 net loss of US$12.2 million as revenue fell 27.8% and shipments declined 37.2% from the prior quarter.
Metallisation paste producer Heraeus Photovoltaics has strengthened its IP patent portfolio in regards to lead-free products with the purchase of several patents held by Japanese company, Murata Manufacturing.
Indian industrial firm Adani Group and China’s largest independent polysilicon to power plants group, GCL have signed an agreement to develop both upstream and downstream PV operations in India as well as collaborating on a range of energy projects such as wind and LNG terminals.
Sales of PV manufacturing equipment saw strong growth in the second quarter of this year, according to figures released by semiconductor trade body SEMI.
Tier-one PV manufacturer ReneSola has announced a share repurchase programme as its stock falls below the US$1.0 NYSE minimum price floor.
Clean energy communications and consulting firm Mercom Capital Group is holding firm on its projection of 57.4GW of global installations in 2015 — standing as a growth of 25-30% when compared to other years.
PV project developer Sky Solar Holdings has secured funds totalling US$100 million from Hudson Clean Energy Partners for projects in Latin America and Japan.
US-based polysilicon producer REC Silicon has warned it may be forced to completely shut down its Moses Lake production plant with the loss of around 400 jobs due to the ongoing imposition by China of high import duties on polysilicon.
China-based monocrystalline module producer Shanghai Aerospace Automobile Electromechanical Co (HT-SAAE) has completed a production line upgrade from three- to four-busbar technology.
PV module manufacturers are expected to see record revenues next year as the recovery for the industry that has been gathering pace in the last 18 months reaches its peak, according to IHS.
A world entirely powered by renewable energy is achievable by 2050 and is a scenario that is becomingly increasingly essential to prevent runaway climate change, a Greenpeace study has claimed.
Taiwan-based market research firm EnergyTrend, a division of TrendForce expects prices for polysilicon, wafers, cells and modules to steadily increase through the second half of the year as downstream demand in China, US, Japan and India remains strong.
PV systems integrator Phoenix Solar said it could report an EBIT loss for the full-year, due to the cancellation of a planned PV power plant project in Asia.
The boss of oil company Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) has admitted that solar will one day overtake fossil fuels in the portfolios of mainstream investors, while describing oil as a “very, very volatile business”.
Using technologies already available on the market today, monocrystalline solar cells with a PERC structure could reach efficiencies of 24%.
Smart module company Tigo has announced a partnership with Korean electronic components developer Hansol Technics, which will see Tigo integrate its TS4 platform with Hansol’s LED Ingot wafers, inverters and solar modules.
Renewable energy systems and products manufacturer Outback Power has introduced the Skybox, a hybrid energy management and storage platform, which will be scheduled for release in January 2016.
Solar cells made of a perovskite absorber are a hot candidate for the scientific community to boost the efficiency of traditional crystalline silicon cells further through a tandem structure.
Major names in world science and other fields have signed up to endorse the Global Apollo Programme (GAP), which aims to make clean energy competitive with fossil fuels within 10 years.
Solar developer Conergy has extended its bank guarantee facility with Tennenbaum Capital to US$75 million using funding from Goldman Sachs BDC in order to power an expansion of its solar business.
A presentation by Fraunhofer ISE at EU PVSEC 2015 claims to offer a better approach to higher efficiency solar cells and low cost production after reporting a record cell efficiency of 25.1%.
Solar PV design and manufacturing company Sunpreme announced the launch of the Maxima GxB-310 SM Smart Modules – integrating Tigo TS4-L optimiser solutions with its Bi-facial solar modules.
Crystalline-silicon solar manufacturer SolarWorld and microinverter specialist Enphase Energy have agreed to partner up and develop a new portfolio of AC solar modules (ACM) for the worldwide market.
Advanced solar module manufacturer ET Solar announced that its new ET Cell Optimizer Module (COM) has been certified and is now commercially available.
Fraunhofer ISE spin-off, NexWafe will showcase new n-doped EpiWafers that have been processed in to cells that achieve 20% conversion efficiencies at the European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) in Hamburg this week.
Nano-electronics research centre imec continues to tout its solar cell R&D work in the PV industry but is also focusing efforts on new areas such as PV energy yield predictions at the European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) in Hamburg this week.
Japan’s Kyocera has begun construction on a 29.2MW solar plant in Yonago, Tottori Prefecture.
China-based PV module manufacturer Seraphim Solar is expecting its first overseas facility (300MW) in Jackson, Mississippi to be operational in November, 2015 and plans at expand capacity to 1GW over the next three years.
Developments in balance-of-system technologies are set to play a lead role in pushing global installed PV system costs down 40% by 2020, a report by GTM Research claims.
Leading ‘Super League’ PV manufacturer Trina Solar has said it plans a ‘growthco’ IPO for its downstream PV project business rather than the current trend towards yieldcos, according to Teresa Tan, Trina Solar’s CFO at World Economic Forum meeting in China this week.
SolarEdge is hoping that new processing technology in its latest range of inverters will “revolutionise” inverter design in the same way that flat screen technology superseded old-fashioned cathode ray TVs.
PV manufacturer China Sunergy (CSUN) has said it has received a second de-listing notice from the NASDAQ stock market, having only returned to compliance in July, 2015.
Wuxi Suntech, the PV module manufacturing arm of clean energy developer, Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) is re-entering the US market with a suite of new products.
Solar power company Canadian Solar has entered into a long-term product supply deal with solar energy provider Vivint Solar.
Major PV materials supplier Heraeus has said that its front-side metallisation paste has been used at SolarWorld’s R&D line in Freiberg, Germany to produce PERC cells with a record conversion efficiency of 21.7%.