- Industry Roundup
- Fab & Facilities
- Cell Processing
- Thin Film
- PV Modules
- Power Generation
Europe’s climate and energy future hangs in the hands of politicians meeting in Brussels today and tomorrow.
PV manufacturer Trina Solar is planning to significantly expand solar module manufacturing capacity in 2014, according to documents seen by PV Tech.
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.
Proposals sent out for comment by the US Department of Commerce (DoC) that would extend the scope of the ongoing trade case could be illegal, according to a lawyer representing the Chinese government.
The chapter 11 bankruptcy of GT Advanced Technology (GTAT) has led to equipment and automation supplier Manz becoming the largest supplier creditor, owed US$21.2 million, according to GTAT court filings.
Cumulative global PV deployment will come close to hitting 200GW in the final three months of 2014 as installations in the quarter surpass 19.5GW, according to figures from NPD Solarbuzz.
PV project developer, SPI Solar has completed the acquisition of Sinsin Renewable Investment Limited (SRIL) in cash and shares totalling US$91.7 million on plans to develop 360MW of projects, primarily in Greece.
Proposed changes to large-scale PV incentives by UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has led to a slowdown in installations, forcing market research firm, NPD Solarbuzz to lower its market demand forecast for the country.
Driven to a greater extent by a “solar boom,” China contributed US$19.9 billion to a global total of US$55 billion invested in clean energy in the third quarter of this year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).
Thin-film firm, Dyesol has reported increased annual losses primarily on the back of reduced revenue and higher developments costs associated with its major shift to develop solid state perovskite-based solar cells.
SunEdison said that its high pressure fluidized bed reactor (HP-FBR) technology being ramped at its new joint venture facility in Korea will provide source polysilicon to enable 400 watt peak PV panel performance at a cost of US$0.40 per watt peak by 2016.
Leading inverter manufacturer, SMA Solar Technology has moved to offer PV operators and owners free access to its online monitoring platform with its latest range of Sunny Boy Inverters.
PV module inspection systems specialist, Pi4 said it received multiple orders for electroluminescence (EL) testers from customers in Mexico, India, France and South Africa.
Major tier 1 PV manufacturer Trina Solar is issuing convertible noted to the tune of US$100 million that will mature in October 2019.
US-based PV module manufacturing start-up, SolarTech Universal LLC has selected Meyer Burger’s ‘SmartWire’ Connection Technology (SWCT) for its first production facility in Riviera Beach, Florida.
SunEdison has confirmed that it has started the ball rolling on a new yield co dedicated to emerging markets.
Solar energy could be the largest single source of electricity in the world by 2050, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Sharp Corporation’s next-generation solar cell technology that enters volume production is expected to be based on its long-term development of both c-Si and a-Si thin-film cells with efficiencies touted to be over 25%.
Having just officially opened its first facility, N-type (bifacial) monocrystalline solar cell and module producer, Mission Solar was said to have achieved average cell efficiencies of 19.7%, according to one of its key technology supplier’s, RENA.
Taiwan-based PV module manufacturer, WINAICO said its ‘WST’ series multicrystalline modules had past TÜV Rheinland’s toughest PID (Potential Induced Degradation) test with minimal degradation.
Business and technology association, the International Photovoltaic Equipment Association (IPVEA), has been renamed SOLARUNITED, as part of a wider rebranding and repurposing exercise.
Two initiatives to boost renewable energy deployment in African and developing small island nations have been unveiled at the UN Climate Summit currently underway in New York this week.
Japanese module manufacturer Kyocera has joined the industrial partner programme of Belgian nanoelectronics research institute imec.
Trade body the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) has thrown its weight behind efforts to liberalise the global trade in solar products.
IKEA will extend its residential solar offering into eight new markets in the next 18 months following the success of the scheme in the UK.
A couple of companies have highlighted wet chemical texturing processes for PERC cells that avoids using isopropyl alcohol (IPA) that is intended to offer a low-cost alternative for high-efficiency solar cells at EU PVSEC.
Hanwha Q CELLS is upgrading certain ‘standard’ production lines in Malaysia and its advanced line in Germany to PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) solar cell technology developed by Meyer Burger’s competence centre for coating technologies, Roth & Rau.
LDK Solar majority-owned developer SPI Solar has announced a wave of acquisitions and forthcoming projects in China and Hawaii, having also acquired 26.57MW of projects in Greece in the first week of September.
Renewable energy leader TerraForm Power has named Alejandro Hernandez as its new executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective on 29 September 2014.
Major PV manufacturer, Trina Solar, has been awarded PID-free (Potential Induced Degradation) certification for its new ‘Duo-Max’ module (the PEG14 and PDG14 series) from TUV Rheinland in China, the first certificate issued by TUV Rheinland in Greater China.
Both PV microinverter and power optimiser demand are expected to continue to grow rapidly, according to the latest market research report from IHS Technology.
The German Engineering Federation (VDMA) has said that around the 100 equipment suppliers in the country that support the PV manufacturing supply chain have seen sales rebound in the first half of 2014.
Weak supply chain practices are costing the global solar industry up to US$500 million a year, according to the International PV Equipment Association (IPVEA).
The prospects of a record-breaking year for solar in China have helped propel the country to the top of Ernst & Young’s list of the world’s most attractive destinations for renewable energy investment.
China-based PV manufacturer and developer Hareon Solar Technology is raising approximately US$618 million in a non-public offering of shares to fund several key projects related to manufacturing and PV power plant projects.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has called for renewables to be a key focus of the forthcoming climate change talks in Paris later this year.
UK-based thin-film start-up, Oxford Photovoltaics said it would commercialise a perovskite based tandem thin-film for conventional c-Si solar cells ahead of plans to commercialise its BIPV product offering set for 2017.