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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.
Bankrupt Suntech Power Holdings said in an SEC filing that its subsidiary, Power Solar System has been granted an injunction in Singapore’s High Court prohibiting the disposal of assets claimed to be worth US$197.5 million by Suntech Singapore.
Hitachi Chemical is to enter volume production of wavelength conversion particles (WCP) that can be coated on EVA encapsulants for crystalline silicon modules and are claimed to boost conversion efficiencies up to 2.2%.
Side-stepping the trend towards yield co financial structures, major PVEP Canadian Solar has secured a PV project financing partnership with China’s Sichuan Development Investment Management firm, part of the local Sichuan government.
Amtech Systems solar sector subsidiary, Tempress Systems has received an order for a boron diffusion system from a leading Taiwan cell manufacturer.
Major PV manufacturer, JinkoSolar has made an internal management shuffle with former CFO, Longgen Zhang becoming a financial advisor, while retaining a Board of Directors position.
The global solar PV project pipeline has reached 132GW, according to market research firm, IHS, and while China may have a pipeline of 26GW, only 3.7GW is said be currently under construction.
Major PV inverter supplier, Sungrow Power Supply reported steady revenue growth in the second quarter of 2014, while first half year sales increased 28.79%, compared to the prior year period.
Major PV manufacturers spent around US$422 million in 2013 on R&D activities, down 9% from 2012, according to the annual R&D spending analysis undertaken by PV Tech.
Although a measured capacity expansion phase is already underway, increased sales have been cited by two vision inspection systems suppliers to the PV manufacturing sector.
Wuxi Suntech’s business recovery since being acquired by Shunfeng Photovoltaic International has been short and dramatic according to Shunfeng’s first half year financial results.
Tier 1 PV manufacturer, Hanwha SolarOne reported lower module ASPs, gross margins and revenue for the second quarter of 2014, while shipments increased slightly.
Utilities must rise to the “challenge” of increasing renewable energy deployment, while disruptive threats posed to utility companies by distributed generation and renewables should be kept to a minimum, according to top names at the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Swiss-based full-service project developer and EPC, TRITEC Project Engineering and China-based PV manufacturer and developer Hareon Solar are to collaborate on 600MW of international PV projects over the next three years.
The PV industry’s largest manufacturer, Yingli Green Energy revised down full-year module shipment guidance due to weaker than expected demand in China and US as it cut third-party cell and module purchasing to keep in-house production at high utilisation rates.
PV market leader, Yingli Green could lose its number one industry ranking in 2014, after revising downward full-year shipment guidance.
Major PV manufacturer Trina Solar took a hit on margins in the second quarter of 2014, while module shipments soared as China and US markets rebounded strongly.
Chinese module manufacturers saw their dominance of global supplies strengthen, despite the imposition of new trade duties in the US, according to a new report by NPD Solarbuzz.
Major PV manufacturer, Trina Solar said it was planning to better serve its growing US customer base on the back of increased demand through establishing its first PV module manufacturing operations outside China.
China-based PVEP, Hareon Solar Technology has signed a number of project development deals in China and Turkey totalling around 3,350MW. The company has also secured lines of credit with two Chinese banks totalling 20 billion Yuan (US$3.25 billion).
PV materials firm, DuPont filed a patent infringement lawsuit against SunEdison and its affiliate NVT LLC in the US District Court for the District of Delaware over the use of its tellurium paste technology.
Taiwan-based PV module manufacturer, WINAICO, a division of Win Win Precision Technology has secured IEC 61215 certification via TÜV Rheinland.
Major PV manufacturer, Trina Solar has received quality certifications, including the IEC61215, IEC 61730 and UL1703 standards from UL and TUV Rheinland for its ‘Duo-Max’ 72-cell frameless dual glass module.
Finland-based industrial automation specialist, Cencorp is selling some of its operations and shifting conductive back sheet (CBS) production from its plant in Beijing, China to Mikkeli, Finland and closing the plant.
TÜV SÜD has developed a certificate for renewable energy storage systems, which the testing house claims will “provide reliable information on the safety, performance and service life of stationary energy storage systems”.
Having secured its first ‘Levitrack’ ALD system order from a major Taiwanese solar cell producer in March, 2014, Netherlands-based Levitech BV has secured another Taiwan-based producer as a customer.
China-based tier-1 integrated PV manufacturer, JA Solar expects the next phase of its manufacturing expansions to be in 2015 that are expected to include new facilities in either the US or Southeast Asia.
PV module assembly equipment specialist, Komax Solar has finally been sold to its existing management team in a buyout that will make the company independent, sometime in the second half of 2014.
PV project developer, SPI Solar reported sales in the second quarter of 2014 of US$6.3 million, compared with US$3.6 million in the previous quarter.
JA Solar’s polycrystalline Riecium module has passed TUV SUD’s 500-hour potential induced degradation (PID) test.
Cell manufacturers are increasing their research efforts to push for greater cell efficiencies, according to a new report by NPD Solarbuzz.
A special meeting of Hanergy shareholders has voted to change the name of the company to Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Limited.
China’s Ministry of Commerce is to ban the import of tariff-dodging solar-grade polysilicon from the 1 September.
Microinverter firm Enphase Energy has agreed to renew its strategic inverter partnership with an affiliate of residential PV system provider Vivint Solar.
US duties on Chinese and Taiwanese PV imports will make the quality of cells and modules harder to ascertain, a procurement expert has warned.
The US will be the largest solar market in the world in 2016, according to industry stalwart Jigar Shah.
The “pure economics” of solar in relation to increasingly costly fossil fuels will ensure a central future role for the technology in the world energy mix, according to Citigroup.
Chinese module manufacturer ReneSola has turned down offers from China and India citing low profitability, it has emerged.
PV module encapsulant material supplier STR Holdings has agreed to sell 51% of its stake to Chinese PV developer Zhenfa Energy Group.
Module manufacturer ReneSola has reported increased profits and a higher margin in its Q2 2014 results.
China underlined its position as the new world solar superpower last year by raising more in PV financing than the whole of Europe, according to the Global Renewable Energy Report 2014.
Residential solar services provider Sungevity has extended its operations into both New Mexico and Vermont, bringing the company’s total footprint to 12 states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey and New York and Washington, D.C.
The world’s 10 biggest solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms are expected to jointly install 8GW of PV capacity this year, according to new analysis from IHS.
Major PVEP SunPower will remain capacity constrained through 2015 and rely on only a 350MW new fab in the Philippines through 2016, before starting the construction of a giga-fab in 2017.
Component and subsystems provider EMCORE has agreed to terms on a long-term supply deal with Lockheed Martin Space Systems to design and construct multi-junction Coverglass Interconnected Cells (CICs) for Lockheed’s satellite programme.
Dow Corning, majority owner of major polysilicon producer, Hemlock Semiconductor, has posted a 12% increase in first-half year revenue and a net income up 20%, compared to the prior year period.
China-based PV manufacturer and project developer, Hareon Solar Technology Corp has signed a major project development framework agreement with Swiss-based PV developer, ILB Helios.
Major PV energy provider, SunPower, could announce today plans to expand PV production by as much as 750MW, according to a research note by Deutsche Bank equity analyst, Vishal Shah ahead of SunPower’s second quarter earnings call.
Thermal processing equipment specialist, BTU International, has reported second quarter sales of US$16.4 million, a 40.7% increase from the previous quarter, while the company booked several PV pilot line equipment orders in the quarter.