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Japanese electronics materials firm, Shin-Etsu Chemical, is offering to license its production-ready bifacial monocrystalline solar cell technology that is claimed to have the highest conversion efficiency of 21% for conventional screen-printing processes.
Tier-one PV module manufacturer, REC Solar ASA has said that the US market will become increasingly important to its module sales in 2015 and beyond.
Internet giant and increasingly active clean-tech player, Google, is offering a US$1 million prize for a proposal to shrink the “humble” solar inverter to the size of a laptop.
Industrial firm ABB continues to be impacted by losses in its Power Systems division, which includes its renewable energy EPC business and PV inverter business.
PV project developer, SPI Solar a majority owned subsidiary of bankrupt Cayman Island registered LDK Solar has sold a recently announced 50MW project to Xinyu Zhongzhi Guoxiang New Energy Electric Power Investment Development.
Major polysilicon producer Wacker Chemie expects revenue from cancelled or restructured polysilicon supply contracts from its solar sector customers to be around €210 million (US$283.2 million) in 2014.
China-based PVEP, Shunfeng Photovoltaic International (SF-PV) said it expected to report a profit for the first six months of 2014, primarily due to the increased solar cell sales coming from its manufacturing subsidiary, Wuxi Suntech Power Co.
A new US$50 billion development bank jointly formed by the so-called BRICS nations could offer solar a vital new source of funding, according to a leading expert.
Thin-film PV module developer and manufacturer Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. has reached an agreement with investors that will see the company secure US$32 million in senior secured notes and warrants in order to buy shares of its common stock in a private placement.
Tier-one PV manufacturer, ReneSola has said that a new framework agreement with Chinese retailer, China Seven Star Holdings, could lead to the sale of around 200MW of existing and planned PV projects within 18 months.
Updated. Tier-one PV module manufacturer, Hanwha Q CELLS, has said its review of a petition filed by Kyocera over a claimed busbar patent infringement has concluded that the lawsuit does not affect any of its products.
Industry association, the Silver Institute, said that industrial consumption of silver had “advanced at a healthy pace in 2014”, resulting in a 5% price increase since the beginning of the year.
Polysilicon producer, REC Silicon reported second quarter revenues of US$126.8 million, compared to US$113.3 million in the previous quarter, due to higher demand for fluidised bed reactor-based granular polysilicon and a 4% increase in selling prices.
Market research firm, EnergyTrend, has warned of weak demand across the PV supply chain in July, forcing inventory up and prices down.
A boom in the use of electric vehicles will help push the energy storage market to US$50 billion by 2020, a study by Lux Research has concluded.
Liquidators for Cayman Islands-listed LDK Solar have said the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) appeal to the company’s delisting has been rescheduled from June to September 2014.
PV project developer, SPI Solar, has completed its private placement of newly issued shares that raised a total of US$21.75 million in new funding.
Solar silicon materials producer, Silicor Materials is to establish a 19,000MT plant in Iceland to convert metallurgical-grade silicon (MG-Si) feedstock to purified solar grade silicon that it claims can be produced at US$9/kg.
Chinese PV manufacturer, Zhongli Talesun, has said the filing of a patent infringement case by Kyocera Corporation against the Japanese subsidiary of Hanwha Q CELLS on the use of a ‘three-busbar electrode structure’ was a “crisis signal to most PV manufacturers”.
Sharp Corporation is exiting its a-Si thin-film joint venture in Europe with Enel at a cost of around US$141 million.
Major PV energy provider, First Solar, has cancelled long-standing plans to build a 2GW PV power plant near Ordos City, Inner Mongolia, according to reports.
PV manufacturer SolarWorld has agreed to pay a penalty payment to an unidentified polysilicon supplier for changing terms on a long-term supply deal.
Residential PV installer, Sungevity, has unveiled a new form of technology that can determine PV installation quotes instantly with nothing more than a given street address.
The recovery in polysilicon prices to above US$20/kg since the beginning of the year are set to peak soon at around the US$23/kg mark, according to specialist polysilicon market research firm, Bernreuter Research.
PV module manufacturer, Kyocera Corporation, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the Japanese subsidiary of Hanwha Q CELLS concerning its solar cell ‘three-busbar electrode structure’, while seeking negotiations with other “parties” on the claimed infringement.
Negotiations to remove customs and excise tariffs on green goods, including solar cells and modules, will not solve existing anti-dumping actions, a US lobby group has warned.
As part of its PV manufacturing expansion plans to 1GW, Shaanxi Non-ferrous Photovoltaic Technology, also known as Shaanxi Youser Photovoltaic Technology, a subsidiary of state-owned Shaanxi Youser Group has placed equipment orders with RENA.
Japanese technology and equipment manufacturer, Choshu Industry Corporation (CIC) has installed the ‘SpotLIGHT’ cell tester from Meyer Burger subsidiary, Pasan for research on heterojunction (HJT) and busbar-less solar cells within next generation PV modules.
Corporate funding in the global solar industry fell marginally between the first and second quarters of 2014, according to clean energy consulting firm, Mercom Capital.
Robotics based PV module tracking systems start-up, QBotix said that it had secured contracts for its Robotic Tracking System (RTS) totalling over 80MW, with several projects currently under construction.
Trio are part of 14-strong group negotiating a deal to liberalise the trade of goods that reduce greenhouse gases, including PV cells and modules.
Two of the most iconic names in the semiconductor equipment market, Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron, have been dropped as part of the merger between the companies.
Researchers at imec have achieved a new, record conversion efficiency for N-type PERT (Passivated Emitter, Rear Totally diffused) solar cells using Ni/Cu/Ag plating (3 bus bars grid) technology from Meco and Atomic Layer Deposited (ALD) Al2O3 process from SoLayTec.
In today’s Green Energy News Review, environmental campaign group Greenpeace is asking Danish toy giant Lego to drop its partnership with oil company Shell.
‘Black Silicon’ solar cell material start-up, Natcore Technology has claimed its secretive Australian business partner Denzo Pty Limited has been undertaking site selection analysis in advance of building a small solar cell production facility in Australia.
The Beijing Municipal Government is collaborating with IBM by deploying its ‘HyRef’ (Hybrid Renewable Energy Forecasting) technology to tackle air pollution, energy optimisation for local industries and better renewable energy forecasting.
Deutsche Bank has arranged a deal with Conergy, worth US$60 million, to allow the downstream solar company to expand the capacity of its forthcoming projects by as much as 400MWp.
The Heraeus Photovoltaics Business Unit is shifting all R&D activities for its solar cell metallization pastes to the US in a bid to bring next-generation products to market faster.
Major PV energy provider, SunEdison, has completed the acquisition of a 50% interest in Silver Ridge Power, a PV power plant operator, for approximately US$178.6 million in cash.
The DEK brand, including that of PV screen printing specialist, DEK Solar is to be retained as the acquisition of the company was completed, according to ASM subsidiary, ASM Pacific Technology (ASMPT).
Start-up Siva Power has touted a revised low-cost roadmap for CIGS thin-film modules that would generate US$0.28/Watt on a single 300MW fully-automated production line.
Renewable energy project developer, juwi group has announced a major cost cutting and restructuring programme with the expected loss of around 400 jobs, or around 27% of the total workforce.
Home to a number of specialist monocrystalline PV manufacturers, Heraeus Photovoltaics Business Unit is showcasing its SOL9620 Series and SOL9621 Series metallisation pastes at Intersolar North America, being held in San Francisco next week.
In a strategic deal encompassing polysilicon supply and possible downstream PV project collaboration, Qatar Solar Energy (QSE) has secured a long-term polysilicon supply with Kazakhstan state-owned industrial firm, Kazatomprom.
PV equipment specialist, centrotherm has secured orders worth around €15 million (US$20.5 million) from Shaanxi Non-ferrous Photovoltaic Technology Co., Ltd.
Cost-competitive renewable energy will spur Europe’s electricity generation toward 60% by 2030, according to a new report from Bloomberg News Energy Finance.
PV module manufacturer and project developer, Hareon Solar expects to sell two small PV power plants in the province of Cassano in southern Italy to China Merchants New Energy Group affiliate for a total of €35.33 million (US$39.85 million).
Russian thin-film module manufacturing start-up, Hevel Solar has started trial production of its Oerlikon Solar supplied turnkey tandem-junction ‘Micromorph’ a-Si plant.
Major PV equipment specialist, Meyer Burger has received orders worth over CHF25 million from two customers based in Asia.
US$550 billion of investment is needed every year till 2030 to secure the transition to sustainable energy and to keep below a 2°C rise in global temperatures, according to Adnan Amin, director general of IRENA.