PV-Tech Newscast – February 15, 2013

Signs of industry recovery are coming through loud and clear with orders picking up and several companies announcing the ramping up of their production lines including Wacker and Renewable Energy Corporation. While Panasonic has begun shipping its HIT modules from its Malaysian production base, PVcomB has ordered an active selenisation system from Smit Ovens BV, Tempress Systems has won a solar cell diffusion equipment order worth US$5.3 million and Intevac has won its first production order for its ENERGi ion implant system. Such positive signs are also supported by reports that global PV capacity has topped 100GW while UK PV capacity has surpassed the 2GW milestone. And if that's not enough to keep the industry smiling, NPD Solarbuzz has forecast that solar demand in Asia Pacific will grow by 50% to 13.5GW in 2013. Companies: Amtech, European Photovoltaic Industry Association, Intevac, NPD Solarbuzz, Panasonic Corporation, PVcomB, Renewable Energy Corporation, Smit Ovens BV, Tempress Systems, Wacker Chemie

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