Mark Osborne has nearly three decades of experience in covering both the semiconductor and photovoltaics manufacturing industries. In his current roles as senior news editor for PV Tech and sister technical journal, Photovoltaics International, Mark covers the key developments in the PV industry on a global level and continues to provide insight and analysis via his editor's blog.
Major polysilicon producer Wacker Chemie has directly blamed the Chinese governments support of its domestic polysilicon manufacturers for the need to make a major write-down of its polysilicon production facilities in Germany and the US with a massive €750 million impairment charge in its FY 2019.
PV Evolution Labs (PVEL), Lloyd's of London syndicate Ariel Re (a member of Argo Group), and Beecher Carlson Insurance Services, LLC have launched PV PlantProtect. This is the first-of-its-kind risk mitigation and insurance program using technical due diligence best practices to improve solar project economics for developers.
‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) leader, JinkoSolar has supplied 40MW of its ultra-high efficiency Cheetah HC 60 solar modules to developer Obton for the recently completed Almelo project in the Netherlands.
Single-axis solar tracker firm, Soltec has reported a range of bifacial module and tracker performance results from its Bifacial Tracker Evaluation Center (BiTEC) in Livermore, California, showing an advantage in using a 2P configuration and an overall bifacial gain of 15.7%.
The German-China partnership between Manz and China Energy Investment Group Co., Shanghai Electric Group Co and Future Science City, now known as NICE Solar Energy, have set a new CIGS thin-film module conversion efficiency record of 17.6 %.
‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member LONGi Solar has signed a framework sales agreement with India's Adani Green Energy to supply up to 1,200MW of its high-performance p-Type monocrystalline modules through 2020.
‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) members, JinkoSolar, Trina Solar and Risen Energy have announced new PV module supply deals, cell efficiency records and overseas market growth this week.
LONGi Green Energy Technology Co, the largest monocrystalline wafer producer is planning a new 10GW monocrystalline silicon ingot manufacturing plant in Tengchong City, Yunnan Province, China.
‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member, JA Solar has completed a buyout of a Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SSE) listed company, after delisting from the NASDAQ in mid-2018.
Diversified renewables firm Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) has secured the sale of 11 PV power plants in China to reduce mounting debts.
North American PV module manufacturer, Silfab Solar has installed a full-size industrial production tool for the manufacturing of back-contact PV modules from Eurotron.
Major PV materials supplier, Heraeus Photovoltaics has officially opened its multi-million Euro new Photovoltaics Innovation Center in Shanghai, China.
Leading ‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member, JinkoSolar has guided up to 20,000MW of PV module shipments in 2020, at least a 25% increase over new 2019 shipment guidance levels.
JinkoSolar has showcased its forthcoming ‘Tiger’ solar module at All-Energy Australia event, held in Melbourne, Australia in late October 2019. The module has a conversion efficiency of 20.78% and can generate up to 460Wp of power output, which is suitable for both utility-scale and rooftop markets, globally.
Diversified renewables firm Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) has halted trading in its Hong Kong traded stocks as it prepares to submit an update to its protracted potential sale of its PV manufacturing operations, including Wuxi Suntech.