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.
Dedicated N-type monocrystalline module manufacturer Jolywood (Taizhou) Solar Technology Co. Ltd (Jolywood) said it had collaborated with TUV NORD and the National Center of Supervision and Inspection on Solar Photovoltaic Product Quality (CPVT) to establish a preliminary testing standard for bifacial solar modules.
Inline solar cell measurement equipment specialist Aurora Solar Technologies (AST) has followed-up from a recent volume order from a confidential customer located in China for its ‘Decima’ Gemini systems and ‘Veritas’ wafer and process mapping software with an evaluation project for bifacial solar cells with a new customer, said to be one of PV module manufacturers in the world.
Organised by Fraunhofer CSE in partnership with Royal DSM and Greentown Labs, the SunRISE TechBridge Challenge II had selected four early-stage companies from 56 applications to be given support in bringing their technology to market faster.
Taiwan-based cell and module producer Neo Solar Power (NSP) has officially opened its new 200MW initial nameplate high-efficiency solar module assembly plant in Taiwan.
Leading ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member JinkoSolar has secured a two year syndicated loan from a bank consortium led by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) to support increased module shipments growth to Japan.
Bankrupt integrated PV module manufacturer SolarWorld AG said that its two listed bonds had become due to be repaid immediately as a condition of default since entering insolvency proceedings in Germany on May 10, 2017.
4JET microtech has developed a high throughput solution that enables laser edge deletion, bus bar exposure and via drilling operations of CIGS glass substrates. Each of the new MPCT (Mass Production Combi Tool) units can process 100MW of typical CIGS substrates per annum, thereby reducing the number of backend processing stations when compared to conventional solutions.
US-headquartered Hybrid Cell Technology (HCT) module producer Sunpreme has appointed Sweden-based solar developer and installer, PPAM SOLKRAFT as a channel partner with emphasis on promoting its bifacial modules for future projects that benefit from using the technology.
The significant decline in the solar PV manufacturing supply chain in Europe in recent years has reached a critical condition, according to a string of R&D and trade groups in the region.
Major materials supplier Heraeus Photovoltaics has entered into a new strategic technology partnership with China-based multicrystalline solar cell producer, Solar Space, also known as Zhonghui Photovoltaics (Jiangsu Solar Space Photovoltaic Technology Co.), which was established 2010.
Diversified renewable energy firm Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) has announced that it’s CEO, Xin (Eric) Luo and vice chairman Jianmin Shi have both resigned their positions at the company.
GE Energy Connections said it had signed a supply and service agreement with Solairedirect India, a subsidiary of ENGIE, which is currently building two 70MW PV power plants in India.
Struggling former ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Yingli Green Energy is putting greater emphasis on high-efficiency N-PERT monocrystalline ‘PANDA’ bifacial modules as a key part of its potential business turnaround.
Major PV inverter manufacturer Sungrow Power Supply has entered into a supply distribution deal in Japan with Japanese trading company, YUASA Trading Co to expand its market share and provide better sales services in the country.
Next-generation thin-film technology start-up NanoFlex Power said it was part of a consortium awarded a US$6.5 million contract from the US Army Research Laboratory's Army Research Office to develop high power, flexible, and lightweight solar modules for portable power applications.