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.
‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member GCL System Integrated Technology (GCL-SI) has secured its first order in Australia for its recently launched ‘Super 2.5 MW Solar Block’ modular plant system from Australian-based power station developer APSU Power.
GCL System Integration Technology (GCL-SI) has launched its first modular PV power plant system. The ‘Super 2.5 MW Solar Block’ system utilizes GCL-SI’s 96-cell modules with a specially developed horizontal single axis tracker to accommodate the large-area modules as well as an all-in-one Inverter Power Container for 1500V DC system voltage.
Leading Taiwanese solar cell and module manufacturer Motech Industries said it was entering into a Joint Venture (JV) with metallisation paste supplier, Giga Solar Materials Corp to establish a solar module assembly plant in Taiwan to meet future domestic demand.
PV manufacturer and EPC firm Jiangsu Zhongli Group Co., Ltd has recently secured a number of ‘Poverty Alleviation’ projects in China totalling around 606MW, bringing its total to almost 930MW.
Chinese PV firm LONGi Solar, which is the subsidiary of LONGi Group, has become arguably the industry’s greatest advocate of monocrystalline solar. The company has puts its money where its mouth is with huge investment to increase its manufacturing capabilities. In the second part of an interview with Zhenguo Li, LONGi Group’s president, Mark Osborne discusses capacity expansions and R&D spending.
‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Canadian Solar is selling various interests in three solar farms in Queensland, Australia to UK-based renewables firm, Foresight Solar Fund.
Swiss-based solar simulator equipment supplier Alfartec has had its new generation of module tester, BlueSky MT240 certified by China’s 3rd party lab, NIM at a ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member at a c-Si module manufacturing plant in China.
As expected, three of Taiwan’s merchant solar cell and module producers, Gintech Energy Corp, Neo Solar Power (NSP) and Solartech Energy have officially announced plans to merge and exit the ‘foundry’ business model they were founded on.
Three of Taiwan’s merchant solar cell and module producers, Gintech Energy Corp, Neo Solar Power (NSP) and SolarTech Energy have separately announced the suspension of trading of their stocks on the Taiwan Stock Exchange beginning on October 16.
Documents filed by US-headquartered high-efficiency PV cell and module producer SunPower Corp to the US International Trade Commission (ITC) in respect to the ‘Section 201’ trade case show that SunPower wants thin-film modules made by First Solar included in any remedy actions, while pitching for its IBC (Interdigitated back contact) cells and modules to be excluded.
GoodWe’s new MT Series inverter boost function offers a continuous maximum AC output power overload of 15% for higher yield and quicker ROI, according to the company.
US-headquartered high-efficiency PV cell and module producer SunPower Corp has surpassed 500MW of solar module orders through several rounds of government tenders in France.
J.v.G. Thoma GmbH has introduced a new tabber stringer to its product portfolio, which includes its ‘Endless String Technology’ to work at a speed that is claimed to be twice as fast as other stringers on the market.
Taiwan-based materials suppliers are benefiting from increased demand for diamond wire cut wafers for higher efficiency solar cells that is supporting higher prices in recent months.
Although profitability for many remains elusive sales have rebounded in September.
Specialist PV manufacturing equipment supplier Singulus Technologies has secured new tool orders from China and the US for its ‘SILEX II’ wet cleaning batch system, primarily used for high-efficiency heterojunction (HJ) solar cells.