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 Hanwha Q CELLS may have reported record PV module shipments and revenue for 2016 but the underlying strategy for 2017 is cash preservation after its gross profit and margins collapsed in the fourth quarter of 2016.
JinkoSolar has introduced the Eagle MX solar panel, its next generation smart module for the high-volume mainstream PV panel market that incorporates a new innovative cell-string optimizer technology.
Diversified renewable energy firm Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) had previously warned that it expected to report a loss in 2016 of around US$133 million (RMB 923 million) due to a catalogue of issues but revised analysis by the company put the figure significantly higher at around US$348 million.
Many key PV manufacturers in Taiwan are still reporting monthly sales in February, 2017 that are well below the levels set in the first half of 2016, due primarily to the expected boom in China’s downstream PV market, which has yet to take hold.
‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Hanwha Q CELLS is allocating only US$50 million to capital expenditures in 2017, indicating there would be no new in-house capacity expansions in 2017.
NEXTracker, a Flex company, has launched a solar plus energy-storage solution for US and international markets. ‘NX Fusion Plus’ integrates the latest, in solar tracker design, battery, inverter, and software to deliver better return on investment to owners of solar power plants.
Leading PV manufacturing equipment supplier Meyer Burger reported a significant increase in revenue in 2016, due to the start of major technology upgrade and capacity expansion cycle by PV manufacturers primarily in the ingot/wafer and solar cell upstream segments.
Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) member Canadian Solar exceeded fourth quarter 2016 shipment and full-year guidance, due to strong demand at the end of the year but profitability was impacted by lower ASP’s and revised US anti-dumping and countervailing duties.
von Ardenne’s ‘SCALA’ platform has been designed to close the gap between R&D and production of Silicon heterojunction (HJ) solar cells. The modular platform provides a pathway via a technology approach, the tuning of the PVD processing and the complementary technology steps such as texturing, PECVD and metallization processes for 22% conversion efficiencies on 6-inch substrates and thus to ease the path to commercialization.
Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) member JA Solar is continuing to expand manufacturing capacity in 2017 after guiding total shipments to be in the range of 6GW to 6.5GW, up from 5.2GW in 2016.
Leading PV manufacturing equipment supplier Meyer Burger Technology has secured an order from an existing customer in Asia valued at around CHF 15 million (US$15.06 million).
US-headquartered high-efficiency PV module producer SunPower has secured a module supply deal with project developer NextEra Energy Resources.
China-based integrated PV manufacturer Yingli Green Energy is supplying one of its upstream manufacturing equipment suppliers with its N-type ‘PANDA’ bi-facial modules for a 400kWp ground-mount power plant at Tempress Systems headquarters in the Netherlands.
Growatt has combined a unique technology and design concept into the Growatt SPF3000/5000 series to provide power independently and cost-effectively in off-grid and self consumption applications.