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.
US-headquartered high-efficiency PV module producer SunPower Corp has completed the acquisition of SolarWorld Americas from German insolvency court and administrators, securing the future of the solar cell and module assembly operations of the Hillsboro, Oregon plant.
European research and innovation hub centre imec has detailed a path for its nPERT (n-type Passivated Emitter and Rear Totally diffused) solar cell technology to reach conversion efficiencies in excess of 24% for volume production applications.
Diversified renewables firm Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) is trying a second time to sell its solar PV manufacturing operations to major shareholder and Hong Kong property tycoon, Kin Ming Cheng for around RMB4.7 billion (US$684.24 million), compared to US$760 million in mid-2016.
‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member JA Solar has supplied modules to Bangladesh's first large-scale solar power plant (28MW), which had been connected to the utility grid in September 2018.
Major PV inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology has lowered its full-year revenue and profit guidance due to the market downturn in China that has led to plummeting product prices and delays to PV Power plant development across major markets.
Major solar PV materials firm Heraeus Photovoltaics has teamed with PV ribbon manufacturer Ulbrich Solar Technologies to produce a new line of Heraeus’ patented advanced ‘Selectively Coated Ribbons’ (SCR) for module manufacturing customers.
At Solar Power International 2018 in Anaheim, numerous PV module manufacturers are continuing to roll-out a wider range of panels that embrace new technologies such as bifacial and half-cut cells as well as increased performance from existing product offerings that include both monocrystalline and multicrystalline.
TUV Rheinland has hosted a delegation from China at its officials at the headquarters of TUV Rheinland Academy in Cologne, Germany that will support a strategic cooperation framework agreement for the Sino-German Industry 4.0 Demonstration and Training Center project.
A range of diverse projects both regionally and in scale have been announced, which includes a 23.5MW PV project in New Jersey, 1.5MW of rooftop projects in London, UK and a total of 98MW in Binh Thuan and Long An Provinces, Vietnam.
‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Hanwha Q CELLS has revealed its ‘Made in America’ product strategy ahead of the 2018 Solar Power International (SPI) Exhibition being held at the Anaheim Convention Center in California next week.
US-headquartered high-efficiency PV module producer SunPower Corp has said that its interdigitated back contact (IBC) solar cells and modules have been granted exclusion from the US Section 201 import tariffs that were imposed by President Trump in early 2018.
France-based floating solar (FPV) specialist Ciel & Terre has completed a 252kW FPV system wastewater treatment pond in Kelseyville, California, part of four projects in the US totalling 5.3MW in the third quarter of 2018.
Specialist PV manufacturing equipment supplier Amtech Systems has secured over a US$6 million order for its ‘Quantum’ diffusion system for the mass production of high-efficiency N-type solar cells.
Growatt has introduced the MAX 50-80KTL3-LV/MV series string inverters that are equipped with 6 MPPTs, enabling more flexible string configuration and less string mismatch loss for commercial rooftop installs with shading issues.
China-based merchant solar cell producer Guangdong Aiko Solar Energy Technology Co (Aiko Solar) said that it had entered volume production of its P-type monocrystalline PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) solar cells with conversion efficiencies of 22%.