Editors’ Blog

Editors' Blog, Features
March 28, 2008
By Mark Osborne
Silicon solar cell producers should forget about the polysilicon shortages, while thin-film companies need not worry about silane supplies. Not because constrained supply issues are expected to ease and material costs to finally lower over the next two years, but because a potentially bigger concern is looming!
Editors' Blog, Features
March 14, 2008
By David Owen
At the PV Fab Managers’ Forum in Dresden this week, IBM outlined its plans for partnering with the PV manufacturing industry to improve technology and manufacturing processes. Rainer Klaus Krause, IBM’s ISC Innovation Champion, presented to a high level audience of Fab managers and solar manufacturing executives the strategy to partner with manufacturers and technology providers to help the industry achieve price parity more quickly.
Editors' Blog, Features
February 13, 2008
By Mark Osborne
Excellent observations from Jo Ann McDonald over at Compound Semiconductor Magazine and interestingly a former Director of Corporate Communications at Emcore notes that the intended IPO of its CPV business division may be happening too fast for the company.
Editors' Blog, Features
February 5, 2008
By Mark Osborne
Having announced very aggressive polysilicon production targets lastyear, LDK Solar turned heads, while also turning some market/financialanalysts bearish on oversupply issues by 2010.
Editors' Blog, Features
December 19, 2007
By Mark Osborne
Not your average eBay item up for grabs, rather a piece of photovoltaictechnology history. Nanosolar, roll-to-roll Copper Indium GalliumDiselenide (CIGS) PV solar start-up, has put one of its first threeproduction line commercially-produced PV modules (Panel #2) up for saleon eBay with a $10,300 starting price!
Editors' Blog, Features
November 22, 2007
By Mark Osborne
Applied Materials can't seem to leave the solar equipment business alone at the moment, as it continues its acquisition trail. The latest is Baccini S.p.A for a cool $330 million in greenbacks.
Editors' Blog, Features
September 7, 2007
By Mark Osborne
Applied Materials’ entry to the solar equipment manufacturing market just over a year ago is starting to make that market very interesting to watch and also to write about!
Editors' Blog, Features
August 17, 2007
By Mark Osborne
As rumors go, this is not as far-fetched as it seems!
Editors' Blog, Features
June 14, 2007
By Mark Osborne
An old automotive saying that well-built vehicles by Ford Motor Co.keep on going many years after competitors’ models have been scrappedcan now be applied to old Ford assembly plants!
Editors' Blog, Features
March 6, 2007
By Mark Osborne
It had to happen sooner rather than later for Applied Materials! What Imean is that they would inevitably win a contract in the solar powerspace to build a turnkey production line, front-to-back equipment andprocesses as well as automated factory software.

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