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October 5, 2010
By Finlay Colville
Have you been confused by the current “sold-out” situation for PV manufacturers and then see reports stating that factory utilization levels averaged 50% or 60%? Finlay Colville, senior analyst at Solarbuzz, explains in this guest blog that a more accurate way of reporting utilization rates among PV module manufacturers is required, one that better matches real-world utilization rates.
Features, Guest Blog
September 15, 2010
By Jaroslav Dorda
The Czech government announced recently that it was about to take special measures against the ongoing solar boom in the country. These measures are to limit the rapid construction of solar power plants, which would otherwise lead to a dramatic increase in the price of electricity in the future. One of these measures maybe a brand-new tax imposed on producers of solar power.
Features, Guest Blog
September 14, 2010
By Finlay Colville
This guest blog was provided by Finlay Colville, Senior Analyst, Solarbuzz.Aligning with PV industry leaders with a long-term strategic roadmap is a given prerequisite for equipment adoption by every tool supplier, regardless of the segments their equipment serves. But realizing this in practice can be a different challenge altogether. Such has been the dilemma for many equipment suppliers seeking to break into the PV equipment supply chain or diversify from one customer group or cell technology to another.
Features, Guest Blog
August 20, 2010
By Finlay Colville
In contrast to the cloud of uncertainty prevailing over much of the thin-film equipment supply chain today, recent quarterly results within the c-Si segment from the likes of Centrotherm, Roth and Rau, Manz Automation, Applied Materials, and Amtech suggest sunny times lie ahead for these leading c-Si tool suppliers.
Features, Guest Blog
August 11, 2010
By Sam Wilkinson
This guest blog was provided by Sam Wilkinson, PV Research Analyst at IMS Research. It is earnings call season once again for solar PV module suppliers, and looking at the results of a number of the major suppliers, Q2’10 looks set to continue the market’s recent record setting trend. A few things immediately stand out from the first few calls this quarter:
Features, Guest Blog
July 23, 2010
By Finlay Colville
It seemed like the perfect fit. Applied Materials had more experience depositing high quality silicon thin films on large glass substrates than any other company in the world. For the production of TFT LCDs, the company makes the highest performance, highest productivity PECVD tools available; it has maintained a market share of around 80% for almost the entire history of the TFT LCD industry.

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