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May 31, 2007
With the acquisition of BOC Edwards completed by CCMP Capital, the now independent group expects to grow revenues via a strategy of new product introductions and targeting emerging markets such as solar cell manufacturing.
May 30, 2007
Roth & Rau has won a follow-on order for a turnkey 60 MWp solar cell line for Grupo Pevafersa based in Toro, Spain. The line is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2008 and is being valued at €20 million.
May 23, 2007
HelioVolt Corporation CEO Dr. B.J. Stanbery (pictured) has announcedthe appointment of two new vice presidents in preparation for thecompany’s expansion plans. Ex-Applied Materials managing director ofmaterials Larry Peruffo is set to take up the role of VP of HelioVolt’ssupply chain, while Essilor Laboratories’ former VP of operations andtechnology, David Bowen, has been named as VP of manufacturingoperations.
May 15, 2007
NexTech Solutions and FAS Technologies have said that they plan tomerge in the current quarter in an effort to pool resources and expandtheir customer base via current diverse sales channels.
May 14, 2007
Applied Materials has won a turnkey fully integrated thin film silicon solar PV module production line order using large glass substrates. The start-up, Signet Solar, plans a solar module manufacturing plant in Dresden, Germany, targeting grid parity by 2010.
March 22, 2007
BP Solar has started construction of a 300MW solar cell plant in TresCantos, Madrid, Spain. Phase 1 of the new plant will have an annualcell capacity of 55MW with a total planned capacity of 300MW. The firstline expected to be fully operational in 3Q07.
March 20, 2007
Applied Materials has landed another complete solar panel manufacturing deal that will use large substrate technology. This time the deal is with T-Solar Global S.A. of Spain and will be Europe's first thin film solar module production line using ultra-large 5.7m2 (2.2m x 2.6m) glass panels, according to Applied. The facility is expected to become operational by mid-2008. 
March 14, 2007
As part of its attempt to become a shining light in the fast emerging solar energy manufacturing market, Applied Materials wants to lead by example and so has announced that it will be installing over 1.9 megawatts of solar power generation capability at its research campus in Sunnyvale, California.
March 6, 2007
A member of the First Solar Board of Directors since 2003, Bruce Sohnhas officially joined the company in the position of President.  Sohnwill report to CEO Mike Ahearn and his past experience with Intel willaid in his new responsibilities as President.
March 2, 2007
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) scientists have produced anoptical coating with almost the same refractive index as air (NaturePhotonics, March 2007). This means that its light reflection propertiesare practically zero. RPI claims a world record by decreasing thereflectivity compared to conventional anti-reflection coatings by anorder of magnitude.

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