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January 31, 2008
Thin-film technology development is the focus for centrotherm photovoltaics AG, as the company has today announced the construction of a Research & Development Centre in Blaubeuren, Germany. Completion of the facility, which is to include a thin-film laboratory equipped with the latest analysis tools and pilot fabrication for CIGS lines, is expected in 2H08.
January 30, 2008
Sunovia Energy Technologies and EPIR Technologies are developing asolar PV encapsulate that eliminates the need for glass encapsulatesand employs II-VI materials. An initial contract has also been signedwith United States Air Force to assist in the development andcommercialization of the technology, the companies said.
January 30, 2008
Trina Solar has provided manufacturing guidance for 2008 and beyondwith the target of achieving cell efficiency rates of approximately 19percent for monocrystalline solar cells by 2010. Importantly, TrinaSolar expects to reduce wafer thickness to 140 microns by 2010 as partof its cost reduction strategies. Multicrystalline cell efficienciesare also expected to reach 18 percent in the same timeframe. Currently,the company plans to initiate production tests of 180-micron wafers andcells in the first half of 2008.
January 30, 2008
SunEdison has started construction with local partner Sunergy of itsfirst solar power plant in Spain, which is expected to be completed bythe third quarter of 2008. Sunergy currently has over 20MW of PVground-mounted and rooftop projects under development in Spain.SunEdison has over 31MW currently under management and over 52MW ofhands-on installation experience, the company said.
January 29, 2008
First Solar, Inc. has named Kathy Weiss as Vice President of GovernmentRelations to oversee the company’s public policies and manage thecompany’s state and federal affairs...
January 29, 2008
Stefan Thiel (pictured) has been appointed to the role of Sales Managerfor the solar cell manufacturer, taking over from Franz Ziering. ersol’s sales and strategic purchasing sectors...
January 28, 2008
Global Solar Energy has claimed that in December, 2007 it became the first Copper Indium Gallium diSelenide (CIGS) thin-film solar manufacturer to achieve an average of 10 percent solar cell efficiency on a flexible substrate over ‘several production runs.’
January 25, 2008
Voltaix, LLC has said that it has significantly increased theproduction of trimethylboron to meet growing demand from the PVthin-film manufacturing industry. The product specifications for oxygenand other key contaminants have also been improved to ensure that theproduct will continue to meet the performance requirements of the solarindustry, the company said.
January 24, 2008
On posting a 227.6 percent year-on-year revenue growth with sales topping $774.8 million for 2007, SunPower Corporation has set its sights on doubling solar cell manufacturing capacity from 214 megawatts at the end of 2007 to 414 megawatts at the end of 2008. A key reason for the ability to expand production is due to SunPower’s belief that silicon feedstock supply constraints will ease and support lower prices through the supply chain.
January 24, 2008
United Solar Ovonic won a 25MW PV module order from South Korea'sAirTec System Co. with deliveries in 2008 through 2009 for a range ofsolar power projects in the country.

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