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September 5, 2007
A multi-crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer based in India has placed an order with Despatch Industries for its DCF3615 integrated, in-line diffusion unit to revamp their manufacturing process from batch to in-line production. This is Despatch Industries’ first sale of solar cell manufacturing equipment to India.
September 5, 2007
Advent Solar, a solar cell and module manufacturer, has placed a multiple systems order with Edwards for its Hot Oxidation Systems (HOx) abatement technology. The Hox-based systems will be used for the abatement of PECVD exhaust gases during solar cell manufacturing at its Albuquerque, New Mexico plant. The systems will ship to Advent Solar in September 2007, according to Edwards.
September 3, 2007
A group of industrial partners have said that they have developed apulling process resulting in silicon crystals with a diameter of 300mm.The process, specifically for applications within the solar cell andmodule market, can reduce energy consumption in the pulling processcompared to smaller sizes and allow the energy recoup time per W (peak)to be faster.
September 3, 2007
A 20-year veteran of the technology industry, Jeannine Sargent’sexperience in engineering circles has led to her appointment as CEO forOerlikon Solar.  The new position of CEO was created in line with thecompany’s decision to encompass all solar-related activities under theOerlikon Solar title.
August 29, 2007
Green and Gold Energy (GGE) has placed a follow-on order for 3 millionconcentrator solar cell units, equivalent to 105MW of energy fromEMCORE Corporation. The 105 MW purchase order is valued at $24 millionand is claimed to be the largest procurement of concentrator solarcells in the industry to date. All hardware ordered under this contractis to be shipped by the end of 2008, according to EMCORE.
August 27, 2007
Solar Semiconductor has signed a multi-year agreement with Q-Cells AG of Germany, for the supply of approximately $170 million of 156mm Mono and Multi-Crystalline cells. These cells will be used for high quality module production in Solar Semiconductor's new PV Module manufacturing plant in India.
August 24, 2007
China Sunergy, one of a growing number of solar cell manufacturers, mayhave seen sales and shipments increase over 100 percent year-on-yearbut was unable to a make a profit in its most recent quarter havingbeen hit by a series of factors that could easily affect others in themarket in the coming months.
August 23, 2007
A new Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) solar cell manufacturer has selected Eyelit’s Enterprise Manufacturing Execution Suite of software offerings for its first solar production plant, the company said.
August 22, 2007
SunPower has said that it expects to have sufficient silicon to generate 250 megawatts or more of solar cell production in 2008 due to its use of a portfolio strategy that combines polysilicon, ingot and wafer procurement from a variety of suppliers under a variety of contract terms and durations.
August 21, 2007
LDK Solar, listed on the NYSE and based in Xinyu City, China hasstarted construction of a polysilicon production plant adjacent to itsmulticrystalline solar wafer facilities. The aggressive schedule set bythe company should see a production capacity of up to 6,000 metric tonsof polysilicon produced by the end of 2008 and 15,000 metric tons bythe end of 2009. The Company has also indicated that it plans tocommence volume production by the end of 2008.

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