Manufacturing

January 20, 2011
DelSolar has opened its new headquarters in Zhunan, Taiwan. The site will house DelSolar’s research and development centre and it was officially unveiled with a traditional Chinese beam-raising ceremony – symbolizing the completion of the construction phase.
January 20, 2011
The Schmid Group has bought montratec, a spin-off from Swiss firm Montech, as it looks to improve its technology and services within the automated transportation systems sector.
January 19, 2011
Just three years after starting production of its high-purity ceramic crucibles, Ceradyne has opened its second factory in Tianjin, China. The 218,000-square-foot site cost an estimated US$34 million and will help meet increased wafer demand from China and Asia-based PV manufacturers.
January 19, 2011
Solar3D has revealed the details for its new solar cell and plans to have developed a working prototype by the end of 2011. The three-dimensional micro-photovoltaic cell is inspired by light management techniques used in fiber optic devices and Solar3D claim it has the potential to dramatically change the economics of solar energy.
January 19, 2011
The photovoltaic manufacturing management software provider, Eyelit, has announced that its second user conference will be held at the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa in Victoria, Canada on August 2-4.
January 19, 2011
3S Modultec has agreed to help the Senegalese solar power company SPEC build West Africa’s first solar panel factory. The Dakar facility is scheduled to be operational by the middle of 2011 and will produce TÜV-certified panels for the African market.
January 18, 2011
As part of the major drive by the former Solarfun Power to capitalise on Hanwha’s major investment in the company, the recently renamed, Hanwha SolarOne is set to build a 2GW solar cell and module complex with Nantong Economic and Technological Development Zone, located in Jiangsu Province.
January 18, 2011
One of the largest photovoltaic power plant projects in First Solar’s North American pipeline moved another step closer to buildout, as the environmental impact report for the AV Solar Ranch One has become final and is no longer subject to appeal. Principal construction should begin on the 230MW (AC) site in northeast Los Angeles County in Q3 2011, according to company sources.
January 17, 2011
Six months after being installed, Soitec Concentrix’s concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) system in Jordan continues to deliver impressive early results. Soitec hopes to establish its system as the premier choice for large-scale solar power plants in hot and arid regions, and its successful negotiation of the Jordanian summer – where daytime temperatures can regularly exceed 35°C – has considerably enhanced its reputation.
January 17, 2011
The latest Solarbuzz ‘PV Equipment Quarterly Report’ highlights that the fourth quarter of 2010 saw a further 1.25GW of quarterly solar manufacturing capacity come online. According to the market research firm, annualized c-Si cell and thin-film module capacity increased by a further 11.5GW, in 2010. Equipment spending grew for the sixth consecutive quarter to reach US$2.9 billion in the fourth quarter. At the end of the year, 20 equipment suppliers to have order backlogs in excess of US$100 million, with the majority of these orders scheduled for shipment during the first half of 2011.

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