Manufacturing

October 28, 2010
Solar Frontier has agreed to supply 10MW of its cadmium- and lead-free thin-film CIS solar modules to Saudi Aramco, which is building the North park office complex in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Solar Frontier’s modules will be used to cover the 4,450 parking spaces at the car park for the office complex. At 10MW, the panels will provide all the structure’s daytime energy needs with completion anticipated for the end of 2011.
October 28, 2010
Contracts were officially signed today between Walsin Lihwa and Solarion, wherein Walsin will invest €40 million and hold a 49% stake in Solarion. The Development Bank of Saxony contributed a grant of more than €20 million towards the Walsin investment. The first stage for the factory will consist of building an integrated cell and module factory that has a 20MW annual production capacity. Once the first stage is completed, an 180MW manufacturing plant will also be built on the site near the BMW Leipzig assembly plant.
October 27, 2010
SMA Solar Technology has founded a new sales and service subsidiary in Mumbai, India which is aims to open by the end of this year. SMA is currently the only inverter manufacturer offering modern system technology for grid-tied solar power plants in India.
October 27, 2010
Teamtechnik has inaugurated its new 1,500m2 production facility in Jintan, China. The new location is expected to increase the amount of local contacts for customers in China and to ensure short delivery times as well as efficient response from the service teams.
October 27, 2010
Ascent Solar has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with 'The Energy and Resource Institute' (TERI), based in New Delhi, India. Under the terms of the agreement, TERI will perform testing and performance evaluation of Ascent's flexible thin-film CIGS modules as well as looking at the feasibility of including these modules for TERI's flagship program 'Lighting a Billion Lives' (LaBL).
October 27, 2010
A 1.02MWp commercial solar system using Solyndra’s CIGS panels has been completed by alwitra on a warehouse of Parts Europe, based in Konz, Germany. The system, according to Solyndra, is the largest in Germany that has yet used its technology and the second largest worldwide. The project covers 13,000 square metres of rooftop with Evalon waterproofing membrane and approximately 10,700 square metres of rooftop with more than 5400 Solyndra panels.
October 27, 2010
Voltaix entered into an agreement with Wonik Materials for the construction of a 25MT germane production facility at Voltaix’s South Korea site.
October 26, 2010
Concentrator photovoltaics developer SolFocus will partner with Vision Electro Mechanical to build the first commercial CPV power plant in Saudi Arabia. The initial project will be the initial project in a series of Saudi solar power stations planned by Vision (a subsidiary of Construction Projects Holding Co. [CPC]).
October 26, 2010
Hareon Solar has selected Applied Materials' SmartFactory manufacturing automation software with the aim of improving productivity across Hareon's solar photovoltaic cell manufacturing operations in China. The company will install Applied's software at its cell subsidiaries Jiangyin Hareon Solar Technology and Altusvia Energy.
October 26, 2010
A recurring theme in 2010 has been upward revisions on a quarterly basis to product shipments from the major PV manufacturers as demand continues to remain strong, despite rapid capacity expansion plans. With the third quarter financial season looming, JA Solar has revised guidance for its third quarter results.

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