Specialist solar PV equipment supplier centrotherm International has reported first half 2017 photovoltaics and semiconductor segment equipment order backlog of nearly €141 million as well as securing CIGS thin-film tool orders from Manz for turnkey line projects in China.
Specialist PV manufacturing equipment supplier Amtech Systems has reported its best performing quarter since a record peak in 2011, driven by a bifacial N-type technology turnkey line contract from a new customer based in China.
India recently proposed a new strategy of supporting its domestic solar manufacturers by allocating 7.5GW of local content tenders to Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSUs), but analysts have identified a number of limitations.
Leading PV microinverter supplier Enphase Energy reported a strong rebound in sales and shipments, which hit a new record in the second quarter of 2017, yet losses continue and its founding CEO, Paul Nahi announced his resignation from the company.
The imposition of “effective remedies” in the Section 201 trade case could create 115,000 new jobs in the US solar supply chain according to a report commissioned by the petitioners, Suniva and SolarWorld Americas.
Nanoelectronics research centre imec has taken a perovskite/silicon tandem mini-module-on-cell stack to a record 23.9% conversion efficiency, significantly exceeding its 20.2% efficiency figures reported in 2016.
The first floating solar (FPV) power plant in Turkey was officially operational on August 4, 2017 as part of a testing phase that could lead to a significant number of systems installed by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality on reservoirs, lakes and dams.
‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Canadian Solar and major renewables form EDF Energies Nouvelles has announced that the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) has provided the project financing for the 191.5MWp Pirapora I PV power plant, the first PV project BNDES has supported.
Leading solar PV inverter supplier Huawei said it had won the supply bid for Malaysia's first 50MW(AC) utility-scale PV plant project based on its ability to provide smart solutions to the projects challenging location and environmental conditions.