The production volume of solar PV panels based on thin-film deposition of semiconductor materials on large-area glass panels is set to hit a seven-year low in 2017, in spite of the end-market demand for solar panels increasing by a factor of three over the same time period.
Updated: The US solar trade body, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) said it would spearhead the campaign against the trade petition by US-based bankrupt cell and module manufacturer, Suniva with the USITC (United States International Trade Commission) that threatens import duties on all crystalline solar cells and panels imported from anywhere across the world not produced in the US.
Leading thin-film PV manufacturer First Solar has said it wants to sell its share in its joint venture (JV) yieldco with SunPower to free-up funds to support its switch to manufacturing its large-area Series 6 CdTe modules.
Solar cells produced using p-type multi c-Si wafers retained their dominant market-share position in 2016, despite significant investments into p-type mono and advanced cell production, such as PERC. The transition to increased mono wafer use is now expected to be seen more clearly during 2017 and 2018, but depends still upon the relative end-market demand from the domestic Chinese market.
Leading thin-film producer First Solar has decided to skip the previously planned migration to its Series 5 module platform, while bringing plans forward to migrate to its large-area Series 6 module technology to 2018.
Leading CdTe thin-film producer First Solar reported several bombshells in releasing third quarter financial results. Amongst them was dropping around US$1.0 billion from its full-year revenue guidance and timing for the sale of its California Flats and Moapa projects into 2017 that help fill a looming revenue gap next year.
Leading CdTe thin-film producer First Solar has reacted to plummeting global PV module and PV power plant PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) prices by undertaking a major review of its production capacity requirements and planned migrations to its Series 5 and Series 6 modules.
As we finalize the agenda for PVCellTech 2017 – to be held in Penang, Malaysia, on 14-15 March 2017 – one of the key goals is to understand how solar cell advances in mass production are driving module availability to the market.
Leading thin-film module manufacturer First Solar has completed the (52.5MW AC) Shams Ma'an PV power plant in Jordan, while noting plans to add a further 200MW at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai in 2017.
Solar developer GEM Energy said it had started construction of a 2MW ground-mounted PV power plant for the Ohio Northern University that will use a single axis tracker system with CdTe thin-film modules from First Solar.