Specialist semiconductor and PV equipment supplier Intevac has said that it finally recognised into revenue on three of four ‘ENERGi’ solar ion implant tools, which had already been shipped to a PV manufacturing customer in China in the third quarter of 2017.
China-based polysilicon producer Xinte Energy Co, a subsidiary of TBEA has secured a major supply deal with wafer producer Wuhai Jingyuntong New Materials Technology Co, a subsidiary of Beijing Jingyuntong Technology Co (JYT).
China-based integrated polysilicon and merchant cell manufacturer Tongwei Group has guided net profit in 2018 to be flat to slightly up on the previous year, despite rapid solar cell capacity expansions.
The Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin (PI Berlin) has released a new study analysing over time its solar PV panel quality control audits that have topped 250 at more than 120 panel manufacturers worldwide to highlight the current status of ‘quality’, while dispelling long-held misconceptions of the type and location of manufacturers in the quality pecking order.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has forecasted global solar demand in 2019 could increase by as little as 15% in 2019, reaching 125GW of new installations, up from preliminary forecasted and revised figures of 109GW for 2018.
Major polysilicon producer Wacker Chemie has reported its polysilicon division was heavily impacted by the slump in demand due to China’s ‘531 New Deal’ as a reason for the sharp decline in revenue and profitability which declined significantly in 2018.
Major China-based PV module manufacturer Risen Energy has reported its latest JÄGER HP 72-cell sized module has achieved a record conversion efficiency of up to 21%, tested and certified by independent third-party institute TUV-SUD.
According to provisional data from BloombergNEF (BNEF), global solar PV installations reached 109GW in 2018 as the cost of installing a megawatt of photovoltaic capacity fell 12%, which spurred markets outside China to increase installations.