Hanergy back planning CIGS thin-film production plant – report

According to the Financial Times, Hanergy Holding Group plans to build a 300MW CIGS thin-film production plant in partnership with the local government Datong City and Datong Coal Mine Group as part of a wider initiative on developing a solar industry development cluster.

4JET’s high volume system lowers costs for back end processing of CIGS panels

4JET microtech has developed a high throughput solution that enables laser edge deletion, bus bar exposure and via drilling operations of CIGS glass substrates. Each of the new MPCT (Mass Production Combi Tool) units can process 100MW of typical CIGS substrates per annum, thereby reducing the number of backend processing stations when compared to conventional solutions.

Thin-film solar production to collapse to seven-year low in 2017

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.

Manz expects €129 million in deposits from JV major CIGS thin film order

PV and electronics equipment manufacturing and automation specialist Manz AG has received €50 million from Chinese JV partners Shanghai Electric Group and Shenhua Group for turnkey CIGS thin-film production lines with a further €79 million also expected in May to start work on its largest ever equipment order.

Dieter Manz to step aside as CEO

Dieter Manz, the founder and CEO of tool maker Manz, will step aside taking a role on the company’s supervisory board.

China and OEM cell production in 2016 delays shift to p-type mono

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.