Leading polysilicon and solar wafer producer GCL-Poly Energy Holdings has reported a consolidated loss attributable to owners of the company’s shares of approximately RMB 534 million (US$77.8 million) for the first 10-months of 2018.
Leading PV manufacturing equipment supplier Meyer Burger said it would appeal an initial judgment made in a Chinese court that dismissed its patent infringement lawsuit against Wuxi Shangji Automation Co over its Diamond Wire Management System (DWMS).
Researchers at the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have announced the development of a significantly low-cost technique to texture nanoscale features on multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) wafers after diamond-wire wafer cutting.
‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Canadian Solar has lowered nameplate capacity expansion plans in 2018 for both in-house solar cell production and module assembly as total module shipment guidance for 2018, indicates marginal growth.
China-based integrated PV manufacturer Wuxi Suntech Power Co has started initial mass production of P-type multicrystalline wafers using its in-house developed metal assisted chemical etching (MACE) texturing process (black silicon) for diamond wire sawing.
‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member GCL System Integrated Technology (GCL-SI) has officially started production at its joint venture (JV) solar cell plant with Vina Solar in Vietnam as well as an unmanned module assembly pilot project in China.
China-based crystalline silicon cutting materials specialist Henan Yicheng New Energy Co (HYNE) said it was closing down its slurry-based wire saw manufacturing operations, due to the shift to diamond wire technology by its customer base. The company is shifting to solar cell production instead.
Leading PV manufacturing equipment supplier Meyer Burger has secured a CHF 12 million (US$12.4 million) contract to supply integrated PV module manufacturer, REC Group with its DW 288 Series 3 diamond wire cutting platform.
According to Bernreuter Research, polysilicon consumption for the production of solar wafers is set to impact the supply-side as the PV industry adopts diamond wire technologies that significantly lower kerf loss.