SNEC 2017: World’s first full-size IBC bifacial module to be displayed

The Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed the world’s first full-sized Interdigitated Back Contact (IBC) bifacial solar module using International Solar Energy Research Center (ISC) Konstanz, ‘ZEBRA’ solar cells.

NSP sales decline on migration away from multicrystalline cell production

Taiwan-based cell and module producer Neo Solar Power (NSP) is feeling the impact of its shift away from multicrystalline cell production to become a differentiated producer of high-efficiency monocrystalline PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) and heterojunction (HJ) cells and modules as sales continue to decline through the first quarter of 2017.

LONGi is the fastest growing PV manufacturer in the industry

Leading fully-integrated high-efficiency monocrystalline module manufacturer LONGi Green Energy Technology recently reported record total shipments and revenue for 2016, making it the fastest growing PV manufacturer in the industry.

Comtec more than doubles expected losses for 2016

Monocrystalline wafer producer Comtec Solar Systems Group has more than doubled expected losses for 2016, due to further write-downs on its Malaysia manufacturing facility with the pending sale of the facility to leading mono wafer supplier, LONGi Green Energy Technology.

Suniva making job cuts across all operations in Georgia and Michigan

Updated: US-based high-efficiency module manufacturer Suniva, majority owned by Chinese diversified renewables firm Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) is to carry out a number of unspecified job cuts across its operations, according to a company statement.

AUO narrows solar segment losses on SunPower JV exit

Major flat panel display manufacturer AU Optronics Corp reported a significant reduction in its solar business unit’s losses in 2016, after receiving a US$170.1 million cash payout from SunPower to exit its joint venture (JV) manufacturing operations in Malaysia, last September.

SolarWorld isn’t all mono yet!

Dedicated monocrystalline integrated PV module manufacturer SolarWorld believes 2017 is a transitional year for the company after announcing a switch to monocrystalline production at the expense of multicrystalline and a full-migration to PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) technology as ASP declines in the second-half of 2016 forced a major manufacturing rethink.

Sharp launches high-efficiency mono back-contact 48-cell PV module

Sharp is making available its NQ-R256A (256W) monocrystalline PV module to the European market, which incorporates back contact cell technology for efficiencies of 19.8%. The 48-cell configuration has proved popular in Japan and can maximize rooftop area, compared to conventional 60-cell configured modules.