Wickon Hightech has developed a new model of the ‘SPEEDFilm’ inspection platform specifically for PV manufacturers. The ‘SPEEDFilm Solar’ system ensures 100% inspection of screen printed paste structures with a very high throughput that is able to handle thinner and thinner printed structures on c-Si solar wafers.
Inline solar cell measurement equipment specialist Aurora Solar Technologies (AST) said it was collaborating with several leading PV manufacturers in Asia to develop and test an enhanced version of its Veritas visualization software and quality control systems.
Technically bankrupt, former ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member and once leading player in the solar industry, Yingli Green Energy has finally filed its 2016 annual report and its cash position looks increasingly precarious.
China-owned integrated PV module manufacturer REC has been officially approved to be able to bid on solar supply tenders in France, organised by the government after receiving the required low carbon footprint certification by French module testing and certification body, CERTISOLIS.
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.
Shanghai Aerospace Automobile Electromechanical Co., (HT-SAAE) has introduced its Milky Way N-type bifacial Dual Glass 5BB (busbar) PV modules, which are upgraded versions of the Milky Way bifacial N-type PERT monocrystalline PV modules. The new bifacial module brings a 10W increase in power output compared with the first generation of Milky Way PV modules with 4BB technique.
With its parent company SolarWorld AG and German-based subsidiaries at the early stage of insolvency proceedings, US subsidiary SolarWorld Americas Inc., has said for the first time since its parent company went bankrupt that it was planning to operate its manufacturing plant in Hillsboro, Oregon and other operations as normal.
Specialist PV manufacturing equipment supplier Amtech Systems has reported its highest new order intake for solar segment equipment since 2011. New solar orders were US$46.9 million in its second fiscal quarter of 2017.
US-headquartered high-efficiency PV module producer SunPower reported a first quarter 2017 net GAAP loss of US$134.5 million, while guiding further losses of between $110 million to $135 million for the second quarter of the year as the company transitions its business model.
Heraeus Photovoltaics has introduced specially developed metallization pastes for ‘knotless screen’ printing of solar cells. The new SOL9641AX/BX series is designed to realise the full advantages of knotless printing screens and were developed in close collaboration with screen vendors and customers.