Leading PV manufacturing equipment supplier Meyer Burger has sold its photovoltaic, semiconductor and sapphire wafering business to Precision Surfacing Solutions for CHF 50 million (US$49.8 million) in cash.
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd plans to sell its Solar Systems business, known as Energy Systems, to a newly created company named 3S Solar Plus AG that will be sold to Dr Patrick Hofer-Noser, who was a previous CTO and board member of Meyer Burger.
Researchers at Solliance and ECN have fabricated a 6 inch industrially processed c-Si cell with a perovskite top layer that is mechanically stacked using ECN’s MWT-SHJ (metal-wrap-through silicon heterojunction) design that has achieved conversion efficiencies of 26.3%. The work was published during the Silicon PV/nPV conference, in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Swiss-based PV manufacturing equipment specialist INDEOtec SA has successfully gained tool acceptance for its PECVD process tools from both Fraunhofer ISE and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia for next-generation heterojunction solar cells.
The theme of this week's Movers & Shakers is international expansion. PAYG off-grid solar provider Azuri Technologies is strengthening its leadership team to target West Africa, while Vancouver, Canada-based Solar Alliance Energy targets US assets and expands its sales team to accommodate for this. ABB appoints new regional heads to ensure direct market contact with Europe and the AMEA region.
In this week's Movers & Shakers, PV Tech reports on various executive board shuffles; Meyer Burger lets go of its COO, SPI Energy revamps its senior management team and SEPA expands its board of directors. In addition, Mainstream Renewable Power establishes an investment arm and Chile appoints a new energy minister amidst a time of energy policy upheaval.