Linde and Praxair to merge

Industrial gases firms Linde and Praxair have announced plans to merge that would create a US$29 billion global business dominating many regional industrial sectors around the world. The major merger is not expected to be completed in the second half of 2018, subject to anti-trust agencies in Germany and the US.

Dyesol gets $2.5m Australian government grant for perovskite commercialisation

Thin film perovskite solar cell developer Dyesol has had an application granted by the Australian government for a AUD$2.5 million (US$1.9 million) in funding for an 18 month project to develop a large-area on glass product prototype that would coincide with the company establishing pilot line production in Australia.

Movers & Shakers: Eskom, First Solar, Sunrun, SPI Energy, Fraunhofer Institute, Eos Energy Storage

In this week's Movers & Shakers, PV Tech covers the controversy surrounding the sudden exit of Brian Molefe from South African utility Eskom after scandal accusations, and reports on whether this could emerge as an opportunity for the country's embattled renewables procurement programme. We also report on First Solar slashing jobs after it rescinded on its former plans to migrate its series five module and other happenings from the US, Europe and China.

PV manufacturing capacity expansion announcements top 55GW in 2015

PV Tech’s analysis of PV manufacturing capacity expansion announcements in 2015, which includes thin-film, solar cell, dedicated module assembly and integrated cell and module categories more than doubled (21GW:2014) year-on-year to reach 55.19GW.

Ascent Solar’s Q3 sales hit by cash constraints

Flexible CIGS thin-film consumer product producer Ascent Solar Technologies reported lower than expected third quarter sales, while reducing full-year revenue guidance on liquidity constraints in the quarter.

Ascent Solar raises funds to keep going

Loss-making flexible CIGS thin-film producer Ascent Solar Technologies has raised new financing from a private investor to support repayment of its outstanding senior secured notes.