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Midsummer enjoys 192% revenue turnaround in 2013

The DUO from Midsummer

The CIGS production line supplier tripled its revenue last year, returning to the black after a difficult 2012.


First Solar hits back at Wuppertal Institute’s call for industry to “refrain” from using CdTe in PV

First Solar HQ building

First Solar has issued a statement relating to the use of cadmium telluride (CdTe) in photovoltaics (PV) modules following the Wuppertal Institute’s call for PV to be placed under the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)...


17. September 2010 | | Comment now

Phoenix Solar establishes Malaysian subsidiary

Image of Kuala Lumpur skyline in Malaysia

Singapore company Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Phoenix Solar AG based in Germany, has established a Malaysian subsidiary, Phoenix Solar Sdn Bhd.


Adani Power to commission 40 MW PV project in Gujarat State, India

Map of India

Adani Power (AP), part of the Adani Group, is to commission a 40-megawatt (MW) photovoltaics (PV) power plant in the Surendranagar district of Gujarat state, located in western India. When completed, the project is expected to be...


Roth & Rau expands Italian market position with €2.5 million EVA production line

Aerial view of Monza, Italy

Roth & Rau Italy S.r.l. has invested €2.5 million in a new production line for ethyl-vinyl-acetate (EVA) foils - used to laminate solar cells when assembling modules so as to protect the cells from environmental influences - in...


Q-Cells and ATS to develop 64 MWs of large-scale solar projects in Ontario, Canada

Q Cells HQ

Germany-based Q-Cells SE and ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc., located in Canada, have established a joint venture for the development of seven large-scale solar projects in Ontario, Canada, totaling 64 megawatts (MW).


Applied Nanotech receives USD$1.6 million to establish pilot production facility

Dr. Zvi Yaniv

Applied Nanotech Holdings, Inc. has been awarded a Phase III SBIR grant worth USD$1.6 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.


Hanlong Group to establish international HQ in Singapore; set to build world’s largest CPV plant

Panormama view of Singapore

China-based Hanlong Group has announced it will invest USD$100 million in the research and development of solar energy solutions, system assembly and International headquarter activities in Singapore, through its subsidiary...


Taiwan: TSMC to enter thin film PV market with construction of R&D Center and Fab

TSMC chairman and CEO Dr. Morris Chang

Construction has begun on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.’s (TSMC) first thin film solar research and development (R&D) center and fab in Taichung’s Central Taiwan Science Park today.


US: CEC gives world’s largest solar power site the go ahead

Solar thermal image

The California Energy Commission (CEC) in the U.S. has approved the construction and operation of four solar thermal power plants with a planned overall capacity of around 1,000 megawatts (MW) at the Blythe location in...


Research: 2010 expected to be "outstanding year" for PV, but 2011 will see a slowdown

General picture of solar panel against the sky

The global photovoltaics (PV) market is forecast to exceed 16 gigawatts (GW) this year, said IMS Research, with demand for PV systems predicted to almost double. It went on to say that the top five markets will account for more...


16. September 2010 | | Comment now

Suntech Power in reported legal spat with Q-Cells

Rooftop view across centre of Berlin, Germany

China-based Suntech Power and German solar company Q Cells are embroiled in a legal spat, according to financial website, The Street.


Study: Global installed BIPV to hit 2.4 GW by 2016

An example of BIPV

Global building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) installation capacity is expected to grow more than ten-fold in the next six years, with figures reaching as high as 2.4 gigawatts (GW) by 2016, according to Pike Research.


Opel Solar and Truenorth to install solar on brownfield sites across North America

An example of a brownfield site in New Jersey, US

Opel Solar, Inc. and Truenorth Solar & Environmental, L.L.C. have undertaken a strategic partnership to install utility-scale solar fields on brownfield sites across North America, which they say have been deemed otherwise...


US: SunEdison awarded 14.5 MW solar contract with DMAFB

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, the US

SunEdison has been awarded a solar service contract with Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (DMAFB) in Tucson, Arizona, the U.S. to build a 14.5-megawatt (MW) solar farm. Construction is scheduled to begin next year.


SMA raises financial guidance for this year; announces 2011 outlook

German ground mounted PV installation

The managing board of SMA Solar Technology AG has raised its estimation for new global photovoltaics (PV) installations for this year from 14 gigawatts (GW) to around 17 GW. In line with this, the company has increased its...


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