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Applied Materials eliminates wafer sawing and solar implant lines

Applied announced it would cut two of its solar product lines in its latest quarterly results, which caused a further bleeding of red ink in its Energy and Environmental Solutions business unit.

A myriad of solutions

SMA will be presenting more than one new product at the Intersolar Europe this year: the SMA Smart Home, the SMA Fuel Save Solution and turnkey system solutions for PV power plants.

A new storage solution and a new module

As part of its package deals, Centrosolar is offering the Cenpac Storage Li, a comprehensive energy storage system that contains modules, inverters, a mounting system and a storage battery.

Making optimal use of your own power

Solarwatt introduces the SOLARWATT Energy solution which encompasses lithium batteries.

Multifunctional inverter concept

Q3 Energieelektronik has developed the Q_BEE energy storage solution with a modular lithium-ion battery system.

A cooled design

OutBack Power will be showcasing their FLEXmax Extreme, a sealed, maximum power point tracking (MPPT) charge controller at the Intersolar Europe.

PV wafer production forecast to grow 19% in 2013

Wafers Oregon DOT

After falling 15% in 2012, photovoltaic wafer production is expected to grow 19% this year, passing 30 GW and reaching 2011 levels, due in large part to growing Japanese demand, according to the latest NPD Solarbuzz Polysilicon...

ReneSola launches bankability book to secure more financing

ReneSola solar photovoltaic facility Jiangsu China

In a bid to persuade lenders to cough up more cash, ReneSola has launched a Bankability Book which, it says, provides a "comprehensive guide" to its business, and will help European and U.S. businesses, in particular, secure...

Polysilicon prices expected to bottom out "soon"


In its latest Polysilicon Price Index, IHS Solar predicts that polysilicon prices will soon bottom out, as production is more aligned with demand.

PV power optimizer shipments to reach 4 GW by 2016

Power optimizer solar photovoltaic

Ash Sharma, director of solar research at IHS Solar forecasts double digit growth in photovoltaic power optimizers over the next two years, despite the fact they are not said to be economical in well-designed installations. In...

Solar Bankers plans 300 MW production of its new concentrated solar module

Solar Bankers Apollon concentrated solar module prototype of holographic film

U.S.-based Solar Bankers LLC and Germany’s Apollon GmbH & Co. KG have unveiled a new concentrated solar module using holographic foil, which they claim can be produced at costs lower than other manufacturers. They aim to...

Siemens will significantly scale PV inverter business back

Siemens Munich HQ

A spokesperson has told pv magazine Siemens will "significantly" scale its inverter business back in 2013, due to the weakening demand for photovoltaic components. Meanwhile, the company has provided two reasons for its solar...

PV inverter ranking: Kaco announces 9.5 GW capacity

Kaco solar photovoltaic inverter production

Kaco New Energy has responded to the latest photovoltaic inverter rankings published in the November edition of pv magazine. The German company says it significantly increased its production capacity in 2011 and can now produce...

Saint Gobain unveils new Solar Gard factory in China

Qingdao China

Saint Gobain has opened its new Solar Gard manufacturing facility in Qingdao, China.

PV equipment upgrades and differentiation key to manufacturers’ survival

Solar photovoltaic equipment

A new report has identified a number of opportunities for photovoltaic equipment manufacturers to turn a profit. The key is product differentiation, according to the author, who states that photovoltaic manufacturers with idle...

PV book-to-bill ratio in the red

Solar photovoltaic equipment

Signs are emerging that photovoltaics is finally taking the right course to overcapacity recovery. For the first time since the mid-2000s, says NPD Solarbuzz, the industry’s book-to-bill ratio is negative, thus indicating the...

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