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SolarWorld under pressure to find resolution to Hemlock court case

SolarWorld array being installed.

IHS Senior Research Director Ash Sharma spoke to pv magazine to give his take on the SolarWorld and Hemlock Semiconductor initial ruling last week, and how the two companies are likely to proceed from here, expecting that...


Solar industry set for renewed oversupply and shakeout

PV manufacturing in China. Photo Suntech

Research from IHS Technology forecasts that there will be a new period of oversupply in the solar industry, due to a sharp drop in global demand, which will cause a shakeout in the industry.


PV to be 1 of 3 dominant sources of energy, according to Reuters

1500 V Belectric solar PV plant.

Thompson Reuters predicts that solar PV, hydro power, and nuclear fusion will be the three dominant sources of energy over the next three decades, in its report Powering the Planet 2045.


Dow seeks further opportunities in China’s PV encapsulant film market

Dow film production in Germany

Dow Chemical Company, one of the world’s largest chemical material companies, expressed an ambition of becoming a supplier of materials for the encapsulation and protection of PV cells within modules, particularly targeting the...


Five takeaways from SNEC 2016

SNEC 2016 tradeshow banner. Photo Dave Tacon.

The 10th annual SNEC trade show in Shanghai opened its doors one week ago today, attracting huge crowds to the 150,000 square meter complex with around 1,500 exhibitors. The event saw the debut of pv magazine’s Solar Superheroes,...


Australia brown coal warriors switch to solar, disruptive technologies

The two men who ran Australia’s two dirtiest brown coal generators have switched sides.

Former Australian boss of GDF Suez, Tony Concannon, has now re-emerged as the chief executive of Reach Solar, while former head of Energy Australia, Richard McIndoe,has since emerged as the executive chairman of Edge Electrons.


SNEC continues to provide a platform for solar innovation and deal making on day two

The Solar Superheroes remained out in force to continue their campaign of returning coal underground.

Day two of the SNEC tradeshow in Shanghai, China, and the exhibition lived up to its billing as the world's largest solar show, with many new innovative products on show, as well as the continued presence of the Solar Superheros...


Intevac receives multi-system order for implant systems used for c-Si cell manufacturing

Intevac matrix

The California-based equipment supplier received an order for two of its ENERGi implant systems for advanced solar cell manufacturing, from an unnamed solar cell manufacturer in China.


CTF Solar to supply equipment for CTIEC’S first CdTe module factory

CTF Solar and CTIEC supplier contract signing.

The two parties signed equipment procurement contracts for the 100 MW factory, which will produce cadmium telluride thin-film modules, during the SNEC tradeshow that is currently taking place in Shanghai.


Stellar Homes Group to include solar panels in new Florida homes

Lake Mary, Florida. Image Naufragio.

The homebuilding company will introduce the PV solar systems as a standard feature in all of its new homes, making it the first company in South Florida to do so.


Samsung SDI to begin producing PV paste in China after unveiling new 8800 Series

Samsung SDI at SNEC 2016. Photo Samsung SDI

The South Korean company is due to start operations at its Wuxi Plant in June to have a production base in China, where the PV industry is thriving.


CSEM inaugurates expanded solar research and testing facilities

The Swiss research institute’s PV-center is now “fully operational” with a cleanroom and module production and testing labs.


Australia's UNSW sets sunlight-to-electricity efficiency record of 34.5%

Mark Keevers with the four-junction solar mini-module built at UNSW and which has recorded sunlight conversion efficiency of 34.5%.

Result by engineers at that University of New South Wales edges the solar industry closer to the theoretical limits of PV efficiency, smashing previous record of 24% set by Alta Devices of the U.S.


Meyer Burger, Eternal Sun named as 2016 Technology Highlights award winners

Award winner badge

Meyer Burger's DW288 Series 3 diamond wire saw, and Eternal Sun's Climate Chamber and Solar Simulator have been named as the winners of the 2016 Technology Highlights award. The award recognizes excellence in innovation and...


GT Advanced Technologies to release new multicrystalline furnace at SNEC

GT Advanced Technologies HiCZ ingot puller

It’s more positive news for GT Advanced Technologies after emerging from bankruptcy earlier in the year, with the new furnace capable of producing more than 20 MW worth of ingots annually.


Enphase Energy launches its Enphase AC Battery in Australia and New Zealand

Enphase distributors are now taking orders in Australia and New Zealand for its Enphase AC Battery.

The two countries will be the first region in the world where the California-based company will be selling its Enphase Home Energy Solution, as it continues to expand into international markets.


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