Manufacturing

REC launches TwinPeak 2S 72 Series rated up to 350 Wp

Norway’s PV manufacturer REC has begun commercial production of what it claims to be the highest power 72-cell multicrystalline solar panel in the world, with nominal output of 350 Wp.

Aurés Solaire commissions Algeria’s second module factory

Algeria’s prime minister has inaugurated Algeria’s second solar module manufacturing facility in Batna. The French-Algerian module maker intends to double the factory’s capacity to 60 MW at a later stage.

India’s Central Electronics Limited seeks partners to expand capacity of PV module factory

The Indian state-owned technology company issued an expression of interest to seek potential partners to expand capacity at its module manufacturing facility in Uttar Pradesh, India.

Fimer provides inverters for 754 MW PV project in Mexico

The Italian inverter maker will supply its devices for Mexico’s largest solar project. The company is also planning to expand capacity at its manufacturing facility in northern Italy.

Arkema increases fluoropolymer production capacity in China by 25%

The capacity increase at Arkema’s Changshu platform near Shanghai aims at better serving the company’s customers in the storage and photovoltaic sectors.

Getting ready for terawatts of solar (with charts)

Researchers from NREL, Fraunhofer ISE and Japan’s AIST have released a new paper which looks at the barriers to deploying multiple terawatts of solar PV and what can be done to overcome them.

4JET launches CIGS processing tool

German equipment supplier 4JET microtech has launched its new MPCT solution which it says will enable laser edge deletion, bus bar exposure and via drilling operations in CIGS glass substrates.

Imec claims 22.8% efficiency for bifacial n-type PERT solar cell

The Belgian research institute has developed a bifacial n-PERT solar cell with a conversion efficiency of 22.8%. Imec researchers claim this cell has the potential for a cost-of-ownership at module level of less than $0.30/W.

Manz finalizes $282 million CIGS order from China

The German equipment provider secured official approvals in connection with major CIGS orders from China.

Suniva files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

Two weeks after laying off 131 employees without notice and closing its module plant in Michigan, one of the largest U.S. manufacturers has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.