Manufacturing

Behind the world’s first Meyer Burger SmartWire line

While it has been slow to gain major traction in manufacturing, Meyer Burger’s SmartWire cell interconnection technology now has a significant reference application, in the form Polish manufacturer Hanplast.

REC Silicon’s polysilicon sales rise 18% sequentially in Q2, net loss increases

The Norwegian polysilicon producer saw its revenue drop slightly Y-o-Y to $61.0 million in the latest quarter. Average solar grade polysilicon prices, on the other hand, dropped by 6.9% from the previous quarter.

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LONGi Solar first to place order for new Meyer Burger tool

Swiss equipment supplier Meyer Burger today announced the launch of its new MAiA EVO system, and the receipt of the first order for the system from PERC manufacturer LONGi Solar Technology. The tool is set to be delivered in the second half of 2017.

Solargiga ships 1.16 GW in H1

Solargiga Energy’s shipments of PV cells, solar panels, silicon ingots and wafers reached 1.16 GW in the first half of 2017, up nearly 55% year on year. Revenue from its production business rose 16.2% on the year to CNY 1.97 billion ($291.6 million), according to unaudited preliminary operating statistics filed to the Hong Kong stock exchange.

Recycling of PV modules: New Fraunhofer ISE study sheds light on end of life issues

Seeking to answer what is happening with final costs once recycling becomes and issue at PV module end-of-life, backsheet manufacturer Coveme points to the importance of fluorine-free backsheets for the PV industry, as they keep the costs down while being environmentally friendly.

SolarWorld announces lay-off plan

The company said that continuing it’s business operations is possible only with reduced staff. Production must keep going in the interest of possible future investors.

On a journey to high power: Cell and module-level innovation at Intersolar Europe 2017

pv magazine provides a brief overview of high-efficiency, high-output solutions presented at Intersolar Europe 2017.

PV Crystalox confirms closing of ingot production in the UK

The British manufacturer will now source ingots from a third-party supplier and process these into blocks in the U.K.

JA Solar expects minimum disruption from cell fab fire, signs 50 MW supply deal

Fire at the Chinese solar firm’s Yangzhou cell facility raged for a few hours but was contained to old production lines. Production disruption is expected to be minimal. Company also confirms 50 MW module deal in Malaysia.

centrotherm subsidiary picks up sputter tool contract for China CIGS plants

FHR Anlagenbau will supply the sputter production tooling for Manz’s Chinese CIGSline factories. The production equipment, which is likely for the landmark deal between Manz, Shanghai Electric, and major Chinese generator Shenhua, which was signed in January, will be delivered in 2018.