Balance of Systems

Daqo posts $24.1 million net profit in Q3

Daqo New Energy recorded a net profit of $24.1 million in the third quarter of 2017, as the polysilicon and solar wafer producer’s revenue rose nearly 18% from the preceding three-month period to $89.4 million.

What happens when… insulation fails?

Series troubleshooting: Individual insulation failures are often difficult to detect in monitoring. And when such problems are suspected, it is an additional challenge to pinpoint them precisely. In this series of realistic cases, pv magazine aims to make the estimation of troubleshooting efforts more concrete and to stimulate a discussion on today’s troubleshooting efficiency.

Toshiba posts $439.5 million H1 loss as solar ops struggle

Toshiba has posted a group net loss of JPY 49.8 billion ($439.5 million) for the first half of the current Japanese fiscal year, but the bleak outlook for its solar operations is the least of its concerns, as it struggles to cover losses from its bankrupt U.S. nuclear business and avoid being delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE).

What happens when… bypass diodes fail?

Series troubleshooting: Bypass diodes fail regularly, either because they do not have a high enough power rating or because they are overloaded due to nearby lightning strikes. With the following hypothetical, but realistic case pv magazine starts a series which aims to make the estimation of troubleshooting efforts more concrete and to stimulate a discussion on todays troubleshooting efficiency.


Singulus to post loss

Singulus Technologies has revealed that more than half of its capital stock has been used up, as it expects to record a loss for the financial year in progress of €16.7 million ($19.9 million). 

Future PV: The feasibility of solar-powered hydrogen production

There is a solid business case to combine PV plants with electrolyzers, as generation costs are low enough to competitively produce hydrogen as a fuel, says Bjørn Simonsen of NEL Hydrogen. He will speak at pv magazine’s Future PV event at SPI in Las Vegas.


India launches AD probe against Chinese, Taiwanese and Malaysian solar cells

Country’s Directorate General of Anti-Dumping states that it has identified a causal link between dumping and injury of Indian firms, enough to warrant the initiation of the investigation.

Interview: Soltec CEO Raúl Morales discusses the energy yield advantages of trackers

The CEO of Soltec talks to pv magazine about the firm’s solar trackers, its innovation process and the ability of tracker technology to improve plant owners’ returns on investment.

REC Group orders $12.4m worth of diamond wire cutting tech from Meyer Burger

The Norwegian solar manufacturer has awarded the CHF 12 million contract to Swiss equipment firm Meyer Burger to supply its DW 288 Series 3 diamond wire cutting technology. Shipment will start in Q3.

European PV manufacturing must be preserved, say more than 50 organizations

Joint letter from 50 solar PV organizations in Europe sent to policymakers of all EU member states to serve as reminder of the importance of PV manufacturing in the continent.