Modules & Upstream Manufacturing

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.

Brazil: state of Goiás introduces tax break for PV components

The government of the Brazilian state of Goiás has implemented a measure suggested by Brazil’s central government.

Hanergy claims return to profit in 2016 annual financial report

Hong Kong energy firm posts revenue of HK$4.48 billion in 2016, and reports profits of HK$252 million following the resumption of trading. Firm’s solar division reports solid results.

Schmid and MacDermid 2017 Technology Highlights award winners

Schmid Group and MacDermid Enthone have been selected as pv magazine’s 2017 Technology Highlights award winners. In late March, the prize jury of industry experts met to select the winners, from a shortlist of eight innovative new PV production equipment and materials. Dozens of entries to the award were received from suppliers worldwide. Alongside the two winners, the jury selected Sinton Instruments as worthy of special commendation as having provided the ‘Technology to Watch’ in 2017.

Powerfield plans 300 MW module factory in the Netherlands

The Dutch solar company has launched a plan to build a 300 MW solar module manufacturing facility in Noord-Groningen, northern Netherlands. The factory is expected to begin manufacturing activities in 2018.