Modules & Upstream Manufacturing

China’s East Hope Group signs $300m MoU with Adani to build Indian manufacturing unit

The two industrial giants will develop a large fab at a port in the Mundra economic zone in Gujarat, which will manufacture solar power generation equipment as well as other goods.

Neo Solar Power inaugurates 200 MWp Taiwan solar module fab

The Taiwanese solar cell specialist has opened the country’s first automated high-efficiency module production facility at Hsinchu. NSP will produce its new Glory BiFi module at the site.

China’s Sinomach Group plans solar module factory in Moldova

The Chinese industrial conglomerate intends to take advantage of the fiscal incentives offered by the local government for industrial projects.

Open letter: European PV industry needs urgent measures

The PV research and upstream organizations ETIP, EUREC and Solarunited have submitted seven requests to all EU policy makers. According to the three entities, the entire PV supply chain must be preserved in Europe in order to give a future to the market and the R&D sector. The reason for the letter was the insolvency of Solarworld, which has spread fears that Europe could completely lose contact with the global market.

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Heraeus signs silver paste development partnership with China’s Solar Space

The German metallization and silver paste specialist will collaborate with Solar Space on the creation of regular new dual printing and other techniques in the pursuit of optimized metallization paste performance.

China’s BYD to open PV R&D facility in Brazil

The facility at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas to become BYD’s first overseas R&D facility for PV, and will be set up with initial $1.5m in funding. Subsequent financial support will be based as a percentage of firm’s domestic net sales.

Bluecell halts solar cell production in Germany

Three years after acquiring the cell production business of insolvent Sunways, Bluecell has also given up. The 100 MW production equipment at the company’s facility in Arnstadt will be sold by the end of 2017.

India: Anti-dumping case comes at crucial time for solar, says Mercom Capital Group

Government “highly unlikely” to disrupt soaring solar market by acquiescing to demands to introduce anti-dumping tariffs on solar modules and cells from China, Taiwan and Malaysia, says Mercom Capital, but others argue duties are only way to ensure survival of domestic industry.

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Netherlands’ DSM develops new sand-resistant solar glass

The Dutch specialty group believes its sand-resistant coating for solar panels will be particularly suitable for desert areas. The new technology is currently being tested at a solar plant in China’s Gobi Desert.

Recom acquires French module maker Sillia

The French manufacturer filed for insolvency in March. The Tribunal of Commerce of Lyon had received two bids for the acquisition of the company.