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Through the Suntech looking glass

What future PV trends does the world’s largest producer of crystalline silicon solar panels anticipate? And just what exactly is the company’s almost 400-strong R&D team working on? During a two-day fact finding mission to China, pv magazine gained an insiders’ glimpse through Suntech’s looking glass via its CEO and CTO: thin film and technological advancements, consolidation and silicon manufacturing were discussed.

Sarasin: PV profitability down, but resilience evident

Photovoltaics (PV) profitability has “significantly” decreased in the last few years, while rapid expansion has put pressure on feed-in tariffs (FITs). On a more positive note, however, the industry has displayed “incredible” resilience in the face of economic crisis.

Report finds “strong” reasons to support Ontario PV industry

Photovoltaics (PV) creates 12 times more jobs than nuclear and 15 times more jobs than natural gas or coal per unit of energy produced in Ontario, according to a new report.

Research: Chinese companies dominate solar manufacturing spending

Chinese companies are expected to lead the world in the expansion of solar cell and module manufacturing capacity in 2010, accounting for seven of the ten biggest gainers in the industry, according to market research firm iSuppli Corp.

Research: Crystalline silicon technology has the solar edge

Advances in crystalline silicon technology, combined with the falling cost of the polysilicon raw material, have served to pile pressure on manufacturers of emerging thin film technologies, according to a new research report.

Research: Module manufacturers must focus on increasing revenues

New research has revealed that “rapid price erosion” is likely to see a decline in market revenues, despite the fact that photovoltaics (PV) module shipments are expected to increase next year.

Fasadglas invests SEK18 million in NLAB Solar

NLAB Solar has secured an additional SEK 18 million (around USD$2.6 million; €1.9 million) in financing from industrial partner Fasadglas Bäcklin AB, a Scandinavian glass facade company.

Research: China poised for “rapid” PV growth

New research has found that China’s photovoltaics (PV) market is set for “rapid” expansion, having reportedly posted one of the fastest growth rates in annual and cumulative installations.

Focus on crystalline silicon

A group of scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and other institutes have come together to initiate a new series of conferences focused on silicon photovoltaics.

Roth & Rau, Day4 Energy combine technologies; aim for 2.5 GW manufacturing capacity

A new integrated manufacturing line for the production of “next generation” photovoltaics (PV) cells and modules is in the pipeline, following a tri-party Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Roth & Rau AG, Day4 Energy Inc. and Alinement B.V.

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