Germany

1366 Technologies, Hanwha Q Cells hit 20.3% cell efficiency with Direct Wafer process

U.S. based PV innovator 1366 Technologies, and Korean PV manufacturer Hanwha Q CELLS have announced a new performance record for cells produced using 1366’s Direct Wafer technique. The cells achieved 20.3% efficiency, which has been independently confirmed by Fraunhofer ISE.

Audi, Hanergy unit to jointly develop PV for vehicles

German automaker Audi and California-based Alta Devices — a wholly owned subsidiary of troubled Chinese PV group Hanergy Thin Film Power (HTF) — have agreed to collaborate on thin-film solar research, with plans to exhibit a PV-integrated Audi prototype vehicle by the end of this year.

Appeals court upholds SolarWorld’s $800 million debt to Hemlock

The ruling comes as the German solar manufacturer is restarting following an insolvency process, and Hemlock may have a hard time collecting.

German gas provider Gasag to deploy 40 MW of PV in eastern Germany

The PV plants will be located in the region of Brandenburg, and will require an investment of €32 million.

SolarWorld resumes activities with 700 MW and 515 employees

The German manufacturer will focus on the production of PERC solar cells and bifacial glass-glass modules in the future.

SolarWorld creditors agree sale to CEO Asbeck

The takeover of the SolarWorld production sites at Freiberg and Arnstadt in Germany has today been approve by the creditors. Announcement means 500 staff can continue in their production roles.

Singulus posts positive EBIT for 1st half 2017

The German equipment manufacturer reported a positive EBIT of €2.5 million for the first half of the year, a big improvement on the same period in 2016, when its EBIT was negative €9.3 million. EBIT for the second quarter stands at €1.1 million.

Phoenix Solar reports 20% revenue drop for first half of 2017

In the first half of this year, the company also saw its operating loss widen. Phoenix Solar, however, has released an optimistic guidance for full fiscal 2017.

Manz’s Ebit swings to profit thanks to sale of CIGS technology company

Turnover for the first half of this year was slightly down from the previous year. Large order intakes from China, however, will lead to a substantial improvement of the company’s result for full fiscal year.

Centrotherm achieves slightly better results

The German PV equipment supplier reports a stronger order intake for the first half of this year. Turnover, however, was lower than last year.