Aurora Solar posts first profits

Inline solar cell measurement equipment specialist Aurora Solar Technologies (AST) has reported its first period of profitability as demand for process control tools for PERC and bifacial cells grows.

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Jinko beats its own mono PERC efficiency record

JinkoSolar has beaten its own monocrystalline passivated emitter rear cell (PERC) cell efficiency record notching up a conversion rate of 23.45%.

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Tongwei initiating 20GW solar cell capacity expansion plans

China-based integrated and merchant PV manufacturer Tongwei Group is starting capacity expansion plans at its subsidiary Tongwei Solar (Hefei) Co at two locations in China at a cost of US$1.8 billion over the next three to five years.

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REC Group using Aurora’s inline measurement tools for PERC cell optimization

Norway headquartered integrated PV module manufacturer REC Group has selected Aurora Solar Technologies inline measurement and control technology for the optimization of its Singapore fab’s multicrystalline PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) production.

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Intevac hit by delays in shipping major ‘ENERGi’ solar ion implant tool order

Specialist semiconductor and PV equipment supplier Intevac has reported delays in supplying a 12 unit order for its ‘ENERGi’ solar ion implant tool to a customer in China planning to ramp N-type mono IBC (Interdigitated Back Contact) solar cells and modules.

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Black & Veatch and RETC to establish bifacial solar module rankings

US-headquartered engineering and consultancy firm Black & Veatch and engineering services, and certification testing lab, Renewable Energy Test Center (RETC) in California, said they would establish the first of its kind bifacial solar module ranking service.

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Tongwei opens the world’s first intelligent manufacturing ‘4.0’ solar cell production line

China-based integrated and merchant PV manufacturer Tongwei Group recently opened its completed high-efficiency solar cell plant (S2), which includes the world’s first technically unmanned monocrystalline solar cell production line under the intelligent manufacturing term, 4.0.

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JinkoSolar pushes p-type monocrystalline PERC solar cell to new efficiency record

Leading ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member JinkoSolar has reported a record conversion efficiency for a P-type monocrystalline PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) solar cell of 22.78% and verified by the Chinese Academy of Science Testing Laboratory.

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LONGi Solar plans 22% record PERC cell in production at end of 2017

‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member and the largest integrated monocrystalline manufacturer LONGi Green Energy Technology said its subsidiary, LONGi Solar would ramp volume production of its PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) technology by the end of 2017.

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Tool Order: Meyer Burger confirms heterojunction deal worth over US$45 million

Leading PV manufacturing equipment supplier Meyer Burger has confirmed it has secured a major order with an Italian-based PV manufacturer to supply heterojunction (HJ) solar cell coating technology as part of previously announced plans.

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First Solar backs Suniva and SolarWorld in Section 201 case

Thin-film module manufacturer First Solar has backed the petitioners in the Section 201 trade case, the first intervention the company has made so far.

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