Tongwei increases merchant solar cell shipments 75% in 2017

China-based integrated and merchant PV manufacturer Tongwei Group said it would report full-year 2017 profits to be in the range of 80 – 100% higher than in 2016, due in part to its capacity expansions of both polysilicon and solar cells and higher average selling prices (ASP’s) in the year.

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TAIWAN ROUND-UP: Solar supply chain sales recovery remains elusive in 2017

The majority of Taiwanese solar industry companies that are public listed on the TSE have recently reported December, 2017 sales figures, highlighting how elusive the recovery in sales has been in 2017.

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Jolywood raises over US$200 million for 2.1GW IBC solar cell fab

Major PV module materials and N-type mono IBC (Interdigitated Back Contact) bifacial module manufacturer Jolywood has recently secured over US$200 million for its first 2.1GW IBC solar production facility in a non-public share offering.

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3D-Micromac supplies laser tools for PERC migration at Hanwha Q CELLS China cell plant

Laser micromachining specialist 3D-Micromac said it was supplying Hanwha Q CELLS solar cell plant in Qidong, Jiangsu-province, China with its microCELL OTF laser system for its recently announced transition from Al-BSF (Aluminium Back Surface Field) to PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) technology.

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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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