SunPower hits average cell conversion efficiencies of 25% at Fab 4

High-efficiency PV module producer and project developer SunPower has reached a production average cell conversion efficiency of 25% at its Fab 4 facility in the Philippines, the highest in the industry.

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Amtech highlights solar technology buy cycle under way

Specialist PV manufacturing equipment supplier Amtech Systems highlighted the confidence it had in a series of major new orders for high-efficiency n-type PERC and n-type bi-facial cell equipment including the first of a multi-phase 1GW turnkey project order during the reporting of its first 2017 fiscal quarter.

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SolarWorld to focus on monocrystalline PERC production with 400 job losses

Integrated PV manufacturer SolarWorld is to shift its production focus to monocrystalline PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Contact) cells and modules and away from multicrystalline to build economies of scale with high-efficiency only products. With the realignment of production to mono PERC products, including bifacial modules, around 400 jobs would be lost by the end of 2019.

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Aurora Solar breaks into China market with first cell emitter measurement tool order

Inline measurement equipment specialist Aurora Solar Technologies has won an initial order from an undisclosed customer in mainland China, its first order for its Decima measurement system and ‘Veritas’ software in China.

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Solar PV manufacturing activity high but new expansion announcements low in January

PV Tech’s preliminary analysis of global PV manufacturing capacity expansion announcements in January, 2017 have remained subdued and continue the trend set in the second-half of 2016.

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SCHMID expects over 5GW of orders for new diamond-wire-cut multi-c-Si texturing tool

PV manufacturing equipment specialist SCHMID Group has launched a new texturing tool for diamond-wire-cut multi-c-Si wafers that has already secured orders in the 500MW range and expects significant order intake through the first half of 2017.

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Panasonic forms new company to produce solar cells and modules at SolarCity’s Buffalo fab

Major Japanese electronics company Panasonic has said it would establish a new entity as part of the agreement with Tesla to produce HIT (Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin layer) solar cells and modules at the Tesla/SolarCity/Silevo/Panasonic 1GW Buffalo fab in New York State.

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Hanwha restores Q-CELLS to number 1 solar cell ranking in 2016

New analysis by the in-house market research team at PV-Tech’s parent company Solar Media Ltd. can exclusively reveal that Hanwha Q-CELLS was the number 1 solar PV cell manufacturer in 2016, based on megawatts of cells produced in-house across the year.

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Meyer Burger wins new solar equipment orders over US$146 million in past 4 months

Leading PV manufacturing equipment supplier Meyer Burger Technology has announced orders worth over US$146 million in the last four months, which includes a new order worth CHF 18 million (US$18.03 million) for its PERC cell technology and SiNA cell coating systems from two customers based in Asia.

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Amtech’s new solar cell equipment orders reach US$60 million high

Specialist PV manufacturing equipment supplier Amtech Systems has reported new solar orders since the end of September, 2016 have topped US$60 million, driven by PV manufacturers in China, Malaysia and Taiwan.

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Meyer Burger bags three more customer PERC upgrade orders

Leading PV manufacturing equipment supplier Meyer Burger Technology has added a further CHF 19 million (US$19.01 million) in PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Contact) cell technology upgrade orders and diamond wire tools to its backlog.

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