India’s MNRE calls for domestic PV manufacturing capacity update

India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has called on domestic solar manufacturers to update information on their installed capacities, operational capacities and annual production.

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Heckert Solar reduces cell-to-module losses using Fraunhofer ISE’s software

German-based PV module manufacturer Heckert Solar GmbH said that it had been one of the pioneers using Fraunhofer ISE’s new software that helps reduce cell-to-module losses that have led to module performance gains.

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India’s Borosil achieves ‘world-first’ fully-tempered 2mm solar glass

Indian manufacturer Borosil Glass Works has completed acceptance tests for a major line of 2mm fully-tempered glass, which a company executive claims to be the first such glass produced at this thickness in the world.

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Solargiga seeing strong demand for mono N-type wafers as sales rebound in 1H 2017

China-based integrated monocrystalline PV manufacturer Solargiga Energy Holdings’ sales have rebounded in the first half of 2017, fuelled by demand in China for high-efficiency wafers including N-type wafers for ‘Top Runner’ PV power plant projects.

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JA Solar’s module shipments smash guidance in Q2

Having turned and continue to remain cautious about its business outlook for the second-half of 2017, JA Solar reported second quarter results that simply defied previous guidance, driven by greater than expected demand in China and a start of a rush to stockpile in the US.

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First Applied Materials 1H 2017 sales up 16.56% but profits sink on ASP declines

Leading PV module encapsulation and backsheet material supplier Hangzhou First Applied Materials Co, formerly First Photovoltaics (PV) reported a continued increase in demand with sales up by 16.56% but profits crashed by 43.49% on significant ASP pressure in the first half of 2017.

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ISC Konstanz to spearhead new PV research centre in Chile

German PV research institute ISC Konstanz is leading the development of a new solar development laboratory in Chile.

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SolarWorld Industries starts production

Newly formed German PV module manufacture SolarWorld Industries GmbH has officially started production, according to the insolvency administrator for SolarWorld AG.

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Meyer Burger’s new orders up 15% to US$316 million in first half of 2017

Leading PV manufacturing equipment supplier Meyer Burger has reported a 15% increase in new orders in the first half of 2017, driven by a strong technology buy-cycle in wafer and solar cell sectors.

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First Solar tops 500MW of Series 4 module orders in Australia

Leading CdTe thin-film module manufacturer First Solar has secured a 241MW module supply contract with Australian EPC firm, RCR Tomlinson. The latest contract is for two major PV power plant projects, bringing its contracted business in the country to over 500MW in the next 12 months.

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Manz guides full-year revenue to exceed €350 million

PV and electronics equipment manufacturing and automation specialist Manz AG said it expected to generate revenue of at least €350 million in 2017, including significantly improved and positive EBIT as it starts execution of its large CIGS thin-film orders.

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