Singulus wins follow-on order for CIGS thin-film sputtering tools

Specialist PV manufacturing equipment supplier Singulus Technologies has secured a new follow-on order with an unidentified customer in Germany for several CIGS thin-film sputtering tools.

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Centrotherm sharing in tool orders from Manz for China CIGS thin-film lines

PV specialist equipment supplier centrotherm has secured a number of sputtering systems tool orders for two turnkey CIGS thin-film facilities being supplied by equipment and automation specialist Manz for JV customers Shanghai Electric Group and Shenhua Group.

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JinkoSolar collaborates with TUV Rheinland on bifacial module testing standards

Leading Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) member JinkoSolar said it had been collaborating with TUV Rheinland to develop standardized testing methods for bifacial PV module technology.

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Heliatek’s organic thin-film technology used on Engie’s research center

French multinational electric utility company Engie has deployed Heliatek’s organic OPV thin-film technology as part of new façade at Engie’s research center in Linkebeek, Belgium.

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Renewsys launches 5-busbar cell production in India’s Telangana

India-based solar equipment manufacturer Renewsys India, part of international conglomerate Enpee Group, has launched production of 5-busbar (BB) solar PV cells at a Hyderabad facility in the Indian state of Telangana.

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Vikram Solar hits 1GW solar module capacity in Kolkata

India-based PV manufacturer and EPC firm Vikram Solar has expanded its module manufacturing capacity from 900MW to 1GW at its fab in Kolkata.

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Intersolar Europe 2017: Bifacial will be mainstream in two years says LONGi

Bifacial modules will be the standard utility-scale PV product for LONGi Solar, according the company’s president.

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Neo Solar Power in major business transition stage as market forces hit

Taiwan-based cell and module producer Neo Solar Power (NSP) is not expecting a recovery in sales until fourth quarter of 2017, due to a series of market forces impacting its business.

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JinkoSolar first in China to be awarded IEC61345 module certification

‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) leader JinkoSolar said it had been first manufacturer in China to receive the latest IEC61345 module certification that employs stricter testing requirements for solar panels. The certification was carried out by TUV Rheinland.

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SNEC 2017: World’s first full-size IBC bifacial module to be displayed

The Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed the world’s first full-sized Interdigitated Back Contact (IBC) bifacial solar module using International Solar Energy Research Center (ISC) Konstanz, ‘ZEBRA’ solar cells.

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STS plans to nearly double PV module manufacturing inspections in 2017

Dedicated PV quality assurance services firm STS-Certified said it had performed quality inspection services on solar modules totalling over 1.5GW in 2016, with the expectation of almost 3.0GW of inspections in 2017.

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