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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Hanwha Q CELLS hit by ASP declines but demand remains strong

‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Hanwha Q CELLS reported inline second quarter revenue but margins continued to be impacted by declining average selling prices (ASP).

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Problems with India’s newest domestic PV manufacturing support idea

India recently proposed a new strategy of supporting its domestic solar manufacturers by allocating 7.5GW of local content tenders to Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSUs), but analysts have identified a number of limitations.

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Imec pushes perovskite tandem silicon mini-module to record 23.9% conversion efficiency

Nanoelectronics research centre imec has taken a perovskite/silicon tandem mini-module-on-cell stack to a record 23.9% conversion efficiency, significantly exceeding its 20.2% efficiency figures reported in 2016.

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Tesla roof tile production at Gigafactory 2 delayed

Having just completed its first ‘Solar Roof’ tile system installations in the US, Tesla said in reporting second quarter 2017 financial results that production of the roofing tiles would not enter mass production at its Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, New York until the end of 2017.

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