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China-based Xi'an LONGi lowers prices for M2 solar-grade monocrystalline wafers for Taiwan solar cell makers

Jul 3, 10:48

China-based Xi'an LONGi Silicon Materials has lowered quotes for M2 (large-size) solar-grade monocrystalline silicon wafers for Taiwan-based solar cell makers, company president Li Zhen-kuo said on July 2.

Xi'an LONGi Silicon Materials president Li Zhen-kuo

Solartech, Danen June revenues up sequentially

Jul 2, 11:17

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Solartech Energy has reported June consolidated revenues of NT$981 million (US$31.7 million), increasing 38.56% on month and 18.31% on year, while solar wafer maker Danen Technology's June consolidated revenues reached NT$123 million, growing 2.14% on month but...

GET to outsource production of solar-grade silicon wafers to Eversol

Jul 1, 20:12

Solar-grade polycrystalline silicon wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET) on July 1 announced that it will outsource solar ingot production and wafer slicing to Eversol.

Taiwan solar cell makers should consolidate, says Motech CEO

Jul 1, 15:16

Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers, are facing the impact of US anti-dumping tariffs and increasing competition from China and other countries, have to consolidate to most efficiently utilize resources and increase their international competitiveness, according to CEO Chang Peng-heng...

First-tier China makers to sell solar production lines, say Taiwan makers

Jul 1, 11:58

Several first-tier China-based PV makers, in an attempt to reduce operating burdens and concentrate resources on product lines or business with significant international competitiveness, plan to sell production lines for solar-grade crystalline silicon wafers or crystalline silicon solar cells, according...

Tainergy obtains solar cell orders with shipments scheduled through August

Jul 1, 11:41

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Tainergy Tech has received orders with shipments scheduled through August, company chairman Frank Hsieh said at a company shareholders meeting on June 30.

Solar cell makers lower prices

Jun 29, 14:33

Solar cell makers in countries other than China and Taiwan have lowered quotes for polycrystalline models from US$0.37-0.38/W to US$0.35-0.36/W, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Green Energy Technology to hike prices by 5% in July

Jun 26, 15:48

Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET), in view of booming orders, will hike quotes by about 5% in July, company president Swean Lin said at the 2015 shareholders meeting on June 26.

Green Energy Technology president Swean Lin

Solartech Energy to expand PERC polycrystalline solar cell capacity

Jun 26, 11:46

Solartech Energy will expand annual production capacity of PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) polycrystalline silicon solar cells with an average energy conversion rate of 18.8% from 60MWp at present to 240MWp in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to the company.

Monocrystalline solar cells face increasing competition from PERC polycrystalline models

Jun 26, 11:34

While global demand for crystalline silicon solar cells and PV modules has being rising, demand for monocrystalline solar cells and PV modules has appeared to be weak mainly due to increasing competition from PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) polycrystalline models. Both are comparable in energy...

SAS to set up overseas subsidiary for investment in PV power generation

Jun 26, 10:58

Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) will set up a subsidiary to be registered in the Cayman Islands, SAS Sunrise, specifically for investment in PV power-generating stations. SAS Sunrise will initially invest in a PV power-generating station with installation...

Gigastorage aims for full capacity utilization in 3Q15

Jun 23, 12:29

Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Gigastorage is currently utilizing 80% of its production capacity of 700MWp and, in view of increasing orders, hopes that capacity can be fully utilized in the third quarter of 2015, according to the company.

Gintech Energy hopes to turn operations into profitability in 3Q15

Jun 22, 23:55

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Gintech Energy, viewing that its production capacity is being fully utilized due to booming orders, expects demand to exceed capacity in July and will then outsource production and thus hopes that business operations will swing from the red to profitability in the...

Gintech Energy chairman and CEO Wennet Pan at the 2015 shareholder meeting

Taiwan ranks 3rd among China polysilicon suppliers in April

Jun 22, 23:44

China imported 10,897 tons of solar-grade polysilicon in April 2015, with 1,851 tons (or 16.99%) coming from Taiwan, behind only the 3,785 tons from South Korea and 3,667 tons from Germany and more than the 1,584 tons from the US, industry sources in Taiwan cited China customs statistics as indicati...

PV modules shipped from Taiwan, Malaysia detained at Rotterdam seaport

Jun 18, 15:04

1.5 million PV modules equivalent to 50MWp in total capacity, shipped from Taiwan and Malaysia have been detained at the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, due to suspected circumvention of anti-dumping and anti-subsidization tariffs imposed by the European Union (EU) on China-made PV modules, according...

Neo Solar Power to establish overseas capacity, says chairman

Jun 18, 13:38

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Neo Solar Power will establish overseas solar cell and PV module production capacity by setting up a factory or cooperating with local makers for OEM production, according to company chairman Quincy Lin.

Licensed polysilicon imports via China EPZs to end on August 31

Jun 17, 11:36

The China government in September 2014 banned polysilicon imports through export processing zones (EPZs) to block evasion of anti-dumping and anti-subsidization tariffs, but exempted importers with EPZ import licenses. However, the exemptions will expire on August 31, 2015 and consequently prices for...

AUO setting up 21MWp rooftop PV systems in central Taiwan

Jun 17, 11:13

TFT-LCD panel maker AU Optronics (AUO) have been setting up rooftop PV systems with total installation capacity of 21MWp at its factories in central Taiwan, with the PV systems to be completed in 2016 and able to generate electricity of 76,520kWh a day for use by 7,652 households, according to the...

PV systems set up by AUO on roofs of its factories in central Taiwan

32GW of utility-scale solar to come online ahead of US 2017 ITC deadline, says Solarbuzz

Jun 16, 15:25

There has been a noticeable increase in the number of photovoltaic (PV) projects in the US aiming to be operational before the expiration of the 30% Federal energy investment tax credit (ITC) on December 31, 2016. According to Solarbuzz, over 32GW of projects greater than 5MW in size are still in development...

Motech aims at synergy from merger with Topcell Solar

Jun 16, 12:28

Solar cell maker Motech Industries formally merged with fellow maker Topcell Solar International on June 1, 2015 and aims to generate substantial synergy form the merger in 2015, according to company chairman Steve Tseng.

Photonics Festival in Taiwan set to begin

Jun 15, 22:21

The 2015 Photonics Festival in Taiwan is taking place in Taipei during June 16-18, with more than 500 exhibitors showcasing the latest optoelectronics technologies and development trends from the optoelectronics industries and featuring 1,011 booths to attract more than 30,000 visitors from over 40...

The 2015 Photonics Festival in Taiwan is taking place in Taipei

Taiwan makers see increased orders for high-efficiency solar cells from China

Jun 15, 12:00

Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers have seen a significant increase in orders for models with energy conversion rates over 17.8% from China, with prices hiking to US$0.31/W, according to industry sources.

China-based Solarbao provides online trading services for investment in PV power generation

Jun 15, 11:27

Solarbao, a China-based e-commerce platform, provides online trading services for investors to acquire existing or soon-to-be-completed PV power-generating stations and then lease back the facilities to the original operators, according to China-based tech.qq.com.

ReneSolar, ET Solar to export OEM-made PV modules to Europe, says CBN Daily

Jun 12, 11:00

China-based PV module makers ReneSolar and ET Solar, as they have been removed from the European Union's (EU) MIP (minimum import price) framework and therefore will be subject to high anti-dumping and anti-subsidization tariffs, will instead have OEMs in countries other than China and Taiwan produce...

Heraeus files patent infringement complaint against Giga Solar

Jun 11, 12:03

Germany-based Heraeus Holding on June 10 filed with Taiwan's Intellectual Property Court a charge against Taiwan-based PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials for allegedly infringing its patent concerning tellurium-added glass material.

PV inverter shipments rise in China as prices and revenues decline, says IHS

Jun 10, 16:08

Even though photovoltaic (PV) inverter shipments to China increased in 2014, significant price declines have caused revenues to drop. Despite PV inverter shipments to the China market increasing nearly 18% in 2014 to reach 13.3GW of alternate current (AC), revenues dropped 6%, according to IHS.

Hulk Energy sees booming orders for Cigs-3000 CIGS thin-film PV modules

Jun 10, 15:18

Hulk Energy Technology has received orders for Cigs-3000 series CIGS (copper-indium-gallium-selenide) thin-film PV modules with shipments scheduled through August, according to the company.

Suntech Power offers PERC PV module

Jun 9, 21:13

China-based PV module maker Suntech Power Holdings has offered SuperPoly, a 4-busbar PV module made of 72 PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) polycrystalline solar cells, and has obtained certification from Germany-based VDE Testing and Certification Institute, according to the company.

Mosel Vitelic to stop solar cell production

Jun 8, 11:35

Wafer foundry service provider Mosel Vitelic has decided to stop production of crystalline silicon solar cells to curb losses from the segment.

Solartech expanding PERC solar cell capacity

Jun 8, 11:15

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Solartech Energy is expending annual PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) solar cell production capacity from 80MWp currently to 320MWp by the end of September 2015, according to company chairman and CEO Liu Kong-hsin.

Small Taiwan firms may be unable to apply for exemption from EU anti-circumvention probe

Jun 5, 15:57

Small-size Taiwan-based PV solar makers and trading companies engaged in exports of solar cells or PV modules to Europe are not likely to apply for exemption from the anti-circumvention investigation to be started by the European Union (EU) due to their inability to bear the legal costs, estimated...

Solar cell, PV module orders from Europe decrease, say Taiwan makers

Jun 5, 12:23

Orders for crystalline silicon solar cells and PV modules from Europe have decreased significantly and this is possibly due to negative impact of the European Union's (EU) decision to open an anti-circumvention investigation of China-, Taiwan- and Malaysia-based PV companies, according to Taiwan-based...

Taiwan solar cell makers plan to hike prices

Jun 3, 12:19

Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cells makers plan to increase quotes for June by an average of 2%, according to industry sources. Polycrystalline models with energy conversion rates of 17.6-17.8% may see an increase from US$0.295/W to US$0.310/W.

Giga Solar Materials expects over 50% growth in 2015 PV silver paste shipments

Jun 2, 21:18

PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials expects PV silver paste shipments in 2015 to increase on year by over 50% mainly due to booming demand in the China market, company chairman Chen Chi-ming said at the 2015 shareholders meeting on June 2.

China, Taiwan makers to set up overseas solar cell capacity of 3GWp by end of 2015

Jun 1, 21:01

China-based PV module makers and Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers, in a bid to cope with US anti-dumping and anti-subsidization taxes, will set up solar cell production lines in countries other than China and Taiwan, mainly Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, with total annual capacity...

EU starts anti-circumvention investigation of Taiwan solar firms

Jun 1, 12:07

The European Commission on May 29 announced an anti-circumvention investigation of China-, Taiwan- and Malaysia-based makers of crystalline silicon solar cells and PV modules.

Formosa Plastics developing dye-sensitized solar cells, says paper

Newswatch - Jun 1, 12:00

Taiwan-based petrochemical firm Formosa Plastics is developing dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) for use in consumer electronics, handset power supply and residential lighting, according to Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News (EDN).

Taiwan to talk with EU about PV circumvention probe

May 29, 12:39

The Board of Foreign Trade (BOFT) under Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on May 28 indicated that it has sent a delegation to Brussels to talk with the European Commission about the EU's plan to start an anti-circumvention investigation of Taiwan-based solar companies.

China April polysilicon imports up 5.8% on month, says CNIA

May 29, 11:06

China imported 10,897 tons of polysilicon in April 2015, increasing 5.8% on month, according to the China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association (CNIA).

Taiwan solar cell makers under pressure of upgrading technology

May 28, 11:44

As China has become the largest PV producing country and PV market around the world, China-based PV makers have been bringing increasing competitive pressure on Taiwan-based makers and consequently Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers have to upgrade technology to cope with the situation,...

GCL insures PV modules

May 26, 11:29

GCL System Integration Technology, a China-based PV module maker and power-generating station EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contractor and operator, has signed insurance for its PV modules with China-based Alltrust Property Insurance, with Swiss Re being a reinsurer, according to China-based...

Taiwan makers promoting PERC polycrystalline solar cells

May 25, 21:59

In view of an expected rebound in demand in June, Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers have been boosting PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) polycrystalline models for use to make PV modules for sale in the China and US markets, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Gigastorage expects operations to break even in 1Q16

May 22, 15:20

Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Gigastorage, also still suffering operating losses, expects business operations to break even in the first quarter of 2016 due to use of diamond wire saws, a new ingot-cutting method, and lower polysilicon costs, according to the company.

Giga Solar Materials starts operation of 17MWp PV power-generating station in Japan

May 21, 21:19

PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials on May 19 kicked off commercial operations of a 17MWp ground-mounted PV power-generating station in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan.

Taiwan to closely check origin of production certificates for solar exports to Europe, US

May 20, 11:36

The Board of Foreign Trade (BOFT) under Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs on May 19 indicated that it will strictly examine origin of production certificates issued for crystalline silicon solar cells and PV modules to be exported to Europe and the US beginning May 25. The examination aims to block...

Almost all major Taiwan solar cell makers see losses in 1Q15

May 19, 11:25

Among six Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers, Tainergy Tech was the only one that made a profit in first-quarter 2015, according to industry sources.

China makers shift from 3bb to 4bb solar cells

May 19, 11:17

First-tier China-based makers have shifted production of crystalline silicon solar cells from 3bb (3-busbar) models to 4bb ones to hike power generation of PV modules, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Lead-free front-side PV silver paste expected to become mainstream in 2015

May 15, 15:12

Adoption of lead-free front-side PV silver paste is increasing among China- and Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers and thus the material is expected to replace leaded front-side PV silver paste in 2015, according to industry sources.

Demand for solar-grade monocrystaline silicon wafers on the rise

May 13, 10:38

Of global demand for crystalline silicon solar cells, the proportion for P-type monocrystalline models has risen to about 20% and consequently this has resulted in increasing demand for solar-grade monocrystalline silicon wafers, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

China PV firms expected to raise funding based on Yield Co model in 2015, say reports

May 12, 14:33

About five China-based PV makers and PV power generation project undertakers are expected to spin off their PV power-generating stations as Yield Cos in order to raising funding via an IPO in 2015. The Yield Cos will own PV power-generating assets to produce a steady income a percentage of which will...

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