Polysilicon prices outside China fall to US$16/kg
Apr 17, 15:37
International solar-grade polysilicon suppliers, under pressure from high inventory levels, have lowered quotes for markets except China from US$19/kg in the fourth quarter of 2014 to US$16/kg or even close to US$15/kg currently, according to industry sources.
2 China polysilicon makers see profits for 2014
Apr 16, 11:54
China-based solar-grade polysilicon maker Tebian Electric Apparatus had net profit of CNY1.811 billion (US$294 million) for 2014 hiking on year by 31.49%, while fellow maker Daqo New Energy saw operations swing from net loss of US$70.9 million in 2013 to net profit of US$16.7 million in 2014, according...
Leading China firms to set up N-type solar cell production lines
Apr 16, 10:13
First-tier China-based PV makers are planning to establish laboratory-level production lines for N-type monocrystalline silicon solar cells, and if trial production goes smooth, volume production may begin in 2016, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
Solartech to suspend a solar cell line in Taiwan, says paper
Newswatch - Apr 14, 14:31
Solar cell maker Solartech Energy will temporarily suspend one of its 11 production lines in Taiwan and continue operating the other 10 to maintain a local capacity utilization rate at 90%, according to Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News (EDN).
Sunrise Global to expand PERC solar cell capacity
Apr 13, 15:56
Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) will have its subsidiary maker Sunrise Global Solar Energy expand annual production capacity for PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) P-type monocrystalline silicon solar cells from 500MWp currently to 850MWp in 2015,...
Lite-On Technology sees revenues stay flat on year in March
Apr 8, 21:50
Lite-On Technology has reported revenues of NT$18.19 billion (US$585.73 million) for March, up 26% sequentially and unchanged from a year earlier. Revenues for the first quarter of 2015 totaled NT$51.55 billion, or at the same level of a year ago.
Motech, Gintech report weak March results
Apr 8, 12:04
Solar cell maker Motech Industries has reported March consolidated revenues of NT$1.096 billion (US$34.9 million), the lowest monthly level since March 2013, while fellow maker Gintech Energy's March consolidated revenues of NT$832 million hit the lowest monthly figure since January 2013.
Taiwan sets target PV installation capacity of 500MWp for 2015
Apr 7, 21:36
The Bureau of Energy under the Ministry of Economic Affairs has increased the target installation capacity for rooftop PV systems and PV power-generating stations to be established around Taiwan in 2015 from 270MWp originally to 500MWp, according to the agency.
China 2014 PV export totals US$16.2 billion, says CCCME
Apr 7, 12:28
China-based PV makers recorded total export value of US$16.2 billion in 2014, with Japan accounting for 28% of the value, Europe 16%, the US 12%, India 3% and South Korea 2%, according to China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electric Products (CCCME).
SAS to expand solar-grade silicon ingot, wafer capacities
Apr 2, 14:04
Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) will expand annual production capacity for solar-grade crystalline silicon ingots and wafers from 900MWp and 850MWp respectively in 2014 to 1.1GWp and 1GWp respectively in 2015, the company said at an April 1 investors conference.
Solartech, Danen see mixed growth in March revenues
Apr 2, 13:42
Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Solartech Energy saw its March consolidated revenues of NT$503 million (US$16.0 million) decrease 13.51% on month and 45.36% on year, while solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Danen Technology saw its revenues of NT$167 million increase 4.09% on month and...
China imports 7,558 tons of polysilicon in February
Apr 1, 21:33
China imported 7,558 tons of solar-grade polysilicon in February 2015, decreasing on month by 18.8%. 4,746 tons or 62.8% was imported through export processing zones (EPZs), according to China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association.
Solargiga PV module shipments grow 78.8% in 2014
Apr 1, 11:14
Solargiga Energy Holdings, a China-based maker of solar-grade crystalline silicon wafers and PV modules as well as a PV EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contactor, shipped 514.8MWp of PV modules in 2014, hiking 78.8% on year, according to the company.
China PV makers expect demand to rebound in 2Q15
Mar 31, 10:56
China-based PV firms expect orders to significantly rebound in the second quarter of 2015 as domestic demand is expected to increase after the China government set a target total PV installation capacity of 17.8GWp for 2015, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
Taiwan university develops silicon slurry recycling process
Mar 30, 11:35
The Department of Resources Engineering under National Cheng Kung University in southern Taiwan has developed a method to separate high-purity silicon and silicon carbide from silicon slurry, a waste from making crystalline silicon solar cells.
Taiwan makers lower prices for PERC monocrystalline solar cells
Mar 25, 18:27
Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers have lowered quotes for PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) monocrystalline models from US$0.49/W at the beginning of 2015 to US$0.45/W currently due to lower-than-expected demand, according to industry sources.
SAS nets NT$2.06 per share for 2014
Mar 25, 14:58
Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) has released its 2014 financial report, posting net EPS of NT$2.06.
China PV module makers cut OEM prices for Japan vendors
Mar 25, 14:54
Some China-based PV module makers have lowered OEM quotes for PV modules with power-generating output of 250-255W to US$0.50-0.52/W to maintain orders from Japan-based vendors, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
Gintech Energy, E-Ton Solar post losses for 2014
Stockwatch - Mar 24, 13:46
Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Gintech Energy has reported revenues of NT$15.567 billion (US$493 million), gross margin of 3.78%, net operating loss of NT$108 million, net loss of NT$378 million and net loss per share of NT$0.93 for 2014
Taiwan solar cell makers lower prices
Mar 23, 21:53
Significantly decreased global demand has pressed Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers to lower quotes from an average level of US$0.30-0.32/W for polycrystalline silicon models in February 2015 to that of US$0.28-0.32/W currently, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
Global solar PV capacity to reach nearly 500GW in 2019, says IHS
Mar 20, 15:20
Total global solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity is forecast to reach 498 gigawatts (GW) in 2019, which is 177% higher than 2014, according to IHS. While total global solar PV demand is projected to grow steadily, the large number of discrete country markets at the gigawatt-level will help reduce demand...
Heraeus claims patent for Te-added glass material used to manufacture PV paste
Mar 18, 15:14
Germany-based Heraeus has announced joint possession with Japan-based Shoei Chemical of a patent regarding Te (tellurium)-added glass material used to make conductive silver PV paste. The patent is likely to kick up patent disputes with other PV paste makers, mainly DuPont, Samsung SDI and Giga Solar...
China PV module makers may begin withdrawal from MIP
Mar 16, 22:13
With the European Union (EU) deciding to remove three China-based PV module makers from the Minimum Import Price (MIP) framework for suspected circumvention of minimum import pricing and import quotas set in 2013, other China-based PV module makers are expected to voluntarily withdraw from the framework...
Some first-tier China PV makers reportedly plan to quit solar cell production
Mar 9, 21:45
Some first-tier China-based PV makers reportedly plan to stop production of crystalline silicon solar cells and then focus operation on producing PV modules and undertaking PV EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) projects, Taiwan PV industry sources cited China-based makers as indicating.
Motech, Gintech see mixed results for February
Stockwatch - Mar 9, 11:04
Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Motech Industries has reported February consolidated revenues reached NT$1.382 billion (US$43.86 million), decreasing 19.21% sequentially and 27.41% on year, while fellow maker Gintech Energy has posted NT$1.132 billion in consolidated revenues for the month, growing...
Neo Solar Power February revenues hit 22-month low
Stockwatch - Mar 6, 14:41
Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Neo Solar Power on March 5 reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.467 billion (US$46.6 million) for February 2015, the lowest monthly level since May 2013 with a decrease of 2.71% on month and 37.18% on year, and NT$2.974 billion for January-February, slipping on...
Taiwan solar cell makers looking for idle equipment in China
Mar 4, 22:20
Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers, including Motech Industries, Neo Solar Power and Gintech Energy, plan to set up production lines in countries other than China to cope with US ant-dumping tariffs and have begun searching for idle production equipment available in China, according...
China PV module makers to suffer from Japan feed-in tariff cut
Mar 4, 11:52
The Japan government plans to reduce feed-in tariffs for PV systems and power-generating stations with installation capacity of over 10KWp to JPY27 (US$0.23)/kWh beginning July 2015, which is expected to significantly decrease total installation capacity and in turn imports of China-made PV modules,...
First-tier China solar cell makers expected to have 1.0-1.2GWp PERC capacity
Feb 26, 14:27
As the China government has set minimum energy conversion rates for technologically leading crystalline silicon solar cell makers to obtain financial support, first-tier China-based solar cell makers including Trina Solar, JA Solar Holdings, Yingli Green Energy Holding and CSI plan to adopt PERC (passivated...
Taiwan solar cell industry expected to reshuffle in 2015
Feb 17, 12:38
Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers have been generally in a weak price-negotiating position due to the negative impact of US anti-dumping tariffs, and consequently the industry is expected to be reshuffled in 2015, with struggling makers likely to be acquired, according to industry...
Four more Taiwan PV makers to tap US market
Feb 16, 15:52
In addition to Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell maker Motech Industries which has marketed own-brand PV modules in the US market, Taiwan-based PV module makers Win Win Precision Technology, TSEC and Gintung Energy as well as solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Sino-American Silicon...