Taipei, Sunday, October 22, 2017 00:00 (GMT+8)

China market: Giga Diamond Materials expanding diamond wire capacity

Oct 20, 14:15

Giga Diamond Materials, a China-based maker of diamond saw wire established by PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials, is expanding its production capacity of diamond saw wire from 80,000km a month currently to 500,000km in 2018 and further to 1.0 million kilometers in 2019, according to company...

NGP to build floating PV power station in northern Taiwan

Oct 19, 13:46

New Green Power (NGP), an EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contractor for PV installation, will set up a floating PV power station with capacity of 14MWp at an irrigation pond in northern Taiwan, according to the company.

TSEC to produce half-cut PV modules

Oct 19, 11:49

Solar cell maker TSEC will produce half-cut PV modules at its new factory located in Pingtung County, southern Taiwan, with every cell halved and then closely connected to reduce electric resistance, according to company chairman Ellick Liao.

TSEC chairman Ellick Liao

PV Taiwan 2017 kicks off, but uncertainty lies ahead for global market

Oct 18, 15:59

The 2017 Taiwan International Photovoltaic Exhibition (PV Taiwan 2017) is running October 18-20 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, highlighting key technological innovations and ongoing transformation of Taiwan's solar firms. There are many first-time exhibitors this year eyeing the booming local...

PV Taiwan 2017

Motech sets up PV module joint venture

Oct 18, 15:25

Solar cell maker Motech Industries has announced the establishment of a PV module firm, Taiwan Solar Module Manufacturing Corp. (TSMMC), on a joint venture basis with PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials at stake ratios of 90% and 10% respectively.

Motech chairman and CEO Chang Peng-heng

AUO beefs up PV power generation in Taiwan

Oct 18, 14:57

AU Optronics (AUO) has strengthened PV power generation in Taiwan by extending from rooftop systems to ground-mounted and floating power stations, with cumulative installation capacity expected to total 125MWp at the end of 2017, according to the company.

An AUO-built rooftop PV system at Hota Industrial's factory

NSP, Gintech to wholly own GES, Utech Solar

Oct 17, 15:22

Solar cell makers Neo Solar Power (NSP) and Gintech Energy will acquire all the stakes in their respective subsidiaries, General Energy Solutions (GES) and Utech Solar, in line with an upcoming merger.

Linde LienHwa making new gas production investments in Taiwan

Oct 17, 11:55

Linde LienHwa, a joint venture between the Germany-based Linde Group and Taiwan-based LienHwa Industrial, is a manufacturer of bulk and electronic specialty gases used during the manufacturing of semiconductors, displays, solar panels, LEDs and others.

Linde LienHwa's new electronics R&D center in Taichung, Taiwan

Taiwan PV Module Manufacturing to set up factory in STSP

Oct 17, 11:23

The Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) administration has approved an application by Taiwan PV Module Manufacturing (TPVMM) for investment of NT$300 million (US$9.9 million) to set up a PV module assembly factory in the science park.

TSEC signs MoU for southern Taiwan PV projects

Oct 17, 10:51

Solar cell maker TSEC has signed an MoU with the government of Pingtung County, southern Taiwan, to help solicit investment of NT$50 billion (US$1.65 billion) to set up PV power stations totaling 1,000MWp in the county.

TSEC chairman Ellick Liao (left) and Pingtung County chief Pan Men-an (center)

NSP, Gintech, Solartech to merge

Oct 16, 16:49

Solar cell makers Neo Solar Power (NSP), Gintech Energy and Solartech Energy have jointly announed the siging of a letter of intent for consolidating themselves into a new company, United Renewable Energy (URE).

PV oversupply to happen in 2018, says ReneSolar CEO

Oct 16, 16:07

Global supply of polysilicon, solar wafers and PV modules will significantly exceed demand in 2018, media reports have cited Li Xianshou, CEO for China-based solare wafer maker ReneSolar, as indicating.

China annual polysilicon capacity to rise to 285,000 tons at end of 2017

Oct 13, 16:11

China-based polysilicon makers' combined annual production capacity will increase from 210,000 tons at the end of 2016 to 285,000 tons at the end of 2017, enough for producing 61GWp of solar cells, according to Siliocn Industry of China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association.

Giga Solar subsidiary to set up 80MWp PV power station in southern Taiwan

Oct 11, 13:21

Giga Solar Materials' subsidiary will set up a PV power station with installation capacity of 80MWp in Tainan, southern Taiwan, according to the parent company, which makes PV conductive pastes.

A PV power project handled by Giga Solar Materials' subsidiary

Motech, Gintech post mixed results for September

Oct 11, 12:57

Solar cell makers Motech Industries and Gintech Energy have reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.184 billion (US$72.0 million) and NT$1.214 billion respectively for September, the former increasing 4.18% sequentially and 59.04% on year, and the latter decreasing 16.61% sequentially but growing 69.55%...

Giga Diamond Materials expanding capacity in China

Oct 6, 16:08

Diamond saw wire maker Giga Diamond Materials (GDM), a subsidiary of PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials (GSM), is expanding its annual production capacity in Yencheng, eastern China, from 240,000km originally to 360,000km currently and further to 720,000km at the end of 2017, according...

Jimmy Chen, chairman for both Giga Diamond Materials and Giga Solar Materials

NSP, SAS, Giga Solar see September revenues rise

Oct 6, 10:23

Solar cell maker Neo Solar Power (NSP), solar wafer provider Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) and PV conductive paste supplier Giga Solar Materials have reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.049 billion (US$34.6 million), NT$5.663 billion and NT$1.002 billion respectively for September, all increasing...

GET September revenues hit 14-month high

Oct 5, 11:49

Solar poly-Si wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.138 billion (US$37.6 million) for September, hitting the highest monthly level since August 2016 and increasing 1.71% sequentially and 59.10% on year.

GET president Swean Lin

NSP subsidiary to set up 40MWp PV power station in central Taiwan

Oct 5, 11:16

General Energy Solutions (GES) will construct a ground-mounted PV power station with installation capacity of 40MWp in Changhua, central Taiwan, according to its parent company Neo Solar Power (NSP).

Transition to diamond wire slower than expected for China solar wafer makers

Oct 3, 13:59

China-based solar wafer makers' progress of replacing slurry wire-slicing has been slowed down by lower-than-expected yield rates from diamond-wire process, according to industry sources.

Solartech, Danen see increased September revenues

Oct 3, 11:47

Solar cell maker Solartech Energy and solar poly-Si wafer maker Danen Technology have reported consolidated revenues of NT$624 million (US$20.6 million) and NT$87 million for September respectively, the former increasing 16.39% sequentially and 38.85% on year and the latter growing 14.64% and 107.68%...

China PV pilot project behind schedule

Oct 2, 11:11

China has set a target of 5.5GWp for PV power stations to be constructed under its second-round pilot project, but the installations have been running way behind schedule, according to media reports.

Tongwei ramps up automated solar cell production in China

Oct 2, 10:39

Tongwei Group has started production at a new solar cell plant with annual production capacity of 2.0GWp in Chengdu, western China, which it claims has the highest smart automated equipment among all solar cell plants in the country, according to industry sources.

China PV module makers dominate India market

Sep 29, 14:58

China-based PV module makers together occupy about 80% of the India market, with Trina Solar having the biggest share at 16.6%, followed by JA Solar (9.2%) and CSI (8.7%), according to industry sources.

Jinko to supply 4.2MWp of PV modules for Foxconn rooftop systems

Sep 29, 13:44

China-based Jinko Solar Holdings has disclosed it has secured a contract to supply 4.2MWp of PV modules for Taiwan-based EMS provider Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai) to set up rooftop PV systems at its factories in Shenzhen.

China makers setting up solar poly-Si wafer plants

Sep 29, 13:02

China-based Shunfeng International Clean Energy, CETC Shanxi New Energy Technology and Tongwei Group are constructing solar poly-Si wafer plants with annual production capacities of 3GWp, 3GWp and 4GWp respectively in the country, according to media reports.

China wastes large amounts of clean energy, say reports

Sep 28, 11:29

China wasted over 110 billion kWh of electricity generated by PV, wind turbines and hydraulic power plants in first-half 2017, because of failure to connect to local power grids or be directly used, according to local media reports.

GET seeks to form diamond wire alliance

Sep 28, 11:02

Poly-Si solar wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET) is inviting Taiwan-based fellow makers to form an alliance for jointly adopting the diamond wire process, according to company president Swean Lin.


Tongwei expanding solar cell capacity

Sep 27, 20:11

China-based vertically integrated PV maker Tongwei Group has started production at a new solar cell plant with annual capacity of 2GWp, with the company's capacity now totaling 6GWp.

Tongwei chairman Liu Han-yuan during a visit to Taiwan

GET to raise capital

Sep 27, 16:21

Solar wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET) has disclosed it has decided to issue new shares in two phases to raise capital via private placement.

GET president Swean Lin

ITC ruling raises Section 201 concern

Sep 26, 14:49

US International Trade Commission (ITC) has upheld Suniva's complaint that imported solar cells and PV modules have harmed US PV makers. The ruling has raised concern that the US government will invoke Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974 to impose anti-dumping tariffs, set minimum import prices or...

Motech PV module alliance plan faces challenges

Sep 25, 10:47

Solar cell maker Motech Industries' plan to form an alliance running joint PV module production with other Taiwan-based PV firms has met with challenges as two potential members' boards of directors have decided against joining the group, according to industry sources.

Taiwan solar cell makers reportedly to form alliance to better competitiveness

Sep 22, 16:13

Four Taiwan-based solar cell makers, Neo Solar Power (NSP), Gintech Energy, Solartech Energy and Tainergy Tech, have reportedly planned to form an alliance to integrate resources to enhance competitiveness in the international market, according to industry sources.

China PV installations reach 3.36GWp in August

Sep 22, 15:10

PV installations completed and on grid around China in August totaled 3.36GWp, with 1.95GWp for power stations, and 1.41GWp for distributed PV systems, according to media reports.

LPWAN ideal for managing spacious cattle farms, green houses

Sep 22, 11:09

The global animal husbandry industry is growing in economy of scale, but in the vast natural pasturelands, operators would see a certain risk of assets loss if they lack precision cattle and sheep positioning systems. Currently, most operators still rely on GPS and GPRS systems for managing their farms,...

Taiwan sets tentative 2018 feed-in tariffs for renewable energy

Sep 22, 10:58

Taiwan's Bureau of Energy (BOE) has set tentative feed-in tariffs for renewable energy in 2018, lowering the rates by 11.82-13.45% for PV power and 0.73-4.61% for wind power.

India PV firms eyeing overseas markets

Sep 20, 14:09

India-based PV module makers have been extending their business operations from the domestic market to overseas ones, especially those with trade barriers against China-based competitors, according to industry sources.

Taiwan market: Low pricing alarms PV supply chain

Sep 18, 16:06

Equis Energy (formerly Soleq) has won an open bid for constructing a PV power station in central Taiwan at an unexpectedly low price of NT$2.57 (US$0.085) /kWh for selling generated electricity to state-run Taiwan Power Company, alarming the local PV supply chain.

Solar passenger planes a reality soon: Q&A with Si2 co-pilot Bertrand Piccard and Covestro CEO Patrick Thomas

Sep 14, 14:07

At the 2017 World Congress on Information Industry (WCIT) held September 11-13 in Taipei, there were two prominent guest speakers: Bertrand Piccard, chairman of Solar Impulse Foundationand and a Swiss initiator and co-pilot of Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), which finished the world's first successful global...

Covestro CEO Patrick Thomas (right) and Bertrand Piccard, co-pilot of Si2

China PV silver paste makers score points

Sep 14, 11:10

Some China-based newcomers, such as DK Electronic Material and iSilver Materials, have seen growing shares of their domestic PV silver paste market, although others have been on the brink of bankruptcy because of dominance by foreign suppliers, according to industry sources.

Hsinchu setting up 4.5MWp rooftop PV systems at schools

Sep 12, 15:14

Hsinchu is setting up roof-top PV systems totaling 4.5MWp at nearly 30 city-run elementary and high schools, with 3.5MWp to be completed by year-end 2017 and the remaining in first-quarter 2018.

Solar cell makers see increased August revenues

Sep 8, 14:37

Solar cell makers Motech Industries, Neo Solar Power (NSP), Gintech Energy, TSEC and Tainergy Tech have all reported increased revenues for August.

SAS August revenues hit record

Sep 8, 12:12

Solar wafer maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$5.181 billion (US$171 million) for August, its highest ever monthly level with growths of 5.14% sequentially and 127% on year, and those of NT$37.701 billion for January-August hiked 92.77% on year.

Equis Energy wins Taiwan PV installation project

Sep 7, 11:27

Equis Energy (formerly Soleq), the Taiwan subsidiary of Singapore-based Equis, which is Asia's largest renewable energy developer and investor, has won an open bid for constructing a PV power station on a disused salt farm in central Taiwan at a price under NT$3 (US$0.1) /kWh for selling generated...

Motech to set up 400MWp PV power stations in southern Taiwan

Sep 6, 15:16

Solar cell maker Motech Industries has disclosed it has signed an MoU with the government of Pingtung County, southern Taiwan, for setting up PV power-generating stations with total installation capacity of 400MWp in three years.

Motech chairman Chang Peng-heng

China-made crystalline silicon prices rise over 30%

Sep 6, 14:20

The China government has enforced environmental protection regulations strictly on production of crystalline silicon and consequently output in China has drastically decreased, sending prices rising by over 30% in the past two months, according to industry sources.

crystalline silicon

Global PV installation capacity hikes to over 90GWp in 2017

Sep 4, 11:32

International research organizations originally forecast total installation capacity for PV power stations and distributed systems established around the world in 2017 at 70-80GWp, but have now raised the forecasts to over 90GWp, according to industry sources.

Solartech August revenues decrease

Sep 4, 11:24

Solar cell maker Solartech Energy has reported consolidated revenues of NT$536 million (US$17.7 million) for August, decreasing 8.52% on month and 7.96% on year, and those of NT$4.250 billion for January-August slipped 42.80% on year.

Professors develop new PV module material

Sep 1, 10:16

Two professors from a southern Taiwan university have developed indium-plated aluminum solder strips which can be directly attached to PV modules without using silver paste as adhesive.


Gintech wins solar cell supply contract from Philippines

Aug 31, 10:26

Solar cell maker Gintech Energy has announced that it has signed a supply contract with Solar Philippines Power Project, the largest rooftop PV project undertaker in Southeast Asia.

Gintech president Pan Wen-whe
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