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  • PV firms may see tight supply of materials
    Recent accidents at polysilicon factories in China's Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia are expected to prompt local governments to impose strict inspections on PV plants for public safety, which will temporarily disrupt production and result in short supply of polysilicon and solar wafers and push up prices...
  • A PV power-generating station established on a farming land site
    Taiwan's agricultural authorities will soon amend rules to impose more restrictions on using farmlands and fish ponds for setting up PV power stations, sparking complaints by the local PV sector.
  • URE is selling one of its plants in Taiwan
    Solar cell and module maker United Renewable Energy (URE) has disclosed it will sell an idle factory at Hsinchu Science Park to Taiwan Mask at NT$1.038 billion (US$34.9 million), with the transaction expected to complete at year-end 2020 with capital gain from the sale estimated at NT$240 million.
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    PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials will merge with Exojet Technology, a maker of conductive paste for passive components, PCBs and touch panels, with the former to be the surviving company.
  • SAS president Doris Hsu
    Solar wafer and cell maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) has scored points in non-operating investment as reflected from subsidiaries' business performance.
  • Taiwanese solar cell makers have seen strong domestic demand
    Taiwan-based solar cell makers have been adjusting business focus since 2018, mainly phasing out production for the poly-Si segment and devoting more to making mono-Si PERC models and PV modules, and they now expect to return to profitability soon, thanks to rising demand from the local market, according...
  • Motech Industries president Fred Yeh
    Motech Industries has hiked the average energy conversion rate for its mono-Si PERC solar cells to 22.3%, higher than originally expected, according to company president Fred Yeh.
  • EV parking lot
    Fortune Electric has disclosed it has set up its first EV (electric vehicle) parking lot in combination with in-house-developed power charging facilities in Taipei.
  • Giga Solar Materials chairman Jimmy Chen (right) and president Cafer Huang
    PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials has said it expects demand to rebound in second-half 2020.
  • SAMT president Huang Chii-feng
    Solar Applied Materials Technology (SAMT) has shipped sputtering target materials to TSMC for front-end thin-film processes, according to industry sources.
  • SAS president Doris Hsu
    Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer and PV module maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) recorded net profit of NT$1.384 billion (US$45.9 million) for first-quarter 2020 - almost all coming from non-operating investment.
  • TSEC sees strong demand in 2Q20
    Solar cell and PV module maker TSEC expects to utilize 95% of its PV module production capacity in second-quarter 2020 due to strong domestic demand and increasing orders from overseas along with progressive control on coronavirus pandemic.
  • Micro-grid development gaining momentum in Taiwan
    Encouraged by government promotion of PV and wind power generation as well as electric vehicles (EV), development of micro-grids in Taiwan is taking off, according to local makers.
  • Ta Ya Electric Wire
    Ta Ya Electric Wire & Cable has obtained a syndicated bank loan of NT$3.2 billion (US$106 million) for setting up a PV power-generating station with installation capacity of 76MWp in southern Taiwan, according to company chairman Ryan Shen.
  • Smart real-time inspection equipment for CIGS thin-film PV modules
    The Taiwan Instrument Research Institute (TIRI) has disclosed it has teamed up with mechanical motion control component maker Hiwin Technologies to develop smart real-time equipment for inspecting quality of CIGS thin-film PV modules at production lines.
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    Solar cell and PV module maker United Renewable Energy (URE) will reportedly extend R&D of next-generation N-type solar cell technology from HIT (hetero-junction with intrinsic thin-layer) to TopCon (tunnel oxide passivated contact), according to industry sources.
  • The PV sector in Taiwan was mostly miserable in 2019
    Solar cell and PV module makers United Renewable Energy (URE), TSEC and Tainergy Tech all suffered net losses for 2019 and will not distribute any dividend for the year. PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials recorded net EPS of NT$3.07 and will distribute a cash dividend per share of NT$2.00...
  • AUO is reshaping its business and management
    AU Optronics (AUO) will reshuffle its business structure along with top-level management to accelerate its transformation push, dubbed AUO Next, set by its chairman Pual Peng, according to the Taiwan-based panel maker.
  • SAS has reported profits for 2019
    Solar-grade silicon wafer and solar cell maker Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) has reported net profit of NT$2.248 billion (US$73.94 million) and net EPS of NT$3.86 for 2019.
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    Solar cell and PV module maker Motech Industries has reported net loss of NT$1.318 billion (US$43.38 million) for 2019, and decided to reduce capital.
  • Coronavirus in Japan and South Korea may impact solar cell material supply
    China- and Taiwan-based solar cell makers are concerned that the continued increase in coronavirus infection cases in Japan and South Korea is likely to affect supply of key materials such as conductive silver paste and fabrics used in screen printing by makers in the two countries, according to industry...
  • ATE to see rising revenues in 2020
    Taiwan-based conductive paste supplier Ample Electronic Technology (ATE), after seeing its 2019 revenues fall 17.3% on year to NT$589 million (US$19.61 million), is expected to see its revenues surge quarter by quarter in 2020 due partly to growing demand for ceramic dielectric filter applications...
  • PV module maker Anji reports profits for 2019
    PV module maker and rooftop PV system investor Anji Technology recorded net EPS of NT$2.21 for 2019, according to the company.
  • Tainergy Tech president Kevin Hsieh
    Solar cell maker Tainergy Tech will step into production of silicon carbide (SiC) wafers used to make high-voltage power devices, according to company chairman Frank Hsieh.
  • Apple says its manufacturers are ramping production more slowly than expected
    Apple has warned of iPhone supply constraints due to the coronavirus outbreak. And the iPhone is not the only Apple device whose production is being disrupted by the epidemic, as manufacturers are unlikely to start volume production as...

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