Solar
  • Due to fast shrinking demand, some China-based PV makers have run out of working capital and a top-tier maker has deferred payments to supply chain partners, according to industry sources.
  • Meyer Burger Technology has had a subsidiary file a patent infringement lawsuit against China's Wuxi Shangji Automation for alleged infringement of the Switzerland-based firm's Chinese patent number CN 104411434B for its Diamond Wire Management System (DWMS) wire winding system.
  • SAS chairman
    China is expected to reduce policy and financial support for its PV industry in the 14th Five-year (2021-2025) National Development Plan (NDP) because the local PV supply chain has been growing fast toward overcapacity, according to MK Lu, chairman of Taiwan-based solar wafer maker Sino-American Silicon...
  • China-based makers shipped 7GWp of double-glass PV modules in 2017, about 3.5 times the shipment volume in 2016 and taking up 9.2% of the year's total PV module shipments, according to China-based market research organizations.
  • Taiwan-based solar cell makers Motech Industries, Neo Solar Power (NSP), Gintech Energy, TSEC and Tainergy Tech all consolidated revenues for January decreased sequentially mainly due to off-season effects.
  • Solar wafer makers Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) and Green Energy Technology have reported consolidated revenues for January, the former's NT$5.865 billion (US$201 million) increasing 11.33% sequentially and 44.92% on year and the latter's NT$963 million decreasing 13.11% sequentially but growing...
  • State-run Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) has broken ground for a poject to build a PV power station with installation capacity of 100MWp at estimated total investment of NT$6.2 billion (US$212 million) in Changhua Coastal Industrial Park, central Taiwan, according to Ministry of Economic Affairs (M...
  • The largest China-based solar mono-Si wafer maker LONGi Green Energy Technology has signed with OCI Malaysia (OCIM) for 3-year supply of 64,800 tons of high-purity polysilicon, according to industry sources.
  • Solartech Energy has announced its high-efficiency PV modules have met IEC 61215 and IEC 61730 testing requirements.
  • Taipei-based Tatung has announced a plan to add investment in a PV power plant project in southern Taiwan, expanding its capacity to a total of 120MW.
  • Solar cell makers are assessing the pros and cons of vying for a share of the exemption quota in the soon-to-be-implemented US safeguard tariffs scheme, as demand in the US market remains uncertain.
  • Sino-American Silicon Products (SAS) aims to reach break-even operation for its PV business covering solar wafers, cells and power generation projects, according to company president Doris Hsu.
  • The largest China-based solar poly-Si wafer maker GCL-Poly Energy Holdings estimates that demand will hit bottom in February before rebounding in March and therefore has decided to maintain production during the Lunar New Year holidays in mid-February, according to industry sources.
  • Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (TEEMA) has organized an industrial alliance to promote the development of energy storage systems in Taiwan, seeking to explore the global market for such systems estimated to reach US$35 billion by 2020, according to TEEMA sources.
  • A perovskite solar cell developed by NCKU researchers
    A team of university researchers in Taiwan has disclosed it is developing perovskite solar cells featuring energy conversion rates of over 20% under solar spectral irradiance of 100mW (milliwatt)/cm2 at AM (air mass) 1.5G and those of nearly 30% under indoor light.
  • China-based PV conductive paste makers shipped about 800 tons of PV silver paste in 2017, which accounted for about 30% of the global total, doubling the 15% in 2016, according to China-based research organizations.
  • AcBel president David Kao
    Despite a nearly 10% on-year drop in 2017 consolidated revenues, Taiwan-based power supply maker AcBel Polytech still expects its 2018 revenues to benefit from volume production of new products and orders from new clients.
  • For China-based PV module makers, establishing factories in the US may not be the best move to avoid safeguard tariffs on imported PV products, condisering the lower production costs in Vietnam or other Southeast Asian countries, according to Li Gang, president of Jiangsu Seraphim Solar System.
  • China's exports of solar wafers, cells and PV modules totaled US$13.11 billion in 2017, with India being the largest market accounting for 24.1%, Japan for 14.8%, and South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, the US, Australia, Mexico, Thailand and Brazil each for 3-7%, according to China Photovoltaic Industry...
  • NSP chairman Sam Hong
    United Renewable Energy (URE), a vertically-integrated PV maker to be established through combining three Taiwan-based solar cell makers Neo Solar Power (NSP), Gintech Energy and Solartech Energy, will invest NT$300-500 million (US$10.2-16.9 million) to construct a PV module plant with annual production...
  • US President Trump has approved recommended safeguard tariffs to be imposed on imported solar cells and PV modules as relief to the country's makers.
  • Tainergy chairman Frank Hsieh (left) with president and CEO Kevin Hsieh
    Solar cell maker Tainergy Tech will expand annual PV module production capacity in Taiwan from 100MWp at present to 200MWp in 2018, eyeing the local market that is being supported the government's promotion of green energy, according to company president and CEO Kevin Hsieh.
  • China will phase out PV feed-in tariff rates after completing the 13th Five-year (2016-2020) National Development Plan, according to China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA).
  • Science town
    Taiwan will begin construction of its first self-driving testing field in a smart green energy science town in Tainan, southern Taiwan, in February 2018 and it will be open in mid-2019, according to the science town development office under the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).
  • green energy
    The Taiwan government is implementing a Green Energy Industries and Technological Innovation plan to boost renewable energy development.

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