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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.

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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...

Gintech announces Thailand solar cell factory plan

May 12, 11:18

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Gintech Energy on May 11 announced the investment of US$45 million to set up a solar cell factory with annual production capacity of 350MWp in Thailand, with production to kick off in the first quarter of 2016.

Neo Solar Power reports losses for 1Q15

May 11, 13:52

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Neo Solar Power recorded consolidated revenues of NT$4.63 billion (US$147 million), gross margin of -2.15%, net operating loss of NT$423 million, net loss of NT$492 million and net loss per share of NT$0.55 for the first quarter of 2015, according to the company.

Some Taiwan solar cell makers accept on-credit supplies to China module clients

May 8, 16:02

Several China-based PV module makers have asked Taiwan-based solar cell makers to supply them on credit, and some of the latter have accepted the request mainly due to intense competition for orders, according to industry sources.

Motech, Gintech April revenues up on month, down on year

Stockwatch - May 8, 11:23

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Motech Industries saw April 2015 consolidated revenues of NT$1.346 billion (US$43.9 million) increase 22.88% on month but decrease 30.72% on year, while fellow maker Gintech Energy had those of NT$1.29 billion, growing 55.03% and dropping 26.26% respectively, according...

Trina Solar reportedly setting up factory in Thailand

May 8, 11:00

China-based Trina Solar is establishing a PV factory in Thailand with investment of US$160 million, with production to begin at the end of 2015 or the beginning of 2016, according to China-based media reports.

Surging solar demand to trigger 4-year record high supply chain profit in 2015, says IHS

May 6, 15:41

IHS has identified at least 89 countries with solar photovoltaic (PV) end-markets that will show growth in solar installations in 2015, which is forecast to drive a 30% increase in demand. IHS forecasts that this demand growth will raise PV module gross profits to US$5 billion in 2015, which is more...

PV demand expected to rebound in June or early July, say China makers

May 6, 11:54

Global PV demand is expected to rebound in June or early July as China begins a rush to construct new PV systems and power-generating stations in the second half of 2015, according to China-based PV supply chain makers.

Giga Solar Materials April revenues hit record

May 6, 11:37

PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.09 billion (US$35.5 million) for April, the highest monthly figure ever on record with growth of 12.96% on month and of 53.79% on year. Its January-April consolidated revenues totaled NT$3.913 billion, rising...

EU may soon decide whether to start anti-circumvention probe of China PV module makers

May 5, 14:05

The European Union (EU) is likely to determine soon whether a formal investigation will be launched into China-based PV modules makers over alleged circumvention of minimum import pricing and quotas, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

GlobalWafers nets NT$1.40 per share for 1Q15

May 4, 21:58

Semiconductor-grade silicon wafer maker GlobalWafers recorded consolidated revenues of NT$4.044 billion (US$132 million), gross margin of 25.20%, net operating profit of NT$688 million, net profit of NT$476 million and net EPS of NT$1.40 for the first quarter of 2015, according to the company.

Unprecedented solar PV boom in the UK during 1Q15, says IHS

Apr 30, 14:30

According to a new report from IHS, at least 110 photovoltaic (PV) projects with a combined capacity of 1.6GW were completed in the UK in the first quarter of 2015, prior to the end of the Renewable Obligations (RO) scheme for projects larger than 5MW. This latest PV push brings the total number of...

PV demand to stay at 51.4GW in 2015, says firm

Apr 30, 13:42

Global PV market demand for 2015 will remain around 51.4GW as new capacity from multiple suppliers will be added, according to EnergyTrend.

China PV module makers seeking solar cells produced outside of China, Taiwan

Apr 30, 10:38

China-based PV module makers, viewing that PV module demand in the US is rebounding and prices are relatively high, have been seeking supply sources of crystalline silicon solar cells in countries other than China and Taiwan, such as Malaysia and Vietnam, to circumvent US anti-dumping and anti-subsidization...

Solartech Energy showcases 290W PV modules at SNEC PV Power Expo

Apr 29, 15:59

Crystalline silicon solar cell maker Solartech Energy is exhibiting a PV module with power output of 290W at the SNEC PV Power Expo 2015 in Shanghai, China during April 28-30, according to the company

Solartech Energy is exhibiting PV modules at SNEC PV Power Expo

TSMC Solar reaches 16.5% conversion rate for CIGS thin-film PV modules

Apr 29, 11:14

TSMC Solar on April 28 announced that it has attained a record energy conversion rate of 16.5% for 1.09m2 CIGS (copper-indium-gallium-selenide) thin-film PV modules using existing manufacturing equipment and materials, breaking the preceding record of 15.7% hit in 2013, and the energy conversion rate...

Solar firms cooperate to develop PERC mono-like cells

Apr 28, 11:36

Some system, wafer and cell makers from the US, Taiwan and China have been working together to develop PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) mono-like solar cells carrying significantly lower production cost than that for PERC monocrystalline solar cells, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

China sees large global PV production market share in 2014, says CCID Think Tank

Apr 27, 11:01

China-based makers produced 132,000 tons of solar-grade polysilicon, 38GWp of solar-grade crystalline silicon wafers, 33GWp of crystalline silicon solar cells and 35GWp of PV modules in 2014, occupying 43%, 76%, 59% and 70% respectively of global output, according to CCID Think Tank under China's Ministry...

China suppliers continue to lead the solar PV module market in 2014, says IHS

Apr 24, 15:02

According to a new report from IHS, with shipments of 23.7GW, the top-10 solar photovoltaic (PV) module suppliers grew their combined market share slightly from 48% in 2013 to 49% in 2014. Boasting the largest domestic market for PV modules, China suppliers continued to dominate the market in 2014.

China 2014 PV product exports worth US$16.2 billion

Apr 23, 14:03

China exported 18.421GWp of PV products with a total value of US$16.2 billion in 2014, according to China's Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products.

GET to issue 150 million new shares for private placement

Apr 21, 20:36

Solar-grade crystalline silicon wafer maker Green Energy Technology (GET) will issue 150 million new shares for private placement for the second time and expects to add NT$2.0-2.5 billion (US$64.3-80.4 million) to its paid-in capital, according to the company.

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.

JPEA hikes 2020 target cumulative PV installation capacity in Japan to 65.7GWp

Apr 17, 11:59

The Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA) has upward adjusted the 2020 target cumulative PV installation capacity in Japan from 49.4GWp to 65.7GWp, according to the organization.

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.

First-tier China PV module firms ask for Taiwan cell supplies on credit

Apr 15, 10:56

Some first-tier China-based PV module firms have asked Taiwan solar cell makers to supply products on credit from, and the suppliers are considering whether to accept the requests, according to industry sources.

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).

China needs CNY1.58 trillion in funding for PV, wind power installations from 2014-2017, says Ernst & Young

Apr 14, 11:59

The target installation capacity for PV rooftop systems and power-generating stations and that for wind power-generating turbines set by the China government for 2017 will entail financing of CNY1.58 trillion (US$255 billion) over 2014-2017, according to accounting service provider Ernst & Young...

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,...

DuPont offers front-side PV silver paste for use in PERC solar cells

Apr 10, 11:09

DuPont has introduced Solamet PV76x-series front-side PV silver paste specifically for use in PERC (passivated emitter and rear cell) crystalline silicon solar cells, according to DuPont Taiwan.

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.

Growth of solar and wind industry to increasingly rely on IoT-based technologies and services, says ABI Research

Apr 1, 15:59

According to ABI Research, growth of the solar and wind industry will increasingly rely on adoption of IoT-based technologies and services. ABI Research expects IoT connected wind and solar installations to grow at a CAGR of 21% between 2014-2020 with the total number of connections growing from the...

Rooftop PV systems are stage for Taiwan solar cell makers: Q&A with Win Win Precision chairman Davis Chen

Apr 1, 14:02

Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers have been impacted by the US imposing an average 19.5% anti-dumping tariffs rate. But rooftop PV systems, especially those built with high-efficiency cells, will provide market opportunities for Taiwan-based makers, according to Davis Chen, chairman...

Win Win chairman David Chen

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.

Giga Solar Materials to deal out 2014 dividend of NT$15.00

Mar 30, 21:59

PV conductive paste maker Giga Solar Materials will distribute a cash dividend per share of NT$15.00 (US$0.476) for 2014 operations, accounting for 61.12% of the corresponding EPS of NT$24.54, according to the company.

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.

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