Russia-based Sun Innovations Company has developed a technology to print solar cells, improving solar panel quality and lowering costs, according to the company.
RPMC announces the high power disk laser family JenLas disk G80/100, with pulsed 515 nm and M² of 7, from Jenoptik,. Typical applications include: wafer annealing, selective emitter doping, drilling of copper foils, micro welding of copper contact materials, cutting of polyimide materials, and engraving of copper materials.
Quarterly PV manufacturing equipment spending by c-Si ingot-to-module and thin-film panel producers grew for the sixth consecutive quarter during Q4'10 to US$2.9B, as double-digit Q/Q manufacturing capacity growth continued to grip the PV industry. Rising equipment demand from Asian cell manufacturers will be the primary driver of global industry revenues during 2011, forecast to grow from $10.7B in 2010 to $11.7B.
Following the success of its PV1200 and Eclipse photovoltaic metallization platforms, DEK Solar has added manufacturing capabilities in China. An expansion of the company’s successful SMT manufacturing facilities in the region, the move extends DEK Solar’s global footprint to service the growing demand for its PV platforms in Asia.
China's domestic photovoltaics firms have achieved remarkable performances in 2010, boosted by surging demand in domestic and overseas markets. But the boom is hard to continue in 2011 upon oversupply in domestic market and no further growth in international demand, says analyst group Wind Info.
Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates Inc. (Varian, NASDAQ: VSEA) secured a $4.8 million grant from the DOE under the Obama administration's SunShot program to develop U.S. solar technologies. The goal of this project is to reduce the cost of manufacturing interdigitated back contact cells.
Suniva's next-generation ARTisun Select series solar cells are in production. These screen-printed cells are achieving conversion efficiencies of 19%+. Suniva attains these efficiencies using a uniform single-sided emitter along with other proprietary innovations on the front side of the cell.
The Solar Engineering & Manufacturing Association (SEMA) will hold a March meeting in CA to address the impact of China’s manufacturing model on the global solar manufacturing industry. The technical assessment of China's photovoltaic (PV) industry will offer comparative data on capital cost models, technology, manufacturing efficiency and quality practices.
Debating the cost of switching to renewable energy is a hidden trap, says Navigant Consulting's Paula Mints. Instead, we need to focus on what future incentive programs must address: distributed generation, technology investments, controllable demand, and long-term viability.
Ferro Corporation's (NYSE: FOE) Electronic Materials business is expanding production capacity for electronic-grade silver powder and silver flake at its South Plainfield, NJ, facility. The expansion is resulting from installation of additional production lines and new process automation at the plant.
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