Solar Manufacturing News
Huawei facing another three Solaredge lawsuits
Inverter manufacturer Solaredge has filed three additional patent infringement lawsuits against its competitor, Huawei, in China. This comes after three similar legal actions against Huawei that had been undertaken by Solaredge in Germany last summer. While Huawei has decided not to comment on the matter, the Chinese manufacturer revealed that it had filed three patent litigation claims against Solaredge at a Chinese court this May.
Oct 7, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Inverters, Germany, China, Europe, Asia, SolarEdge, Israel, Jabil Circuit (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd.
Bifacial loses US tariff workaround as Section 201 exemption is axed
The US government has extended its solar import tariffs to bifacial modules, in a policy u-turn set to partially redraw the global trade flows of the fast maturing technology.
Oct 7, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, Tariffs, USA, Jinko Solar, SunPower, First Solar, Bifacial PV, Donald Trump, North America, Jenny Chase, section 201, trade war, Hanwha Q-Cells, Mark Osborne
REC Silicon May Sell Montana Facility
The polysilicon company draws another bad hand in the trade war.
Oct 4, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, USA, China, Trump, Asia, North America, REC Silicon, Montana facility, James A. May
Roth: Trump administration could end bifacial tariff exemption
The U.S. Trade Representative has not responded to claims it will end the exemption from Section 201 duties. If true, the development could be a big hit for Asian PV manufacturers and an annoyance for the U.S. market – but a positive for First Solar.
Oct 4, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, Tariffs, USA, First Solar, Trump, North America, Philip Shen
New configuration gives perovskite cells 18% efficiency
Cesium lead black perovskites could be interesting for solar cell development if their crystals are observed in their less efficient but more stable beta phase. The efficiency shortfall can be solved by healing emerging cracks in the surface of the cell using a choline iodide solution, according to an international team of scientists.
Oct 4, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, China, Europe, Asia, Switzerland, Luis K Ono, Jiao Tong University
Australia’s Townsville battery gigafactory reaches new milestone
Plans to develop an 18 GWh lithium-ion battery factory in northern Queensland have reached an important milestone with the project feasibility study submitted to the Queensland government.
Oct 4, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Storage, Australia, Oceania, lithium-ion battery, Siemens, Magnis Energy, James Cook University, Edify Energy, Cameron Dick, Durr Megtec, Ausenco
Singyes shareholders show discontent
The holders of almost six million shares in the company voted against the reappointment of chairman and CEO Liu Hongwei as a non-executive director. On Liu’s watch the company has had to turn to a state bail-out from China to help ensure its survival.
Oct 4, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, China, Asia, Singyes, Liu Hongwei, Zhuo Jianming
REC Silicon prepared to power down the rest of its operation
The Norwegian polysilicon and silane gas producer has announced it will listen to offers for its production facility in Butte Montana after mothballing its other manufacturing operation – at Moses Lake, Washington – in the summer.
Oct 4, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Tariffs, USA, China, Trump, Asia, North America, Silicon ASA, REC Silicon, Barack Obama
GCL wants a 1 GW perovskite cell production line in place by 2022
With the Chinese manufacturer claiming it has already hit 16% conversion efficiency on a large panel, a recent perovskite conference heard predictions the technology will make up the next generation of PV cells – provided it avoids the pitfalls experienced by thin-film devices.
Oct 3, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, China, Asia, GCL, monocrystalline silicon, Fan Bin
Taiwan solar to become rapid-growth market despite FiT cuts
Taiwan is expected to become one of the fastest-growing solar markets worldwide despite this year’s feed-in tariff (FiT) reductions, according to a new report, but a local developer has challenged the document's conclusions about the impacts of global PV module supply.
Oct 3, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, China, Asia, Taiwan, nuclear, vpc, Andy Tang, New Green Power, Tsai Ingwen
Singyes winding-up petition is put back
Deutsche Bank’s attempt to shut down the Chinese solar developer and BIPV maker, due to be heard this morning, has been adjourned for two weeks.
Oct 3, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, bipv, Singyes Solar, China, Asia, Deutsche Bank, Building-integrated photovoltaics
Solargiga’s Taiwan shares to be de-listed
The ever worsening balance sheet of the Hong Kong-based solar manufacturer has triggered the removal of shares listed in Taiwan, which is likely to leave the company with a $2.84 million bill for buying them back.
Oct 2, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, China, Hong Kong, Asia, Solargiga, Eric Luo, Taiwan, GCL System
Belt and Road to bring 1 GW of solar to Italy
Chinese state-owned PV manufacturer Jetion Solar says it has signed a deal with Italian government-owned oil and gas major Eni to develop a slew of new solar projects across five regions in the next three years in a deal worth €2 billion.
Oct 1, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Markets & Finance News, Italy, China, Europe, Asia, Jetion Solar, Eni
Tesla’s unionising pushback violated federal labour law, court finds
A federal administrative judge has ruled that Tesla violated US labour laws on 12 different occasions where it thwarted efforts by factory employees to form a union.
Oct 1, 2019 // Manufacturing News, California, USA, TESLA, Elon Musk, SolarCity, Walmart, North America, lawsuits
Hanwha Q Cells Dedicates Largest Solar Panel Factory In Western Hemisphere
Hanwha Q Cells officially opened its 300,000 square foot solar panel factory in Dalton, Georgia last week, claiming it is the largest such manufacturing facility in the western hemisphere.
Sep 30, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Tariffs, Policy, USA, Georgia, Jinko Solar, First Solar, Trump, Europe, North America, Hanwha Q Cells, Brian Kemp, Scott Moskowitz, LG
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