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China cuts the cord on struggling solar manufacturers

Manufacturers that can’t get on to the list could be left in the wilderness. The Chinese government has excluded almost 80% of operating manufacturers, including Shunfeng and LDK Solar, from benefitting from domestic support measures as it looks to curb … Continue reading

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Solar PV Equipment Suppliers In Waiting Mode

The consolidated solar photovoltaic (PV) book-to-bill ratio is forecast to remain below parity once again during Q3’13, representing the tenth consecutive quarter where net-bookings have been lower than recognized revenues. According to the latest information from NPD Solarbuzz, the consolidated … Continue reading

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Technology not materials to drive down Chinese solar costs: GTM

  The falling cost of PV manufacturing 2013-2017. Image: GTM Research. Improving technology not the falling cost of materials will be the dominant factor in the ongoing fall in costs of Chinese module manufacturers, according to a report by GTM … Continue reading

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Spectrolab breaks world record with 37.8% cell efficiency

Spectrolab, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, is a manufacturer of high-efficiency multi-junction space solar cells and panels. Image: Boeing Manufacturer of space solar cells and panels Spectrolab has announced a 37.8% efficiency rate for its multi-junction solar … Continue reading

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Solar Panel defect rates of 20% seen by Solar Panel Auditors

A worldwide glut of solar panels has slashed prices and made the technology affordable to more people than ever before. But that glut could be prompting some panel manufacturers to cut corners. SolarBuyer, a company that audits solar factories, has … Continue reading

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What’s next for PV technology in 2013?

“There are limited options today for PV manufacturers to create a differentiated proposition within the PV industry. In fact, when scanning through the alternatives on view, technology is all too often seen to take a back seat.” Figure 1. NPD … Continue reading

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