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10 years of R&D spending analysis of 12 key PV module manufacturers

 A technology buy cycle driven by PERC technology is keeping R&D spending high. Image: Fraunhofer ISE R&D spending patterns Combined R&D expenditures of 12 major PV module manufacturers in 2016, tracked since 2007, declined by approximately 4.4% in 2016 to … Continue reading

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Trade War: SolarWorld challenges US import duty rates and loopholes

The key challenge is SolarWorld’s attempt to appeal the so-called ‘scope ruling,’ which enabled Chinese module manufacturers to avoid duties if they used solar cells produced outside China. PV manufacturer SolarWorld is taking the United States government to court for … Continue reading

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Solar manufacturing costs ‘driven by scale rather than cheap labour or subsidies’

Advanced technologies are expected to enable manufacturers in both regions to reach a more competitive scale through improved access to capital Production scale rather than low labour costs has driven China’s boom in manufacturing PV modules, according to a joint … Continue reading

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Trina, Yingli, SunPower top Solar Scorecard

Of the leading 40 solar companies, environmental and consumer advocacy group Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition found that Trina Solar, Yingli and SunPower bested industry rivals in areas such as worker safety and module toxicity. Industry watchdog and consumer advocacy group … Continue reading

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SolarWorld shareholders approve rescue package; Qatar Solar picks up stake

Shareholders in the beleaguered German manufacturer SolarWorld have given the green light to a comprehensive restructuring of the company’s finances. The debt-for-equity deal, approved by a 91% majority yesterday, will see Doha-based Qatar Solar acquire a 29% interest in SolarWorld … Continue reading

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R&D spending analysis of top PV module manufacturers in 2012

R&D expenditure by major PV module manufacturers has not been immune from the PV industry’s period of profitless prosperity. However, spending in 2012 has not been as affected as many would have expected with a number of companies increasing their … Continue reading

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