Conergy’s solar module factory at Frankfurt (Oder), Germany (Image: Conergy Group)

Production Resumes at Solar Module Factory in Frankfurt (Oder)

Brief Interruption

After a short break, Conergy SolarModule resumes module production at Frankfurt (Oder). more...

Juli 22, 2013

View inside aleo solar’s production facility at Prenzlau, Germany (Image: aleo solar AG)

Preliminary Results from Aleo Solar

Revenue Down in First Half of 2013

Based on preliminary calculations, solar module manufacturer and distributor aleo solar AG expects to have closed the first six months of 2013 with earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of approximately € –29.4m (prior-year period: € –23.5m). more...

Juli 16, 2013

View of Schmid Technology Centre at Dunningen, Germany (Image: Schmid Group)

Schmid Sells Three Module Lines to Turkey

Eurasian Connection

The Schmid Group is selling three semiautomatic module lines to Turkey with a total of 150 MWp production capacity. Delivery is scheduled for the second half of 2013. more...

Juli 15, 2013

EMS’ CA-148 jettable conductive adhesive has been developed for photovoltaic applications (Image: Engineered Material Systems)

Jettable Conductive Adhesive

Low-Cost Photovoltaic Stringing and Bussing

Engineered Material Systems (EMS), a supplier of electronic materials for circuit assembly applications, has introduced its CA-148 Jettable Conductive Adhesive for ribbon stringing and bussing in photovoltaic applications. more...

Juli 12, 2013

Photovoltaic Equipment Sales by German Companies Plummeted in 2012

Falling Demand

In the run-up to the SNEC PV Power Expo in Shanghai, the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) reported that the turnover of Germany-based manufacturers of photovoltaic components, equipment, and plants dropped by almost 50 % in 2012 compared to the previous year. more...

Mai 27, 2013

Fully automated module production at Innotech Solar’s Glava facility in Sweden (Image: Innotech Solar)

Innotech Solar Ramps up Production

Increasing Demand for European Modules

While numerous major players such as Bosch and Siemens are backing out of the solar industry, the Scandinavian-German solar module manufacturer Innotech Solar (ITS) is increasing its production at Halle/Saale in Germany and Glava in Sweden, thus moving towards achieving its full production capacity of 100 MW. more...

April 9, 2013

Sunerg’s production facility at Città di Castello, Italy (Image: Sunerg Solar Srl)

Sunerg Solar Ups Capacity to 100 MW

Expansion in Times of Crisis

Italian solar module producer Sunerg Solar Srl has opened a second production line at its manufacturing facility in Città di Castello, in the central region of Umbria. more...

März 25, 2013

Nanosolar GmbH has received ISO 9001:2008 certification from TÜV Süd Germany for its fully automated panel assembly factory in Luckenwalde, Germany (Picture: Nanosolar)

TÜV Süd Verifies ISO 9001:2008 Conformity

Nanosolar Achieves Certification for German Fab

Nanosolar GmbH has received ISO 9001:2008 certification from TÜV Süd Germany for its fully automated panel assembly factory in Luckenwalde, Germany. This certification covers all aspects of the manufacturing and testing of Nanosolar thin-film solar panels. more...

Mai 3, 2012

Module Shipments Topping 2.4 GW Expected for 2012

Yingli Reports Q4 and Full Year 2011 Results

Vertically integrated photovoltaic manufacturer Yingli Green has announced its unaudited consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2011. more...

März 1, 2012

High Performance Module / New Lamination Process

Withstands Temperatures up to 125°C

German PV specialist J.v.G. Thoma, Freystadt, has developed a new lamination process for PV modules that leads to extremely heat resistant modules and a longer life span. The development was accomplished in close cooperation with Bavarian solar provider Jurawatt. more...

Februar 7, 2012

Based on preliminary figures, Conergy AG, Hamburg achieved sales of around € 185 million during the fourth quarter of 2011 (Picture: Conergy)

Fourth Quarter Results

Conergy Defies Module Price Decline

Despite a module price drop of over 40 % in 2010, German single source solar provider Conergy, Hamburg, achieved group sales of € 755 million in line with company predictions. more...

Januar 25, 2012

Q-Cells Sets New World Record

18.5 Percent Cell Efficiency with Multi-Crystalline Modules

Q-Cells SE has set two new world records for multi-crystalline solar modules. The independent calibration laboratory of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg confirmed a module efficiency of 18.5 per cent based on aperture area for a module with 60 multicrystalline solar cells. more...

Januar 20, 2012

Picture: Oerlikon Solar

EU PVSEC 2011: High Efficiency Module

Oerlikon Launches Module with 154 W and 10.8 % Efficiency

Oerlikon Solar has launched a new record-breaking module with 154 (peak) watts (W) of stabilized module output and 10.8% efficiency. According to the manufacturer, this represents an increase of 8% over the previous peak value. more...

September 6, 2011

On the TS 2pv transfer system photovoltaic modules can be directly transported both via thin film and via silicon cell technology  (Pictures: Bosch Rexroth)

Enhanced Availability

Standardized Components and Software for Photovoltaic Production

The solar industry needs to increase the availability of each individual station in order to increase its overall output. Clear approaches to doing this can be seen in real-world situations. Extensive standardization at the component level shortens maintenance times. more...

August 31, 2011

Fig.1: An offline electroluminescence solar cell inspection system for example enables a module production company to verify the quality of the solar cells by random inspection

Visualising the Invisible

Electroluminescence imaging for quality control

Electroluminescence is coming of age and increasingly becoming a standard tool in module production lines. This technology can be used during the entire module production process, but it is mandatory as final inspection step to document the quality of the produced module. Its use immediately prior to lamination can save a lot of money. more...

Juni 10, 2011