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ABB provides high-performance, modular inverters to Kayseri OSB (Organized Industrial Zone), the largest solar power plant in Turkey. The plant was constructed by Seferoglu Elektrik / Efektif Enerji as an EPC, using ABB PVS800 central inverter solution, the most efficient and cost-effective way to convert the direct current (DC) generated by solar modules into high-quality and CO2-free alternating current (AC) that can be fed into the power distribution network. The ABB inverter solution consists of PVS800 central inverters housed in concrete cabins to meet the local requirements and to protect the inverters from the harsh conditions on site. The modular nature of ABB’s PVS800 central inverters, which consists of a single service panel and several parallel compartments, are fast and easy to commission and take into operation for the installers. These design features make servicing quick and easy too. Onsite there are 46 pieces of 1,000 kW PVS800 inverters, each containing three power module and LCL filter sections to ensure both redundancy in inverter operation and smooth output voltage conforming to national grid standards. “We have been the primary choice of many photovoltaic solar energy investors with our solar inverters and solar inverter package solutions since 2012, and have already delivered over

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4JET microtech (www.4micro.de) has developed a high throughput solution that enables laser edge deletion, bus bar exposure and via drilling operations of CIGS glass substrates. Each of the new MPCT units can process 100 MW of typical CIGS substrates per annum, thereby reducing the number of backend processing stations when compared to conventional solutions. For typical large scale CIGS fabs with a nameplate capacity of 300 MW, up to now the 3 process steps would require at least 5 process lines with a total of up to 15 machines. The new MPCT system cuts down this number to only 3 units and provides for approximately 30% savings in CAPEX, 50% shorter ramp up times and a 30% smaller factory footprint. The high precision laser edge deletion module allows to reduce panel edge dead zones enhancing module efficiencies. This is achieved by processing substrates on vacuum tables and smart image processing. The bus bar exposure module is equipped with a quick exchange blade exchange system and process validation capabilities. The glass drilling module enables free form shaping of vias including an edge chamfer for low-stress wire attachments. 4JET´s COO Oliver Albrich: “The recent breakthrough announcements for large volume CIGS deployment especially in China underline how

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Shanghai, China – April 13, 2017 – The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), an industry leader in materials-science based solutions for a variety of markets, is exhibiting at SNEC International Photovoltaic Power Generation Conference & Exhibition in Shanghai, from April 19 – 21. Held annually, it is the largest photovoltaic (PV) tradeshow globally. Dow Elastomers and Dow Corning are coming together for the first time to jointly exhibit at Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC) in Hall W4, Booth 550. “With an impressive 69GW of solar power installation predicted for 2017, which is expected to grow to an estimated 109GW installed in 20211, it is clear that the solar power industry will continue to be a vital part of the planet’s renewable energy future,” said Andrew Yen, marketing manager, Dow Elastomers, Asia Pacific. “Dow Elastomers is committed to this industry, and together with Dow Corning, our combined portfolio of material-science based innovations will enhance the performance of PV components, providing more reliable and increased power generation, which is essential to this dynamic market.”

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InnoLas Solutions GmbH, the leading German supplier of laser equipment for micro material processing, looks back to a very successful start into the year 2017. With order entries from the PV industry worth over ten Million Euros already in Q1 the company expects a significant growth rate on a year-to-year base. InnoLas Solutions ILS-TT rotary table laser machine for solar cell production InnoLas Solutions GmbH, the leading German supplier of laser equipment for micro material processing, looks back to a very successful start into the year 2017. With order entries from the PV industry worth over ten Million Euros already in Q1 the company expects a significant growth rate on a year-to-year base. Key drivers for the strong growth are the continuous high demand for the Laser Contact Opening (LCO) process for PERC and the increasing interest in the Laser Doped Selective Emitter (LDSE) process for advanced p-type solar cells. InnoLas was able to strongly increase its market presence by winning a couple of new customers from various Asian markets, including tier-1 customers from China. Amongst these orders is also InnoLas’ new ILS-TTnx high-throughput laser platform, which is going to be officially announced at the SNEC exhibition in April. “This strong order entry

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The high-performance production solution for Laser Contact Opening (LCO) of PERC solar cells achieves an outstanding throughput of 8,000 wafers per hour Chemnitz, Germany, April 17, 2017--3D-Micromac AG, the industry leader in laser micromachining and roll-to-roll laser systems for the photovoltaic, medical device and electronics markets, is presenting its highly productive microCELL systems for laser processing of crystalline solar cells at the SNEC 2017 International Photovoltaic Power Generation Conference & Exhibition, to be held April 17-21 in Shanghai, China. In addition to showcasing the microCELL TLS, a production solution for half-cell cutting with Thermal Laser Separation (TLS), 3D-Micromac will introduce its second-generation microCELL OTF system for Laser Contact Opening (LCO) of high-efficiency Passivated Emitter Rear Contact (PERC) solar cells. The industry-proven microCELL OTF systems produce a selective opening on backside-passivated multi- and monocrystalline solar cells to allow more light to be absorbed by the solar cell. The newly introduced second-generation system provides outstanding productivity with a throughput of more than 8,000 wafers per hour--double the throughput of the previous-generation microCELL OTF system and well above that of competing solutions. This is facilitated by dual-lane wafer handling and on-the-fly laser processing. The new tool generation meets customers' requirements for inline integration into two- or three-line

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DKSH, the leading Market Expansion Services provider with a focus on Asia, and INDEOtec, a highly innovative thin film deposition equipment manufacturer based in Switzerland, have signed an agreement to expand their partnership in China and Taiwan. Zurich, April 19, 2017 – DKSH Business Unit Technology, a leading Market Expansion Services provider for technology companies, has signed an agreement with INDEOtec to provide full services from market research and analysis, marketing and sales, distribution and logistics as well as after-sales services for its OCTOPUS product portfolio in China and Taiwan. The OCTOPUS product portfolio is dedicated to the application markets of high-efficiency photovoltaics (PV) cells and OLED display deposition. OCTOPUS III, which is optimized for the heterojunction cell technology and due to be introduced in mid-2017, has particularly triggered high attention in the PV industry in Asia. “DKSH has a strong legacy and competence of representing high-end technology companies in the Asian market. Their dedicated specialists have a sound knowledge base in the thin-film technology and the relevant application industries, which is beneficial for the customer base of INDEOtec,” said Frank Juergens, Director Sales & Marketing, INDEOtec. Hanno Elbraechter, Head Business Unit Technology, DKSH, added: “We are pleased to work with INDEOtec. Through our

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SNEC 2017: High-performance Kubus stringer with ten-percent improvement in performance / M10 Industries AG surpasses its own best record through optimized handling With its Kubus tabber-stringer, M10 Industries AG from Freiburg, Germany, has once again achieved a new performance record in the industrial soldering of crystalline solar cells and has set a new standard. With 5,500 cells per hour and unique plant availability (uptime) of 98 percent, Kubus is the only tabber-stringer to achieve an annual capacity of 190 megawatts. This results in a further reduction in production costs for photovoltaic modules. In a 3D simulation, the improved soldering machine will be presented at SNEC 2017, the world’s largest trade fair for photovoltaics in Shanghai from April 19-21 (hall E3, booth 650). Cost-efficient production of PV modules The high-performance Kubus stringer underlines how superior the simultaneous soldering of up to six cells is: “Anyone can now see that we chose the right system: the increase in output is a logical development step for us”, emphasizes co-founder and CEO Gregor Reddemann. Kubus is the only stringer in the world that can connect six adjacent cells with one another in a single soldering process. As a result of uninterrupted production and the consistent decoupling of

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Kahl am Main, April 11, 2017– SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES provides complete inline automated dry-in/dry-out solutions for wet treatment of Si-wafers in standard, high-efficiency cell lines. SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES is introducing LINEX, the new inline wet process equipment for cleaning, alkaline & acidic etching, single side treatment, polish etch & PSG removal and inline ozone applications. This new LINEX wet processing technology will be presented at SNEC 2017 in Shanghai, China from April 19 – 21, 2017. The new LINEX system is an inline wet processing platform for horizontal substrate transport of solar wafers. The SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES LINEX combines an advanced transportation system and sustainable/innovative processing modules with proven and efficient chemical treatment. In addition to proven processes, the focus is on new applications such as polish etching, emitter etching and ozone-based treatments. The highly integrated design, high throughput, high availability and low breakage rate make LINEX very attractive for solar cell manufacturers worldwide. The modular design offers inline systems for R&D purposes as well as mass production systems with fully integrated 5 lane or 10 lane concepts for capacities of 4000 wph and 8000 wph. The LINEX inline system provides a wide range of process options. With respect to the highest flexibility in configuration,

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Starting in April 2017, Solutronic Energy is offering comprehensive photovoltaic solutions in Cyprus. The products range from solar modules and inverters to battery storage systems. With the help of numerous partnerships with, for example, Solutronic Energy Germany, Solar-Log™, RES Renewable Energy Systems, Ifrisol and Sacred Sun, they will provide customized packages for each customer. When it involves PV plant monitoring, self-consumption optimization, feed-in management and the heart of efficient and error-free PV plant operations, Solutronic counts on Solar-Log™. This provides Cyprus a first class solution when it comes to energy management. Solar-Log™ is one of the leading inverter-independent energy management systems and, together with the WEB portal, is SDS' core business. In addition to professional PV plant monitoring and the optimal feed-in management of PV energy into the power grid, the Solar-Log™ can also intelligently manage and prioritize one's own energy consumption. This allows various electrical appliances such as heat pumps, battery storage systems, heating rods and combined heat and power (CHP) plants to be flexibly managed, switched on or off and visualized, together or individually. Solar-Log™ is compatible with over 1,700 inverter models from 100 different manufacturers and with more than 100 component manufacturers. "The cooperation with SDS allows us to offer

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Zeversolar, an inverter manufacturer from China and part of SMA since 2013, and Manitu Solar of Hungary, Budapest announced today that they have committed to a long-term partnership in the Hungarian PV market. As a first step, the companies have entered a distribution agreement for Zeversolar’s inverter portfolio, enabling Manitu Solar to sell Zeversolar’s most recent high-quality inverters in Hungary. The cooperation is due to get underway in the spring of 2017 with the Zeverlution S series, which has already been approved by Hungarian grid operators and is ready for connection, and soon also the Evershine TLC series, currently awaiting approval. “After receiving a positive assessment and approval from the grid operators, we are now proud to offer our inverters on the Hungarian market via our partner Manitu Solar. This means that installers and EPC providers in Hungary now have access to high-quality inverters that meet all aspects of European safety standards and EMC standards, giving end users long-term security and peace of mind,” said Andreas König, Sales Director Europe at Zeversolar. The single phase Zeverlution S inverter and the soon to be approved three phase Evershine TLC ranging from 4 kW to 10 kW offer integrated monitoring via the ZeverCloud portal,

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