Sputnik Engineering, manufacturer of the SolarMax inverters, is opening a new office in Chile at the end of March, which marks the Swiss company’s first location in the Latin America. The branch office located in Santiago de Chile will be headed by Fernando Sánchez, who is also General Manager of the Spanish office, in collaboration with a local commercial director. SolarMax is already involved in several Chilean projects to be finalized this year and in 2014.
German car parts supplier Bosch said it plans to terminate its solar panel manufacturing business due to an overcapacity in the industry that has caused prices to plunge. “Bosch is to discontinue its activities in crystalline photovoltaics. Bosch’s manufacture of ingots, wafers, cells, and modules will be ceased at beginning of 2014. The module plant in Venissieux, France, is to be sold. Plans to construct a manufacturing facility in Malaysia will be ended. Over the past years, Bosch Solar Energy has tried unsuccessfully to achieve a competitive position. Due to global overcapacity, which has since become huge, nearly the entire industry is sustaining heavy losses”, the company said in a statement.
According to Dow, their polyolefin chemistry enables encapsulant films to be made with a range of optics, moisture barrier and electrical properties, making them well suited for current c-Si solar modules and thin-film applications. “What really sets ENLIGHT Polyolefin Encapsulant Film apart from conventional films is that they can increase long-term efficiency of PV panels, help extend service life, and maintain module reliability, thus helping the industry reduce total system costs,” says Mark Bradford, EMEA product marketing manager for PV Films at Dow. Dow has tripled its production capacity for PV film since 2010, inaugurating its first PV film production line in Ohio, United States, followed by a second one in Thailand, and now a third one in Germany. The expansion will enable Dow to supply clients across Europe, Asia and the Americas.
En una intervención reciente ante el Senado, el secretario de Estado de Energía, Alberto Nadal, apostó por una reducción de costes que podría ascender hasta 4.000 millones de euros para ajustar el ineficiente sistema eléctrico español neutralizando el déficit tarifario.
Dow has completed its ENLIGHT Polyolefin Encapsulant Film production line in Schkopau, Germany, and has shipped the first commercial quantities to customers. The new facility is based at the heart of the so-called solar valley with proximity to leading PV companies and research institutes in Central Germany. “The adoption of polyolefin technology is gathering pace due to its technical and economic performance benefits. A significant European customer base has requested our local production presence. Having a global production footprint with regional centers can be a key supplier differentiator”, Mark Saurin, PV Platform Development Director at Dow said in a statement.
UK based Oxford Photovoltaics Limited, an Oxford University spin-out materials and cleantech company, has secured £2 million (€2.3 million) in funding from cleantech investment firm MTI Partners. The money will enable Oxford Photovoltaics to build its own product development and test facilities at the Begbroke Science Park near Oxford University, where it was spun out from in 2011, as well as recruit more staff. The financing was led by MTI through its UMIP Premier Fund alongside investment from the University of Oxford and several private investors