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No large PV capital spending globally before 2015, says Applied Materials executive

No large PV capital spending globally before 2015, says Applied Materials executive Patty Wang, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES [Monday 30 September 2013] Global PV production capacity is not expected to significantly increase in the near future and therefore there will not be any large PV capital expenditure before 2015, according to senior marketing manager Wesley Skinner for Applied Materials. However, first-tier crystalline silicon solar cell makers in the US, Japan and Taiwan are expected to continue R&D investments to hike energy conversion rates, Skinner said. Since development of solar cell manufacturing technology has no room for advancement for the time being, hikes in energy conversion rates rely on improvements in materials and manufacturing processes, Skinner pointed out. POCl3 , a diffusion process widely used to make solar cells, faces a challenge as it will b...

Full article: http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20130929PD202.html

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