Latest News in Fabrication Glass

  • First Solar Inc., the nation's largest solar panel maker, says its profit more than tripled in the first quarter despite tightened bank lending that has made it tough to fill orders.The Tempe, Ariz.-based company reported Wednesday it earned $164.6 million, or $1.99 per share, in the first quarter, compared with $46.6 million, or 57 cents per share, for the same period last year.Quarterly sales...
  • With a change of name to Flabeg Technical Glass U.S. Corp. the acquisition of Naugatuck Glass, Connecticut, initiated in mid-2008, is now complete. By this move Flabeg has expanded its solar portfolio with a focus on thin glass technology for solar applications.In the field of machining and finishing of thin glass with strengths of 0.95 mm, Naugatuck Glass acquired a leading position. And now...
  • SolFocus has opened the doors on an expansion of its Mesa facility, which makes glass reflectors for solar power plants. The company plans to add jobs and increase product output there through the end of the year.The Mountain View, Calif.-based company will be able to produce 2 million concentrated photovoltaic reflectors each year at the Mesa facility--enough to produce about 30 megawatts of...
  • On pasture land a day’s walk north of Rome, the inventor of radio Guglielmo Marconi set up a broadcasting service in 1931 for the Vatican.The world’s smallest state now intends to build the biggest solar plant in Europe for 500 million euros ($660 million) on those same 740 acres near the medieval village of Santa Maria di Galeria, project engineer Mauro Villarini said in an interview...
  • Solar manufacturer First Solar Inc. said Wednesday it will build the largest photovoltaic power plant in the U.S. near an existing facility in Nevada.Tempe, Ariz.-based First Solar said the 48-megawatt plant will produce power for roughly 30,000 homes. It will be added to the existing 10-megawatt El Dorado plant run by Sempra Generation in Boulder City, Nev., about 40 miles southeast of Las Vegas...
  • Colorado solar panel manufacturer Abound Solar Inc. opened its first, full-scale manufacturing plant Tuesday.Abound Solar, started in 2007 as a spin-off from Colorado State University [Fort Collins] and formerly known as AVA Solar, expects to create more than 300 jobs at the new plant in Longmont. At capacity, the plant is expected to produce enough panels to generate about 200 megawatts of power...
  • The vision of building-integrated photovoltaics vision is often stunning: "high-performance buildings" sporting photovoltaic "skin," their roofs, glass, and walls alive with the steady, daily flow of photons being converted to electrons, the structures' energy needs more than met by the e-juice provided by the PV integrated into their own construction materials.But the reality...
  • There are no sidewalks yet, no landscaping to deck the new Cardinal Solar Technologies factory in Mazomanie. But 25 employees are on the job, installing equipment and getting trained, plant manager Jeff Valek says.They will manufacture the rear portion of solar panels — clear glass with a special edge — and will ship it to solar equipment manufacturers.In about a month, the first...
  • American solar energy production and use is growing, and could be ready for a prime time expansion. Solar energy, along with wind energy, is a key component of the new Obama Energy Plan, which is an attempt by the current administration to reduce carbon emissions while increasing employment in "green industries." For that reason alone, it makes sense to study the huge potential of solar...
  • The U.S. Department of Energy announced it will give Solyndra Inc. [Fremont, Calif.] a $535 million loan guarantee to build a commercial solar panel manufacturing plant.The plant would employ thousands of people and is part of U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to create new jobs.The loan guarantee will be supported through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to a March 23 UPI....
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  • Things are looking up for the worldwide glass industry, as an optimistic outlook and overall mood permeated the show floor during glasstec 2014, held Oct. 21-24 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Following glasstec 2012, a successful event in the face of economic uncertainty, glasstec 2014 indicated positive market developments after several years of a sluggish North American and worldwide economy....
  • The National Glass Association \ Window & Door Dealers Alliance is pleased to announce the election of Bryan Bush to the office of chairman of the board. Bush, of City Glass Co., Omaha, Neb., has served on the board since 2010. Bush took the office of chairman on Sept. 11, 2014, during GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo in Las Vegas. He will serve a one-year term.“Our...
  • The Dwyer Group Inc., parent company of numerous service-based franchise brands including Glass Doctor, today announced it has been acquired for the second time by The Riverside Company, a private equity fund with locations in North America, Europe and Asia. The deal with the global investment firm renews a collaboration between two growing and successful organizations, according to company...