Editors' Blog

  • SMSL

    PV technology roadmap stuck in roadblock as Super League stays with p-type multi

    By Finlay Colville - 22 hours ago

    Industry roadmaps hold that PV manufacturing is in need of major technology change. But with the leading silicon module manufacturers still favouring p-type multi c-Si, the best available evidence suggests otherwise, writes Finlay Colville.

  • SolarCity

    How soon is SolarCity’s 1GW fab equipment order-frenzy?

    By Mark Osborne - 22 hours ago

    With some initial clues as to who provided the Silevo pilot-line unearthed, Mark Osborne investigates whether the same lucky company could be about to register a US$400 million tool order bonanza.

  • PV Tech

    Flexible and adaptive: How the Silicon Module Super League pulled away from the competition

    By Finlay Colville - 05 October 2015, 12:29

    It is not the end game to be number 1, but show me a company that didn’t strive for that mantle: one that didn’t turn the marketing volume up to 10 when a respected third party organization published a top-10 list showing leading status?

  • Big six capex spend

    Manufacturing capex from Silicon Module Super League to exceed US$1 billion in 2015

    By Finlay Colville - 30 September 2015, 12:11

    Capital expenditure in the PV industry used to be a simple metric to track. A new manufacturing facility meant new capex, it was that easy.

  • Paris

    COP21 is solar’s big chance to show what it can offer

    By Ben Willis - 30 September 2015, 08:02

    Solar has an opportunity to be a focal point of December’s crucial climate talks in Paris, but the industry must become better at making itself heard, writes Ben Willis.

  • Neeon's Cestas plant from above

    Europe’s largest solar park: Squeezing out maximum energy from the minimum land space

    By Tom Kenning - 29 September 2015, 14:43 | 1

    PV Tech visited Europe’s largest solar park, a 300MW project developed by France-based PV developer Neoen, located in Cestas, France in order to take a closer look at the intricacies of such a massive project:

  • Plotting SunPower’s need for gigawatts of new production capacity

    By Mark Osborne - 29 September 2015, 11:08 | 1

    SunPower is planning gigawatts of PV projects over the coming years, but has yet to make public its plans for a new wave of manufacturing capacity expansions. Mark Osborne explores what options may be open to the US company in the race to remain competitive.


    Silicon module ‘super league’ targets 40% market share in 2015

    By Finlay Colville - 28 September 2015, 17:03

    A breakaway ‘super league’ of silicon module suppliers looks on course to take a 40% market share in 2015, writes Finlay Colville.

  • PV Tech

    EU PVSEC 2015: Different city same policy tune

    By Mark Osborne - 15 September 2015, 07:13

    The policy or political side to Europe’s largest and most important R&D focused conference, EU PVSEC has been beating the same drum for several years and this year’s event in Hamburg is no different.

  • EIA

    US EIA stuck in the past on today’s PV module production

    By Mark Osborne - 14 September 2015, 15:38

    The US Energy Information Administration’s ‘Today in Energy’ brief is more a recent history lesson in the PV industry’s troubles with overcapacity, plummeting ASPs and low utilisation rates as it only covers the period 2011 to 2013 and amazingly highlights a ‘slowdown in the growth rate of global solar panel production’.

  • EU-China trade deal was distorted by politics, now politics has to fix it

    By John Parnell - 10 September 2015, 11:55

    As the European Commission considers opening an investigation to extend duties against Chinese PV manufacturers, only a similarly politicised intervention seems able to alter the universally unpopular status quo, writes John Parnell.

  • pv tech

    Super league of PV manufacturers emerging in a breakaway race

    By Mark Osborne - 07 September 2015, 10:58

    A significant chasm is emerging between six major PV manufacturers’ nameplate capacities and shipments and the rest of the top 20 producers. Mark Osborne analyses the breakaway group.

  • Barack Obama on a visit to the now-closed Solyndra factory

    Why learning the lessons of Solyndra matters

    By Ben Willis - 28 August 2015, 10:47 | 1

    Evidence that industry and government have learned from the mistakes made in the run-up to the collapse of Solyndra will help build public trust in solar as it gears up for the political battles that lie ahead, writes Ben Willis.

  • TSMC Solar

    Why outdated industry metric found new victim in TSMC and CIGS technology

    By Mark Osborne - 27 August 2015, 16:01 | 4

    The unexpected exit of CIGS manfucturer TSMC Solar from the market highlights the industry’s problem in relying on cost per watt as the main metric for comparing modules, writes Mark Osborne.

  • Dr Peter and Mr Waibi

    Life-saving solar: Join our Ugandan hospital appeal

    By John Parnell - 25 August 2015, 16:02

    PV Tech invites you to help deliver a potentially life-saving solar array to a hospital in Uganda. Find out how you can help with the project.

  • sunedison

    Adani dumps SunEdison in favour of richer contenders

    By Mark Osborne - 19 August 2015, 19:47 | 1

    Despite Reuters and whole bunch of mainstream media as well as some specialists in the renewable’s field having initially pronounced a major US$4 billion JV between SunEdison and India’s large conglomerate, Adani Group was a done deal back at the beginning of the year, those that did so should re-acquaint themselves with the terms ‘memorandum of understanding’ (MOU) and ‘feasibility study’.

  • PV Tech

    Dissecting ‘meaningful’ global PV manufacturing expansion plans

    By Mark Osborne - 08 August 2015, 10:42 | 2

    PV Tech’s preliminary analysis of global PV manufacturing expansion plans for the month of July, 2015 provide a longer-term picture to future expansions rather than more immediate decisions, underlying a lull in ‘meaningful’ capacity additions.

  • Lark Energy

    UK policy changes designed to stop solar farm development in its tracks

    By Finlay Colville - 22 July 2015, 12:12

    If there was one clear takeaway from the consultation and impact assessment releases by the UK government today, it would be that the government does not want any more solar farms as of today, writes Finlay Colville.

  • munich

    EU PVSEC & Intersolar Europe co-locating issues

    By Mark Osborne - 08 July 2015, 18:31

    Mark Osborne offers a personal perspective on the decision announced this week to co-locate two biggest events in the solar industry calendar, Intersolar Europe and EU PVSEC.

  • Image: PV Tech

    Leaders and laggards in PV manufacturers’ 2014 R&D spending

    By Mark Osborne - 08 July 2015, 12:28

    PV Tech’s annual analysis of 12 major PV manufacturers’ R&D spending behaviour was a blockbuster in 2014.

  • schott

    Are the stars aligning for a boom in PV module manufacturer margins?

    By Mark Osborne - 01 July 2015, 12:51

    Recent reports of tigthening supply and falling polysilicon prices indicate that PV module manufacturers could be entering a period of improved profitability not seen for the last three years, writes Mark Osborne.

  • Chile, SunEdison

    Solar accounts for 1% of global electricity, how long will the next 1% take?

    By Tom Kenning - 29 June 2015, 12:01 | 20

    Solar energy now accounts for 1% of all global electricity demand but the next 1% will come much sooner. Tom Kenning investigates just how much quicker.

  • Drax power station, UK

    Solar versus coal in countdown to COP21

    By Ben Willis - 24 June 2015, 12:52 | 1

    As the COP21 climate talks in Paris draw closer, solar and coal are emerging as symbols of two very different energy futures, writes Ben Willis.

  • Intersolar 2015

    Intersolar Europe 2015: Five talking points

    By Andy Colthorpe,Ben Willis,Mark Osborne - 16 June 2015, 10:30

    As the curtain falls on another Intersolar Europe, the reporting team that covered the show for PV Tech dusts off the pretzel crumbs and reflects on some of the key takeaways from another four days of madness in Messe München.

  • PERC

    PERC – is it happening now or just another passing phase?

    By Finlay Colville - 15 June 2015, 10:31 | 1

    Modules using PERC technology were much in evidence at Intersolar Europe in Munich last week. But as Finlay Colville says, despite recent hype, PERC is not the only show in town.


  • Photovoltaics International 29th Edition

    Forecasting the evolution of a young, dynamic industry is by definition an uncertain business, and solar is no exception. Rarely, if ever, do the numbers broadcast by any of the various bodies involved in the PV prediction game tally, and even historical deployment rates remain the subject of hot debate. The paradox is that getting forecasts broadly right is going to become increasingly important over the next few years, particularly for those involved in producing the equipment that will support whatever levels of demand come to pass.



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