Editors' Blog

  • Hanwha solar merger an act of desperation or hope?

    By Mark Osborne - 09 December 2014, 09:00

    No one should be surprised about the inevitable merger announcement of Hanwha SolarOne and sister company, Hanwha Q CELLS. Mark Osborne assesses what the move will mean for the two companies and the questions that still remain unanswered.

  • SMA

    Headaches all round for SMA Solar

    By Ben Willis - 02 December 2014, 11:56 | 1

    Having just slashed its revenue forecast for the second time this year, it’s clear leading inverter supplier SMA Solar is facing multiple difficulties.

  • Conergy Thailand

    Southeast Asia pushes solar technology to its limits

    By Lucy Woods - 01 December 2014, 09:30

    Extreme weather conditions and a dispersed geography create a unique set of conditions in Southeast Asia. At Solar Energy Southeast Asia last week Lucy Woods heard how the adaptability of solar technology is responding to the challenge.

  • Singapore solar map

    Solar Energy Southeast Asia 2014 day one report: Emerging markets with all the right ideas

    By Lucy Woods - 25 November 2014, 13:31

    Reporting from Bangkok on day one of Solar Energy Southeast Asia 2014, Lucy Woods hears how the region is developing creative new ideas to capitalise on its huge solar potential.

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    Trina Solar to be crowned leading PV manufacturer in 2014, surpassing Yingli Green

    By Mark Osborne - 25 November 2014, 11:29

    Based on analysis of the leading PV manufacturers and their latest shipment guidance for 2014, PV Tech has compiled the preliminary top 10 rankings for 2014.

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    Who are the leaders and laggards of the top 10 PV module manufacturers in 2014?

    By Mark Osborne - 24 November 2014, 11:55 | 1

    PV Tech has analysed the most current PV module shipment guidance figures from last year’s top 10 module manufacturers for 2014, revealing both the leaders and laggards amongst the big manufacturers based on expected shipment growth for the year.

  • Solarworld

    North America’s amazing PV module manufacturing turnaround

    By Mark Osborne - 17 November 2014, 19:01 | 1

    Over the last few years, North America has lost a significant number of PV manufacturers. But after analysing recent company results announcements, Mark Osborne reveals an altogether different story in the making for 2015 and beyond.

  • sma solar

    SMA Solar continues market share shenanigans

    By Mark Osborne - 06 November 2014, 12:30

    Both PV Tech and market research firm IHS have repeatedly highlighted for several years that SMA Solar’s view on its market share position in the PV inverter market differs considerably from our own analysis.

  • SPI 2014

    What SPI 2014 told us about US solar

    By Ben Willis - 24 October 2014, 08:01

    SPI 2014 provided a snapshot of the US solar industry. There was news of an imminent investment boom, a deadline drawing in for a resolution to the US-China trade dispute, exciting technological advances and a campaign to protect a key support mechanism. Ben Willis puts the show’s developments in their wider context.

  • Solar Energy UK

    Battery big guns eyeing 2015 launch for UK PV storage systems

    By Andy Colthorpe - 23 October 2014, 16:01

    Sharp, ABB, SMA and Bosch are among the big names readying new energy storage products for the UK PV market. Andy Colthorpe caught up with them at the Solar Energy UK show to find out what tech fits best for the UK’s nascent storage sector.

  • SolarWorld at SPI 2014

    SPI 2014: SolarWorld defiant over trade case

    By Ben Willis - 22 October 2014, 09:00 | 1

    The US solar trade case continues to cast a shadow over the buoyant American PV market. Ben Willis spoke to the originators of the case, SolarWorld, at SPI 2014 to see if they stand by their actions.

  • EU PVSEC: Is module manufacturing in emerging markets on the move?

    By Mark Osborne - 29 September 2014, 10:31

    The globalisation of end market demand for PV as the technology becomes increasingly cost competitive has been one of the significant developments over the last few years. Mark Osborne explores which regions could now emerge as manufacturing hubs as solar goes global.

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    EU PVSEC: DuPont places bet on next gen solar cells

    By Mark Osborne - 24 September 2014, 12:01 | 1

    At any technology focused conference, especially in the PV industry the lack of a unified technology roadmap means that picking the winners from the losers is immensely problematic. From EU PVSEC this week, Mark Osborne reports on DuPont’s attempts to do just that.

  • FSLR

    Rare to find a rare-earth metals report that doesn’t scare

    By Mark Osborne - 11 September 2014, 11:57 | 1

    A UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) and Energy Research Partnership (ERP) report that looks at the materials availability for a low-carbon future analysed much of published data on rare-earth metals such as indium and tellurium but didn’t panic over material supply issues, something quite rare in itself.

  • R&D:

    R&D spending analysis of top PV module manufacturers in 2013

    By Mark Osborne - 03 September 2014, 10:02

    As the PV manufacturing industry emerges from a painful downturn, Mark Osborne assesses how leading companies have continued investing in R&D and how that will prepare them as the upturn gathers pace.

  • Next Energy News

    Introducing our new UK site…Next Energy News

    By John Parnell - 20 August 2014, 10:51

    PV Tech’s publisher Solar Media is pleased to announce the launch of a new site for the UK market: Next Energy News.

  • Free trade

    Dim prospects for a lasting end to solar’s trade wars

    By Ben Willis - 30 July 2014, 07:31 | 1

    The trade wars that have convulsed solar in recent years ultimately help no one. Ben Willis assesses the prospects for a permanent solution to a problem that has become a thorn in the industry’s side.

  • Trina

    Who can take advantage of the US anti-dumping decision?

    By Mark Osborne - 29 July 2014, 13:10 | 1

    Although the dust has yet to truly settle on the second US anti-dumping investigation and the preliminary findings, mainstream media and financial analysts are already undertaking a post mortem and trying to pick the winners and losers.

  • BRICS

    How BRICS bank can be a friend to solar

    By Lucy Woods - 28 July 2014, 12:27

    A BRICS development bank agreed last week has been hailed as a potentially important new source of funding for solar. But as Lucy Woods writes, the BRICS nations will have to overcome some significant internal tensions first.

  • Barack Obama inspects a Solyndra module

    Unloved but not unwanted: Solyndra and the PV bargain basement

    By Andy Colthorpe - 22 July 2014, 15:48

    Last week it emerged that modules from the bankrupt US firm Solyndra have found their way into Europe’s second-hand PV market. Andy Colthorpe investigates this little reported but lively trade

  • Greg Barker, the UK's erstwhile solar champion

    Who will speak up for solar in the new-look UK government?

    By Lucy Woods - 17 July 2014, 09:13

    A major shake-up in the UK government earlier this week saw the country’s booming solar industry lose arguably its most important political champion. The question now is who will fill his shoes, writes Lucy Woods.

  • India

    The sorry state of PV manufacturing in India

    By Mark Osborne - 25 June 2014, 15:44

    With India embroiled in a fierce debate over whether or not to impose trade duties on foreign PV imports, a recent report laid bare the sorry state of the country’s domestic PV industry. Mark Osborne takes a look at the findings.

  • qcells

    Q CELLS back in the game

    By Mark Osborne - 19 June 2014, 09:01

    Germany’s Q-Cells was one of the most high-profile bankruptcies in the recent industry downturn. Reborn as Hanwha Q CELLS, the company is witnessing a strong revival, writes Mark Osborne, following an exclusive interview with its chief executive, Charles Kim.

  • Silevo

    SolarCity reverse engineers PV manufacturers’ business models

    By Mark Osborne - 18 June 2014, 10:56

    The acquisition of US-based PV manufacturer, Silevo, by the largest US PV installer, SolarCity, has caused a storm and turned recent business trends within the industry on their head. Mark Osborne analyses the deal and its implications for the industry.

  • Intersolar 2014

    Compact, efficient, international, Intersolar Europe 2014 offers glimpse of the future

    By John Parnell - 10 June 2014, 06:09

    Less dramatic, slightly smaller, more international. Intersolar Europe 2014 offers a few glimpses of what a sustainable, internationalised European PV industry might look like, writes John Parnell.

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