Editors' Blog

  • 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.

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    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.

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    Why outdated industry metric found new victim in TSMC and CIGS technology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

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    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.

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    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’.

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    Dissecting ‘meaningful’ global PV manufacturing expansion plans

    By Mark Osborne - 08 August 2015, 10:42 | 3

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.


  • 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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