Guest Blog

  • Chinese solar

    Is China ready for 20GW in 2015?

    By Frank Haugwitz - 27 July 2015, 17:14

    So far in 2015, Chinese domestic PV deployment has outstripped last year’s rates. A 20GW year would set a benchmark for China’s new five-year plan for solar development due to come into effect next year, writes Frank Haugwitz.

  • Solar and the road to COP21

    By Alexander Lagaaij - 23 July 2015, 10:31

    Last week the UN hosted the first of three crucially important global development conferences this year, culminating in the COP21 climate change talks in December. Reporting on the event, Alexander Lagaaij saw evidence of an appetite for cooperation, but still no high-level understanding of the potential of solar energy to put the world on a more sustainable path.

  • Limit for industrial c-Si solar cells reached in 2030: what next?

    By Dr Joris Libal,Dr Radovan Kopecek - 15 July 2015, 09:58 | 1

    PV technologists often face the question of what the next-generation solar cell work-horse will look like. Radovan Kopecek and Joris Libal of ISC Konstanz offer some answers.

  • Lender’s due diligence in local content solar markets

    By Matthias Grossmann - 08 July 2015, 08:54

    PV’s continued growth worldwide is creating fresh opportunities for investment in new and enlarged production facilities. But as Matthias Grossman writes, the costs and risks associated with entering new markets mean caution is required by investors.

  • Building-integrated PV

    How BIPV could offer a solution to the European energy efficiency dilemma

    By Silke Krawietz - 06 July 2015, 11:00

    As Europe seeks ways to impove the energy efficiency of its building stock, a key contributor to carbon emissions, building-integrated photovoltaics technology could offer some answers, writes Silke Krawietz.

  • Don’t let ITC Become the speed bump on solar’s growth road

    By Laura E. Stern - 22 June 2015, 10:05

    As the political horse-trading over the future of the US solar investment tax credit gathers momentum, Laura Stern gives three good reasons why Congress should extend it.

  • Power grid

    The utility role in maintaining reliability as PV increases

    By Jacqueline Ashmore - 16 June 2015, 09:51

    As more and more distributed generation comes on to the grid, utilities will have to adapt their practices to accommodate it. Jacqueline Ashmore of Fraunhofer CSE looks at where the most action is needed as renewables become an increasingly unavoidable fact of life.

  • Mining in the Congo.

    The uncomfortable choice with solar power and raw material sourcing

    By Chris Berry - 08 June 2015, 09:58 | 3

    PV manufacturers are under increasing pressure to remove so-called conflict materials from their supply chains. But as Chris Berry explains, it’s not quite as simple as that.

  • SolarPower Europe

    SolarPower Europe – A new start for solar representation in Europe

    By James Watson - 05 June 2015, 09:21

    As Intersolar Europe prepares to open its doors in Munich next week, James Watson, CEO of Europe’s main solar industry body, explans why 30 years into its lifetime, the organisation has rebranded to better reflect PV’s changing dynamics in the continent.

  • The second summer of new PV technologies - chances for cell and module production outside Asia

    By Dr Joris Libal,Dr Radovan Kopecek - 27 May 2015, 11:51

    Radovan Kopecek and Joris Libal explore the prospects for producing new cell and module technologies in territories outside of the big manufacturing countries.

Publications

  • Photovoltaics International 27th Edition

    Now that the PV industry has unquestionably entered a new growth phase, all eyes are on which technologies will win through into the mainstream of PV manufacturing. PERC, n-type, p-type bifacial, heterojunction – all have become familiar terms in the ever-growing constellation of solar cell technologies. The question is which will offer manufacturers what they are looking for in improving efficiencies and cutting costs.

  • Manufacturing The Solar Future: The 2014 Production Annual

    Although the past few years have proved extremely testing for PV equipment manufacturers, falling module prices have driven solar end-market demand to previously unseen levels. That demand is now starting to be felt by manufacturers, to the extent that leading companies are starting to talk about serious capacity expansions later this year and into 2015. This means that the next 12 months will be a critical period if companies throughout the supply chain are to take full advantage of the PV industry’s next growth phase.

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