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  • Figure 1: The top-11 Tier 1 Chinese manufacturers have maintained a market share at the 40% level during 2013 and are likely to retain this

    Solar PV module supply to Europe in 2014: Any cause for alarm?

    By Finlay Colville - 19 November 2013, 15:39

    Discussions of high average selling price (ASP) regions (such as Japan) and declining regional end-market pull (Europe) are currently in evidence during the round of Q3 reporting calls from public-listed module suppliers. The market size in Europe now and the pricing levels have become key issues, for Chinese and non-Chinese suppliers alike.

  • Figure 1: CIGS technologies used by the top-60 CIGS manufacturers over the last ten years confirm a preference for glass-based approaches, w

    Hanergy’s major CIGS plans unveiled with 5.25GW of turnkey capacity

    By Finlay Colville - 04 November 2013, 08:59 | 2

    Last week, Hanergy Solar Group Limited (Hanergy) provided the first glimpse of its strategy for its recent investments in thin-film CIGS production, having completed the acquisitions of previous CIGS hopefuls, Solibro, Miasolé and Global Solar.

  • NPD Solarbuzz has recently upgraded its annual forecast prediction for 2014 to 45-55 GW.

    Breaking the 50GW barrier in 2014: the dawn of a new solar PV landscape

    By Finlay Colville - 25 October 2013, 15:21 | 1

    Global PV demand during 2014 is set to represent a new phase of growth for the solar PV industry. Not just because end-market demand is now forecast by NPD Solarbuzz to grow significantly to reach 45-55GW, but because the fundamental issues driving end-market demand appear to be shifting away from legacy demand constraints.

  • Preparing for a fair fight, albeit very politely

    SPI 2013: NEM solar and utility battlers live to fight another day

    By Felicity Carus - 25 October 2013, 08:12 | 1

    As SPI in Chicago drew to a close yesterday, it was the increasingly contentious topic of net energy metering that dominated the debate. Felicity Carus reports on an issue that just won’t go away and looks set to become even more divisive in 2014.

  • Cumulative solar PV installed in the UK

    UK Solar PV demand collapses as EU/China case creates ‘lost’ quarter

    By Finlay Colville - 17 October 2013, 12:03

    Solar PV demand from the UK declined significantly during the third quarter of 2013 (Q3 2013), as the full impact of the Europe-China trade case impacted on module availability. Finlay Colville looks ahead to what 2014 what 2014 holds in store.

  • Photo courtesy of Applied Materials Inc.

    Whither solar in the ‘merger of equals’?

    By Tom Cheyney - 25 September 2013, 17:53

    The news of the conjoining of Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron raises questions about the fates of solar PV production equipment units.

  • But the more troubling news for PV equipment suppliers is that Yingli has now stated it can ship 4GW of modules in 2014 without having to ad

    Lack of Yingli Green’s CapEx reveals scale of asset-lite fab operations

    By Finlay Colville - 30 August 2013, 15:25

    Earlier today – 30 August 2013 – the world’s largest global solar PV module supplier, Yingli Green Energy, reported its second quarter earnings results and guided on expectations for the 2H’13 and 2014.

  • How many companies are left in China?

    PV for sale or rent: China’s 12GW virtual fab

    By Finlay Colville - 25 July 2013, 13:33

    The solar PV industry remains in a highly turbulent transition phase, still getting to grips with the scale of over-investment that occurred in 2010 and 2011. In fact, having just got back from a global PV road-trip that took in Germany, the US, Korea, China and Taiwan, it is apparent that the aftershocks within the industry are set to continue for some time yet.

  • Effective capacity stands at approximately 45GW

    What is effective PV manufacturing capacity?

    By Finlay Colville - 22 July 2013, 13:34

    One of the key issues that is still puzzling the PV industry is: what is the real – or effective – capacity today?

  • There is only one way to forecast CapEx, and that is bottom-up from the production line level, with segmentation by process flow variant and

    Would the leading PV equipment supplier please stand up?

    By Finlay Colville - 04 June 2013, 11:43

    It is hard to imagine any marketing scenario in which citing leading ranking metrics would be off the radar. But just think for one minute: when was the last time a PV equipment supplier announced leading ranking status with any fanfare? Or proclaimed a purchase order that would catapult revenues beyond fiscal year guided levels?

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  • Photovoltaics International 24th Edition

    Signs earlier in the year of the global industry entering a growth phase have now been confirmed beyond any doubt. Almost all the big-name suppliers have now announced some form of manufacturing capacity expansion, a trend that analysts agree will only gather pace as long as the levels of demand predicted over the next few years turn out to be correct.

  • 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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