In Depth

  • EPIA

    Will the real 2014 global solar installation figure please stand up!

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 26 March 2015, 22:04

    As we near the end of the first quarter of 2015, clarity over actual global PV market demand in 2014 remains elusive and confusing. Mark Osborne looks at the numbers.

  • pv tech

    Is Yingli Green the biggest loser in 2015 top 5 forecasted module manufacturer rankings?

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 25 March 2015, 18:05

    Yingli Green’s PV module shipment guidance for 2015, compared to its four closest rivals could result in a further slide down the rankings this year.

  • Canadian Solar CEO, Shawn Qu

    Shawn Qu: Canadian Solar, still just a start-up

    Interviews | By Andy Colthorpe - 25 March 2015, 10:21

    Canadian Solar has become one of the world’s biggest integrated PV players. At last month’s PV Expo in Japan its CEO Shawn Qu told Andy Colthorpe about the company’s plans for Japan and beyond, and how it remains just a start-up at heart.

  • China solar

    China 17.8GW, a record solar PV installation target for 2015. Achievable?

    Guest Blog | By Frank Haugwitz - 24 March 2015, 09:55

    Last week Chinese authorities announced a 17.8GW PV target for 2015, an even more ambitious quota than the one set in 2014, which was missed.  Beijing-based Chinese solar market expert, Frank Haugwitz, asks whether China can live up to its aspirations this time around.

  • N-type silicon solar cell technology: ready for take off?

    Guest Blog | By Dr Joris Libal,Dr Radovan Kopecek - 17 March 2015, 08:51 | 2

    Despite the promise it offers of higher efficiencies, n-type solar cell technology enjoys only limited market penetration. Radovan Kopecek and Joris Libal of ISC Konstanz explain why and look at its prospects for growth.

  • SolarCity

    Will SolarCity’s 1GW Buffalo Riverbend production plant be a dream or a dread?

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 16 March 2015, 15:04

    SolarCity’s move into PV manufacturing is one of the global PV industry’s big unfolding stories. Mark Osborne assesses what the Californian company will have to do to pull of its ambitious upstream venture.

  • European Parliament

    Secrecy and silence intensify EU-China solar trade shambles

    Editors' Blog | By John Parnell - 13 March 2015, 15:20 | 1

    A week of rumour, speculation, leaked documents and hastily written rebuttals have intensified the air of secrecy and suspicion surrounding the EU-China solar trade deal and plunged it deep into chaos, says John Parnell.

  • The winning of the Carbon War, Jeremy Leggett's latest book

    Open letter to solar industry leaders

    Guest Blog | By Jeremy Leggett - 10 March 2015, 09:52 | 1

    In an exclusive blog post for PV Tech, solar entrepreneur and campaigner Jeremy Leggett spells out why the time has come for the solar industry worldwide to fight back against the lobbying tactics employed by the fossil fuel industry.

  • Alt Daber Solar Farm

    PV Talk: Belectric Kuloglu on their plans for the Turkish market

    Interviews | By Liam Stoker - 09 March 2015, 15:22

    Cenap Kuloglu, managing director at Belectric’s Turkish joint-venture Belectric Kuloglu, tells PV Tech about the company’s plans and his hopes for the future of the Turkish market.

  • James Irons

    PV Talk: Pioneering new solar business models for Africa

    Interviews | By Ben Willis - 05 March 2015, 11:11

    Solar4Africa is a new platform set up to expedite the deployment of on- and off-grid commercial PV projects in Southern and East Africa through the benefits of standardisation. James Irons, MD of parent company NVI Energy, spoke to PV Tech about how the model works and the potential he sees for growth in Africa’s commercial solar sector.

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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