Industry roadmaps hold that PV manufacturing is in need of major technology change. But with the leading silicon module manufacturers still favouring p-type multi c-Si, the best available evidence suggests otherwise, writes Finlay Colville.
With some initial clues as to who provided the Silevo pilot-line unearthed, Mark Osborne investigates whether the same lucky company could be about to register a US$400 million tool order bonanza.
Encapsulation is a key aspect of module durability, yet less effort is made to assess the quality of this process during manfuacture. Christian Honeker describes a new test procedure designed to improve the quality control of lamination and thus promote overall module performance.
It is not the end game to be number 1, but show me a company that didn’t strive for that mantle: one that didn’t turn the marketing volume up to 10 when a respected third party organization published a top-10 list showing leading status?
Capital expenditure in the PV industry used to be a simple metric to track. A new manufacturing facility meant new capex, it was that easy.
Solar has an opportunity to be a focal point of December’s crucial climate talks in Paris, but the industry must become better at making itself heard, writes Ben Willis.
PV Tech visited Europe’s largest solar park, a 300MW project developed by France-based PV developer Neoen, located in Cestas, France in order to take a closer look at the intricacies of such a massive project:
SunPower is planning gigawatts of PV projects over the coming years, but has yet to make public its plans for a new wave of manufacturing capacity expansions. Mark Osborne explores what options may be open to the US company in the race to remain competitive.
A breakaway ‘super league’ of silicon module suppliers looks on course to take a 40% market share in 2015, writes Finlay Colville.
Following a recent visit to Brazil, Vaisala’s Gwendalyn Bender reports on the challenges facing the country as it gears up to meet its aggressive PV deployment targets.