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  • PV materials

    Enough to go around? Raw materials and limits to growth in solar energy

    Guest Blog | By Chris Berry - 16 December 2014, 08:22

    Political and regulatory disruption often get the most attention as the likely brakes on solar’s future growth. But a more pressing concern is the availability of crucial materials, says Chris Berry.

  • Templin PV project in Germany, using First Solar modules.

    The energy transition: redefining investment portfolios

    Guest Blog | By Christopher Burghardt - 12 December 2014, 00:02

    Last week Germany’s E.ON announced its divestment from fossil fuels and a focus on renewable energy. First Solar’s Christopher Burghardt explains why solar is becoming an increasingly sound bet for investors.

  • Europe solar manufacturing

    Can Europe catch up in the PV capacity expansion game?

    Guest Blog | By Matthias Grossmann - 09 December 2014, 09:26

    Europe so far looks to be the laggard in the PV capacity expansion drive now gathering a head of steam. But all the ingredients are there for Southeastern European countries to establish themselves as manufacturing hubs, says Matthias Grossman.

  • Hanwha solar merger an act of desperation or hope?

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 09 December 2014, 09:00

    No one should be surprised about the inevitable merger announcement of Hanwha SolarOne and sister company, Hanwha Q CELLS. Mark Osborne assesses what the move will mean for the two companies and the questions that still remain unanswered.

  • Soitec.

    A changing aeon for E.ON, NextEra goes Hawaiian and the inverter space gets cut-throat

    Friday Focus | By Andy Colthorpe - 05 December 2014, 12:44

    This week, Germany’s biggest utility, E.On, announced that it will restructure its business to allow it to focus on renewable energy in a big way, declaring that it will spin off its traditional power generation business and split in two. Here’s news on that and some of the week’s other big stories from PV Tech.

  • E.ON renewables

    What the miraculous transformation of a German utility giant means for India

    Guest Blog | By Dr. Tobias Engelmeier - 05 December 2014, 10:26

    Earlier this week German utility E.ON announced surprise plans to divest from fossil fuels and focus on renewable energy. Tobias Engelmeier explores what utilities in India could learn from its move.

  • SMA

    Headaches all round for SMA Solar

    Editors' Blog | By Ben Willis - 02 December 2014, 11:56 | 1

    Having just slashed its revenue forecast for the second time this year, it’s clear leading inverter supplier SMA Solar is facing multiple difficulties.

  • BELECTRIC discusses German grid-stabilising solar and storage project

    Interviews | By Andy Colthorpe - 02 December 2014, 11:46

    The use of large-scale storage to contribute to grid stability at a 67.8MW solar plant in Germany is being explored by a project headed by developer BELECTRIC. Andy Colthorpe spoke to BELECTRIC’s UK managing director Duncan Bott and Tim Mueller, chief executive officer of BELECTRIC’s solar research and innovation subsidiary, Adensis.

  • Conergy Thailand

    Southeast Asia pushes solar technology to its limits

    Editors' Blog | By Lucy Woods - 01 December 2014, 09:30

    Extreme weather conditions and a dispersed geography create a unique set of conditions in Southeast Asia. At Solar Energy Southeast Asia last week Lucy Woods heard how the adaptability of solar technology is responding to the challenge.

  • Trina

    Trina takes gold, REC Solar is bagged and the inverter shakeout claims another scalp

    Friday Focus | By Ben Willis - 28 November 2014, 12:50

    This week saw the rivalry between Trina and Yingli solar for the 2014 PV manufacturer top slot finally settled and the Chinese exert further dominance over Europe’s PV manufacturing sector. PV Tech gives a rundown of the week’s biggest solar stories.

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  • Photovoltaics International 25th Edition

    In this issue we offer some insights into what the next wave of photovoltaic technologies may look like as that upturn gathers pace. Industry observers have been in broad agreement that the major next-gen PV technology innovations won’t happen straight away. But there’s also little doubt that the search is now on in earnest for the breakthroughs that will come to define the state of the art in the industry in the years to come.

  • 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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