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.
Researchers are developing a new module specifically for use in desert areas, where much of the future growth in PV deployment is expected. Radovan Kopecek and Joris Libal of ISC Konstanz, one of the research partners involved, explain the thinking behind the ‘AtaMo’ module and its attributes in harsh conditions.
The policy or political side to Europe’s largest and most important R&D focused conference, EU PVSEC has been beating the same drum for several years and this year’s event in Hamburg is no different.
The US Energy Information Administration’s ‘Today in Energy’ brief is more a recent history lesson in the PV industry’s troubles with overcapacity, plummeting ASPs and low utilisation rates as it only covers the period 2011 to 2013 and amazingly highlights a ‘slowdown in the growth rate of global solar panel production’.
As 2015’s Solar Power International gets underway, GTM Research’s senior solar analyst Cory Honeyman explains why a record run of deployment in the last two years is just the beginning as the US market gears up for 18 months of intense activity.