In Depth

  • imec

    Accelerating photovoltaic R&D via joint collaboration

    Guest Blog | By Philip Pieters - 12 September 2014, 07:00 | 1

    To sustain growth, the solar cell industry must constantly find better and cheaper technologies. Imec’s Philip Pieters explains how in the quest to innovate manufacturers can benefit from working together.

  • FSLR

    Rare to find a rare-earth metals report that doesn’t scare

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 11 September 2014, 11:57

    A UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) and Energy Research Partnership (ERP) report that looks at the materials availability for a low-carbon future analysed much of published data on rare-earth metals such as indium and tellurium but didn’t panic over material supply issues, something quite rare in itself.

  • Tesla Model S

    Tesla’s test, India solar ready to roll and Japan PV all at sea

    Friday Focus | By Ben Willis - 05 September 2014, 10:13

    From Tesla’s new gigawatt battery factory to floating PV arrays in Japan, PV Tech reviews another eclectic week in the world of solar.

  • R&D:

    R&D spending analysis of top PV module manufacturers in 2013

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 03 September 2014, 10:02

    As the PV manufacturing industry emerges from a painful downturn, Mark Osborne assesses how leading companies have continued investing in R&D and how that will prepare them as the upturn gathers pace.

  • Tata Solar power rooftop installation India

    No alternative for India energy but ‘solar revolution’

    Interviews | By Lucy Woods - 02 September 2014, 10:51

    Tata Power Solar and Bridge to India have just released a report stating solar is already cost-competitive with imported coal. Talking to PV Tech, Tata’s CEO Ajay Goel and Bridge to India’s Tobias Engelmeier discuss how India can best fulfill its solar potential.

  • Finlay Colville

    PV Talk: Debunking the solar rumour mill

    Interviews | By Mark Osborne - 27 August 2014, 11:51

    In a wide-ranging interview with Mark Osborne, NPD Solarbuzz VP Finlay Colville takes the industry’s pulse offering his insight on tech, trade tariffs, forecasts and finance.

  • Tony Abbott

    EU ignores SolarWorld, more Abbott strife and Sunpower CEO on the off-grid dream

    Friday Focus | By John Parnell - 22 August 2014, 14:06

    Catch up on the week’s top headlines in just two minutes, including an exclusive interview with SunPower CEO Tom Werner, multiple new fab announcements and all the latest in the solar trade disputes.

  • Next Energy News

    Introducing our new UK site…Next Energy News

    Editors' Blog | By John Parnell - 20 August 2014, 10:51

    PV Tech’s publisher Solar Media is pleased to announce the launch of a new site for the UK market: Next Energy News.

  • SunPower and Solar Impulse visit the NASDAQ.

    Trade spats continue but yield cos make everything better

    Friday Focus | By John Parnell - 15 August 2014, 11:18

    The week was bookended by two developments in the US-China trade dispute, with yield co-fuelled optimism in the middle and a debate on future of solar market royalty thrown in for good measure.

  • PERC

    PERC capacity hits 2.5GW and offers new technology buy cycle option

    Guest Blog | By Finlay Colville - 14 August 2014, 15:30 | 1

    Previously confined to the R&D labs and academic solar PV roadmaps, PERC based c-Si cell capacity upgrades are starting to have a tangible impact on the PV industry. Finlay Colville investigates the drivers, myths, opportunities and the impact of PERC on PV capex and module performance.

  • Deepak Verma managing director nv vogt

    PV Talk: Nv vogt’s Deepak Verma on the Philippines’ coming ‘solar wave’

    Interviews | By Lucy Woods - 14 August 2014, 11:07

    Last week, nv vogt, a joint venture between Germany’s ib vogt and India’s APCA Power, announced it is to build an unsubsidised 6.25MW solar power plant in the Philippines. Talking to PV Tech, its managing director, Deepak Verma, reveals why the Philippines is seeing the beginnings of a ‘solar wave’.

  • First Solar’s joy, SMA’s woes and the US war of words

    Friday Focus | By Ben Willis - 08 August 2014, 10:53

    From a simmering row brewing over US trade duties to the varying fortunes of two industry heavyweights, PV Tech reviews the week in solar.

  • Free trade

    Dim prospects for a lasting end to solar’s trade wars

    Editors' Blog | By Ben Willis - 30 July 2014, 07:31 | 1

    The trade wars that have convulsed solar in recent years ultimately help no one. Ben Willis assesses the prospects for a permanent solution to a problem that has become a thorn in the industry’s side.

  • Trina

    Who can take advantage of the US anti-dumping decision?

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 29 July 2014, 13:10 | 1

    Although the dust has yet to truly settle on the second US anti-dumping investigation and the preliminary findings, mainstream media and financial analysts are already undertaking a post mortem and trying to pick the winners and losers.

  • Olivier Schaefer

    PV Talk: How a global solar association could ease trade woes

    Interviews | By John Parnell - 29 July 2014, 06:27

    Olivier Schäfer, president of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), tells PV Tech how a proposed global PV association, with Chinese and American participation, could help ease the sector’s trade disputes.

  • BRICS

    How BRICS bank can be a friend to solar

    Editors' Blog | By Lucy Woods - 28 July 2014, 12:27

    A BRICS development bank agreed last week has been hailed as a potentially important new source of funding for solar. But as Lucy Woods writes, the BRICS nations will have to overcome some significant internal tensions first.

  • Google's inverter challenge could upset the established supplier base

    Why Google’s ‘little box’ could challenge inverter world order

    Guest Blog | By Cormac Gilligan - 25 July 2014, 09:16 | 3

    Google is offering a prize for prototype inverter that’s smaller than a laptop. Cormac Gilligan of IHS explains why a successful proposal could pose a threat to existing suppliers.

  • Barack Obama inspects a Solyndra module

    Unloved but not unwanted: Solyndra and the PV bargain basement

    Editors' Blog | By Andy Colthorpe - 22 July 2014, 15:48

    Last week it emerged that modules from the bankrupt US firm Solyndra have found their way into Europe’s second-hand PV market. Andy Colthorpe investigates this little reported but lively trade

  • Crystalline silicon cell

    Case study of a growth driver – silver use in solar

    Guest Blog | By Chris Berry - 21 July 2014, 10:01

    Silver is a key raw material in PV manufacturing. But as Chris Berry writes, a deficit in global silver supply and the prospect of future price increases are both sources of concern for the solar industry.

  • Greg Barker, the UK's erstwhile solar champion

    Who will speak up for solar in the new-look UK government?

    Editors' Blog | By Lucy Woods - 17 July 2014, 09:13

    A major shake-up in the UK government earlier this week saw the country’s booming solar industry lose arguably its most important political champion. The question now is who will fill his shoes, writes Lucy Woods.

  • Solar inverter

    The changing face of the PV inverter supplier base

    Guest Blog | By Sam Wilkinson - 14 July 2014, 11:08

    Ahead of a free webinar from IHS Technology and PV Tech on 29 July 2014, IHS analyst Sam Wilkinson discusses some of key trends shaping the global inverter market.

  • India

    The sorry state of PV manufacturing in India

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 25 June 2014, 15:44

    With India embroiled in a fierce debate over whether or not to impose trade duties on foreign PV imports, a recent report laid bare the sorry state of the country’s domestic PV industry. Mark Osborne takes a look at the findings.

  • SolarCity

    PV Talk: Lifting the lid on Elon Musk’s SolarCity rhetoric

    Interviews | By John Parnell - 20 June 2014, 05:55 | 1

    Away from the fanfare and highly tweetable soundbites, the reality of SolarCity’s acquisition of Silevo is less flashy, less immediate and less clear. Finlay Colville tells PV Tech why it will be business as usual for Chinese manufacturers and why the acquisition is far from being the industry game-changer that many have portrayed it to be.

  • qcells

    Q CELLS back in the game

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 19 June 2014, 09:01

    Germany’s Q-Cells was one of the most high-profile bankruptcies in the recent industry downturn. Reborn as Hanwha Q CELLS, the company is witnessing a strong revival, writes Mark Osborne, following an exclusive interview with its chief executive, Charles Kim.

  • Silevo

    SolarCity reverse engineers PV manufacturers’ business models

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 18 June 2014, 10:56

    The acquisition of US-based PV manufacturer, Silevo, by the largest US PV installer, SolarCity, has caused a storm and turned recent business trends within the industry on their head. Mark Osborne analyses the deal and its implications for the industry.

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    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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