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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.

  • Singapore solar map

    Solar Energy Southeast Asia 2014 day one report: Emerging markets with all the right ideas

    Editors' Blog | By Lucy Woods - 25 November 2014, 13:31

    Reporting from Bangkok on day one of Solar Energy Southeast Asia 2014, Lucy Woods hears how the region is developing creative new ideas to capitalise on its huge solar potential.

  • pv tech

    Trina Solar to be crowned leading PV manufacturer in 2014, surpassing Yingli Green

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 25 November 2014, 11:29

    Based on analysis of the leading PV manufacturers and their latest shipment guidance for 2014, PV Tech has compiled the preliminary top 10 rankings for 2014.

  • Thailand solar

    PV Talk: Southeast Asia solar health check

    Interviews | By Lucy Woods - 24 November 2014, 16:46

    Tomorrow the two-day Solar Energy South East Asia event gets underway in Bangkok. On the eve of the conference, PV Tech spoke to IHS solar analyst, Josefin Berg, for her take on what can be expected over the next year in some of the region’s established and emerging solar markets.

  • pv tech

    Who are the leaders and laggards of the top 10 PV module manufacturers in 2014?

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 24 November 2014, 11:55 | 1

    PV Tech has analysed the most current PV module shipment guidance figures from last year’s top 10 module manufacturers for 2014, revealing both the leaders and laggards amongst the big manufacturers based on expected shipment growth for the year.

  • India has big plans for solar

    India thinks big on solar as the PV world gears up for 2015

    Friday Focus | By Ben Willis - 21 November 2014, 12:33

    This week India has taken the prize in the solar numbers game, while North America’s PV manufacturers have shown signs that their fight against the Asian big boys is far from being over. PV Tech reviews another eventful week in solar.

  • Sonnedix's project in Thailand

    PV Talk: Why solar is set fair in Southeast Asia

    Interviews | By Lucy Woods - 18 November 2014, 17:48

    Ahead of Solar Energy Southeast Asia in Bangkok next week, PV Tech talks to Franck Constant, director at global solar developer, Sonnedix, about his hopes for solar in the region.

  • Solarworld

    North America’s amazing PV module manufacturing turnaround

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 17 November 2014, 19:01 | 1

    Over the last few years, North America has lost a significant number of PV manufacturers. But after analysing recent company results announcements, Mark Osborne reveals an altogether different story in the making for 2015 and beyond.

  • Comet lander, Philae

    Solar flies high, SunEdison strikes out and the Solyndra ghost is laid to rest

    Friday Focus | By Ben Willis - 14 November 2014, 12:26

    From the depths of space to Japan, via the Philippines, US and UK, the roving eye of PV Tech takes in another eventful week in solar.

  • Christ the Redeemer

    An auction, an election, too many results conference calls and a resurrection

    Friday Focus | By John Parnell - 07 November 2014, 12:23

    An auction, an election, too many results conference calls and a resurrection, PV Tech rounds up the week’s biggest solar stories from around the world.

  • Sai Thong

    PV Talk: The Southeast Asia solar phoenix

    Interviews | By Jo-Anne Duff - 06 November 2014, 12:46

    As Thailand’s solar market witnesses a revival following recent political unrest, PV in other Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia is also showing signs of growth. Christophe Inglin, founder of Phoenix Solar’s Singapore arm, offers some tips for successful PV project development in this hugely promising solar region.

  • sma solar

    SMA Solar continues market share shenanigans

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 06 November 2014, 12:30

    Both PV Tech and market research firm IHS have repeatedly highlighted for several years that SMA Solar’s view on its market share position in the PV inverter market differs considerably from our own analysis.

  • First Solar

    What’s next for thin-film solar PV in 2015?

    Guest Blog | By Finlay Colville - 05 November 2014, 10:49

    Demand for thin-film PV is still growing, but what about supply? NPD Solarbuzz’s Finlay Colville looks at what is around the corner for thin-film PV as a technology offering to the solar industry.

  • IBC Solar

    PV Talk: What Brazil can learn from India’s solar auctions

    Interviews | By John Parnell - 05 November 2014, 06:42

    Brazil’s first solar auction at the end of last week raised eyebrows with incredibly low project prices averaging out at less than US$87/MWh. Tobias Engelmeier, managing director of the consultancy Bridge to India discusses what lessons Brazil could take from India’s experiences with solar auctions.

  • Atsuhiko Hirano

    PV Talk: Solar Frontier sets sights on US CIGS play

    Interviews | By Ben Willis - 03 November 2014, 11:20

    Japanese CIGS thin-film manufacturer Solar Frontier has seen significant success as a supplier to its booming domestic market, but has yet to match that overseas. Speaking to PV Tech, the company’s new CEO Atsuhiko Hirano outlines his vision to take Solar Frontier global and his hopes for the role of CIGS technology in the PV market.

  • solarbuzz

    Why p-type multi c-Si is seeing strong market share gains

    Guest Blog | By Finlay Colville - 29 October 2014, 12:00 | 1

    Modules based on p-type multi c-Si technologies are set to dominate the PV industry over the next five years, according to analysis in the new NPD Solarbuzz PV Technology Roadmap report.

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