In Depth

  • EPIA

    Will the real 2014 global solar installation figure please stand up!

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 26 March 2015, 22:04

    As we near the end of the first quarter of 2015, clarity over actual global PV market demand in 2014 remains elusive and confusing. Mark Osborne looks at the numbers.

  • pv tech

    Is Yingli Green the biggest loser in 2015 top 5 forecasted module manufacturer rankings?

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 25 March 2015, 18:05

    Yingli Green’s PV module shipment guidance for 2015, compared to its four closest rivals could result in a further slide down the rankings this year.

  • Canadian Solar CEO, Shawn Qu

    Shawn Qu: Canadian Solar, still just a start-up

    Interviews | By Andy Colthorpe - 25 March 2015, 10:21

    Canadian Solar has become one of the world’s biggest integrated PV players. At last month’s PV Expo in Japan its CEO Shawn Qu told Andy Colthorpe about the company’s plans for Japan and beyond, and how it remains just a start-up at heart.

  • China solar

    China 17.8GW, a record solar PV installation target for 2015. Achievable?

    Guest Blog | By Frank Haugwitz - 24 March 2015, 09:55

    Last week Chinese authorities announced a 17.8GW PV target for 2015, an even more ambitious quota than the one set in 2014, which was missed.  Beijing-based Chinese solar market expert, Frank Haugwitz, asks whether China can live up to its aspirations this time around.

  • N-type silicon solar cell technology: ready for take off?

    Guest Blog | By Dr Joris Libal,Dr Radovan Kopecek - 17 March 2015, 08:51 | 2

    Despite the promise it offers of higher efficiencies, n-type solar cell technology enjoys only limited market penetration. Radovan Kopecek and Joris Libal of ISC Konstanz explain why and look at its prospects for growth.

  • SolarCity

    Will SolarCity’s 1GW Buffalo Riverbend production plant be a dream or a dread?

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 16 March 2015, 15:04

    SolarCity’s move into PV manufacturing is one of the global PV industry’s big unfolding stories. Mark Osborne assesses what the Californian company will have to do to pull of its ambitious upstream venture.

  • European Parliament

    Secrecy and silence intensify EU-China solar trade shambles

    Editors' Blog | By John Parnell - 13 March 2015, 15:20 | 1

    A week of rumour, speculation, leaked documents and hastily written rebuttals have intensified the air of secrecy and suspicion surrounding the EU-China solar trade deal and plunged it deep into chaos, says John Parnell.

  • The winning of the Carbon War, Jeremy Leggett's latest book

    Open letter to solar industry leaders

    Guest Blog | By Jeremy Leggett - 10 March 2015, 09:52 | 1

    In an exclusive blog post for PV Tech, solar entrepreneur and campaigner Jeremy Leggett spells out why the time has come for the solar industry worldwide to fight back against the lobbying tactics employed by the fossil fuel industry.

  • Alt Daber Solar Farm

    PV Talk: Belectric Kuloglu on their plans for the Turkish market

    Interviews | By Liam Stoker - 09 March 2015, 15:22

    Cenap Kuloglu, managing director at Belectric’s Turkish joint-venture Belectric Kuloglu, tells PV Tech about the company’s plans and his hopes for the future of the Turkish market.

  • James Irons

    PV Talk: Pioneering new solar business models for Africa

    Interviews | By Ben Willis - 05 March 2015, 11:11

    Solar4Africa is a new platform set up to expedite the deployment of on- and off-grid commercial PV projects in Southern and East Africa through the benefits of standardisation. James Irons, MD of parent company NVI Energy, spoke to PV Tech about how the model works and the potential he sees for growth in Africa’s commercial solar sector.

  • Polysilicon reinvestment price levels, a moving target

    Guest Blog | By Matthias Grossmann - 03 March 2015, 12:16

    Matthias Grossman analyses the prospects for a wave of expansions in the dynamic polysilicon market.

  • Japan solar

    Key Japanese takeaways from PV Expo, Tokyo

    Editors' Blog | By Andy Colthorpe - 02 March 2015, 11:46 | 2

    From the nuclear question to Japan’s softening stance on foreign solar imports, Andy Colthorpe rounds up the main themes that came out of PV Expo in Tokyo last week.

  • His Excellency Williams Nkurunziza, Rwanda's High Commissioner to the UK.

    PV Talk: Rwanda takes big step forward for African solar

    Interviews | By Ben Willis - 26 February 2015, 16:02

    Earlier this month, the first grid-connected utility PV power plant in Rwanda and East Africa was officially opened. PV Tech spoke to Rwanda’s high commissioner to the UK, Williams Nkurunziza, about what the project means for his country and for the region.

  • A traditional Japanese welcome at PV Expo

    PV Expo Day One: Welcome to Japan

    Editors' Blog | By Andy Colthorpe - 25 February 2015, 16:45

    With PV Expo getting underway today in Tokyo, Japan, PV Tech’s reporter on the ground, Andy Colthorpe, takes a look at some of the dazzling array of technologies and companies on display.

  • Tepco

    Solar searches for place in Japan’s energy revolution at PV Expo

    Editors' Blog | By Andy Colthorpe - 24 February 2015, 08:43

    The PV Expo exhibition and conference takes place in Japan this week and will look both to the present task of executing projects from a 50GW-plus pipeline and to the longer term challenges faced by an industry entering the final years of its feed-in tariff (FiT).

  • One year until Paris

    The road from Lima to Paris: Lit up by solar power

    Guest Blog | By James Watson - 19 February 2015, 06:18 | 2

    Optimism is growing that the Paris COP 21 meeting set for November and December 2015 could lead to an international agreement to limit CO2 emissions. James Watson, CEO of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), explains why a successful outcome would be a boon for the solar industry.

  • Sunshot: Cutting away the red tape from US solar’s ‘exciting growth’

    Interviews | By Andy Colthorpe - 18 February 2015, 09:16

    Minh Le and Dr Lidijia Sekaric of the US Department of Energy’s (DoE) solar cost-cutting programme, Sunshot Initiative, talk to Andy Colthorpe about the scheme’s progress, in hardware, in technology and in ‘soft costs’.

  • Narendra Modi, V for victory

    Why it’s worth suspending your scepticism of India’s multi-GW MoUs

    Editors' Blog | By John Parnell - 16 February 2015, 07:36

    An India project MoU may mean nothing in isolation but if the big ideas they contain can be matched with big investment, their job will be done.

  • O&M

    More bang for your buck: getting the most from PV asset management

    Guest Blog | By Laura E. Stern - 10 February 2015, 09:46

    Building a PV power plant is one thing; making sure it pays is a whole different game. Laura E. Stern explains the benefits of combining physical and financial solar asset management in maximising a plant’s profitability.

  • Obama

    USA needs ITC, if it’s going to back PV

    Editors' Blog | By John Parnell - 03 February 2015, 15:42 | 1

    The inclusion of the investment tax credit (ITC) in President Obama’s 2016 budget is of course good news but it is the beginning not the end of the debate.

  • Lightweight PV modules being installed

    Lightweight module durability: Working to address a market barrier

    Guest Blog | By Dr Cordula Schmid - 03 February 2015, 10:28

    Lightweight crystalline PV modules promise a potentially large new market for solar, as well as addressing a variety of problems such as transportation costs. But further work is needed to establish their performance and durability, says Fraunhofer’s Cordula Schmid.

  • Roadmap: Bifacial solar cells a key focus for Applied Materials

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 02 February 2015, 10:15

    The dark days for the PV equipment sector are nearing an end after three years of strict capital cash management and reduced R&D spending by cell and module manufacturers, brought on by chronic overcapacity. Mark Osborne speaks to Applied Materials’ Jim Mullin for his thoughts on where PV cell technology is headed next.

  • Utility-scale storage

    Grid-connected PV energy storage installations to triple in 2015

    Guest Blog | By Sam Wilkinson - 27 January 2015, 10:58

    Ahead of a free webinar from IHS Technology and PV Tech next month, IHS analyst Sam Wilkinson discusses some of key trends shaping the market for energy storage in PV in 2015.

  • China solar

    China 2014 – still 10.5 to 12GW despite new policies favouring distributed solar PV

    Guest Blog | By Frank Haugwitz - 20 January 2015, 05:00

    Throughout 2014, there were widespread reports of China’s struggles to hit ambitious PV targets set at the start of the year. Beijing-based solar expert, Frank Haugwitz, lays bare the difficulties China experienced and offers his analysis of what the year-end tally will be for Asian giant.

  • Josefin Berg, IHS

    PV Talk: Emerging markets in 2015 with IHS

    Interviews | By Ben Willis - 15 January 2015, 11:10 | 1

    Last year saw a number of emerging solar markets begin to fulfil their potential, setting up some promising prospects for 2015. Josefin Berg, senior solar analyst at market research firm, IHS, discusses the emerging-market highlights of 2014 and what to expect in 2015.

Publications

  • Photovoltaics International 27th Edition

    Now that the PV industry has unquestionably entered a new growth phase, all eyes are on which technologies will win through into the mainstream of PV manufacturing. PERC, n-type, p-type bifacial, heterojunction – all have become familiar terms in the ever-growing constellation of solar cell technologies. The question is which will offer manufacturers what they are looking for in improving efficiencies and cutting costs.

  • 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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