In Depth

  • PV Tech

    Flexible and adaptive: How the Silicon Module Super League pulled away from the competition

    Editors' Blog | By Finlay Colville - 21 hours ago

    It is not the end game to be number 1, but show me a company that didn’t strive for that mantle: one that didn’t turn the marketing volume up to 10 when a respected third party organization published a top-10 list showing leading status?

  • Big six capex spend

    Manufacturing capex from Silicon Module Super League to exceed US$1 billion in 2015

    Editors' Blog | By Finlay Colville - 30 September 2015, 12:11

    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.

  • Paris

    COP21 is solar’s big chance to show what it can offer

    Editors' Blog | By Ben Willis - 30 September 2015, 08:02

    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.

  • Neeon's Cestas plant from above

    Europe’s largest solar park: Squeezing out maximum energy from the minimum land space

    Editors' Blog | By Tom Kenning - 29 September 2015, 14:43 | 1

    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:

  • Plotting SunPower’s need for gigawatts of new production capacity

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 29 September 2015, 11:08

    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.


    Silicon module ‘super league’ targets 40% market share in 2015

    Editors' Blog | By Finlay Colville - 28 September 2015, 17:03

    A breakaway ‘super league’ of silicon module suppliers looks on course to take a 40% market share in 2015, writes Finlay Colville.

  • Brazil PV

    Brazil’s solar industry is making a big bet

    Guest Blog | By Gwendalyn Bender - 23 September 2015, 10:00

    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.

  • Atacama Module (AtaMo): a long lasting, powerful, highly efficient module for desert applications

    Guest Blog | By Dr Radovan Kopecek,Dr Joris Libal - 15 September 2015, 15:18

    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.

  • PV Tech

    EU PVSEC 2015: Different city same policy tune

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 15 September 2015, 07:13

    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.

  • EIA

    US EIA stuck in the past on today’s PV module production

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 14 September 2015, 15:38

    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’.

  • US solar project

    SPI 2015: The ‘calm before the storm’ for US solar

    Interviews | By Ben Willis - 14 September 2015, 12:48

    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.

  • Tobias Engelmeier

    PV Talk: Behind the record low bids in India’s state solar auctions

    Interviews | By Tom Kenning - 11 September 2015, 09:00

    This week PV Tech revealed the results of India’s latest solar auction in the state of Punjab and once again the successful bids came in very low, causing some industry concern. Tobias Engelmeier, founder and managing director of consultancy firm Bridge to India, speaks to PV Tech about what lies behind these low bids and whether they really are as reckless as some would have us believe.

  • EU-China trade deal was distorted by politics, now politics has to fix it

    Editors' Blog | By John Parnell - 10 September 2015, 11:55

    As the European Commission considers opening an investigation to extend duties against Chinese PV manufacturers, only a similarly politicised intervention seems able to alter the universally unpopular status quo, writes John Parnell.

  • pv tech

    Super league of PV manufacturers emerging in a breakaway race

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 07 September 2015, 10:58

    A significant chasm is emerging between six major PV manufacturers’ nameplate capacities and shipments and the rest of the top 20 producers. Mark Osborne analyses the breakaway group.

  • PV manufacturing

    Second quarter earnings season takeaways for new entrants in PV manufacturing

    Guest Blog | By Matthias Grossmann - 04 September 2015, 12:47

    Recent second-quarter earnings figures paint a positive picture for established PV producers. Matthias Grossman looks at how start-up manufacturing companies can best take advantage of improving industry conditions.

  • PV shredding

    Time for the industry to keep its environmental promise

    Guest Blog | By Pia Alina Lange - 03 September 2015, 11:55

    Since new European legislation kicked-in during 2014, the volume of recycled PV products has soared. Despite this, widespread non-compliance threatens to damage the industry, writes Pia Alina Lange.

  • Barack Obama

    What Obama’s Clean Energy Plan proposals mean for US solar

    Guest Blog | By Laura E. Stern - 03 September 2015, 09:49

    President Obama has hailed his Clean Energy Plan as America’s biggest step forward in tackling climate change. Laura Stern explores how the plan will spur further growth in the US solar industry.

  • Module testing

    Challenges of global supply chain for PV modules and inverters

    Guest Blog | By Ulrike Therhaag - 02 September 2015, 11:28

    The growing size and geographic dispersal of PV power plants worldwide presents numerous supply chain challenges. Ulrike Therhaag runs through some of the essential steps in effectively managing the procurement process.

  • Barack Obama on a visit to the now-closed Solyndra factory

    Why learning the lessons of Solyndra matters

    Editors' Blog | By Ben Willis - 28 August 2015, 10:47 | 1

    Evidence that industry and government have learned from the mistakes made in the run-up to the collapse of Solyndra will help build public trust in solar as it gears up for the political battles that lie ahead, writes Ben Willis.

  • TSMC Solar

    Why outdated industry metric found new victim in TSMC and CIGS technology

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 27 August 2015, 16:01 | 4

    The unexpected exit of CIGS manfucturer TSMC Solar from the market highlights the industry’s problem in relying on cost per watt as the main metric for comparing modules, writes Mark Osborne.

  • Dr Peter and Mr Waibi

    Life-saving solar: Join our Ugandan hospital appeal

    Editors' Blog | By John Parnell - 25 August 2015, 16:02

    PV Tech invites you to help deliver a potentially life-saving solar array to a hospital in Uganda. Find out how you can help with the project.

  • sunedison

    Adani dumps SunEdison in favour of richer contenders

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 19 August 2015, 19:47 | 1

    Despite Reuters and whole bunch of mainstream media as well as some specialists in the renewable’s field having initially pronounced a major US$4 billion JV between SunEdison and India’s large conglomerate, Adani Group was a done deal back at the beginning of the year, those that did so should re-acquaint themselves with the terms ‘memorandum of understanding’ (MOU) and ‘feasibility study’.

  • Module testing

    Your module passed qualification testing, but is it also durable?

    Guest Blog | By Rubina Singh,Dr Cordula Schmid - 19 August 2015, 07:00

    The Fraunhofer PV Module Durability Initiative is seeking overcome the fact that current certification regimes give no indication of a module’s lifetime performance. The team behind the initiative describe its latest findings.

  • Cracking the feedstock puzzle for larger solar ingots

    Guest Blog | By Til Bartel - 14 August 2015, 11:48

    How silicon feedstock is packed into casting crucibles can have a big impact on the size and cost-efficiency of the resultant solar ingots. Til Bartel looks at some of the latest thinking around this essential stage in the PV manufacturing supply chain.

  • PV Tech

    Dissecting ‘meaningful’ global PV manufacturing expansion plans

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 08 August 2015, 10:42 | 2

    PV Tech’s preliminary analysis of global PV manufacturing expansion plans for the month of July, 2015 provide a longer-term picture to future expansions rather than more immediate decisions, underlying a lull in ‘meaningful’ capacity additions.


  • Photovoltaics International 29th Edition

    Forecasting the evolution of a young, dynamic industry is by definition an uncertain business, and solar is no exception. Rarely, if ever, do the numbers broadcast by any of the various bodies involved in the PV prediction game tally, and even historical deployment rates remain the subject of hot debate. The paradox is that getting forecasts broadly right is going to become increasingly important over the next few years, particularly for those involved in producing the equipment that will support whatever levels of demand come to pass.



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