In Depth

  • 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.

  • BiSoN

    Bifaciality: One small step for technology, one giant leap for kWh cost reduction

    Guest Blog | By Dr Joris Libal,Dr Radovan Kopecek - 13 January 2015, 09:26 | 8

    Bifacial cell and module technologies are gradually finding their way into mass production. Radovan Kopecek and Joris Libal of ISC Konstanz explain why they think the future is bifacial.

  • Stephan Raithel

    PV Talk: A steady return to health for PV tool manufacturers

    Interviews | By Ben Willis - 12 January 2015, 12:15

    Although one of the defining trends of 2014 was the flurry of PV cell and module capacity expansion announcements, PV manufacturing equipment suppliers are only just starting to see this translate into new orders. Ben Willis asked Stephan Raithel of trade association, SEMI, what 2015 holds in store for this battered segment of the upstream PV industry.

  • PV Tech

    Top 10 PV Tech news stories of 2014

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 06 January 2015, 12:41

    After what was a busy year for solar, that saw big strides forward for the global industry, Mark Osborne takes a look at the PV Tech stories that most caught our readers’ eye.

  • 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 | 2

    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 | 2

    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.

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  • Photovoltaics International 26th Edition

    Looking back, 2014 was a year of convalescence for a PV industry still battered and bruised from a period of ferocious competition. End-market demand continued apace, with analysts towards the end of 2014 predicting the year would see between around 45 and 50GW of deployment. That has begun to feed through to the supplier end of the market, with all the main manufacturers announcing capacity expansions in 2015 and further ahead.

  • 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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