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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Following the events of recent trade shows in Europe and the US, Mark Osborne took the opportunity to speak with NPD Solarbuzz team leader Finlay Colville regarding the level of end-market demand that can be expected in 2015.
The EU agreed its 2030 climate and energy package last week with the end product leaving many underwhelmed. Frauke Thies, policy director at the European Photovoltaic Industry Association, explains how even this modest victory could be a first step toward a more stable policy future for solar in Europe.
In the beginning, there was nothing. At least there was no dielectric passivation applied to the silicon solar cells from the early production lines of the 1980s, an era when PV production companies were still thinking in terms of MWp rather than GWp factories.
SPI 2014 provided a snapshot of the US solar industry. There was news of an imminent investment boom, a deadline drawing in for a resolution to the US-China trade dispute, exciting technological advances and a campaign to protect a key support mechanism. Ben Willis puts the show’s developments in their wider context.
Sharp, ABB, SMA and Bosch are among the big names readying new energy storage products for the UK PV market. Andy Colthorpe caught up with them at the Solar Energy UK show to find out what tech fits best for the UK’s nascent storage sector.
Thin-film manufacturer and utility-scale PV plant developer First Solar revealed one of its projects had become the first of its kind to receive a Quality Tested certification from testing institutes VDE and Fraunhofer ISE. Ben Willis spoke to First Solar and VDE to learn more about the process and its wider implications for the large-scale solar sector.
The US solar trade case continues to cast a shadow over the buoyant American PV market. Ben Willis spoke to the originators of the case, SolarWorld, at SPI 2014 to see if they stand by their actions.
Tesla’s much talked about Gigafactory should be up and running in 2017. The Elon Musk-owned EV maker is hoping to use it to produce up to 500,000 battery packs a year by 2020, amounting to around 50GWh. PV Tech Storage spoke with analyst Dean Frankel of Lux Research about the plan.
How far can existing PV capacity go, in terms of keeping up with end-market growth? This is one of the key issues in terms of capital expenditures and tool suppliers waiting for an uptick in bookings. It is also essential to understand in terms of forecasting end-market demand in 2015, at a time when trade uncertainty and the preference for project financing is keeping new ‘greenfield’ fab build at a minimum.
From conflicting solar forecasts to Japan’s growing grid issues, PV Tech rounds up another busy week in solar.
In late 2011, Mission Solar Energy made the first of several bold decisions: build a silicon-based PV manufacturing plant in the US, a market long dominated by thin-film technologies. An even more unusual decision followed to locate the company in San Antonio, Texas, rather than California or Arizona where US solar markets are well established. Then, Mission Solar made the gutsy move to push forward with the development of an n-type monocrystaline silicon based product when the market was being dominated by p-type multicrystaline silicon modules coming out of Asia.
Former Bosch subsidiary, the PV module manufacturer aleo solar, was rescued from liquidation in May. Managing director Günter Schulze explains how the company has risen from the nearly-dead and why quality matters more than quantity.
Lobbyist Betsy McCorkle, the NCSEA’s director of government affairs talked to PV Tech about the surprise solar state.
From a rare appearance by one of PV’s biggest investors to the prospects for a revival of large-scale solar in Germany, PV Tech rounds up the week’s biggest solar stories from around the world.