In Depth

  • SPI 2014

    What SPI 2014 told us about US solar

    Editors' Blog | By Ben Willis - 24 October 2014, 08:01

    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.

  • Solar Energy UK

    Battery big guns eyeing 2015 launch for UK PV storage systems

    Editors' Blog | By Andy Colthorpe - 23 October 2014, 16:01

    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.

  • VDE and First Solar

    PV Talk: First Solar seeks to set new standard in PV power plant performance

    Interviews | By Ben Willis - 23 October 2014, 09:47

    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.

  • SolarWorld at SPI 2014

    SPI 2014: SolarWorld defiant over trade case

    Editors' Blog | By Ben Willis - 22 October 2014, 09:00 | 1

    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 Gigafactory artist's impression.

    PV Talk: Why Tesla needs the Gigafactory

    Interviews | By Andy Colthorpe - 14 October 2014, 09:41

    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.

  • REC

    Latest effective PV capacity trends delay greenfield fab development

    Guest Blog | By Finlay Colville - 13 October 2014, 08:55

    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.

  • Crystal ball gazing

    Forecasting foibles, GTAT’s travails and Japan’s grid squeeze

    Friday Focus | By Ben Willis - 10 October 2014, 11:21

    From conflicting solar forecasts to Japan’s growing grid issues, PV Tech rounds up another busy week in solar.

  • Mission Solar Energy: New PV star rising over Texas

    Guest Blog | By Sam Martens - 08 October 2014, 16:27 | 2

    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.

  • aleo solar.

    PV Talk: Aleo solar on why innovation matters most

    Interviews | By Andy Colthorpe - 08 October 2014, 10:47

    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.

  • Betsy McCorkle NCSEA

    The unlikely solar state interview, the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association

    Interviews | By Lucy Woods - 07 October 2014, 16:41

    Lobbyist Betsy McCorkle, the NCSEA’s director of government affairs talked to PV Tech about the surprise solar state.

  • Suntech’s saviour speaks as IEA plots PV’s path to world domination

    Friday Focus | By Ben Willis - 03 October 2014, 11:31

    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.

  • npd solarbuzz

    Europe-China module floor price nudges down in Q4’14, but what will happen on 1 January 2015?

    Guest Blog | By Finlay Colville - 30 September 2014, 15:33

    It appears the waiting is over during September 2014 for Chinese suppliers (and all other suppliers of modules to Europe), regarding the minimum import price (MIP) for the 3-month period October to December 2014 (Q4’14).

  • EU PVSEC: Is module manufacturing in emerging markets on the move?

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 29 September 2014, 10:31

    The globalisation of end market demand for PV as the technology becomes increasingly cost competitive has been one of the significant developments over the last few years. Mark Osborne explores which regions could now emerge as manufacturing hubs as solar goes global.

  • dupont

    EU PVSEC: DuPont places bet on next gen solar cells

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 24 September 2014, 12:01

    At any technology focused conference, especially in the PV industry the lack of a unified technology roadmap means that picking the winners from the losers is immensely problematic. From EU PVSEC this week, Mark Osborne reports on DuPont’s attempts to do just that.

  • imec

    Accelerating photovoltaic R&D via joint collaboration

    Guest Blog | By Philip Pieters - 12 September 2014, 07:00 | 1

    To sustain growth, the solar cell industry must constantly find better and cheaper technologies. Imec’s Philip Pieters explains how in the quest to innovate manufacturers can benefit from working together.

  • FSLR

    Rare to find a rare-earth metals report that doesn’t scare

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 11 September 2014, 11:57

    A UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) and Energy Research Partnership (ERP) report that looks at the materials availability for a low-carbon future analysed much of published data on rare-earth metals such as indium and tellurium but didn’t panic over material supply issues, something quite rare in itself.

  • Tesla Model S

    Tesla’s test, India solar ready to roll and Japan PV all at sea

    Friday Focus | By Ben Willis - 05 September 2014, 10:13

    From Tesla’s new gigawatt battery factory to floating PV arrays in Japan, PV Tech reviews another eclectic week in the world of solar.

  • R&D:

    R&D spending analysis of top PV module manufacturers in 2013

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 03 September 2014, 10:02

    As the PV manufacturing industry emerges from a painful downturn, Mark Osborne assesses how leading companies have continued investing in R&D and how that will prepare them as the upturn gathers pace.

  • Tata Solar power rooftop installation India

    No alternative for India energy but ‘solar revolution’

    Interviews | By Lucy Woods - 02 September 2014, 10:51

    Tata Power Solar and Bridge to India have just released a report stating solar is already cost-competitive with imported coal. Talking to PV Tech, Tata’s CEO Ajay Goel and Bridge to India’s Tobias Engelmeier discuss how India can best fulfill its solar potential.

  • Finlay Colville

    PV Talk: Debunking the solar rumour mill

    Interviews | By Mark Osborne - 27 August 2014, 11:51

    In a wide-ranging interview with Mark Osborne, NPD Solarbuzz VP Finlay Colville takes the industry’s pulse offering his insight on tech, trade tariffs, forecasts and finance.

  • Tony Abbott

    EU ignores SolarWorld, more Abbott strife and Sunpower CEO on the off-grid dream

    Friday Focus | By John Parnell - 22 August 2014, 14:06

    Catch up on the week’s top headlines in just two minutes, including an exclusive interview with SunPower CEO Tom Werner, multiple new fab announcements and all the latest in the solar trade disputes.

  • Next Energy News

    Introducing our new UK site…Next Energy News

    Editors' Blog | By John Parnell - 20 August 2014, 10:51

    PV Tech’s publisher Solar Media is pleased to announce the launch of a new site for the UK market: Next Energy News.

  • SunPower and Solar Impulse visit the NASDAQ.

    Trade spats continue but yield cos make everything better

    Friday Focus | By John Parnell - 15 August 2014, 11:18

    The week was bookended by two developments in the US-China trade dispute, with yield co-fuelled optimism in the middle and a debate on future of solar market royalty thrown in for good measure.

  • PERC

    PERC capacity hits 2.5GW and offers new technology buy cycle option

    Guest Blog | By Finlay Colville - 14 August 2014, 15:30 | 1

    Previously confined to the R&D labs and academic solar PV roadmaps, PERC based c-Si cell capacity upgrades are starting to have a tangible impact on the PV industry. Finlay Colville investigates the drivers, myths, opportunities and the impact of PERC on PV capex and module performance.

  • Deepak Verma managing director nv vogt

    PV Talk: Nv vogt’s Deepak Verma on the Philippines’ coming ‘solar wave’

    Interviews | By Lucy Woods - 14 August 2014, 11:07

    Last week, nv vogt, a joint venture between Germany’s ib vogt and India’s APCA Power, announced it is to build an unsubsidised 6.25MW solar power plant in the Philippines. Talking to PV Tech, its managing director, Deepak Verma, reveals why the Philippines is seeing the beginnings of a ‘solar wave’.

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