In Depth

  • Olivier Schaefer

    PV Talk: How a global solar association could ease trade woes

    Interviews | By John Parnell - 29 July 2014, 06:27

    Olivier Schäfer, president of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), tells PV Tech how a proposed global PV association, with Chinese and American participation, could help ease the sector’s trade disputes.

  • BRICS

    How BRICS bank can be a friend to solar

    Editors' Blog | By Lucy Woods - 28 July 2014, 12:27

    A BRICS development bank agreed last week has been hailed as a potentially important new source of funding for solar. But as Lucy Woods writes, the BRICS nations will have to overcome some significant internal tensions first.

  • Google's inverter challenge could upset the established supplier base

    Why Google’s ‘little box’ could challenge inverter world order

    Guest Blog | By Cormac Gilligan - 25 July 2014, 09:16 | 2

    Google is offering a prize for prototype inverter that’s smaller than a laptop. Cormac Gilligan of IHS explains why a successful proposal could pose a threat to existing suppliers.

  • Barack Obama inspects a Solyndra module

    Unloved but not unwanted: Solyndra and the PV bargain basement

    Editors' Blog | By Andy Colthorpe - 22 July 2014, 15:48

    Last week it emerged that modules from the bankrupt US firm Solyndra have found their way into Europe’s second-hand PV market. Andy Colthorpe investigates this little reported but lively trade

  • Crystalline silicon cell

    Case study of a growth driver – silver use in solar

    Guest Blog | By Chris Berry - 21 July 2014, 10:01

    Silver is a key raw material in PV manufacturing. But as Chris Berry writes, a deficit in global silver supply and the prospect of future price increases are both sources of concern for the solar industry.

  • Greg Barker, the UK's erstwhile solar champion

    Who will speak up for solar in the new-look UK government?

    Editors' Blog | By Lucy Woods - 17 July 2014, 09:13

    A major shake-up in the UK government earlier this week saw the country’s booming solar industry lose arguably its most important political champion. The question now is who will fill his shoes, writes Lucy Woods.

  • Solar inverter

    The changing face of the PV inverter supplier base

    Guest Blog | By Sam Wilkinson - 14 July 2014, 11:08

    Ahead of a free webinar from IHS Technology and PV Tech on 29 July 2014, IHS analyst Sam Wilkinson discusses some of key trends shaping the global inverter market.

  • India

    The sorry state of PV manufacturing in India

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 25 June 2014, 15:44

    With India embroiled in a fierce debate over whether or not to impose trade duties on foreign PV imports, a recent report laid bare the sorry state of the country’s domestic PV industry. Mark Osborne takes a look at the findings.

  • SolarCity

    PV Talk: Lifting the lid on Elon Musk’s SolarCity rhetoric

    Interviews | By John Parnell - 20 June 2014, 05:55 | 1

    Away from the fanfare and highly tweetable soundbites, the reality of SolarCity’s acquisition of Silevo is less flashy, less immediate and less clear. Finlay Colville tells PV Tech why it will be business as usual for Chinese manufacturers and why the acquisition is far from being the industry game-changer that many have portrayed it to be.

  • qcells

    Q CELLS back in the game

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 19 June 2014, 09:01

    Germany’s Q-Cells was one of the most high-profile bankruptcies in the recent industry downturn. Reborn as Hanwha Q CELLS, the company is witnessing a strong revival, writes Mark Osborne, following an exclusive interview with its chief executive, Charles Kim.

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